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October 2014 Blog Posts (34)

Rwanda to accelerate digital payments by joining the Better Than Cash Alliance

NEW YORK, NY – 29 OCTOBER 2014 – Today the Government of Rwanda has moved to accelerate its plans to transform Rwanda into a cashless economy and achieve 80 percent financial inclusion by 2017.

Rwanda’s commitment to using information and communications technology (ICT) for financial services was made as it officially joined the Better Than Cash…


Added by Seu Yapa on October 31, 2014 at 12:59am — No Comments

Smart Minds Connected: UN-Based World Summit Award announces 40 winners in Mobile Content Best Practice

The 40 WSA mobile winners from 30 countries offer a multifariousness of new thinking translated in mobile solutions on the highest level. Be it a digital CPR training or an application for mentally disabled people from Brazil.


Salzburg, October 29, 2014. Carlos Pereira, Computer…


Added by Cuchie Echeverria on October 30, 2014 at 9:17pm — No Comments

TechSoup Names Winners of Its Annual Storymakers Contest

A handful of nonprofit organizations are turning great storytelling into cash, and not just on the fundraising front.

TechSoup, which connects organizations with technology resources, announces today the winners of its annual Storymakers digital storytelling contest, with prizes up to $5,000.

This year’s contest attracted 230 entries in formats including two-minute web videos, short-form Vine and Instagram videos, and five-picture photo essays, according to spokesperson Lauren…


Added by Seu Yapa on October 28, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Learning Session on Innovation Labs by Citilab – Barcelona, Spain

UNDP Egypt and team are organizing a learning session for UNDP staff members on Social Innovation Labs by Citilab – Barcelona, Spain.

Citilab is a center for social and digital innovation in Cornella de Llobregat, Barcelona.

Exploits and spreads the digital impact on creative thinking, design and…


Added by Nabil Eid on October 28, 2014 at 1:25pm — No Comments

Telecentre Women program wins GEM-Tech Award for bridging ICT gender gap [UPDATED]

The Telecentre Women (TCW) Program – a global, multi-stakeholder initiative of Foundation (TCF) geared towards bridging the gender gap in ICT by empowering disadvantaged and underserved community women with ICT access, knowledge and skills and expanding their…


Added by on October 28, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

El Fayrouz Association: Pioneer in empowering youth to promote local community in Arish, Egypt

From the city of El-Arish in Sinaa Peninsula, from the famous city in planting palm trees, where serenity , purity and brightness of  the sea embrace a fish picking up olive’s branch, branch of peace and love.

From the womb of this ancient city El Fayrouz Association was born in 2006.



Added by Nabil Eid on October 26, 2014 at 11:44pm — No Comments

Call for applications: Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2015

Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2015 now open – USD 150,000 in prizes for continent’s brightest innovators to accelerate Africa’s development

The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) is delighted to announce the call for the 2015 Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) applicationsThe IPA honours and encourages…


Added by Seu Yapa on October 23, 2014 at 5:42pm — No Comments

Vote for your favourite idea in the Global Innovation Competition

A total of 241 eligible ideas were submitted to the Global Innovation Competition from innovators around the world with inspiring ideas for the programme’s 12 key countries.

From October 22 until November 23, 2014 we invite you to support ideas you believe most effective to empower citizens and secure more accountable, open governance by voting for them.…


Added by Seu Yapa on October 23, 2014 at 5:33pm — No Comments

Sri Lanka to establish 1000 Nenasalas (telecentres) island-wide

Within a short span of three months, 46 new Nenasala centres were successfully opened island-wide, the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) announced. Sri Lanka has initiated e-Sri Lanka Nenasala program with the objective of taking the dividend of…


Added by Seu Yapa on October 23, 2014 at 1:44am — No Comments

Free Webinar Series: Training Health Workers for Ebola

mPowering    IntraHealth

The Ebola crisis has impacted some of the most vulnerable areas of the world, and frontline health workers are struggling to keep pace with the outbreak. The “Training Health Workers for Ebola” series consists of four webinars, and aims to provide health workers with the clear, reliable, and timely information they need to protect themselves, detect the disease, and…


Added by Seu Yapa on October 22, 2014 at 1:45am — No Comments

To Siri, With Love: How One Boy With Autism Became B.F.F.'s With Apple’s Siri

Reblogging this inspiring article from the New York Times by Judith Newman, published last October 17, 2014. Hope it reminds everyone of the wonderful uses of technology!



Added by Vida Gabe on October 20, 2014 at 12:04pm — No Comments

Call for activities: ITU Celebrates the 150th Anniversary

2015 is a milestone and a major in the history of the International Telecommunication Union. It is the public an opportunity to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Union with its members in order to remember the past and look to the future activities.

On this occasion of the celebration of the 150th…


Added by Seu Yapa on October 20, 2014 at 1:18am — No Comments

IT Innovation Supporting Home-Grown Solutions in Uganda

With the world’s youngest population, fast-rising access to internet and rapid spread of the use of mobile phones, Ugandans are starting to embrace information and communication technology innovations. This is confirmed by the increasing number of mobile and web applications with working…


Added by Nabil Eid on October 18, 2014 at 4:02pm — No Comments

India aims to connect 50,000 villages with broadband Internet

Ravi Shankar Prasad, union minister for communication and information technology, has unveiled Prime Minister Modi’s ‘digital India’ dream to bridge the gap between urban and rural India while laying the foundation stone of the country’s first two electronic manufacturing clusters- one in Jabalpur and another…


Added by Seu Yapa on October 16, 2014 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Hey ICT4D, It Is Time We Take Fun Seriously

Five million mobile value-added service subscribers in three months. 25,000 hours of user engagement daily.  All in remote villages in Bihar, one of the most marginalized states in India. What drives these extraordinary numbers? Entertainment. Hey M4D – it’s time we take fun seriously.

Hindustan Unilever (HUL), India’s largest consumer goods maker, runs the Indian state…


Added by Seu Yapa on October 16, 2014 at 1:16am — No Comments

Eighth edition of ICT4All opens in Hammamet, Tunis

Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi opened in last month 24 September 2014 the eighth edition of the "ICT 4 All Forum on the theme “the digital revolution brings hope for Tunisia and youth ".

He emphasised the need to seize all opportunities to boost innovation and creativity and strengthen…


Added by Nabil Eid on October 15, 2014 at 3:09pm — No Comments

Top 4 Ways ICTs Can Help Defeat the Ebola Crisis

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is increasingly becoming an international crisis. Recently the World Health Organization counted 5,843 cases of Ebola patients and 2,811 deaths. Even more tragic, the number deaths occurring outside hospitals are not usually recorded, meaning the numbers could actually be significantly higher. The CDC (US Centers for Disease…


Added by Seu Yapa on October 14, 2014 at 6:55pm — No Comments

How Tech Can Turn a Community Into a Global Village

Folks, I received a really good letter from the Organic Health Response‘s IT Coordinator, Brian Mattah. He wrote about his experience with technology on Mfangano Island:

I am Brian Mattah, a native of Mfangano Island, Kenya. I began working…


Added by Seu Yapa on October 14, 2014 at 6:44pm — No Comments

Oman’s G-Cloud project wins a prestigious award at GITEX Dubai 2014

The Sultanate of Oman represented by the Information Technology Authority (ITA) won a prestigious GITEX award for its G-Cloud project in the category of Best Virtualization Solution Implementation. Held in parallel with GITEXT Technology Week from 12-16 October at Dubai World Trade Center, the award ceremony is…


Added by ahmad shaaban on October 14, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

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