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Revolutionising Industries with Cutting-Edge Solutions – A Glimpse into Nnanna Okorie’s Trailblazing Journey   

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Lagos, Nigeria: HS Advanced Technology proudly spotlights its visionary Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Nnanna Okorie, who is at the forefront of leading the company in boutique software development and cutting-edge technology solutions.

A luminary with a diverse background spanning continents and industries, Okorie’s journey reflects a tapestry of innovation and impact. His creative spirit, combined with a zest for exploring new technologies, has cemented his reputation as a trailblazer in the tech realm. 

Born of Taiwanese-Nigerian heritage, Okorie embodies a global perspective that enriches his approach to technology and business solutions. From a young age, Okorie’s insatiable curiosity led him to deconstruct gadgets out of sheer fascination for understanding their inner workings. As an unexpected turn of events, his parents channelled this passion into formal coding classes at the very early age of 8, inadvertently igniting the spark that fuelled his remarkable career. The more Okorie delved into the world of technology, the more his inquisitiveness grew, propelling him to test boundaries, create innovative solutions, and push the limits of what was possible.

Upon hearing that Okorie was returning to Lagos, Nigeria from New York City, he was swiftly appointed as the CEO of 3 Wise Pixels, a startup founded by Andrew, Sampson, and Sean. This strategic move marked a turning point for the company, propelling it to new heights under Okorie’s leadership. His tenure as CEO saw 3 Wise Pixels being recognized by the London Stock Exchange Group as one of Africa’s fastest growing and most dynamic companies, a testament to the transformative impact he had on the organization. 

Under Okorie’s leadership, HS Advanced Technology has emerged as a beacon of excellence, offering Boutique Software Solutions, Cybersecurity Services, IoT innovations, AI solutions, and more to empower SMEs globally.

Not confined to software alone, Okorie’s expertise extends into Electrical Engineering, a field in which he holds an undergraduate degree. This unique combination of software and hardware knowledge positions HS Advanced Technology at the forefront of comprehensive technological solutions that seamlessly bridge the gap between digital software and physical hardware components.

Okorie’s educational background in electrical and computer engineering, coupled with a master’s degree in Computer Science, underpins his holistic approach to technology, enabling a deeper understanding of how software interfaces with hardware components to deliver cutting-edge solutions.

Beyond his entrepreneurial prowess, Okorie’s illustrious career includes pivotal projects that have redefined the boundaries of technology. Notable among these achievements is his role in the development of a revolutionary microcontroller integrated with various sensors, pioneering advancements in wearable tech and healthcare applications.

While his influence extends far and wide, Okorie’s commitment to mentorship and education remains unwavering. His tenure as an Assistant Professor at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) from 2013 to 2015 saw him imparting knowledge on Java programming, Microcontroller, and Robotics, inspiring the next generation of problem solvers and visionaries.

Unveiling glimpses of his ingenuity, Okorie’s portfolio features landmark contributions to groundbreaking innovations. From being part of the team that designed the Google Glass prototype to crafting inventive solutions like a mini automated cat playmate and an automated walker for Parkinson’s patients, his legacy epitomizes forward-thinking creativity and compassion.

As HS Advanced Technology continues to push boundaries and redefine possibilities under Okorie’s dynamic leadership, the future of tech advancement shines brighter than ever.

To learn more about the Founder and CTO of HS Advanced Technology and his vision, follow him on LinkedIn: Nnanna Okorie.

For inquiries or further information about HS Advanced Technology, please, contact hello@hsadvanced.technology. For instant updates, the latest tech trends, behind-the-scenes insights, and a daily dose of innovation, follow the company on Instagram: @hsadvancedtechnology and LinkedIn: HS Advanced Technology

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Meta Announces Llama Impact Innovation Awards to Support AI-Driven Organisations in Africa, Middle East and Turkey

June 19, 2024 — Today, Meta announced the launch of the Meta Llama (Large Language Model Meta AI) Impact Innovation Awards, building on its commitment to open science and empowering developers in every industry to drive breakthroughs, create new products and solutions, and benefit from accelerations in technological advancement and economic growth.

The Meta Llama Impact Innovation Awards supports organisations across Africa, the Middle East, and Turkey that are leveraging Llama 2 or Llama 3 to drive social impact.  With awards of up to $35,000 USD, this program will identify and empower organisations that use Llama as a core element of their work to address challenges in the region.

The Awards is a global program and it’s open to all countries in Africa, the Middle East, and Turkey. Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate how their use of Llama 2 or Llama 3 addresses specific issues relevant to their primary location of operation:

  • Education: Leverage Llama to improve learning outcomes, increase access to quality education, and enhance the teaching experience. Applications might include AI-powered tutoring, personalized learning platforms, and intelligent tools for teachers.
  • Public services: Harness Llama to enhance transparency, accountability, and efficiency in government services. Applications might include but are not limited to solutions for citizen engagement, AI-driven data analysis, and virtual assistants for navigating government processes.
  • Healthcare: Apply Llama to improve health outcomes, streamline clinical workflows, and enhance patient experiences. These might include AI-powered diagnostic tools, intelligent tools for healthcare workers, or personalized medicine platforms.
  • Safety and Security: Employ Llama to develop innovative solutions that enhance public safety, prevent fraud, and protect vulnerable populations. For example, AI-powered fraud detection, chatbots for emergency response, and predictive analytics for crime prevention.

Application Details

The application window for the Meta Llama Impact Innovation Awards is open from Monday, June 17, 2024, to Friday, July 26, 2024. Organisations in eligible countries are encouraged to submit their applications. All proposals will be evaluated using a selection criteria that assesses:

  • Demonstrated utility of Llama: Llama should be a fundamental component of the project or product, and its utility should be clearly defined. As a part of this evaluation, applicants are required to submit public reference to their use of Llama (e.g., blog post, news article, or Github repository outlining how Llama is used for the project or product).  
  • Applicability: The proposed solution measurably addresses the challenge outlined in their designated track.
  • Impact: The proposed solution articulates a vision for how their solution impacts the broader problem space and provides social benefit. This might include how the solution works across geographies, addresses the needs of additional communities, or similar.
  • Responsibility: Ideal winners will be able to demonstrate how they utilized the Responsible Use Guidelines in the development of their project or product. 

Winners will be notified by September 2024 while applicants-of-interest and runners- up may be notified by or beyond September 2024. If your organisation has a submission for how to use Llama to address the relevant issue topic, Meta invites you to send in your applications before the application window closes and expect more program updates.

For additional information, please see the Terms and Conditions.

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ALX Partners YALI Network Youth Tech Summit, Advocates Future of Africa Through Technology

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Lagos, Nigeria – May 19, 2024 – ALX, Africa’s leading tech career accelerator, dedicated to developing and empowering Africa’s tech talent, partnered with the organisers of the maiden edition of the Youth Tech Summit put together by the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Network, Lagos. This event brought together tech enthusiasts, industry professionals, and key stakeholders to explore the transformative potential of technology in shaping Africa’s future.

The summit featured insightful discussions on how technology can drive economic growth, create job opportunities, and empower the next generation of African leaders. The Country Manager of ALX Nigeria, Ruby Igwe, delivered a compelling keynote address that highlighted the role of tech-driven entrepreneurship in ensuring employability and economic growth (SDG 8).

IMG_0233: L-R: Coordinator, YALI Network Lagos, George Adjete; Country General Manager, ALX Nigeria, Ruby Igwe; Partnerships Lead, ALX Nigeria, Adebimpe Odulana-Animashawun, and Acting Director, American Corner Ikeja, Adeniyi Ogunbanjo at the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Network Tech Summit 2024, held at the American Corner, Lagos, recently.

“The YALI Network Tech Summit has been a remarkable success, showcasing the vibrant potential and innovative spirit of Africa’s tech community,” Ruby remarked. “At ALX, we are committed to nurturing this talent and providing the necessary tools and resources to help Africa’s youth thrive in the digital economy. We are excited to be part of this journey and look forward to supporting future editions of this impactful event.”

In addition to the keynote address, Adebimpe Odulana, the Partnerships Lead at ALX Nigeria, participated in a dynamic panel session focused on how strategic partnerships can expand job opportunities across the continent. The session provided valuable insights into creating sustainable employment solutions through collaboration between educational institutions, tech companies, and government agencies.

The YALI Network Tech Summit provided a platform for attendees to engage in meaningful dialogue, network with industry leaders, and gain practical knowledge about the latest technological trends and innovations. ALX’s involvement shows its dedication to fostering a robust tech ecosystem in Africa and driving inclusive growth through technology. With the introduction of its Virtual Assistant, Al Career Essentials and Professional Foundations programmes which require no admin fee, it continues to champion tech education and innovation and remains steadfast in its mission to empower Africa’s future leaders.

The positive reception of their contributions at the YALI Network Tech Summit reaffirms ALX’s role as a key player in the tech industry and its commitment to supporting initiatives that propel Africa towards a prosperous future.

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Jumia Nigeria kicks off Tech Week 2024

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Consumers in Nigeria to leverage the campaign to upgrade their tech devices

Lagos, (Nigeria), March 18th, 2024 – Jumia, the leading pan-African e-commerce platform, has commenced its annual ‘Tech Week’ campaign, offering exciting deals and the latest gadgets to help Nigerians elevate their tech experience. This year’s theme “Upgrade Your Experience” focuses on empowering consumers to embrace the transformative power of technology. The campaign running from March 18th to March 31st, 2024, provides millions of consumers with the opportunity to snag amazing deals on a wide range of tech essentials, from cutting-edge smartphones and laptops to top-of-the-line home appliances and entertainment systems. Partnering with top brands like Infinix, Tecno, Xiaomi, Oraimo, Binatone, Haier Thermocool, Sun King and Itel, Jumia ensures a diverse selection of high-quality products across different categories. “We’re thrilled to present Jumia Tech Week 2024, a platform to bridge the digital gap and empower Nigerians with the latest technology. With the continuous rise in smartphone adoption and internet penetration in the country, the demand for accessible tech is stronger than ever. Through strategic partnerships with top international and local brands, we aim to make tech upgrades a reality for all. During this campaign, consumers will have access to a wide range of high-quality tech products at the best prices,” said Sunil Natraj, CEO, Jumia Nigeria. Commenting on the partnership with Jumia for Tech Week, Oluwayemisi Ode, Integrated Marketing Communications & PR Manager, Infinix Nigeria, said “Infinix is thrilled to once again partner with Jumia for Tech Week 2024. Our partnership with Jumia exemplifies our commitment to providing customers with access to cutting-edge smart mobile devices at best value. Jumia’s reach as Africa’s leading e-commerce platform provides the perfect platform to showcase Infinix’s cutting-edge smartphones, and accessories to a wider audience. This year, we’re particularly excited to offer Tech Week shoppers exclusive deals on our latest devices, making it the perfect opportunity for consumers to upgrade at the best prices. With over 103 million internet users reported at the start of 2024, Nigeria continues to witness a surge in internet penetration, exceeding 45%. Smartphone adoption is also on the rise, highlighting the growing appetite for technology amongst Nigerians. Jumia Tech Week caters to this evolving landscape, providing a platform for seamless access to the latest tech essentials. Beyond just amazing deals, Jumia Tech Week offers exclusive flash sales with further discounts on select products, exciting giveaways and contests throughout the campaign, as well as a seamless online shopping experience with secure payment and pay-on-delivery option. ***END*** About Jumia Jumia believes that technology has the potential to transform everyday life in Africa for the better. Jumia was built to help consumers access millions of goods and services conveniently and at the best prices while opening up a new way for sellers to reach consumers and grow their businesses. Listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in 2019, Jumia is the leading e-commerce company in Africa, operating in 11 countries. The Jumia platform consists of a marketplace, which connects sellers with consumers, a logistics service, which enables the shipment and delivery of packages from sellers to consumers, and a payment service, JumiaPay, which offers a safe and easy solution to facilitate online payment transactions. The company offers goods across a broad range of categories, such as phones and electronics, home appliances, fast-moving consumer goods, fashion and beauty. For more information about Jumia, follow us on LinkedIn: Jumia Nigeria and Twitter: JumiaNigeria

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