EDVES: Nigerian Teachers just got Tech-ier

LOSING RECORDS WAS ONE SITUATION THAT BOTH STUDENTS AND ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS DREADED. YOU DARED NOT GO BACK TO YOUR SCHOOL 20 YEARS LATER TO LOOK FOR YOUR MISSING CERTIFICATE. EDVES HAS ARRIVED TO MAKE SURE HISTORY DOES NOT REPEAT ITSELF.

 https://edves.net/#

https://edves.net/#

I could get personal with this. I remember my mum screaming "keep your certificate safe" over and again to me while I was processing my admission into the university some years back. Years later I totally understood her cries were for my good because losing your certificate or statement of result was like the end of the road for people. It could take forever to get back any of those lost documents. I also recollect manipulating some figures on my report sheet to escape some form of punishment at home. These and more a lot of us got away with because we were so into processing things manually.

Edves is an indigenous company that has designed the easiest and secure web tool platform that encompasses all school management needs. This platform addresses specific challenges with capturing data, paperwork, stress, giving speed to teaching and learning activities, working effectively with it to improve every area of school operations. Its scalable innovations are fully customized to meet individual school’s specification.

Built by Dimeji Falana and his team, it has been discovered to be an easy yet powerful school management platform for any educational Institution. Regardless of any curriculum, you need a platform that can increase enrollments, retain existing students, track student & teachers performance, and help streamline academic and administration work.

The most interesting part is that parents can be a part of their child(ren)'s academic state. They do not have to visit the school or wait until the end of the term to see how much progress the child(ren) is making.

According to Dimeji Falana, CEO EDVES "We have inbuilt SMS platform in the Edves Portal, so Schools use this feature to communicate with parents especially to send the Continuous Assessment Results of their wards to them. This has increased the speed of communicating student grading and performance to parents without physical meetup. Parents are also happy to receive the result on their phones to track the academic improvement of their wards."

 Courtesy: https://blog.edves.net

Courtesy: https://blog.edves.net

Dimeji Falana, CEO EDVES

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Falana is a software developer with a 9-year experience in the software industry. As a graduate of Computer Science, University of Ilorin, he has previously led various teams to build and deploy over 100 projects such as Websites, Mobile Apps, Cloud and Desktop Applications for Banks, Schools, Businesses, Hotels, States and Federal Government in Nigeria. He was a former instructor at the AITI MIT Summer Program. His team recently secured a World Bank sponsored Grant through GEM Project, supervised by Federal Min. of Trade & Investment.

He loves track events and holds 14sec 100 meter record in the Faculty of Communication and Information, the University of Ilorin in 2010.

If it must be said, education in Nigeria is trailing far behind the tech train and a lot of us wonder if it will ever catch up. What Edves, a Nigerian platform built for Nigerians by Nigerians, is doing is a worthy cause. This is their effort to making sure our teachers stand up and join the future today. It is enough that the future of this country is being tutored by teachers who do not know as much as typing on a computer keyboard. Government educational institution should take advantage of this platform and help make Nigeria a part of the 4th industrial revolution.

For more information visit EDVES.

 

Make that Cemetery a Forest

INNOVATION HAS NOW MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR YOU TO PRESERVE THE MEMORY OF YOUR LOVED ONE WHO HAS PASSED AND YOU SAVE THE PLANET IN THE PROCESS. 

 https://urnabios.com/

https://urnabios.com/

From time immemorial people from different races and time have adopted different methods, from simple to bizarre, to save memories of their loved ones. These methods range from keeping a picture visible at all times, writing a biography, erecting a monument, naming an institution, location or child after them, cremating or mummifying and the list goes on.

People need not go that far anymore. A technology, innovative cum pro-earth thinking company has made Bios Urn, an incube lets you plant your Urn in your home to bring you a personal experience that honors your loved ones.  Bios Urn is a product created by Spanish design studio estudimoline that enables you, your loved ones, or your pets to be buried in a life-assuring kind of way by transforming their ashes into a tree. Thus, saving memories and saving planet earth.

Now don't go all creepy on reading this. 

The Urn is 100% biodegradable, made of coconut shell, compacted peat, and cellulose. It has two parts — a top capsule for the seed, and a bottom part for the ashes. This structure allows the seed to germinate separated from the ashes and their high acidity. Once the urn starts to biodegrade, the seed roots are already strong enough to contact them and the entire set becomes part of the sub-soil. 

The Urn is manufactured both for people and for pets; it can be used with ash saved from another urn, and it doesn’t expire. Customers can pick the type of seed they would like — oak, maple, pine, gingko, beech, ash, or choose to get an urn without a seed in order to use their own.

Bios Urn changes the way people see death, converting the ‘end of life’ into a transformation and a return to life through nature. [It is] a smart, sustainable, and ecologically friendly way to approach what’s, probably, one of the most important moments in human life.
— http://bigthink.com/design-for-good/this-awesome-urn-will-turn-you-into-a-tree-after-you-die

Guess what? It is rechargeable! It has a water monitor sensor and an app connected to your phone that gives up update about the growth of the plant. It can be in your living room when small and can make an outdoor garden when large enough.

Watch this video to know more about Bios Urn.

With the rate at which planet earth is being abused planting a tree in memory of your loved ones will be beneficial to all.

A wedding made in Technology

THIS IS GOOD NEWS FOR TECH ENTHUSIASTS! THERE IS NOW POOF THAT YOU CAN MAKE YOUR WEDDING TECH THEMED. JESSICA NAZIRI-SABET, A TECH BLOGGER PLANNED HER ENTIRE WEDDING AROUND TECHNOLOGY EVEN TO THE BOUQUET.

 Courtesy: thefeministbride.com

Courtesy: thefeministbride.com

Jessica Naziri, who works as a tech blogger at TechSesh.co wanted to create a synthesis of old-fashioned wedding customs along with aspects of modern life in 2017. She confessed that she had always wanted to plug into new technologies and make her wedding a modern-day experience, yet with age-old traditions.  She and her husband Michael Sabet, a real estate entrepreneur chose a tech theme for their Los Angeles wedding, from the invitations to the bouquet, to pictures, to souvenirs for guests who attended their wedding. 

"As I made choices like creating a custom app for my wedding, supplying charging stations at the reception, and wearing a 3D-printed headpiece, the tech theme came together organically," says Naziri. She said that as the world introduces more and more gadgets and tech into our everyday lives, weddings are beginning to do the same. She wanted to be a part of that. 

The couple created an app and website for their wedding using so their guests could share photos and chat to one another. As if that was not enough, Naziri also made bouquets for herself and her bridesmaids using Belkin lightning cables as an alternative to flowers. 

 IMAGE: MHER HAGOPIAN, M.T.H PRODUCTION

IMAGE: MHER HAGOPIAN, M.T.H PRODUCTION

Jessica said that when she started planning, she realized that she was less interested in flowers and dresses than in finding ways to incorporate what she loved most as she started a new chapter in her life.

“I always wanted to plug into new technologies and make my wedding a modern-day experience, yet with age-old traditions. The tech theme just came about naturally because technology is such a large part of who I am. I wanted to bring technology down the aisle with me." This she took to another level by wearing a 3D-printed headpiece.

The social media savvy wedding just wouldn’t be complete without four Snapchat filters specially designed for the day as there were three custom Snapchat filters stamped with photos of themselves which were geofenced to the wedding venue.  

When it came to the guests, the happy couple wanted to make things as easy as possible for their friends to take photos during the day. "We encouraged everyone to keep taking photos and even provided charging stations, so you can say we definitely did not impose social media restrictions," says Naziri. According to Naziri, special charging stations are a "must-have" at weddings, so no one stresses about saving their phone battery when taking pics and posting on social media. 

Photography which is an important part of the wedding had a touch of technology as an enlisted photographer who used drones to get some extra-special 360 footage of the wedding that only drones could provide was used.

The couple really wanted the day to be "very social" and to keep the photos of the party from "a guest's perspective" thus guests were encouraged to use their wedding hashtag #SabetterTogether with the W-Fi password that was provided at the venue so everyone could be connected and social. Just so no one complains of low battery, charging points were provided at the ceremony. To cap it all, the wedding party were given portable charging packs engraved with the wedding hashtag. She chose this gift so her party would "always remember this day and keep a piece of the tech theme on hand." 

Take a full look at the complete pictures below.

Tech Trend Talks: The Future of Technology in Africa

THE FUTURE OF TECH WILL BE WRITTEN IN LAGOS, NAIROBI, KAMPALA AND CITIES ACROSS AFRICA. TODAY THE CONTINENT CAN BOAST OF ABOUT 300 TECH HUBS IN 93 CITIES ACROSS 42 COUNTRIES IN AFRICA, COMPARED TO NONE JUST A DECADE AGO." - JEREMY JOHNSON, CEO ANDELA

Tech+Africa+TINK Africa

When talk turns to technology trends, it should also turn to Africa – because that’s where some of the world’s cutting-edge innovation is happening right now. As a result, TINK Africa, a Trends Intelligence Company in Lagos, hosted Tech Gurus and enthusiasts over the weekend to discuss The Future of Technology in Africa.

Professionals in mobile technology, e-commerce, tech hubs, tech story tellers, programmers, coders, gamers and other titles involved with tech came in for a heart to heart yet professional discourse on what role Africa will be playing technology-wise in the future.

Meet the Panelist

Wole Ogundare is currently the Managing Director at Yudala Limited. He has spent the last 22 years as an enterprise expert focused on business building, market expansion strategies, governance and financial inter-mediation for current and potential investors in Sub Saharan Africa. His varied experience portfolio revolves around the following sectors: retail, marketing communications, telecoms, FMCG, power, solid minerals, financial services, health and agriculture.

Tristan Hall is a Techie, Photographer, and Entrepreneur who is currently working as Smartphone Product Manager in Lagos, Nigeria for Samsung Electronics West Africa after a two-year period in the Africa Regional Office. Tristan has worked in Sales and Marketing roles even while writing, editing and publishing PhotoComment Magazine through first entrepreneurial years as co-founder of Comment Media.

Ndukwe Onuoha's Linkedin profile reads thus; I'm an ad man. I tell brand stories with human truths. I'm a poet; I put rhyme to reason. I love politics, and will someday want to work on a campaign strategy. I believe in Abia, and I know that one day, I will change it for the better. His specialties includes Campaign Strategy, Campaign Building, Scripting for Commercials, Branding, Political Strategy.

Muyiwa Matuluko is a co-founder, Editor-in-chief at Techpoint.ng

Here are quick points from the discourse.

If given a vote, technology should be the most used word after hello, given the fact that in Africa, as nowhere else in the world, technology is improving people’s lives – especially mobile services and applications. With minimal fixed line phone infrastructure, the continent has embraced the opportunity to leapfrog existing technologies, becoming a world leader in the delivery of such services as well as helping to break down the barriers to energy through off-grid electricity, solar-powered phone chargers and the likes.

Noted as a continent of innovation, creativity and technology with Nigeria and Kenya being recognized as the fastest growing of the innovation hubs on the continent, the world is watching as she makes effort not to be left behind in the scheme of things.

 

It's 2 Days to Tech Trends Talks, Are you Ready?

It's no news that the World has gone Digital and Global is fast becoming a global village. Technology is taking over old processes and procedures. In all this Africa, isn't behind. Today, Nigeria could be mentioned as Africa's leading tech Hub. TINK Africa, a Trends Intelligence Network in Lagos wishes to welcome you to another edition of their Special Monthly Meet Up. The TINK Africa Special meetups tracks trends and discusses topical issues that affect Nigerians and Africans at large across diverse scopes. This month, they will be dissecting and forecasting the future of technology in Africa

This Saturday, August 5, 2017 join these top industry players at the Tech Trends Talks event as they lead the conversation on Predicting Trends in Africa's Tech Ecosystem.

 Panelist: Muywia Matuluko, Co-founder, Editor-in-Chief, Techpoint

Panelist: Muywia Matuluko, Co-founder, Editor-in-Chief, Techpoint

 Panelist: Wole Ogundare, Managing Director, Yudala

Panelist: Wole Ogundare, Managing Director, Yudala

 Tristan Hall, Product Manager (Mobile), Samsung electronics, West Africa

Tristan Hall, Product Manager (Mobile), Samsung electronics, West Africa

Featuring: Insightful Discussions | Master Class | Networking

To attend, fill form HERE