18 Dec

Tech hub to grow African entrepreneurs

first_img25 February 2013A new South African innovation and technology incubator, JoziHub, aims to promote technological development and entrepreneurship, it was announced at the launch of the project in Johannesburg last week.It is the city’s first technology incubator and was founded by mobile health technology firm Praekelt Foundation.“Technology hubs can play a pivotal role in fostering the emergence of a new generation of African tech entrepreneurs,” founder of the Praekelt Foundation, Gustav Praekelt, said in a statement.“By providing the training, support, facilities and networks required to enable entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into sustainable businesses, incubators such as JoziHub can make an immediate and lasting impact on local innovation and development.”Focus will be given to addressing the country’s most pressing social challenges through the development of internet, social media and mobile technology.Content streams to cater for markets such as health, arts, environment and sustainability and women in technology will also be used to help address these problems, as will the hosting of regular events to bring together experts and entrepreneurs.‘Creating socially minded ventures’“For Johannesburg tech entrepreneurs, the world just became smaller and the path to innovation shorter,” said Omidyar Network partner, Stephen King.Omidyar Network is one of the firms backing the project, along with Google and ISLabs. Omidyar is a global investment firm which aims to stimulate social and economic growth.“Our experience in Silicon Valley, as well as our support of technology hubs in Nairobi and Lagos, demonstrates the vital role JoziHub will play as an open, living lab where collaboration among social entrepreneurs and technologists will spark new ideas, nurture innovation and create socially minded ventures,” King said.ISLabs is a division of service provider Internet Solutions, established to identify online projects and help with their development.JoziHub will work with other hubs across Africa, such as Kenya’s iHub, and is planning to apply to become part of networking organisation AfriLabs.“Johannesburg has a vibrant community of innovators and world-class thinkers whose ideas can transform the country and indeed the African continent,” Praekelt said.“At JoziHub we are seeking to harness this energy and allow its vast potential to be realised.”It will be free for entrepreneurs to join and use JoziHub’s services for the first three months in order to drive growth.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

17 Dec

Timetric Makes Web Data Useful with Time Series Analysis

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… jolie odell Tags:#start#startups A winner at this year’s mini-Seedcamp in London, Timetric is an app from Inkling Software, a three-principal shop composed of chemistry and physics PhDs.The premise is fairly simple: Timetric was created to store, share, and analyze data over time. For predicting trends, proving assertions, and recommending actions, time series analysis is a highly valuable tool. It’s Facebook’s Lexicon all grown up and actually useful, pulling data from all over the web and querying this huge database to serve significant results.Calling to mind truly hot topics such as Facebook’s rumored sentiment analysis engine, the parsing of real-time data, and the need for data over facts in modern journalism, Timetric addresses one facet of a growing gap between what information is now available online and how much we actually know about what that information means.Here, one of the principals of Inkling, Andrew Walkingshaw, talks about how time series analysis works. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts In our recent post on data in journalism, we wrote: “The voracious appetite for data… has been apparent for months. It is less about turning good ideas into stories and more about seeing how data informs our understanding of events happening right now. Each new initiative is another piece of low-hanging fruit picked.”Timetric is one of those low-hanging fruits, gathered with a minimal amount of patience over a period of time and put to great use by any number of entities. With regard to journalism, the Guardian’s Data Blog uses Timetric to report on anything from long-term inflation trends to the relative purity of cocaine seized by police.We ourselves were able to pull in data from a time series library to create charts on the incidence of men with full beards over a number of years:Once uploaded, data is downloadable and embeddable by users in a number of formats. Users can also designate tags and licenses, and the team has developed a REST-based API for other Timetric-based apps.Quick visualization and analysis of time-dependent data has never been simpler. We hope that the functions and forms become even richer as Timetric grows.last_img read more