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5th Tech In Ghana Joins London’s Biggest Industry Festival

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Zeepay, Farmerline, Vodafone Ghana, BlueSPACE, WorldRemit, Econet Media Ghana, hapaSpace, MyTicketGH and more confirmed for leading conference to be held in the UK on Monday 10th June.

MONDAY 27th MAY, LONDON, UK – Tech in Ghana will host its fifth conference in the UK on Monday 10th June, as an official part of London Tech Week (LTW) 2019.

Zeepay, Farmerline, BlueSPACE, Econet Media Ghana, Vodafone Ghana, Accra Digital Centre and eCampus are among those set to participate in the upcoming edition of the flagship event.

Tech in Ghana is held twice a year in Accra and London; bringing together founders, government stakeholders, investors, and industry enablers since its launch in 2017.

For the first time, the conference will be staged as part of London Tech Week (10-14th June), which is Europe’s leading technology and startup festival providing a platform for creating partnerships across multiple events in the City, attracting over 50,000 delegates worldwide.

In line with Tech in Ghana’s 2019 theme, Connecting Our Global Networks: People, Opportunities and Industries, TIG founder Akosua Annobil explains: ‘Placing this year’s UK-leg of Tech in Ghana in to the heart of London’s biggest global technology festival was a very deliberate decision as it provides valuable opportunities for further exposure and collaboration for participants beyond our conference.’

Representatives from the Ghana High Commission UK and the British High Commission Accra will be among keynote speakers to open the event. In a new UK format, the conference will feature just one panel session focused on Ghana’s fintech space, and moderated by former Head of Research for Ecobank UK, Dr Tedd George.

Other features include insightful presentations from speakers such as Gideon Brefo, Co-founder and Head of Operations of Kumasi-based startup hub hapaSpace; Kenechi Okeleke, Lead Analyst for GSMA Intelligence; Miishe Addy, founder of data-driven supply chain platform Jetstream Africa; and Alloysius Attah, founder of dynamic agri-tech company Farmerline which was last year endorsed by IMF boss Christine Lagarde.

A variety of deep-dive sessions focused on topics including blockchain, access to capital, knowledge & skills sharing and digital trade will make up the second half of the day with international representatives from MyTicketGH, Movemeback, Enza Capital, KudiGo, Founders Factory, Backstage Capital, On Point Property Management, DataVoice and many more.

The conference is set to be streamed live by London-based VR technology firm Digital Pivot 360, while Accra-based media partner Kwese TV will screen highlights from the event in Ghana later this year.

Tech in Ghana London supporters and partners include the GIPC, Tech London Advocates, Invest in Africa, Apps Africa, Africa Tech Roundup, TLA Africa and African Review magazine to name a few.

Limited tickets available via www.TechInGhanaConference.com

Follow @TechInGhana on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for ongoing updates.

Editor’s Notes:

  1. Tech in Ghana will be held at Addleshaw Goddard, Milton Gate, 60 Chiswell Street, London EC1Y 4AG on Monday 10th June, 8.30am–6pm.
  2. Tech in Ghana, held twice yearly in London and Accra, was officially launched by the UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Ghana Adam Afriyie in February 2017. The platform has since featured over 180 tech companies and startups, and key industry and government speakers. The event is organised by AB2020, and has positioned itself as the leading platform bringing together Ghana’s tech ecosystem for global knowledge sharing, valuable networking and to showcase innovation.
  3. In November 2018, Tech in Ghana founder Akosua Annobil was announced as one of the top 100 most influential Black, Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) leaders in the UK tech sector, alongside senior leaders from Facebook, LinkedIn, IBM, Twitter and EY. She is also founder of AB2020 (AfricaBusiness2020.com)

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Ursula Honored In Hungary.

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Ghana’s Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has been recognized at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World Awards 2019 in Budapest, Hungary for her “exceptional commitment and participation as a valuable partner in ITU Telecom World events.”

Presenting the ITU Telecom World Awards 2019 certificate of appreciation to Mrs Owusu-Ekuful, ITU’s General Secretary, Houlin Zhao described the Ghanaian Communications Minister as an excellent and exceptional member of the Union.

Reacting to the recognition, Mrs Owusu-Ekuful said, it’s a great privilege for her modest efforts at the international level, on cooperation in developing and implementing ICT initiatives with colleague Ministers in the last two and half years, to be recognized and rewarded by the ITU.”

She stated that, she is deeply humbled and elated, adding that, this award will encourage her to do even more, both locally and internationally to narrow the digital divide for the benefit of her country and people.

Meanwhile, the Accra Digital Centre, a Government of Ghana mini Technology Park, under the Ministry of Communications, set up to harness the digital potential of Ghana by promoting Digital entrepreneurship and innovation was announced as the 2019 winner of the International Telecommunication Union – ITU’s Global Ecosystem Best Practice Award whereas Vokacom (Innovators of Ghana Post Digital address) emerged as winner of the Best Busines model at the 2019 ITU Telecom World in Budapest, Hungary.

The award, given by the Telecommunication Development Bureau of the ITU, recognizes and gives awards to hosts of Technology Innovation with best practices that enable innovators to develop ICT- centric solutions that can be globally recognized and scaled.

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Spotify Users Can Now Share Music Directly To Snapchat.

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Music streaming service Spotify has announced a new integration that enable users who have the Snapchat app to share music to the multimedia messaging app.

The move, according to Spotify, will allow users to share a song, playlist, artist profile or podcast either directly to their friends on Snapchat or Snapchat story.

“With this new way of sharing, it's quicker and easier for friends to share what they're listening to and for others to start listening,” Spotify said. “You’ll be able to combine the two seamlessly and share what you’re listening to in a Snap story.” 

Here is how Spotify users can share music with friends or post directly to a Snap story:

  • Tap the “share” menu (three dots on the right of the screen) while you’re listening to any song, album, artist, or podcast.
  • Select “Snapchat” from the dropdown list.
  • Snapchat will open a new Snap with the full album art included.
  • Edit and send whether to a few people or to your Story.

If a friend sends you a Snap with a song, playlist, artist profile, or podcast, you can start streaming by using the following steps:

  • Swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
  • Tap the context card with song, artist, playlist, or podcast info.
  • Spotify will open and play away.

Watch the below video for more information: 

https://youtu.be/aiKLjsPOuTU
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Watch Apple Throw Cake, And Many Other Things, At The iPhone 11 Pro In Its New Ads

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Apple has released two new commercials for the iPhone 11 Pro, both of which show the phone standing up to more abuse than any one phone should ever have to.

The first ad below focuses solely on how tough the iPhone 11 Pro supposedly is against everyday objects being flung at it in a high-speed wind tunnel. First, kids toys and food items pummel it (including an entire head of green leaf lettuce), none of which seem heavy enough to damage the phone.

https://youtu.be/K0VWwY6MR0k

Things get a little more intense later in the ad, with ice cubes and hair brushes bouncing off of the iPhone 11 Pro — all, of course, without leaving a scratch. To top it off, a wedding cake comes crashing down onto the phone, then a sprinkler washes it all off. Maybe it’s just me, but in that moment I think I’d be more worried about my expensive wedding cake than the state of my iPhone.

The second ad focuses on what the phone’s three-lens camera system is capable of, with an elegant, long-haired dog as the subject in a wind chamber.

https://youtu.be/Gb2xJ-GMKmo

This ad does a good job of educating viewers about the differences between the iPhone 11 Pro’s various lenses (telephoto, standard, ultra-wide angle). But the most notable thing shown is Night mode, and the results in the ad look much more impressive than the demo that Apple showed onstage at its hardware event earlier this week.

The iPhone 11 Pro is available to preorder now and will be in stores starting on September 20th.

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Adobe Premiere Pro Will Use AI To Reframe Videos For All Of Your Social Apps.

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Adobe is hoping to eliminate the tedious, time-consuming process that comes with editing videos for different social platforms with its new AI-powered Auto Reframe feature for Premiere Pro. For example, if you’ve got a video that you want to post to YouTube, the Instagram grid, and Instagram Stories, you’d currently have to manually edit that video for three different aspect ratios. Auto Reframe can automatically identify the main action happening in the video and crop and pan the frame around that footage to fit within ratios like square, vertical, or 16:9 videos. The feature, shown off today at the International Broadcasting Convention, makes use of Adobe Sensei, the company’s artificial intelligence platform.

Auto Reframe is an effect that can be applied to clips on Premiere’s timeline, and users can choose between three motion presets (Slower Motion, Default, and Faster Motion) to let the algorithm to know how much movement to expect in the video. The effect will produce motion keyframes that follow the action in your content, which can also be manually adjusted for fine-tuning. It also does the convenient work of resizing text for each aspect ratio, which will save video editors a lot of time.

Adobe has been adding more features to its Creative Cloud apps with social platforms in mind. Premiere Rush CC, the free mobile version of Premiere Pro, was made specifically with YouTube creators in mind, and it features exporting options that are optimized for different social networks, like Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Auto Reframe will arrive on Premiere Pro later this year.

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