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Google Indie Games Accelerator Programme 2019 is calling on game developers from Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Tunisia and South Africa to apply for their accelerator program. Visit the website to find out eligibility criteria to apply.
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Facebook has partnered with Udacity to provide global AI scholarships for students. The initiative tagged ‘Secure and Private AI Scholarship’ will train about 5000 individuals with artificial Intelligence skills. At the end of the training, the top 300 students will be awarded scholarship programs. Do you have what it takes? Applications will begin on the 30th of May, 2019.
Jumia, which recently listed on the New York Stock Exchange, has been facing a lot of controversies. Techpreneurs have been questioning their claim of being an African e-commerce platform. Citron Research has released a 12-page document that tags Jumia an ‘obvious fraud’. The document is full of claims and accusations. This singular act has caused Jumia’s IPO on NYSE to fall at almost 20%.
There is good news for women in Kenya. Kasha, the e-commerce platform that sells women’s healthcare and beauty products in Rwanda, has officially launched in Kenya. The online platform makes it easy for women to purchase personal and healthcare products in confidence without being judged by public opinions. The app works both online and offline and products are delivered directly to the shopper’s chosen location.
Superbalist, an e-commerce store that sells beauty, fashion and luxury items in South Africa, are leveraging modern technologies to build better connections with customers. They are using Accelerated Mobile Apps and Progressive Web Apps to improve Search Engine Optimization and Google analytics. Since introducing these technologies in 2018, they have been able to reduce bounce rates by 19% and to increase mobile app conversation rates by 62%. This means that shoppers browse very fast on their websites.
Finally, Comscore, a US media analytics company that provides reliable box office measurement data has expanded operations to nine African countries. This move will help film industries like Nollywood to establish a data platform that will monitor the accurate data on movie earnings. Comscore will first operate in Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Namibia, South Africa, eSwatini, Zambia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe before expanding to other parts of Africa.
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