Weekly Roundup: You Can Now Test for Malaria Accurately Without Drawing Blood!


It’s our weekly roundup once more where we bring you a summary of all that happened the previous week.

So, let’s go!

Uganda Software Engineer Wins the prestigious Africa Prize for Innovation

Brian Gitta, a 24-year-old Ugandan software engineer has won the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, with his project ‘Matibabu‘ –making him the first Ugandan and the youngest winner of the prize so far. With this innovation, tests for malaria can be done quickly, accurately, and without drawing blood. How amazing!!!

The project, which is named Matibabu (meaning ‘medical centre’ in Swahili), is a reusable device that works by clipping onto a patient’s finger and a beam of red light shines through the patient’s finger, detecting changes in the shape, colour, and concentration of red blood cells, all of which are affected by malaria all this within one minute. After the test, the results are available on a mobile phone that is linked to the device.

Orange Launches its New “Women Start” Acceleration Program for Female Entrepreneurs

Orange Fab France, a startup accelerator, has Launched its New “Women Start” Acceleration Program dedicated to encouraging women-led startups around the world and helping them develop their businesses.

The accelerator is aimed at helping women founders or co-founders of startups form business partnerships with market lines from Orange or Orange partners in France and abroad. The startup’s management will undergo training and mentorship during the acceleration phase with the support of internal and external mentors. The program will also elevate startups and encourage them to go international.

The acceleration program is expected to begin in September, but applications would be open until 24th June 2018. Interested startups can click here to apply.

After 20 Years, Yahoo Messenger is Finally Shutting Down Next Month!

Another news that trended last week was that yahoo messenger will be shutting down soon.

As a peace offering, although not a direct replacement for Yahoo Messenger, users are being advised to try out its new group messaging app, Squirrel, which is still an invite-only group messaging app which will be rolled out to the public when Yahoo Messenger shuts down. Interested members can request for an invite.

World Cup 2018 Kick-Starts!

All over the world, football lovers are excited as The 2018 World Cup begins in Russia…

The FIFA World Cup kicked off with Russia taking on Saudi Arabia in the Luzhniki Stadium. The 21st World Cup began in extraordinary fashion as the World came together at the Luzhinki Stadium in Russia.

There was a lot of glamour and passion as the World had been set alight with football once again.

The wonderful afternoon in Moscow begun with a wonderful opening ceremony where the official Mascot Zibivaka and the official ball Telstar was in full display.

Robbie Williams performed at the gathering which got the crowd crazy. Other performers include Opera singer Placido Domingo who famously soundtracked Italia ’90 alongside Luciano Pavarotti and José.

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