Following in the footsteps of Las Vegas and Lisbon with their well-known CES and Web Summit conferences, Paris tried its hand this year with its own event tailored to an international crowd. The first edition of Viva Technology took place June 30-July 2, at Porte de Versailles and was dedicated to new technologies, especially French Tech. The weekend-long event was initiated by the CEO of Publicis, Maurice Lévy, and the CEO of Les Echos, Francis Morel, with the goal of placing France at the center of digital innovation, and of bringing large corporations and startups together under one roof. This year was a total success, with more than 5000 startups, and 300 renowned speakers, Viva Tech positioned itself as an event that will influence the future landscape of new technologies in France and abroad. The numbers alone indicate France’s enthusiasm : Viva Tech welcomed 45,000 people, far exceeding the originally expected 30,000.
Bangladesh has set its sights on transitioning the entire country towards digital as a means to economic development. After hitting many of the milestones for sustainable development ahead of the given deadline for the Millenium Development Goals (2015), Bangladesh announced its Digital Bangladesh Vision 2021. The digital plan was initiated by the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with the goal of integrating ICT as a tool or service for the disadvantaged, and stimulating the country’s development. For Bangladesh, the ultimate goal with this digital inititiative is to transform itself into a fully digital country by 2021. The year 2021 will mark the 50th anniversary of Bangladeshi independence, a fitting year to mark a milestone of technological progress.
A few words from Albert Szulman, Be-Bound’s CEO.
In the human brain, there are neurons and synapses that circulate information, all enabled by a fast and fluid connection. Successful circulation and exchanges mean that the brain is functioning at full capacity.
But when the capacity of this circulation diminishes due to deterioration or death of a neuron or synapse, an entire region can be slowed, ultimately reducing the full potential of the brain. The same phenomenon can be observed on a planetary level, where the world is one gigantic brain in which mobile phones and Internet are the neurons and synapses, and the networks for Internet and mobile phones are what enable the electrical pulses.
We recently returned from a visit to South Africa where we attended the NG Telecom Summit, a conference that brought together Telecom operators from across the continent, and private enterprises, to discuss the current state of the Telecom industry in Africa. While research on mobiles in Africa can be done from our home base in Paris, nothing can replace market research on location. What quickly became clear is that the Telco industry is undergoing a major transformation. We heard from operators who shared their struggles, and possible solutions to the challenges Telecoms are facing.
A few words from Albert Szulman, Be-Bound’s CEO.
The connected world is still a fantasy, as so many around the world remain digitally isolated. Isolated because they don’t own smartphone, and/or because they don’t have access to the Internet. Today, there are around 4 billion people without access to high speed mobile internet due to a lack of infrastructure.
For apps to gain STAR STATUS, 2 things are needed: loyalty and monetisation.
We’ve already shared with you our tips for gaining loyal users, but we know you really want to hear about … the MONEY! Here’s an article we hope will get you laughing all the way to the bank!
Ever wanted a beautiful transition when switching fragments?
Morphy Toolbar is your answer 😀
Today I’m gonna talk a bit about a small library that I wrote for Android animations.
Why did I create this library?
I often come across questions on stack overflow on how to reproduce an app animation like this one, more or less always resulting in the use of the design support library CollapsibleToolbar. However, I find the Collapsible Toolbar library to be quite buggy, and it aims to be used for scrolling events. I needed this library to have a custom toolbar with a picture, title and subtitle, and the possibility to animate it when switching fragments.
Be-Bound is Startup of the Year 2016! We are happy and honored to be designated The French “Startup of the Year” out of 1600 participants, by a jury composed of ten experts, after a selection processed by 42 000 internet voters. Judges included business experts from PwC, Qwant, and SNCF Développement, among others.
The jury awarded Be-Bound’s for its global vision: bridging the digital divide with a mobile technology that connects smartphones and IoT devices anywhere (from WiFi to 2G-SMS). Considered as the Robin Hood of the digital divide, Be-Bound is determined to bring connectivity to everyone, everywhere, at an affordable price, by partnering with local Mobile Network Operators. We are also opening our technology to allow app and content developers to reach untapped customers, which already represents a potential of more than 200 million users in developing countries, and is growing fast. (Are you a developer? Follow us here to get future announcements!)
We were also honored to be given the bonus of being included in PwC’s startup acceleration program. We expect our development in Africa to significantly speed up thanks to PwC.
Bonjour Idée, founded by Kossi Adzo, is an online French startup magazine, connecting journalists, startups, and established businesses. The #StartupDelAnnée event was a great experience for us from start to finish. We’re also grateful for the support received from the Press ( Maddyness, Les Echos, and Alliancy, among others) and Be-Bound fans for our win. To see the full Be-Bound story as it unfolded, read more below:
Africa is experiencing rapid growth in mobile telephony, but is still one of the world’s most unconnected continents.
For Africa, it is estimated that if the Internet took hold on a much larger scale in the coming decade, it could potentially add $300 billion to the contintent’s GDP , specifically impacting 6 key sectors: financial, educational, agricultural, health, retail, and government.
While many Africans are accessing the Internet, and pushing for higher Internet penetration, why are so many still offline? The reasons for Africa are the same as they are around the world. The primary barriers to Internet adoption everywhere are: affordability, poor infrastructure and relevance. To understand these barriers and how they affect Africa, let’s take a closer look.
An Interview with Melvin Biamont, Be-Bound’s Lead Developer
Melvin, you just got back from an interesting trip to California. Welcome back! Can you tell us why you traveled from Paris to Palo Alto for Be-Bound?
I traveled to the US to work with Be-Bound at PARC (Palo Alto Research Center). The purpose of the trip was to discuss technical subjects with our PARC team in person.
That sounds pretty mysterious…can you give us any more details about the “technical subjects” you were working on? Come on, give us a teaser!