Orange unearths Africa�s innovative spirit

MODISAR Team winners of the 2014 prize
MODISAR Team winners of the 2014 prize

With the world going Digital, ICT ventures are the route to go for aspiring young entrepreneurs in Africa.

According to ICT (information and communications technology - or technologies) is an umbrella term that includes any communication device or application, encompassing: radio, television, cellular phones, computer and network hardware and software, satellite systems and so on, as well as the various services and applications associated with them, such as videoconferencing and distance learning. ICTs are often spoken of in a particular context, such as ICTs in education, health care, or libraries.

According to the European Commission, the importance of ICTs lies less in the technology itself than in its ability to create greater access to information and communication in underserved populations.And over the past couple of years, Orange has been a game changer in encouraging and supporting young Batswana in this area by sharing its experience and know-how by offering access to its networks and platforms, and by facilitating the creation of new services by making available its Application Programming Interface (API) catalogue. In addition, the Group has created special mechanisms for acceleration or incubation such as the Orange Fab programme in Côte d’Ivoire, as well as supporting structures for financing and management. Since 2009, Orange has partnered with Botswana U-Penn in numerous ICT projects ranging from m-health to m-learning, and in 2011 the organisation launched the Orange African Social Venture Prize, of which in the 2014 edition of the competition one of our own,  Thuto Gaotingwe was one of the winners and got to benefit from this venture.

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