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    1. African tourism trends in the age of developing smart cities

      African tourism trends in the age of developing smart cities

      Over the last eight years, travel and tourism have grown by 17.3 percent in the top ten fastest-growing global destinations. This rate speaks to the rapid growth of tourism and how the industry, and an increasing priority for countries seeking for new growth opportunities. In emerging markets tourism grew from 30 percent in 1980 to 45 percent in 2015 and is expected to reach 57 percent by 2030.

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      Mentions: Google Digital Rwanda
    2. CGIAR wants to build a big data platform and innovate with startups to help smallholder farmers

      CGIAR wants to build a big data platform and innovate with startups to help smallholder farmers

      CGIAR, one of the world's major agriculture research networks - met in Cali with a wide range of partners to look at how they could use their data using AI and big data to drive farming improvements in continents like Africa. Part of the convention was an Inspire Challenge to take these ideas out into the value chain through ag-tech startups. Russell Southwood and Kelly Wong look at how ideas like these might begin to transform the lives of smallholder farmers.

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    3. What if analytics and machine learning could save lives?

      What if analytics and machine learning could save lives?

      The 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, was relentless, hopping between Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Liberia, before making its way to the UK, US and Spain. It claimed the lives of more than 11,000 people - or nearly 40% of all reported cases. Photo by Nevin Ruttanaboonta on Unsplash But what if we could have predicted the outbreak months before it happened, buying us time to take proactive measures to contain it and curb its spread?

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      Mentions: Spain Liberia Nigeria
    4. Do you know how people really feel?

      Do you know how people really feel?

      By: JP Kloppers Opinion mining the next level in social analytics... A wealth of unstructured opinion data exists online – data that was, until now, unusable. Such data, moreover, is growing all the time. We add to it daily when we talk about our likes and dislikes on social media and elsewhere on the web. We do so in an honest and unsolicited manner, expressing our true feelings towards a brand, a politician, or a global event.

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    5. Meltwater secures $60m debt funding with Silicon Valley Bank, Vector Capital

      Meltwater secures $60m debt funding with Silicon Valley Bank, Vector Capital

      13 Feb 2017 | Save | Email | Print | PDF Issued by: Meltwater Meltwater, a global leader in media intelligence solutions, has announced that it has closed a $60M debt funding round with Silicon Valley Bank, and Vector Capital in order to ramp up strategic acquisitions. The announcement comes as Meltwater is seeing significant organic growth across all markets.

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    6. Will next-gen technologies like AI, mixed reality aid in social good?

      Will next-gen technologies like AI, mixed reality aid in social good?

      1 Feb 2017 | Save | Email | Print | PDF By: Amr Kamel In December 2016, Nominet Trust released the 2016 top 100 tech for good projects. This annual list explores innovations that use digital technology to drive social change around the world. Of these 100, 11 are from Africa, where solutions include shack fire detection systems, medical diagnostic apps, taxi services for medical emergencies and smartphone-based education programmes.

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    7. #BizTrends2017: Top six trends for this year

      #BizTrends2017: Top six trends for this year

      9 Jan 2017 | Save | Email | Print | PDF By: Dion Chang and Raleen Bagg Using the Flux Trends T.R.E.N.D.S acronym (Tech, Retail, Economy, Natural world, Diplomacy, Socio-cultural), Flux presents six trends for 2017. These are just a sample of a broader selection of trends, which Flux will explore in-depth at our first trend presentation of the year: 'The State We're In: 2017 - Dazed and Disoriented, the impact of being WOKE'.

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    8. Top five technologies to watch: 2017 to 2021

      Top five technologies to watch: 2017 to 2021

      ©abidal via 123RF Brian Hopkins, VP and principal analyst at Forrester, believes five of them will significantly shift how organisations and consumers engage, and ultimately change the world by 2021. 1. Internet of Things (IoT) software and solutions By 2021, IoT will drive new levels of customer insight and engagement for some. Specialised IoT software will be readily available from vendors, and they will expand their core software to incorporate IoT.

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    9. #BotConAfrica2016: Prakelt launches new multilingual chatbot

      #BotConAfrica2016: Prakelt launches new multilingual chatbot

      22 Nov 2016 | Save | Email | Print | PDF Technology consultant and software developer Prakelt has announced that its new chatbot, Feersum Engine, is ready to start talking using WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter and other established messaging platforms to interact with end users in a way that feels familiar and comfortable. Feersum Engine is a chatbot that can engage people in conversation using natural language processing and machine learning.

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      Mentions: South Africa
    10. Facebook will automatically translate posts into different languages

      Facebook will automatically translate posts into different languages

      5 Jul 2016 | Save | Email | Print | PDF SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Friday began testing a translation tool that will automatically let posts be displayed in languages users prefer. The leading social network first made the "multilingual composer" tool available earlier this year for use on pages representing companies, brands, groups and celebrities through its Pages service.Now it will be available to general users.

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      Mentions: San Francisco
    11. Cannes Lions Start-Up Academy talent announced

      Cannes Lions Start-Up Academy talent announced

      Following a global search, Cannes Lions and R/GA have announced the 10 companies participating in this year's Start-Up Academy which will take place during Lions Innovation. ©Warakorn Harnprasop via 123RF Represented in the group are a diverse range of technologies impacting branded communications, including natural language processing, artificial intelligence and virtual reality, as well as tech that advances consumer engagement and the craft of storytelling. The 10 companies chosen are: 1.

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    12. Moving social listening up to the next level

      Companies that want to evolve into truly social enterprises must look beyond tracking keywords and towards building a deeper understanding of the meaning and tone of social conversations in their online reputation management (ORM) strategies. That's according to Gordon Geldenhuys, head of ORM at authorised Radian6 reseller Acceleration Media. He says that many companies have focused their ORM strategies solely on monitoring social media user activity rather than using ORM to build a clear unders
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