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NASA Space Apps Challenge Coming To Kigali in October

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Between 3rd to 4th of October, NASA Space Apps Challenge will launch in Rwanda’s capital Kigali the Space Apps weekend hackathon challenge for the first time.

Some of the key topics will include; Space technology landscape in Rwanda, Opportunities, Various individuals and disciplines that contribute to a successful ecosystem, how to move forward from the current state to increasing Space enthusiasm in Rwanda and other key aspects to it.

The launch will mainly focus on the importance of embracing Space technology for economic development in Rwanda and charting towards having a strong space technology ecosystem in Rwanda.

“NASA Space Apps Challenge encourages collaboration from all disciplines in making sure we have robust and sustainable solutions to our economic issues,” reads part of the statement by Space Apps Challenge Kigali.

Space Apps is annual NASA’s global hackathon, first held in April 2012, and serves as innovation incubation and civic engagement program.

Space Apps is an international hackathon for coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, technologists, and others in cities around the world, where teams engage with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s free and open data to address real-world problems on Earth and in space.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and in the interest of our global community’s health and safety, NASA and the Space Apps Global Organizing Team have made the decision to make this year’s hackathon an all-virtual event.

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Russia Boasts Of Invincible Hypersonic Precision Weapons

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Russia’s enemies may need to rethink their modus operandi following introduction of the latest hypersonic precision weapons into the war theatre.

“We can detect underwater, surface or aerial enemies and target them if a lethal strike is necessary,” President Vladimir Putin said Sunday.

Putin was speaking on the sidelines of an annual parade of military vessels, flanked by naval officers in white, and also Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu.

The Russian leader said his country had finally secured its place among the world’s leading naval powers, including by developing “the latest hypersonic precision weapons still unrivalled in the world.”

With the second-largest arsenal of nuclear weapons in the world and a huge cache of ballistic missiles, Russia already has more than enough military capacity to deter its enemies.

Putin’s boast comes days after military officials announced tests of advanced new weapons, some of which come from an arsenal Putin has described as “invincible.”

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South Sudan Stops COVID-19 Vaccination After Exhausting Vaccines

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South Sudan has stopped vaccination against COVID-19 after it exhausted all its AstraZeneca vaccines it received from the COVAX facility in March.
John Rumunu, director-general for preventive health services in the Ministry of Health said they have ended vaccination in all the 90 centers across the country.
“We have closed down all our vaccination centers because we have run out of vaccines,” Rumunu told journalists in Juba on Sunday.
In March, Juba received 132,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from the COVAX facility.
It, later on, sent back 72,000 dozes it failed to use up due to low vaccine intake and lack of enough storage capacity.
Since the start of the vaccination campaign in April, 56,989 doses have been used with 52,226 people having received their first COVID-19 jab and 4,763 others received their second jab.
“We managed to finish all the doses before the expiry date, we do not have any vaccines remaining, and we do not have any vaccine expiring in the cold chain. We have about four percent of wasted vaccines; this is within the acceptable range of wastage,” said Rumunu.
South Sudan is expecting to receive additional 60,000 AstraZeneca vaccines in August from the COVAX facility.
Joseph Wamala, World Health Organization (WHO) emergency officer, warned South Sudan’s Ministry of Health officials to be cautious and vigilant due to the possible spread of the deadly Delta variant from neighboring countries.
“The projection is that in the coming weeks and months, COVID-19 cases, as well as hospitalizations and deaths in many countries will increase largely driven by increasing emergence of highly transmissible variants, relaxation and inappropriate use of public health social measures,” he said.
The Ministry of Health said as of Saturday the country’s cumulative number of cases stood at 10,954, with 10,751 recoveries and 117 deaths.
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How Hooza Media Saw The Potential Of No-code By Creating Their Own Podcast With 700+ Downloads

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First there was the No Code movement, a revolutionary set of web solutions supporting the development of web and mobile app for non coders. For the first time, an average and creative mind was   able to develop and operate what was a complex combination of code lines and algorithms. 

The codes ran the mobile App business for the past 30 years but lacked simplicity and coders had limited proficiency on the creative and business sides of the market.

Hooza Podcast was made possible because the No Code approach proved it wasn’t only a movement but an ecosystem that aims to simplify the access to multimedia content via mobile phones. 

Working with The NoCode Campus in Kigali, Rwanda the first no-code academy in Sub-Saharan Africa, a training program for under 30’, we were able to develop a Over the Top mobile application, bypassing traditional streaming tech while broadcasting audio podcast on the internet.

We have added Hooza Podcast to our media distribution tools with a first audio book by French author Serge Farnel “Bisesero, le ghetto de Varsovie rwandais” which is at its 50th episode today July 18th 2021 with more than 765 downloads.

The podcast service provides exclusively French content for a francophone audience in Africa, South East Asia, Europe and America. We have been recording and producing various audio books, poem, novels by Rwandan and African authors as well history and kids books. 

We believe that there are great opportunities for African authors to use audio books to increase access to communities where oral traditions are still strong and books still too expensive or where they have limited access to those books.

There is also an opportunity to create new revenue streams and add innovative crowd funding features to the OTT application.

For authors and book editors interested in joining our initiative, contact us via email info@hooza.rw

For creative minds in Kigali area looking to join the No ode Campus, feel free to send your candidacy to nocodecampus@gmail.com 

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