YouthSpark Star of the Week: Joseph “Hindo” Hindogbae

Meet Joseph “Hindo” Hindogbae, a 23-year-old from Bumpe, Sierra Leone who built his skills as a social entrepreneur to help improve living conditions in his community. Bumpe is located in rural Sierra Leone, an area prone to outbreaks of deadly diseases including malaria and cholera, due in part to improper waste management. Hindo saw that…


ICT in Africa, A Central Theme at the African Union Heads of State Summit This Month

This week at the African Union Heads of State Summit in Addis Ababa leaders from the continent are meeting on the theme of: “Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Africa: challenges and prospects for development.” Growing out of an increased recognition that technology is a critical element in supporting regional economic growth and competitiveness, the…


The EU-Africa Business Forum: ICT for Regional Economic Growth

The current moment is a particularly challenging one for the continent of Africa. Following in line with the global economic crisis, growth in Africa is now expected to be only 2.8 percent in 2009, following five years of consecutive growth above 5.5 percent. Yet no time is more important than now to bolster Africa’s investments…


Imagine Cup Students Travel to Redmond

Last week, students participating in the Imagine Cup traveled to Microsoft’s Redmond campus to meet with various Microsoft teams as they prepare for the 2009 Worldwide Finals in Cairo, Egypt. Team SKAN from India and Team MultiPoint WEB from the U.S. used the opportunity to network with developers and programmers at the company. Team SKAN…


Social Entrepreneurs in the Making

It is Imagine Cup season! Known as the “Olympics of Technology,” Microsoft Imagine Cup is the preeminent student technology competition in the world. This year, over 300,000 students from 100 countries are vying for a chance to compete in the Worldwide Finals in Cairo and all trying to solve the world’s toughest problems. The Imagine Cup…