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10 - 01 - 2019

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Nigeria's Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced a test pilot of its electronic results transmission ahead of the 2019 elections. The commission says the electronic results transmission were first tested in 2015 during off-season elections organised by the commission. At the moment, the amended  Electoral Act makes no provision for the electronic collation of results hence the inability of the commission to employ this in the actual elections next month.
Intelsat South Africa, leader in integrated satellite communications, is now a member of London-based GSMA. Intelsat says the membership will further strengthen integration of satellite and terrestrial technologies and advance 5G deployments. The association unites more than 750 operators with over 350 handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers, and internet companies. Intelsat and Vodacom Business Nigeria signed a broadband deal last year to deliver fast, high-quality connectivity to enterprise sectors across West Africa.

Charles Mwangi, Tesla’s former Senior Director of Engineering has announced his decision to leave the company after 6 years. "My time at Tesla has been one of the most enriching and fulfilling experiences in my life," he wrote in a farewell post. Mwangi who has worked with Toyota and Nissan in the past, alongside a former Tesla colleague will be joining a stealth startup whose venture is yet to be disclosed. Tesla has seen a number of top-level executives leave recently.

The Explore Data Science Academy (EDSA) has launched an online course aimed at high school learners in grades 10 to 12. The 10-month long programme will be open to learners from February 11. EDSA also plans to host a competition amongst scholars at the end of the programme with cash prizes for outstanding learners. Click here to find out more about the programme attempting to catch South Africa's young.
Are you running a data science or artificial intelligence (AI) startup and are looking for funding? UNICEF, through its Innovation Fund, is looking to make up to $90,000 in zero-equity investments in data science, machine learning and AI solutions that have the potential to benefit humanity. Entries close of February 28. Find out more about the entry requirements.
Pronoia, a Singapore-based platform for data-driven knowledge dissemination and exchange will next month host an artificial intelligence (AI)-driven blockchain conference in Cape Town. The Blockchain & Investment Roadshow will take place on February 14 and 15 at a yet to be confirmed location. If you are in that axis, you may want to attend so keep an ear out.
Join us at TC Townhall: The State of Healthtech in Nigeria holding on January 18, 2019. The event will convene some of the leading healthcare innovators, investors and policymakers to discuss the challenges and opportunities in the sector as well as put together proposals to support the growth of the sector. Our theme panel includes healthtech entrepreneurs with a wealth of experience, investors and government representatives. There will be a legal workshop and we will also unveil our Nigeria Healthtech Industry Report. Sign up here so we can notify you when registration goes live.

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