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KNUST students build robot that repels mosquitoes

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KNUST students build robot that repels mosquitoes

KNUST students build robot that repels mosquitoes

Each year, countries around the world – Africa, specifically, spend huge sums of money on mosquito control programmes and mosquito bite treatment.

Amid several interventions meant to eliminate the deadly insect, there are concerns about the chemicals’ toxins that are released into the environment.

There are even suggestions totally getting rid of mosquitoes will create imbalance in nature.

So what allows them to live and come into our space but disable them from biting?

Well, Biomedical Engineering students of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology have a built a robotic mosquito repellent.

Second-year students, Joana Owusu-Appiah, Selinam Fiadjo and Daniella Asare call the robot ‘Anquito’, coined from ‘anti’ and ‘mosquito’.

“We realize there are so many measures to kill mosquitoes but we thought to ourselves, is it a problem of mosquitoes living or the fact that they’re in our space?

“Somebody is his room with mosquito coil and net but when there is light out, he goes out for fresh air and gets bitten.”

“What can we do for people who are outside their rooms and getting fresh air” they thought.

The robot, built with computer programming, emits ultrasonic sounds.

Ultrasound is not different from “normal” sound in its physical properties, except that humans cannot hear it. This limit varies from person to person and is approximately 20 kilohertz in healthy young adults. Ultrasound is used in many different fields, including detecting objects and measuring distance. Its imaging is often used in medicine.

Animals such as bats use ultrasound for locating prey and obstacles.

‘Anquito’ emits 38 kilohetz which is thought to ward off mosquitoes. It is equipped with sensors which stop and change direction after encountering an obstacle.

The students are working to create a miniature of the machine and employ artificial intelligence to make it smarter.

Source: Myjoyonline.com

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Ghana Innovation Hub to host Innovate Ghana Conference

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Ghana Innovation Hub to host Innovate Ghana Conference

Ghana’s undoubtedly numéro un  Hub, Ghana Innovation Hub is set to host the maiden edition of  Innovate Ghana Conference dubbed “#innov8GH Conference”.

The three (3) days Innovation Conference which is scheduled on the 24th, 25th and 26th of July 2019 is purposely created for entrepreneurs and other stakeholders in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Interestingly, The #innov8GH conference which will be held at the Ghana Innovation Hub (Accra Digital Center) is open to all and free of charge. There is no registration process. You can Feel free to join to check out the space, network, join the sessions of your interest and meet like-minded people at their sponsored daily networking cocktail. At other times during the conference, food and drinks will be available for purchase at the 1Hive – in-house restaurant located inside the hub.

Ghana Innovation Hub together with the World Bank, Ghana Telecom University college, Ministry of communication, MDF WEST AFRICA and BlueSpace Africa as partners have designed favourable sessions of time and days to suit the interest of all participants.

 

OUR VISION.

The Ghana Innovation hub being the center of Excellence has a strong Vision of nurturing the next generation of innovators by providing a physical working space as well as business development services, investment matchmaking and ecosystem support.

OUR SERVICES.

We provide BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SERVICES that is from IDEATION, INCUBATION AND ACCELERATION.

IDEATION.

You developing your idea or looking for inspiration for new product or service development for your existing business. You can join one of our workshops, networking events or short course to develop the right ideas. Our goal is to develop your idea or first business model.

 

INCUBATION

You are developing your idea into business model and/or testing the assumption in your business model in the market. You can join our incubation programs or apply for coaching to further build your product service, team and business model. Our goal is to find product market fit.

ACCELERATION.

You have developed your minimum viable product (MVP) and are generating substantial revenues through your customers. You can join one of our acceleration programs to quip your business for growth for investment. Our goal is to grow and scale the business.

KEY SERVICES.

The Ghana Innovation Hub  have the most affordable ultra-modern state of the art offices facilities. That is, co-working space, meeting rooms, board rooms event and training space for rentals. Our offices come with a free WIFI, WATER and ELECTRICITY and is open to Entrepreneurs, start-ups and the general public especially tech related businesses. We provide discounts on all our services to suit your demand.

*Co-working space.

*Private offices.

*Brainstorm Room.

*Board rooms.

*Meeting rooms.

*A training and events space.

*A coffee corner for drinks, snacks and catering(1hive).

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Africans deserve data protection as fundamental human rights – Deputy Communications Minister

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Africans deserve data protection as fundamental human rights – Deputy Communications Minister

Africans deserve data protection as fundamental human rights – Deputy Communications Minister

Deputy Communications Minister, Vincent Sowah Odotei, has indicated that personal data of Africans need to be protected by the constitution just like their fundamental human rights.

Though protection of personal data and privacy of individuals is a global challenge, African countries need to strategize, enact laws that will protect the data of governmental institutions and citizens, he stated.

Speaking at the 1st Africa Region Data Protection and Privacy Conference in Accra, Mr Sowah asserted that, the more data is used daily, the higher the risk of abuse whether intentionally or not.

According to the Minister, Ghana is making strides in protecting the data of its citizens during this era of unprecedented cybercrimes.

He further said, “President Akufo-Addo is working tirelessly to digitize services in the country, however, he is also calling for rigorous measures to ensure that the valuable data digitization generated is protected.

Mr Sowah also said, “Ghana is collaborating with stakeholders such as the Council of Europe, US Security government Initiative, Commonwealth and other international organizations to implement other initiatives to help curb cybercrime.”

He further stated that the public is being encouraged to know their rights to privacy and the need to protect it whilst data controllers are equally being educated on how to handle the data they generate or collect from the citizens.

Speaking in the same vein, Minister for planning, John Gyan Baffour also noted that the current environment of collecting and retrieving personal data is fast evolving thus, presenting us with the challenge of effective management of data in the bid to prevent unauthorized, careless and ignorant use of personal data.

Mr Baffour said, “Data today is the bedrock of our rapidly changing world providing our citizens with opportunities and indeed with challenges as well. Data protection issues are also human right issues”.

“How then do we protect fundamental human rights as enshrined in our various national constitutions while at the same time guaranteeing one’s right to information” he quizzed.

Stating some challenges Africa faces when it comes to data management and protection, Mr Gyan Baffour stated inadequate expertise as a top challenge. Out of 54 countries in the Africa Region, only 17 have passed the data protection law. This, he averred that wasn’t encouraging and needs to change.

“The Africa region has been slow in enacting relevant data protection laws, and establishment of supervisory authorities”.

He, however, mentioned that Ghana has passed Data Protection Act 2012, Act 843 to regulate the protection of personal data. Also, Data protection commission has been implemented to enforce the law and guarantee data safety.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

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Digitisation crucial to Ghana Beyond Aid – Bawumia

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Digitisation crucial to Ghana Beyond Aid – Bawumia

Digitisation crucial to Ghana Beyond Aid – Bawumia

On Wednesday, 15 May 2019, Ghana’s Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia participated in the first day of the Ghana Digital Roadmap Conference on the theme: Moving Ghana Beyond Aid: Expanding the local digital economy in Accra.

The conference is to review the Information and Communication Technology for Accelerated Development (ICT4AD) policy document in line with digital opportunities and generate ideas to develop a strategy and an implementation plan to establish Ghana as the leader in ICT innovation in Africa by 2023.

Speaking at the conference, Dr Bawumia stressed the importance the government of Ghana attaches to the ongoing digitisation agenda, emphasising that a digitised, formal economy is a crucial tool of the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda.

“Now is the time to take a critical look at our seminal ICT policy document, the ICT for Accelerated Development Policy, identify gaps and recommend changes required to provide the right framework to harness Ghana’s digital economy and also nurture our local ICT industry,” Dr Bawumia said.

Source: classfmonline.com

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