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OpenNet Africa Final Pitch Event: Digital Safety and Security Tools Testing - What Transpired

As part of CIPESA’s OpenNet Africa initiative which is aimed at promoting internet freedom in the region through digital security and safety skills development, creating awareness on the status of online freedoms and how to protect them, building a network of the region’s actors in this domain, and advocacy to engender a more progressive digital rights regime in East Africa, Outbox worked with the local tech community to test select digital safety and security tools to understand what works well and why and what mi

TWO AFRICAN START­UPS WIN INVESTMENTS IN REGIONAL COMPETITION FOR FUNDING

Winners aim to increase incomes for smallholder farmers through innovative financial services
 
June 26, 2015 (Nairobi, Kenya)—​Village Capital today announced the first winners of its innovative program, East Africa: FinTech for Agriculture 2015. The program supports entrepreneurs in making financial services more affordable and accessible for smallholder farmers and other underbanked individuals in East Africa. The program is supported by the DOEN Foundation, The MasterCard Foundation, and Duncan Goldie-Scot.

Children Digital Publishing Expo 2015 - Press Release

KAMPALA, June 10, 2015MixaKids Publishing has organized an Expo that will showcase creative writing and digital publishing by children in Uganda. The Expo is being organized by MixaKids in collaboration with the Directorate of Education & Social Services, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and the key primary schools participating in the MixaKids programme. 
 

PIVOT East 2015 Semi-finalists Announced - Two of our Resident Startups Qualify

Cross posted from Pivot East Blog post

PIVOT East, a startups competition geared towards nurturing the growing ICT talent in East Africa, has unveiled semifinalist for this year’s competition.

CIPESA - Outbox Engagement: Digital Safety and Security Tools Testing

Since the beginning of 2015, the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA, www.cipesa.org) has been working in partnership with local tech communities in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Ethiopia to generate an empirical understanding in an [East] African context, of online safety and security technologies for ICT/internet users in the region.
 

ACIA Awards 2015 Report

Saying that Friday, May 22, 2015 went down as the date when Acia became a signature of Uganda’s innovation industry would be an understatement. However, the Awards gala of the 5th edition of Acia that was held in a King-size marquee in the luxurious gardens of the five-star Sheraton Hotel lived to the billing.
 

Setting my career path with the Outbox Women Passion Program

Lisa Namugga shares her experience about the recently concluded Women Passion program(WOPA). As a student of Business Computing at Makerere University Business school, The women Passion program was the kind of program she needed to figure out where she wanted to concentrate in her career. Outbox initiated the Women Passion program in May 2014 -- a program designed to equip women and girls with skills in web programming, lean startup methodologies, leadership and human centered design.

Village Capital FinTech for Agriculture: East Africa 2015 cohort announced

Ensibuuko, a startup that was revealed by the ICT4Ag initiative in 2013 and incubated at Outbox has qualified for the Village Capital fintech for Agriculture East Africa 2015 accelerator program. Two of the top ventures in the program will receive USD 100,000 worth of funding. Other Ugandan startups selected include Remit Uganda and Yield Uganda

Blackbox Connect and Google for Entrepreneurs Partner To Accelerate Female-Founded Startups

Instahealth, a Ugandan startup affiliated with Outbox has been selected to participate in BlackBox Connect, Female founders edition. Instahealth is one of 18 startups selected from around the World to participate in the two week immersion program in Silicon Valley, connecting with Fellow entrepreneur, meeting with potential investors, receiving expert advice from venture capitalists and forging valuable business relations. 

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