Africa

New IBM Research App Shines a Light on Solar Energy for Africa

More than 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa live off the energy grid and 80 percent of Africa is un-electrified, according to the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI). Similar to how Africa has leapt over telephone lines directly to mobile phones and are jumping over physical money to digital, the continent also has […]

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IBM and Twiga Foods Introduce Blockchain-Based MicroFinancing for Food Kiosk Owners in Kenya

Late last year Nairobi-based Twiga Foods, a business-to-business logistics platform for kiosks and food stalls in Africa, was looking to expand its logistic services into a total market ecosystem by adding financial services for its clients. Grant Brooke, co-founder of the $13 million start-up explains, “Previously, we were focused on helping farmers distribute bananas, tomatoes, onions […]

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Two IBM Researchers to Speak at TEDGlobal 2017 in Africa

This week in Arusha, Tanzania, hundreds will gather for one of the most highly anticipated events of the year: TEDGlobal. The sold out event brings together entrepreneurs, business leaders,  technologists, dreamers and doers to talk about the challenges and opportunities on the African continent. Representing IBM’s Africa Labs scientists Drs. Abdigani Diriye and David Moinina […]

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IBMer supports Africa’s future innovators and entrepreneurs

A few weeks ago Lola Aleru, who is based at IBM’s Africa research lab in Nairobi, Kenya, was presented with an incredible opportunity by her colleague and IBM scientist David Moinina Sengeh. She explains, “David is on the board of directors of the Global Minimum Inc (GMin), a non-profit that encourages young innovators and leaders in […]

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Q&A with the Great Nephew of Alan Turing

Carrying on the legacy of a famous relative is a no easy task, particularly for someone as renown as Alan Turing, who is widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence. But this hasn’t stopped his great nephew James Turing and his parents from giving it a go. Several years ago […]

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IBM Scientist Brings Opportunity and Innovation to Somalia

When Somalia is often mentioned in the news it’s often followed by “explosion,” “drought” and “corruption,” but this hasn’t discouraged IBM computer scientist and Somali Abdigani Diriye from attempting to turn around the country’s fortunes. Diriye left Somalia in 1989 for England, where he attended school, eventually achieving a PhD in computer science from University College […]

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Forecasting the Future: Air Quality in South Africa with the IoT

Nearly a year ago IBM Research announced that it will expand its Green Horizons initiative globally to enable city governments, utility companies and factories to better understand and improve their relationships with the environment, and to help tackle pressing issues related to air pollution and climate change. Green Horizons applies IBM’s advanced machine learning and Internet […]

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Tracking tuberculosis in South Africa

According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 80 percent of the South African population has latent Tuberculosis (TB), with about 450,000 active TB cases in 2013 alone. Last year, TB deaths overtook those of HIV/AIDS, making it the world’s deadliest infectious disease. A significant number of infectious TB cases (about 37.5{ccf696850f4de51e8cea028aa388d2d2d2eef894571ad33a4aa3b26b43009887} globally) go undetected and […]

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Ryerson looks to expand collaborations in Africa with IBM

Several weeks ago IBM officially switched on the “open for business” sign at its research lab in Johannesburg, South Africa with a grand opening event. More than 150 guests were treated to a tour of the lab which included demos showing how IBM scientists are using cognitive computing, the Internet of Things and Big Data to support […]

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IBM and Next Einstein Forum launch visiting scientist program

IBM Research-Africa and the Next Einstein Forum have partnered on a new Visiting Scientist Program, where five of the 15 newly named NEF Fellows will have the opportunity to visit and lecture at one of IBM’s 12 global research labs. “The visiting scientists – full-time scientists at prestigious institutions and universities across the world – […]

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Case Study: Africa Improves Food Security and Boosts Crop Yields with the Internet of Things

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BBC News: “‘Telephone farmers’ reaping the benefits of agri-tech”

BBC reports IBM’s work in helping East African farmers.

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