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Vericore Technologies Unveils WizitUp™ Digital Learning Resources for Schools, Students

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Felix Imafidon, Vericore Technologies’ Chief Operating Officer at the WizitUp product launch.
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Vericore Technologies Ltd, an indigenous technology firm has launched its education technology solution which aims to redefine Africa’s future with digital education.

The products which have been two years in development were presented to the public at the Lagos International Trade Fair Business-to-Business Exhibition which took place recently in Lagos.

Speaking at the unveiling of the products, Mr Felix Imafidon, chief operations officer of Vericore Technologies described the products as “innovative approach that blends learning and fun for today’s students, and uses different methodologies to meet the need of all students, irrespective of their learning styles.

The solution which has been branded Wizitup™, was designed and developed from research conducted by the company on teaching and learning patterns of teachers and students respectively.

Mr Imafidon emphasized that the solution was created to ensure that educators and their students get credible and exciting teaching and learning resources within and outside the classroom.

He further states that “Wizitup™ transforms education with the use of digital tools, for self learning, teaching in the classroom, and enabling smart schools.”

According to him, “students nowadays are better clued about technology than their parents and teachers, and use it on a regular basis.  A large part of young people’s lifestyle is engrossed in technology and so it is only smart to use the reality of these students as part of their teaching and learning, else learning will remain difficult as it is.”

A cardinal part of the solutions is the WizitUp™ Learn-on-the-go tablets, referred to as “WizPad.”

This, according to the creators, “allows students to learn at their own pace using ready-made contents in the form of cartoons, games, illustrated textbooks, and practice tests.” The contents have been developed in line with the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) curriculum and it is currently available for students in primary schools.

The Vericore Technologies educational solutions does not leave out the classrooms where, according to the creators “organised teaching and learning take place”.

The teachers’ resources and teaching aids called ‘In-Classroom Solution’ comes to the rescue for teachers and school administrators. These resources include Songs and Rhymes, Animations, Simulations, Illustrations, e-Books and Lesson Plans. Teachers can use these tools to teach and engage their students in the classrooms, making lessons fun, much more effective and exciting. 

When asked of the reason behind the choice of name “WizitUp”, Mr Felix Imafidon explained that “the name is a reflexion of the hopes and faith the creator of the solution have in children everywhere. Every child has the potential to excel and only require the right environment and opportunities. The name WizitUp was crafted from three words: ‘wiz it up’ meaning to bring out the genius in you.”

Delivering his pitch at the WizitUp product unveiling, he emphasised that students nowadays are more clued about technology than their parents and teachers, and use it on a regular basis.

Adding that a large part of young people’s lifestyle is engrossed in technological developments and so it makes sense to use the reality of these students as part of teaching and learning.

There was a lot of traffic at the Vericore Technologies’ exhibition booth during the WizitUp unveiling as parents and education stakeholders thronged the exhibition and  were especially excited about WizitUp’s Learn-on-the-go tablets for primary school – ‘WizPad’ as this is a first of its kind in this part of the world, having curriculum based educational cartoons, games, simulations and assessments all made in Nigeria for kids in Nigeria.

Excited parents were seen buying their copies of the WizPad at the exhibition as  the solutions kept generating so much interest among the audience, and some others pre-ordered the product for their primary school kids and relations.

Another highpoint of the public presentation was the introduction of the WizitUp SIAS (School Information and Administrative System). WizitUp SIAS is a combination of learning management and school management systems.

Its functions include, administrative tool for schools, online learning for students, Teachers’ performance monitoring, and Communication platform interconnecting students, teachers, and parents, online payment for school fees and more. Corporate organisations are not left out in Vericore’s learning solution periscope as the new product range includes a Learning Management System (LMS) for human resource and allied training needs. 

The WizitUp Corporate LMS is a digital innovation that replaces location-based trainings with online, real-time teaching and learning experience with enhanced content presentation and engagement functionalities.

Corporate organizations can now have beautiful presentations with better engagement, and increased participation in their training programs.

WizitUp Corporate LMS also features online payment and more. WizitUp Corporate LMS is a better training partner for training organizations. WizitUp solutions are available on www.wizitup.com.

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Andela Launches The Power of “X” Campaign

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Andela the company building distributed engineering teams with Africa’s top software engineers, is recruiting mid and senior level developers in 2019, as part of a new Power of ‘X’ campaign, as it looks to scale its operations and meet growing demand. This comes as more companies seek to enhance their technology teams via distributed workforces.

Since its launch in 2014, Andela has received over 140,000+ applications to it’s Technical Leadership Program and has trained 1,000+ software engineers, who have worked with global companies including Safaricom, Invision, Viacom, and Skillshare. Andela now accepts applications from experienced software engineers who are proficient in Ruby, Javascript

(React, Node, ES6+, Angular), Python (Django or Flask) and Native Mobile Technologies for iOS or Android. The move to recruit more senior technologists is an expansion of the company’s business model.

Andela engineers work on global challenges, within global engineering teams, yet play an important role in their local ecosystems. The 1,000+ Andela Software Engineers are central to Africa’s growing tech community, and are leaders or members of Forloop, Teencode, Startup Grind, Progate, Facebook Developer Circles, to mention a few. Andela is a gateway for experienced and talented engineers to become part of Africa’s most expansive network of technologists.

“The most effective way to become the best in your field is to work on the most complex problems and work alongside the best people. Andela’s value proposition is that our engineers work on global problems, within global teams, and are connected to the best engineering community in Africa. By this, we are empowering people to grow exponentially and accelerate their careers” says Omowale David-Ashiru, Country Director, Andela Nigeria.

She continues, “we are excited to be part of the first generation of limitless software engineers in Africa who will play a significant role in transforming the future of technology, which we hope will be central to Africa’s economic development.

“At Andela, we expect our Software Engineers to gain the skills, experiences and networks that will enable them to become innovators and tech leaders in Africa and we are excited to now open up our recruitment funnel to diversify and enhance our talent pool”.

The Power of “X” campaign was announced officially in Lagos this week. Titled, “An inclusive future for the next generation”, and attended by key industry stakeholders, leading technologists and media, the event saw the likes of Bankole Oluwafemi, Editor in Chief at TechCabal and Prosper Otemuyiwa, Co-founder of Forloop share insights about the future of

technology in Africa during their fireside chat session. Andela’s Director of Developer Programs, Jolomi Otumara and Director of Partner Engineering, Olawumi Onawumi who also featured in the chat session, talked about Andela’s plans for the next generation of tech talent in Africa.

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CoinCola Bitcoin Platform now in Nigeria

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Blockchain Technology is rapidly growing in different continents and many more people beginning to see the importance and relevance of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology in their different fields of life.

Nations and companies are gradually adopting cryptocurrency in exchange for goods and services instead of fiat. However, the African continent seems to be lagging behind in the adoption of this upcoming technology resulting from the lack of political will to accept the risk of innovation (in Blockchain technology and cryptocurrency). This can further be perceived in the reluctance to adopt the use of cryptocurrency in day-to-day transactions.

Though based in Hong Kong, Coincola aims to provide trustworthy trading and exchange services to all its users all around the world with Africa being a key place of interest.

Coincola believes that Blockchain technology will be essential to providing secure banking and payment services in the future and also that cryptocurrency will greatly improve the convenience of daily transactions and help to create a world that is financially borderless. Hence, our mission is to “connect everyone to this new digital asset economy.

Coincola is an OTC cryptocurrency marketplace and exchange designed to offer the best cryptocurrency trading experience for users and also offer fast and secure trading services at competitive fees and exchange rates.

In the OTC Marketplace, the trading platform allows people around the world to use their local FIAT currency to buy and sell Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Litecoin (LTC), Dash (DASH) ,Tether (USDT) and Ripple (XRP). This is done on a person-to-person (P2P) basis. Users can post adverts for free and are only charged a trading fee of 0.7% of the traded amount once the transaction has been completed.

In the exchange market, CoinCola offers Bitcoin (BTC) and Tether (USDT) as base currencies and supports crypto-to-crypto trading pairs with Ethereum (ETH), Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and Litecoin (LTC).  A trading fee of 0.2% is charged for an exchanged amount. However, there is a fixed withdrawal fee.

The new feature which allows users to trade bitcoin with gift card was added recently to fulfill a highly desired request by African users. Users can now buy bitcoin in Nigeria, Guana and everywhere else in Africa. They can buy bitcoin with gift cards, whether it is iTunes gift cards, Amazon gift cards, Google gift cards, Steam gift cards and more.

At Coincola, security is of utmost priority hence there are multiple layers of security including bank-level encryption, cold storage and SSL, ensuring that customers can trade with 100% confidence.

CoinCola provides an intuitive and easy verification process by building trust and transparency in the Blockchain ecosystem and ensuring compliance using KYC/AML regulations.

A mobile app is available to enable users to transact and trade comfortably while on the move.

Compared to Paxful trading fee which is 5% for every traded amount, CoinCola charges a fee of 0.7%, now, a lot is saved. Trading of your cryptocurrencies can be done via our mobile app or web version however Paxful only has its web version.

CoinCola supports BTC, ETH, LTC, BCH, XRP, USDT, and Dash but Paxful supports only BTC.

Security and users’ satisfaction are our priorities, therefore CoinCola provides a 24/7 full support and inquiry on their platform as well as on their Telegram channel.

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MainOne Pledges N25billion to Digitization of Lagos

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MainOne has launched its “Digital Lagos: Broadband for All” campaign initiative to enable the digital transformation of Lagos state through deployment of ubiquitous broadband infrastructure across the state.

MainOne’s ambition for Lagos is inspired by the vision of Lagos Governor-elect Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who noted presciently that “Technology will improve the rule of law, education, ease of doing business and government processes of Lagos”.

At the campaign launch organized in Lagos to announce its plans earlier in the week, Funke Opeke, Chief Executive Officer, MainOne, said, the company is keen to collaborate with the Lagos State Government and all other relevant stakeholders to build Digital Lagos and help citizens from all walks of life realize the benefits of broad, sustainable economic growth, modernized education, health, and other services delivery, and improved quality of life.

“MainOne is pleased to have the opportunity to present its plan for Digital Lagos, a proven path to ubiquitous broadband connectivity. This plan will involve the investment by MainOne of over N25 billion over the next 2-3 years to develop critical fiber optic infrastructure to enable broadband services across Lagos state,” she said.

A presentation was made by Mr. Judah Levine, CEO HIP Consult, a Washington DC based, independent, management consulting firm with specialization in ICT in emerging markets. HIP Consult worked with MainOne in developing a concept paper and implementation plan for Digital Lagos. Mr. Levine touched on the research done for Digital Lagos, its implementation plans and subsequent impact in Lagos State.

Opeke said MainOne has pioneered investments in critical internet-enabling infrastructure across West Africa, Nigeria, and Lagos. To date, the company has invested over N120 billion funded by leading African banks and has proven its capabilities in expanding and densifying localized fiber networks in neighboring Ogun and Edo States by deploying almost 1,000kms of fiber in partnership with Facebook to expand broadband access and connect government institutions and other areas of interest.

Opeke said, as the licenced InfraCo for Lagos zone, the resulting network to be built by MainOne would provide essential connectivity to critical State institutions, cover over 300 government agencies, up to 10,000 State CCTV locations, Telecom operators and ISPs, public Wi-Fi hotspots, Smart City components / IOT devices, in addition to Enterprises.

In Lagos, MainOne’s existing 700-kilometer network already covers major population centers and Yaba, where it provides connectivity for the majority of the Yabacon ecosystem and has connected startups like Andela, ccHub, Paga, and Flutterwave and others that have raised up to USD500million Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Nigeria.

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