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According to an article published on The Next Web, The Internet can be a difficult space for entrepreneurs to maneuver considering the many facets to it. Should I start with a mobile presence first? Do I need an app or can I just optimize my website for mobile viewing? Should I advertise via Facebook or YouTube? All these are questions that companies tend to face.

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According to an article published on the UNESCO site, the pivotal importance of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), knowledge-sharing and capacity-building for eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable development has recently been confirmed at the Rio+20 Conference and the 2013 ECOSOC Annual Ministerial Review. While the benefits of STI for development have received global recognition, access to these benefits remains unequally distributed within and among countries.

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According to an article published on the African Development Bank Group, the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) approved on Friday, October 18 a US $12.5-million equity investment in the Kibo Fund II. This contribution will allow the Fund to provide access to finance and capacity building to an underserved market of outward-looking small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and mid-market African firms, particularly in low-income and fragile states within various sectors in Africa, thereby boosting income generation and job creation.

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According to an article published on Quartz, a group of Belgian researchers has come up with a novel way (pdf) of mapping the distribution of wealth in Côte d’Ivoire—by looking at purchases of mobile airtime minutes.

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According to an article published on the World Bank Data Blog, the post-2015 agenda will focus on evidence.  The mantra “funding for what works” is gaining momentum, and policy makers are eager for better data to design actions and monitor performance. The high-level panel on the post-2015 development agenda puts this clearly: it wants to see a global “data revolution”. 

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Does foreign aid make economic sense?

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Foreign aid is often seen as different from other forms of investment, and some argue that rather than having a positive effect it tends to distort economies and may potentially slow growth and development.

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Accoridng to an article published on The African Business Review, Africa suffers from a critical shortage of infrastructure. Its infrastructure coverage lags behind other developing countries, with power deficits presenting the biggest infrastructure challenge. The infrastructure deficit prevents Africa from reaching its full economic potential.

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According to an article published on Datanami, at the turn of the century, a revolution took place on the infant World Wide Web that transformed static pages into interactive, collaborative portals, spawning the social media era that permeates today. That transition was called Web 2.0, and there’s an open discussion about how semantic data will create the next transition. A group at the University of Freiburg is working on ways to enable MapReduce to pave the way.

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According to an article published on the World Bank data blog, as the “Data Revolution” takes shape, Multilateral Development Banks, the UN, and IMF have already begun to improve their collaboration on development data.

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According to an article published on Ventureburn, the 2013 Africa Summit (#AfricaSummit), hosted by the Omidyar Network in Mauritius, took place last week on 2 October where delegates from around Africa assembled to discuss the Accelerating Entrepreneurship in Africa report compiled by the philanthropic foundation established by Pierre Omidyar, in partnership with global strategy consulting firm, Monitor Group, and published in April this year.

 

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The Richest People In Africa 2013

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According to an article published on VENTURES AFRICA, the combined fortune of Africa’s 55 billionaires is $143.88 billion. The average net worth of the members of this exclusive club is $2.6 billion, while the median age of the richest people in Africa is 65 years.

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According to an article published on Ventureburn, the winners of the 2013 Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship (AAE) has been announced at a Gala Awards Ceremony held in Mauritius by the African Leadership Network (ALN) on Thursday, 3 October.

There’s a total number of five winners (from 12 nominees) all ranging from different industries such as technology, manufacturing, social development and agriculture.

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According to an article published on Ventureburn, during a panel discussion at the African Entrepreneurship Summit 2013 (#africasummit) in Mauritius, there was an interesting debate between IKED and Intentac’s Thomas Andersson and the government of India’s Harkesh Mittal about the role of universities and the government in nurturing entrepreneurship.

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Preparing for tomorrow's big data

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According to an article published on iSGTW, last week, the inaugural ISC Big Data conference was held in Heidelberg, Germany. The event was chaired by Sverre Jarp, chief technology officer of CERN openlab, and CERN was the focus of two case studies presented during the two-day conference. Frank Würthwein, from the University of California at San Diego, US, discussed how CERN handles big data today and looked forward to how the organization will have to adapt these processes to cope with increased peak data rates from the experiments on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) after upgrade works are completed as part of the first long shutdown (LS1).

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According to an article published by the Guardian, the next set of development goals will be applicable to all countries and will be based on the principles of human rights, gender equality and the rule of law, UN member states have agreed.

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According to an article published on Science Wolrd Report, scientists trying to decypher the fundamental laws and building blocks that constitute our universe at CERN in Switzerland had to go big in terms of giant devices and hyper-charged technology required to achieve their ambitious goals. They succeeded. 50 years onwards, some of the largest and most sophisticated machines ever built by man yielded experimental prove to the complex theories devised by physicists, things like antimatter and most recently the Higgs-Boson, and accompanying scientific awards -- like Nobel Prizes.

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According to an article published on Science|Business, EU and US experts see big benefits from scientists sharing more data - but say global agreement on privacy, literacy and other issues is needed.

Washington, DC - Leading American and European policy makers said greater international collaboration is needed so scientists can share more research data to solve climate, healthcare, economic and other challenges facing the globe. 

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Horizon 2020: Special Coverage

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Science|Business follows the multi-billion Horizon 2020 legislative package, which aims to boost innovation in Europe between 2014 and 2020, as its makes its way through the EU legislature in Brussels.



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According to an article published on Science|Business, in the past decade high performance computing has transformed the practice – and the productivity - of science. Now this analytical power must be opened up to industry, to improve decision-making, spur innovation and boost competitiveness.

Supercomputers may date back to the 1960s, but it is only recently that their vast processing power has begun to be harnessed by industry and commerce, to design safer cars, build quieter aeroplanes, speed up drug discovery, and subdue the volatility of the financial markets.

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iSGTW speaks to CERN openlab’s Sverre Jarp, ahead of this month’s inaugural ISC Big Data conference in Heidelberg, Germany. Jarp, who is the general chair of the event, picks his highlights from the conference program and tells us why big data presents exciting opportunities, but also poses challenges, for enterprise and HPC alike. 

 

Perhaps you could start by telling the iSGTW readers a little about the event in your own words…

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