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Achieving Information Access Equity Using AI in the Fight Against Corona

Achieving Information Access Equity Using AI in the Fight Against Corona

To address the spread of the pandemic in low- and middle-income countries, BMZ together with partners from the EU Commission, other EU member states, tech-companies, and civil society, organized a hackathon dubbed the #SmartDevelopmentHack. Read here how one of the winning teams developed an AI Chatbot to fight the covid-19 pandemic in Rwanda.

Funding your startup: 5 Instruments you could explore in Rwanda

Funding your startup: 5 Instruments you could explore in Rwanda

Raising capital to finance the startup’s operations is undoubtedly one of the most challenging tasks of any founder. The challenge gets even bigger for African founders. According to The Better Africa: tracing success and failure of African startups report by the GreenTech Africa Foundation, more than 50% of African startups that shut down have never received any external funding. Furthermore, the majority of startups cannot scale their markets because of the scarcity of funding opportunities. In this article, we will explore the various instruments you could use to secure the required funding for your startup.

Promoting Digital Literacy through the Digital Ambassadors Program and the e-learning platform atingi

Promoting Digital Literacy through the Digital Ambassadors Program and the e-learning platform atingi

Digital Literacy is a corner stone to turn Rwanda into a digitized and knowledge-based economy in the upcoming decade. At the same time, not everyone has access to digital services yet or does not know how to use them. Therefore, GIZ supports the Government of Rwanda to promote digital literacy initiatives such as the Digital Ambassadors Program and the e-learning platform atingi.

Start A Factory Program – Effective and Sustainable Product Development

Start A Factory Program – Effective and Sustainable Product Development

Many engineers and startups have ideas that could change the world but lack the infrastructure to make them a reality. That is why the Start a Factory Program was created with the goal of assisting startups and young innovators to turn their visionary ideas into prototypes. This creates a perfect opportunity for the vital step from the first idea until a tangible prototype that is ready for industrial production.

How COVID-19 pushes new Virtual and Augmented Reality Applications

How COVID-19 pushes new Virtual and Augmented Reality Applications

Virtual and Augmented Reality has gained international attention due to the limitations of physical meetings imposed by COVID-19. More and more decision makers are recognizing the potential of this technology. Read in this article, how the DigiCenter supports the VR/AR community on the ground and local developers and applications in Rwanda.

DigiCenter through the years – Collaboration and partnerships for a greater good

DigiCenter through the years – Collaboration and partnerships for a greater good

Often, individual projects can make little difference due to limited reach and connections. In 2017, the Digital Transformation Center in Rwanda emerged as a pilot for collaboration between the Rwandan government and the private sector. Nowadays, 5 projects are part of the DigiCenter, and numerous Rwandan government agencies, innovation hubs, and tech startups are working with the DigiCenter. As we celebrate our 2-year anniversary, we look back at the DigiCenter’s journey.

DigiCenter Innovation Lab – Innovation happens when ideas create value

DigiCenter Innovation Lab – Innovation happens when ideas create value

A physical space where ideas based on Internet of Things technology can be tried out is a great support and financial relief for startups. This allows them to check for the time being whether an investment is worthwhile and to test and further develop prototypes with the necessary technology. For this purpose, DSSD has set up an Innovation Lab at the DigiCenter and has now opened its premises to interested entrepreneurs.

The Role played by Communities of Practice in the Tech-Ecosystem

The Role played by Communities of Practice in the Tech-Ecosystem

Our communities of practice are made up of individuals who are passionate about a certain topic and willing to share knowledge and exchange ideas with each other. Despite being unable to hold meet-ups for the past couple of months due to Covid-19, the groups remain active with information and opportunities; some even holding online meet-ups every now and then.

On the way to digitizing Rwanda – RISA’s 5-Year Strategy

On the way to digitizing Rwanda – RISA’s 5-Year Strategy

Digitizing entire sectors and turning Rwanda into a digital economy takes special attention to developing and implementing ICT policies. This mandate is held by RISA which is supporting the digitization efforts in all sectors like health, education and agriculture. Therefore, GIZ supports RISA in setting up a 5-year strategic plan to define its responsibilities and principles going forward.

Innovate Rwanda 2.0 – A whole new level

Innovate Rwanda 2.0 – A whole new level

Many companies and particularly startups face challenges due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is now even important for these organizations to collaborate and get access to funding. With its new rollout, Innovate Rwanda comes with new features and sections which boost support for companies on the platform.

Working together to create an inclusive Tech-Ecosystem with the Digital Ecosystem Mapping Tool

Working together to create an inclusive Tech-Ecosystem with the Digital Ecosystem Mapping Tool

Startups in Rwanda often rely exclusively on personal networks to do business. Moreover, collaboration is limited and there is a risk of double efforts happening in the country. Raising funds is difficult, limiting startups in growing or surviving at the market. Read here how the Digital Ecosystem Mapping Tool can solve this issue serving as a directory and matchmaking platform for tech-companies and investors.

The WeCode Programme: Why teaching women in Rwanda how to code is crucial for the tech sector

The WeCode Programme: Why teaching women in Rwanda how to code is crucial for the tech sector

Women in ICT in Rwanda are still not as accepted and low in numbers compared to their male counterparts. In order to overcome the lack of access to quality training, gender bias from employers and the low representation of women in the tech sector, Moringa , GIZ and the Rwandan government have brought the initiative WeCode into life. In this blog article we want to tell the story of Delphine and Anna and many other women that received ICT trainings during the WeCode initiative giving them the chance to pursue their career in the tech sector.

Why telling failure stories as an entrepreneur is important

Why telling failure stories as an entrepreneur is important

As an entrepreneur, people take on responsibility for their communities and become role models for future entrepreneurs. For that purpose, the DigiCenter hosted a virtual meeting for interested community members to talk about failures and role models because these topics do often not get the necessary attention. However, every entrepreneur faces them at some point. So let’s talk about them!

Innovate for Women – bridging the Gender Digital Divide through Digital Inclusion of Women

Innovate for Women – bridging the Gender Digital Divide through Digital Inclusion of Women

Women in Africa still belong to a vulnerable group, often, being victims of toxic relationships, abusive employers or traditional gender roles. Over the years, ICT solutions have helped women in understanding their rights and breaking out of old patterns. In the Innovate for Women design challenge, digital solutions were developed to empower women in overcoming daily challenges.

Transforming Rwanda into a living Laboratory of Emerging Technologies: MINICT and DigiCenter develop National  Emerging Technology Strategy and Action Plan

Transforming Rwanda into a living Laboratory of Emerging Technologies: MINICT and DigiCenter develop National Emerging Technology Strategy and Action Plan

The Emerging Technologies Strategy and Action Plan sets out essential fourth industrial revolution technologies that Rwanda will focus on over the next five years. Additionally, it includes steps that should be taken to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks of falling behind. Rwanda will push the social and economic application of these emerging technologies forward. Hereby, Rwanda will focus on health, education, agriculture, manufacturing, tourism, and everyday government services to citizens.

Empowering Digital Transformation Champions of Rwanda’s Public Sector

Empowering Digital Transformation Champions of Rwanda’s Public Sector

RISA is implementing complex and large-scale projects across different public sectors. That is why it’s crucial for RISA to have skilled employees who can champion the digital transformation nationwide. Therefore, the digital solutions for sustainable development project (DSSD) is supporting RISA with various coachings on different skills.

Training the next IoT-Innovators of Rwanda

Training the next IoT-Innovators of Rwanda

Emerging technologies like IoT come with endless new opportunities for Africa. Consequently, there is a need for highly skilled IoT-innovaters all over the continent. That is why the DigiCenter is hosting workshops to train Rwanda’s IoT-professionals of tomorrow.

Digital Transformation Meets Art

Digital Transformation Meets Art

When Digital Transformation is combined with Art, interesting art pieces can be expected. This blogpost gives insights into our Digital Art Vernissage at the DigiCenter introducing new African artist’s work under the theme Afrotopism.

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