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Deezer’s Got Their Hands In My Wallet, And Online Payments In Nigeria Are A Total Clusterfuck

Last week — or last year, whichever you prefer — I wrote about what I’d learned about conversion funnel optimation from patronising bluehost. This post is also about conversion. Only this time, it’s a lesson I’ve learned from Deezer, a global music streaming service that’s a lot like Spotify, except that it’s available in over 160 countries.

When Deezer became available in Nigeria last October, I was one of the first to signup. After the 15 day trial period expired, I decided I liked the experience enough to continue “testing” it with a premium subscription. It cost just $2.49/month, so I put in my credit card details and put my headphones back over my ears.

I had a vague sense in the back of my mind that I needed to turn it off if I didn’t want to be billed the next month. But somehow, I never quite got around to it. When the bank finally notified me that $2.49 had left my account, I was mildly surprised. But guess what? I didn’t really mind. I was like, “yeah? okay.” It’s not a lot of money…and there’s no harm in enjoying all the music I can stream for another month, is there?

Now let me tell you another story. A few weeks ago, I stumbled on my now abandoned Spinlet app, and a twinge of guilt made me load it up again, just to see what was going on. When I tried to play some of the music that I’d downloaded previously, the app announced that my subscription had expired. I would need to re-subscribe. I promptly exited the app, and that was that.

That incident, together with how my Deezer subscription automagically renewed itself that first time has made me understand the role that online payments infrastructure plays in the psychology behind taking people’s money. I’ll explain my thinking.

Our foreign businesses and startup counterparts have many advantages. But the advantage in payments is particularly crushing. Because the infrastructure and regulatory framework around their payments allows merchants keep credit card information for future use, they can practically keep their hands in their customers’ pockets. They can take their money every time it is due without –

1. bothering the user and risking a change of mind.

2. interrupting the service, which could annoy the user and lead to a cancellation.

The problem with having to directly ask a customer for their money every single time is that every single time, you also trip a psychological trigger that makes them stop and ask themselves — “why the hell do I pay for this anyway?”. They might think it is worth their money, and pay…but there’s also a good chance that the evaluation might not resolve itself in your favour.

Happily for startups abroad, their payments infrastructure makes it easy to mitigate that risk by reducing the friction in the process to the barest minimum. If you’ve previously bought something on a site, all you need to do is click “checkout”, and you’re done. If it’s a subscription, your subscription renews automagically until you cancel.

In comparison, online payments in Nigeria is an absolute clusterfuck. I mean total jagbajantis. Acquiring the means to collect people’s money in the first place is a tale of woe and sorrow. And even when you manage to integrate payments into your product/platform, the customer has to bring out their credit card every single time they want to give you money. It’s so much work for the customer that a good number of them will invariably fall off at that point. Not because they don’t like the service. Not because they can’t afford it. But because it’s just so f**ing hard to pay.

Like most foreign startups, Deezer only has to worry about scoring that first crucial conversion. After that, they’re mostly home free. They simply devote their energies to making the subscriber happy enough that they don’t consider cancelling. But a startup here has to convert in January, February, March…basically everytime he has to ask for his money. As if there aren’t enough things a Nigerian startup has to worry about, they also have to worry about customer attrition at the point of sale. The only reason why I don’t use Spinlet is because the very act of paying is an irritating chore. How sad is that?

There’s a lot I don’t understand about Nigerian electronic payments. So far, asking the players involved only leads to more confusion. You’ll likely get sucked into their negativity distortion field — the stale run around about how the regulatory framework isn’t adequate, or how the CBN isn’t co-operating. It’s not like a more sensible way to do this online payments thing hasn’t been invented —  somehow we seem intent on savoring the economic masochism of the way we’re currently doing it.  While we’re all busy blowing grammar here, Nigerian startups  are dying simply because they can’t efficiently accept money from otherwise willing customers. They can’t accept money.

On the 14th of this month, Deezer will dip their hands into my wallet and make off with another $2.49. And I will like it. Spinlet, on the other hand, isn’t likely to get another cent out of me anytime soon. It’s not their fault. But it isn’t mine either. If someone knows what bodmas we can use to solve the jagbajantis of online payments in Nigeria, they should kindly share with the rest of the class.

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Nokia Nigeria To Step Up E-Waste Initiative

As countries across the world make moves to curb the effects arising from electronic waste or e-waste, Finnish phone manufacturer, Nokia, said its ‘Take Back Initiative’ in Nigeria has not done well, promising that much more efforts would be channeled to the initiative.

According to reports, every month, about 50 million cell phones are replaced worldwide, but only 10% are recycled, adding that recycling will reduce greenhouse gas emissions equal to taking 1,368 cars off the road for a year.

Nokia’s Vice President, West & Central Africa, James Rutherfoord, who spoke on the sidelines of a global launch of its products in Lagos, said the firm will do more going forward.

“We have not made enough progress. We will do some more take back. Collection cans are available at our care centers where we can collect disused phones, batteries and chargers. I think we need to do more in the coming years. We will focus on it and probably put some very good initiative in place. We will continue and put some new initiative in place too,” he assured.

On the occasion, the firm unveiled two new devices in its portfolio which he said are designed to offer consumers great internet experiences at affordable price points. He said the Nokia Asha 205 and Nokia 206 are both available in single SIM or dual SIM versions and give people innovative ways to access social features and share their favorite content.

According to him, the Nokia Asha 205 and Nokia 206 are the first mobile phones devices to include Nokia’s exclusive Slam feature which allows consumers to share multimedia content like photos, music and videos with nearby friends almost instantly. He said Slam works with most Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones without the need to pair devices, and without the recipient needing to also have Slam. In just a few clicks, people can ‘Slam’ their content to another device faster than with Bluetooth alone and without consuming Internet data.

He said Nokia Asha 205 has a pleasingly tactile Qwerty keyboard and introduces a new, dedicated Facebook button, making it the perfect device for social people who want the fastest access to their Facebook profile. Combined with eBuddy Chat, Twitter and support for popular email accounts such as Gmail, the Nokia Asha 205 is designed to allow that people are never more than a few clicks away from their social networks.

Rutherfoord, estimated the retail price for the Nokia 206 is around $62 and it is expected to start shipping in the fourth quarter of 2012.

The new devices take full advantage of the Nokia Xpress Internet platform, which uses Nokia’s cloud technology to reduce data consumption by up to 85%, helping consumers enjoy more affordable Internet access. They also feature Nokia Nearby, a web app that helps consumers discover points of interest such as restaurants, shopping and ATM machines close to their location.

[Source: BizTechAfrica]

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2013: A Peek At Nigeria’s Tech Trends

Editor’s Note: Oluseun Onigbinde, 2012 Future Award Winner on Innovation (Science and Tech) leads BudgIT, a budget and public data visualisation startup.

TMS Ruge in an interview with Aljazeera gave an inspiring insight to the state of technology development in Africa. In that analytical explanation he highlighted four exciting things emanating from the African space namely Open Government, Mobile Money, Local Hardware Assembly and Tech Hubs. Unlike his eminence in technology, I shall limit my commentary to my noses – Nigeria. I think these few trends are critical to watch out for in 2013 namely:

Quality Delivery: The Nigerian telcos  bemoan decreasing revenue from voice calls especially as tariffs are tanking low on stiff competition. With rise of smartphones chiefly Blackberry, data is now the new marked turf. Etisalat and Glo seem to be leading the lowest data charges and also offering loads of incentives to ensure customers remain sticky. However, no one will like to watch the Google page load in five minutes, in 2013 empirical service quality will be a viral hymn.

I see a core focus on subscribers pitching their tent on basis of quality and the price war on data space flattening out. A chaotic push of improving last mile solutions and optimizing network performance is to be seen.  MTN keeps telling that it’s undergoing a modernization project and I hope the sign of things to come will be different. Beyond running the ‘fastest millionaire at 24’, 2013 is the year to validate it on the streets.  Number Portability has also been an overflogged issue with the suspicion that a cabal is holding the Nigeria mobile subscriber by the jugular. In 2013, excuses on allowing the customer switch network operators at ease will be spent.

Technology Hubs: The Ministry of ICT is not hiding the plan to establish three technology hubs in the country.  With the unusual pace and support of tech ecosystem, one or two might gather steam in 2013. Few private ones  will dot the Nigerian tech map in addition to a recent  iBridge Hub, Ibadan.

With Leviathan hurling the shots at developers with its TechLaunchPad initiative, are we on that ride of government getting smarter? Is the tech hub not beyond a well colored venue with excited youths fingering their laptops? How will these spaces foster mentorship and collaborative efforts, allow triumph of relevant local applications, put up targeted programmes to raise skill sets, allow lean startup approach to triumph ? Are we on a YouWin overdrive where we toss N10m at entrepreneurs and count it all glory?   Will government and private entrepreneurs open ultramodern cybercafés or will they understand how to nest innovations by harnessing the social capital?  In 2013, I think we will be scoring of the relevance of hubs to growth of Nigeria’s tech ecosystem. I am proud to be a beneficiary of the premier space.

Data: On Twitter (a buzzing city that never sleeps), Facebook, beer parlors, newspaper stands or anywhere where you find two or three Nigerians, there will be endless talk on state of the Nigerian government. The problem of reliable statistics will also emerge. In 2012, the fuel subsidy protests threw up figures form several data points with the citizen confused on who to believe. To have more critical discussion, public data will glow like coal embers.

Expect people to snoop around finding the hard facts to nail government at all levels. Harnessing this data and converting it to the Knowledge graph will be fun to watch. Scores of data might be demanded in 2013 and expect rise in civic apps (education, traffic, finance, health) woven around the mobile. Even for  the corporate establishments, it might be the time to open up to the emerging data scientist. 2013 is the time to watch for the Nigerian data scientist who takes the scattered jigsaw of data, finds an uncommon thread and crafts the right song for engagement and business growth.

Mobile Money:  Is mobile money really here to stay? Are we just in the copy settings whilst we neglect the necessity of rural cash transfers that triggered the mobile money drive in the Kenya? Figures and data are good to hear but sadly, these magnificent statistics are not yet getting to me. I still see the aspirational attitude in the Nigerian putting his savings in a brick and mortar bank and safely transferring through that means. I personally feel banks  and other vendors seem to have slowed the marketing binge on mobile money.

Maybe everyone watches which giant finds the magic bullet to go truly viral? Since the Telco’s will skirt on the sidelines on these according to the CBN rules, we might show some restraint on how this goes. I am of opinion that the mobile money needs to be well tested in a closed environment like a University, nested into every commerce within that region before its mainstreamed into the society.  Money and sentiments of safety will always abound in that excluded sector mobile money is expected to empower. Why not test gradually in 2013? I can count a few vendors going into oblivion already. In this space, creative destruction will be validated and the real actors will just stand up.

The e-commerce platforms now feel like a jungle and the Jumia and Konga  are leading the kingdom. The pace at which they are outpricing local vendors needs to be watched carefully. I imagine the rise of another startup to match the marketing verve of this duo to arrive with another unique selling point. Maybe, Traclist fills into the space. The SLOTS of this world need to be worried and late in 2013, they might realize the need to push hard online product offerings with payment options. The gaming space also offers exciting options.

The SharpSule application synced with Wema Bank brand is a trend to be watched within the corporate sector seeking youth engagement.  Finally, we might see the year of the co-founder.  Many more will emerge from competitions and hackathons.  Truly, folks will ask if  ‘the co-founder’ title is the new swag or the lamp post  of technology development.

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Nigerians Love QwikGist, Or Here Is Why They Should

As a Nigerian, I can confidently say that one thing we Nigerians love is to gist! It’s no wonder that two friends, who met in September 2012 while working at one of Nigeria’s biggest e-commerce start-ups, decided to create a mobile app that provides news content from all categories of websites of interest to Nigerians. The result was QwikGist.

QwikGist is a free mobile news aggregator that generates content from over 22 of the most visited news, gossip and sports websites in and outside Nigeria. This mobile app allows users to select what content they prefer from a list of available sources. It also allows users to share ‘this gist’ with their friends on Facebook, Twitter and via email.

“Imagine getting all the news, gossip and sports stories from the websites you love the most in Nigeria, the US or the UK, all on your Blackberry. You stay up-to-date and don’t miss a thing anymore” – QwikGist Review On Blackberry Store.

Onyeka, a well-established internet marketer and professional website designer in Nigeria, conceived the idea, created the user experience and designed the user interface for QwikGist, while Pelumi used his samurai programming skills to dissect into zeros and ones every process that was used to create QwikGist. Together, both men have created a beautifully designed Blackberry app that launched on Blackberry App World on the 1st of December, 2012 and has gotten over 25,000 downloads in just 17 days.

It is interesting to note that 90% of QwikGist downloads have come from within Nigeria, with Lagos, Abuja and Rivers States providing the most downloads. However, according to the QwikGist team, their tracking data, provided by Blackberry Vendor Manager, show that Nigerians outside the country who have limited access to Nigerian content are a lot more appreciative of QwikGist with lots of positive reviews. Female users spend an average of 60 – 120 minutes using QwikGist every day (data provided by Blackberry WebTrends ) with over 13 gossip content sources most of their attention. On the other hand, male users spend between 30 – 40 minutes per day, mostly in the early hours of the morning and between 6 – 8 pm at night, going through mainly news and sports content.

QwikGist is free and currently available for download on Blackberry App World. The first version (QwikGist1.0.0) was launched on the 1st of December, 2012. But the team has taken into consideration feedback from users to launch an improved version currently available on the Blackberry App World as QwikGist (Nigeria) 1.1.0. The app works fine on Blackberry 5.0 upwards, while the QwikGist team is looking at launching the Blackberry 10 version in the first month of January. Also the Android version is coming soon in January, 2013 for Google Play Store.

QwikGist hopes to attract at least 100,000 Blackberry users within the next quarter and the team has set their sights on taking at least half of the 3 million Blackberry users in Nigeria within the next 12 months. They also intended to reach the South African market where a huge amount of Blackberry users exist today.

QwikGist: Blackberry App WorldWebsiteFacebookTwitter

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Conversion

Of recent, I’ve been patronising some foreign web services, and I’ve happened on a few interesting things about how these guys take people’s money.  The first is what I considered to be a personal lesson in conversion, which I’d like to share here, as well as get your feedback on.

A few weeks a go, I was looking up what it would take to signup for an account with Bluehost. Because their pricing is sort of hard to understand (until you actually signup, as I have discovered), I initiated the signup process to get a sense of what my bill would look like.

I didn’t get very far before they asked for the money, and I found what I was looking for. Satisfied, I closed the tab and left. Not quite thirty minutes later, however, I was surprised to get an email from Bluehost. Here’s what the email said -

Bankole,

Thank you for your interest in hosting your website with Bluehost. We’ve noticed that you began setting up a hosting account with us and we look forward to helping you have a successful website alongside over one million other customers. Bluehost has the finest customer service in the industry and our knowledgeable staff would love to help you get started.

Our team is anxious to find the best solution for your needs. We provide free web building tools in our Simple Scripts 1 click installer, templates available through our partners, and are happy to walk you through uploading a site you’ve already created. Call, e-mail, or open a chat with us anytime.

To help overcome any challenges, we’ve arranged a discount on our service. Just follow this link:
http://www.bluehost.com/track/aesignup to finish setting up your account and get started on your website today!

Thank you,

Bluehost Sales Team

What is significant about this message?

For me, it’s how closely these guys monitor their conversion funnels and take timely action to plug any leaks. I don’t know if it was an automated thing or not, but truth be told, it didn’t even need to be personalised to have the desired effect. Even if I wasn’t particularly interested in buying hosting from, I would definitely consider them now. And I did get a one dollar/mo discount. The plan had originally read $6.95/mo. While I was already leaning in their general direction, this touch was the final pebble that tipped me into eventually giving them my custom.

I also think that asking for their money only two pages in is also significant. Collecting the money upfront is a powerful interest filter lets only the serious people in, so that they don’t have to waste their time and resources on casual passersby. But its designed in such a way that the casual passerby gets a gentle nudge that may well serve to make him get serious later on, just like I did.

Do we also do the same here? Optimise our conversion funnels?

From conversations I’ve had with Konga for instance, I know that they do that sort of thing too. They noticed a lot of people would add stuff to their shopping carts but wouldn’t checkout. It”s easy to assume that these people just aren’t ready to buy, but because they took the unusual step of calling people to find out why, they discovered that a good number of these people actually wanted to buy but couldn’t because they weren’t sufficiently aware of all the payment options that were available. Konga would then advise them of the alternatives, including bank deposits and cash on delivery. By doing a little extra to optimise that portion of the funnel, Konga manages to close sales that ordinarily would have fallen out.

Some of our startups would make lots more money, or signup lots more users, or achieve whatever conversion goals they’ve set if they simply spent a bit more time looking for the leaks in their conversion funnels and started plugging them as best as they can. Some of it will require email follow-ups. Phone calls. Surveys. A-B testing. Sign-up flow optimisation. User interface/experience tweaks. More. Do whatever you need to do.

What do you think?

PS: I did some googling and found an excellent resource on Kissmetrics: 54 Quotes from Startup Leaders on How to Improve Conversions.

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The Quadrant Company Launches New Business Portal – Qlichy.com

Nigeria’s first full service Public Relations Consultancy, The Quadrant Company, has launched a business portal to link people searching for up-to-date information on businesses and organizations in Nigeria. The portal called Qlichy.com, seeks to expand opportunities for organizations, by maximizing their digital presence while reaching consumers, stakeholders and other businesses in a unique and cost effective way.

Qlichy.com will also serve as a platform for business and industry leaders to lead thoughts in their various sectors, public discussions on current issues and publicizing of News and Events on brands in Nigeria.The business portal serves as a Business Intelligence solution which will revolutionize the Public Relations industry and take full advantage of the potential of the cyberspace in Nigeria.

Speaking on the development, the Managing Director of The Quadrant Company, Mr. Bolaji Okusaga said that the Qlichy Business Portal is the first in a line of Business Intelligence solutions that will change the face of business in Nigeria. The Qlichy portal will afford anyone looking for current information on businesses to get what they need fast and easy. It also provides a thought leadership platform through which brands and corporate bodies can talk about industry issues and ideas. “Qlichy is a cross between a social network, a business directory and an E-commerce platform”, He said.

Mr. Okusaga also noted that the changing dynamics of media in Nigeria is one of the factors that necessitated the development of the platform. According to him, “the world is going digital even though traditional media is still relevant at the moment, the future lies in the online media.”

“About 10 years ago, the Television was the most consumed medium in the world but today, the internet has dethroned the Television in terms of media consumption. Today we have internet television on demand, youtube, internet radio, social networks and so much more”, He said. The opportunities for business are evident and as an industry leader, we are keying into these prospects.

Apart from the business directory, the portal also features a social forum, news and events segment and a platform for thought leadership. The portal is currently in the beta testing phase and will be fully operational in 2013.

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UGANDA: DSTV, MTN Pledge 10% Discount For Mobile Money Subscription

MTN Uganda in partnership with Multichoice Uganda is rewarding its loyal customers and welcoming new users with a token present during this festive season. MTN customers will this festive season be able to pay for their DSTV subscription using MTN mobile Money and get 10% discount as well as enter a draw to win weekly prizes.

This promotion will be running for 3 months from the 13th of December 2012 to February 28th 2013. According to the Marketing Manager of MultiChoice Uganda Mr. Albert Nga, he said that, “With MTN having the biggest mobile money platform in the country, this partnership was crucial to us to ensure we bring convenience to our customers”.

He further stress that their objective is to reward their loyal subscribers who have embraced innovative methods of payment and ensure the benefits are obvious to our customers to employ when they pay their DStv and GOtv subscription.

MultiChoice Uganda was the first corporate ‘Pay Bill’ partner on MTN Mobile Money since 2010. The partnership enables MultiChoice/ DStv subscribers in Uganda who are registered on MTN mobile money to pay their TV bills using mobile money.

With over 60% of Multichoice subscribers also being MTN customers and 30% of Multichoice customers are paying their DStv bills using mobile money, this promotion will benefit both DStv and also MTN subscribers.

According to MTN Uganda Chief Marketing Officer, Ernst Fonternel, he said that this new promotion shows MTN’s commitment to giving back to its customers particularly now as we all get geared up for the festive season. “At MTN Uganda we continue to look as always to give back to our customers with relevant offers,” he added.

To use this service and partake in this promotion, you need to be a registered MTN Mobile Money customer with sufficient money on your MTN Mobile Money account to pay for your DStv subscriptions.There are various prizes to be won, but the grand prizes to be won include free DStv decoders and monthly subscription fees among other exciting prizes.

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GidiTraffic Finally Releases An App For Nokia Phones – Yay?

GidiTraffic finally has an app. Yay?

Nay. At least as far as I’m concerned. I’m not convinced that this app is not another publicity stunt. And/or another line in his social media resume. And/or maybe even something bigger. Whatever it is, I’m not convinced that this app is really about Lagos traffic.

Back when GidiTraffic was still about traffic, I used to be excited about what he was doing. I imagined it would only be a matter of time before he would combine his excellent social media skills and the engaged audience he’d built with the technology that would take his crowdsourced Lagos Traffic solution to the next level. I was wrong.

For a brief moment, I dared to hope when I heard that he’d scored some deal with Nokia in June. Maybe they’d finally found some way to combine GidiTraffic tweets with Nokia maps? Or something along those lines? Nah. The deal was merely of the promotional sort. GT was simply busy helping Nokia sell Pureviews and Ashas. When he wasn’t playing Google, that is. Or is it Siri? Even Craigslist and mental health therapist sometimes.

By this time, GT’s timeline had become barely comprehensible, filled with traffic unrelated what-not. Even now, you’re still more likely to find tips on transcendental meditation, than actionable traffic data. Not being able to find relevant traffic information in that yammerfest is only slightly less vexing than the fact that GT insists on retweeting each and every compliment he receives from his gushing followers. Frankly, you’re better off listening to Lagos Traffic Radio.

So while GT was off collecting awards for retweeting people and playing Nigeria’s Siri, I was tracking other solutions that looked like they had the potential to “disrupt” GidiTraffic. Apps like Tsaboin Traffic Monitor, Traffikator and RoadPeer. At this time, none of them has achieved anything significant. But it would seem that their activity has gotten Kaptin seriously thinking about how to stay relevant in his professed space — possibly until he’s gained enough from it to achieve his other objectives. So he goes ahead and drops an app too.

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Impressed? Not really. But curious? Well, yeah. And my mind is very open. Binjo who’s been following my opinions on the subject asked if I still wanted to disrupt GidiTraffic. my answer — it depends. If its useful and doesn’t become another yammerfest, then I’d be the first promote the hell out of it — whatever that is worth. If it’s not, then well…

As to the app itself, I’m yet to get a proper look at it. I was going to bring my Nokia E63 out of retirement to do just that, but the Ovi Store informed me that the app is incompatible with my device. Obviously designed with just the recent Nokia models in mind. Heh.

Anyways, I did get a good idea of what it looks like and how it’ll work from screenshots on what appears to be the development site/quick start guide. I’ve put a few here.

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The app’s core is mostly a Twitter scrape — a scrolling feed of GidiTraffic’s timeline. Most of it is nothing you couldn’t do on Twitter already. In fact, the app requires you to sign in with Twitter (making it for all intents and purposes inaccessible to non-Tweeps) to view, post and request updates. As far as I can tell, users will still have to endure all the usual irrelevant goop. Unless they’ve come up with some way to filter it, which I doubt till I actually see it.

The heat map and share via SMS feature are where it starts getting interesting.

The heat map, which indicates the density/frequency of updates for a particular route (darker colour means more updates) is the first thing approaching usefulness with this app. Probably its sole redeeming feature, if it works right.

Share via SMS — the ability to share relevant traffic updates with your contacts who might not have access to the app — is an inspired feature, no doubt. However, everytime you use the SMS feature to “warn” your friend about traffic on their route, you’re not only inviting them to use/download the app, you’re sharing that contact with GidiTraffic as well. By now some can see where this is going. Sharing via SMS is a viral adoption loop, plain and simple.

Pardon my hyperactive imagination, but like I said earlier, I can’t help wondering if this app is even about traffic. Even if it is, it’s not likely to stay one for long. Forget the altruistic cover story, Lagos traffic is a hell of conversation starter. Question is, can you build a social network around it? Kaptin’s got a discussion going. With Nokia’s help, he’s got an app. They’ve got SMS plugged into it, and they’ll start collecting people’s phone numbers. You might have noticed that the app is listed under the social networking category. Don’t be surprised if they suddenly take all that yammering and pivot into some 2Go-style social network. I would be surprised if they didn’t.

What do you think?

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Technology Training eXpo (TTX) – Programming++. January 4-5, 2013

TTX – Programming++ is a 2-day world class training and conference event specially put together for you and it shall be taking place on the 4th & 5th of January, 2013 at University of Lagos, Guests House – Conference Hall A by 8:30AM daily. The first of its kind was held in April, and it was impactful according to the testimonies of the attendees.

This event is sure to open your mind to new ideas and opportunities in several aspects of Information Technology and using programming languages as a tool.

Features of the event include:

  • Training on real life project-based programming
  • Exploring advanced technology in programming
  • Pitching your project ideas to veterans in the Tech Industry within Nigeria
  • Google Hangout Panelist session
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Networking

TTX – Programming ++ gives you a rare opportunity to learn hands-on skills in the following:

  • Web Application (HTML5 + Javascript)
  • Mobile Application
  • Image Processing
  • Algorithms: Binary Search, Merge sort & Graph Theory
  • Bash Scripts – Automating UNIX/Linux processes
  • SMS-to-Web Application
  • Google Apps API: Google Maps, Google Drive
  • A simple e-commerce / payment service
  • Facebook applications
  • Twitter API and a lot more

This will be done in a serene and conducive environment under the tutelage of highly experienced professionals in the industry both home and abroad – they
include:

Main Speakers:

  • Emeka Okoye – CEO (Vikantti Software) & CoFounder / CTO (Next2Us)
  • Tim Akinbo – Founder (TimbaObjects)
  • Bod Toki – Software Developer (Google)
  • Muyiwa Oyedemi – Software Developer (MTech)

Panelist Speakers:

  • GuruPrasad Hedge – Robotics Engineer (TATA Motors)
  • Osho Ilamah – Software Developer
  • James Fowe – Research Scientist (Nokia)
  • Isaac Osesina – BigData Expert

Venue: Conference Hall A, Conference Center, University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos State,
Date: 4th and 5th of January 2013
Time: 9am to 5pm daily (feeding inclusive!).

Register Here.

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One More ‘Gangnam Style’ For 2012 At Co-Creation Hub Christmas Party

Thanks to Olufuwa Einstien, Co-Founder of JobsInNigeria – a startup currently going through the Growth Academy, we got to see CcHubers doing the Gangnam Style at the Christmas party that went down Christmas Eve.

You can choose to blame it on the Pizza ‘n Beer, but we were really excited to see another end-of-the-year.

Enjoy the video below:

Happy holidays from all of us at OTEKBITS!

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