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MAX.ng (Metro Africa Xpress) Wants To Make It Far Easier To Move People & Materials Within African Cities

One of the challenges that businesses face in most Nigerian cities is the difficulty of moving man and materials around. The challenge is a multifaceted one that includes poor road network, illegal roadblocks, dishonest personnel, limited technology etc. There are a number of startups seeking to help solve this problem. One of them is MAX.ng. MAX is an abbreviation for Metro Africa Xpress.

Chinedu Azodoh is one of the Co-founders at MAX.ng (Metro Africa Xpress). He is also the Chief Technology Officer. The other Co-founder is Adedayo Bamiduro. Chinedu spoke with Faith History in this interview about what his organization is doing to help retail businesses in Nigeria attain their full potential.

 

Here’s Some More Details About MAX.ng’s Chief Technology Officer

Chinedu Azodoh started off his career in Technology before he later got into Logistics. He attended Loyola College and then moved on to Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO). Chinedu got a part scholarship to attend University in the United States of America two years into his programme at FUTO.

He studied for a dual degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering.  He later worked for a number of years at Barclays as a software engineer upon graduation in 2012. Chinedu then went on to attend business school at Massachusets Institute of Technology (MIT) with a concentration in Finance.

He decided he was going to set-up MAX.ng (Metro Africa Xpress) after he graduated from MIT.  Today, the startup he helped set-up has grown from nine (9) riders in January 2016 to about one hundred and twenty (120) riders.

 

What Exactly Does MAX.ng (Metro Africa Xpress) Do?

The startup is a mobility company that handles both deliveries and transportation. It connects a network of professional motorcycle riders with businesses and individuals that need them. The startup focuses on intra-state deliveries and transportation. MAX.ng (Metro Africa Xpress) guarantees delivery in less than three hours within Lagos and any other city it operates in.

Users can download the MAX (Metro Africa Xpress) app in the Google Play or Apple App Store. The platform provides real-time tracking so that customers know where their riders are at any given time. The startup currently operates in only Lagos. It is planning to expand to other cities across Africa in the coming year.

 

How MAX.ng (Metro Africa Xpress) Ensures Its Riders Are Of High Quality

For the transport service, MAX.ng (Metro Africa Xpress) ensures riders undergo a psychometric test. Riders take a written test before joining the network. The platform creates a profile for riders and grades them accordingly. The motorcycles used by riders are such that meet the regulatory requirements. These bikes are typically more expensive than the regular motorcycles. MAX.ng (Metro Africa Xpress) works with financial institutions and individuals to provide credit to would-be-riders. This is to enable them get the required motorcycles. Riders can then pay back the cost of the bike over a stipulated time-frame.

 

Here’s How It Ensures Its Trips Are Safe

Customers can use the MAX.ng (Metro Africa Xpress) app to place a delivery or transport request. The cost of using a MAX.ng (Metro Africa Xpress) motorcycle to move within the city is significantly lower than the regular options. Riders are also not allowed to break speed limits. Customers also get a helmet and hairnet from the rider before their trips. Riders provide a raincoat to customer if it’s raining. The trips are insured and there is money kept aside should an accident occur. The riders follow the necessary regulations which increase the safety of their trips. They are not allowed to pick up more than one customer. This is the cause of 60% of motorcycle accidents on Lagos roads according to Chinedu Azodoh.

Do let us know if you try out MAX.ng. Don’t forget to listen to the full interview here. Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments.

Tech Events In Lagos, November 2017: Events You Should Plan To Attend In The Coming Weeks

Are you looking to network and consequently take your business to the next level? Here is our list of Tech Events in Lagos, November 2017. You should definitely plan to attend these events. Just like the October edition, we have compiled these from major event platforms. Do ensure you also check back for the December edition.

 

Tech Events In Lagos, November 2017: Africa As A Platform

This is a tech conference that celebrates innovators across Africa that are using technology to confront the continent’s daring economic challenges. The organizers of this event are Q21 Solutions Limited and ADE Digital Media Limited. The theme of the conference is “Millennials, Machines and Money”. There will be panel discussions and also a chance for startups to receive seed funding. Learn more about the event and register here.

 

Tech Events In Lagos, November 2017: High Growth Africa Summit 2017

This is a two-day conference that teaches entrepreneurs how to build, scale and fund high growth businesses in Africa. Starta and Ingressive are the organizers of the event. The event will take  place on November 21 by 8:30am and November 22 by 9:00pm. It will feature speakers from the tech ecosystem and beyond. They include the following:

  • Oluyomi Ojo, Printivo
  • Yele Badamosi, Microtraction
  • Iyin Aboyeji, Flutterwave
  • Bankole Olufemi, Big Cabal Media
  • Lexi Novitske, Singularity Investment
  • and a host of others

The event is a PAID event. You can read more about the event and register here.

Tech Events In Lagos, November 2017: West Africa Convergence Conference 2017

This will hold on November 29, 2017. The organizer of the event is Knowhow Media and Market Intelligence International Ltd. The organizer is an ICT, research and media company. The event will hold at the Sheraton Hotel in Ikeja between 8:00am to 4:00pm. The major theme of the event is “The Future of Work”.  The event will highlight how work-spaces are changing and new careers born as a result of new technologies. Learn more about this event and register here.

 

Tech Events In Lagos, November 2017: Booking.Com & IamtheCODE Developer Hackathon

This is a developer hackathon by Booking.com and IamtheCODE. The Nigerian partner for the event is Chowberry Inc. The aim of the event by Booking.com is to recruit developers in Nigeria. Booking.com is an e-commerce company founded in the Netherlands. It helps travelers find a place to stay wherever they go through an aggregation of hotels, vacation homes etc.

The major highlight of the event is the iamtheCODE/Booking.com Challenge. Developers, Software Engineers etc. will work with the Booking.com API to develop a solution that will improve sustainable tourism in Nigeria. The event will hold on November 18 by 8:30am at the Lily Gate Hotel Conference Hall in Lekki Phase 1. Intending developers will have to apply by email. The event is free but you’ll need an invite to get in. There’s so much more you should know about, so quickly go here to see the full details.

 

Tech Events In Lagos, November 2017: AR/VR Meetup By IMISI 3D

Imisi 3D is organizing an Augmented Reality (AR)/Virtual Reality (VR) meetup on November 4. The purpose of the event is for AR/VR enthusiasts to network and learn from one another. It will hold at the Co-creation Hub by 11am. The event is a free one so go ahead and register here if this is for you.

Imisi 3D is a virtual reality creation lab whose mission is to grow a community of VR developers in Nigeria. Additionally, it will also develop VR-based solutions. Furthermore, it will also educate people about VR and help them engage with it.

 

Tech Events In Lagos, November 2017: Society and Technology Conference and Exhibition

The Institute for Work and Family Integration (IWFI) is organizing this event in collaboration with The Lagos Business School (LBS). It will hold on November 28 by 8:00am. The event will take place at the Oriental Hotel. There will be a discussion focusing on how technology trends will affect the family institution in the coming years. Participants will also learn how to use technology to succeed at work and on the family front.

In conclusion, the event is a free one but you will need to register here to attend.

 

Tech Events In Lagos, November 2017: Lagos Podcasting Meetup

This event is for Podcasters in the house. It will take place at Cafe Neo, 6 Agoro Adiyan street, Victoria Island. The event will discuss the state of podcasting, technology etc. Learn more about the event here. The organizers are two podcasters in Lagos.

 

Tech Events in Lagos, November 2017: A Deeper Dive Into Rust

This event is organized by  Rust enthusiasts. It will take place on November 4 by 11am at the Trade Depot. The address is 259, Etim Inyang Crescent, Victoria Island. Finally, learn more and register here.

Rust is a systems programming language sponsored by Mozilla Research. It is designed to be a “safe, concurrent, practical language”, supporting functional and imperative-procedural paradigms

 

Tech Events in Lagos, November 2017: Bridging the Gap between Technology & Offline Payments

This event holds on November 4 by 10am. Flutterwave and Africa’s Talking are the organizers of the event. Attendees will get a chance to network with developers from the Flutterwave and Africa’s Talking team. Additionally, there will be masterclasses on building payment solutions through USSD, SMS and Voice APIs. Furthermore, the event will also cover the topic; Introduction to Flutterwave and Africa’s Talking How to Build a Mobile Money Solution Payment through USSD.  You can get a ticket to the event here.

YouTube Nigeria: Three Key Takeaways From Faith History’s Interview With Teju Ajani

Earlier in the year, Faith History sat with Teju Ajani, Head of Content Partnerships for YouTube in Sub-Saharan Africa. Although they spoke about a number of things, we have highlighted major takeaways from the conversation they had. You can listen to the interview here.

Teju Ajani studied Software Engineering and Economics before joining Google as a Business Development Manager. YouTube was one of the products in the portfolio she managed. As a result, she was a great fit for her current role when it became available.

Here are three key takeaways from the interview with Teju Ajani.

 

Teju Ajani: No need to complain about lack of data

There is a presently a feature in the YouTube app that allows you watch videos later. The feature is called YouTube Offline. It allows you save a video to view when you don’t have data. You can also save this video for up to 48 hours. The video refreshes when you return back online.

However, this feature is not available in all countries. The feature is also not available for all videos. This YouTube Help page lists about sixteen countries where the feature is available. Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa are on the list among others.

 

Teju Ajani: There are videos on YouTube about YouTube

Surprise, surprise, right? Not exactly! For people looking for help on how to use YouTube, there are videos on the platform about it. There is a YouTube Creator academy. It teaches how to create a YouTube channel, how to succeed on the platform etc. The YouTube Creator Academy contains videos from successful users of the platform. The Academy has a video channel on the platform with short video snippets on these topics. Alternatively, you can simply ‘Google’ whatever questions you have about using YouTube.

 

Teju Ajani: Monetizing Your YouTube Channel

The easiest way to monetize your video is the first time you upload it. All YouTube users are asked a question about monetization when they upload a video. Users can always go back to enable monetization if they missed it the first time. You can do this on the dashboard displayed when you log in to your account on YouTube. There are rules and regulations that you have to agree to before you enable monetization. You will need to connect your YouTube account to Adsense.

You can only make money when people watch your video. The more people that watch your videos the more money you make. When you enable monetization, ads are placed on your content. Advertisers can match their ads to specific content. You don’t get paid if people skip the ad on your videos. Advertisers only pay for ads if viewers watch them. Ads can be placed under your video or beside it. This is managed by the Adsense system.

So there you have it! Three major takeaways that are definitely helpful. Don’t forget to listen to the interview here and share with friends and colleagues.

 

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How To Upload An Image or Video To Instagram On Your Laptop Using Gamblr

As you may already know we like to make your life easier with digital tips and tricks. We bring you tools we discover from time to time. One of such is Gamblr. Gamblr is a desktop application that lets you upload photos to Instagram from your laptops, personal computers and Macbook.

(Caution: Ensure you read the conclusion at the end of the article)

Sometimes you have a photo or photos on your desktop computer which you would like to upload to your Instagram profile. You might not want to go through the stress of transferring it to your phone first. Perhaps you lost your phone or just have quite a number of photos that are not on your phone. Gamblr is a great application to do this. There are a couple of others e.g. Deskgram etc. You can log in to your account via the Instagram website on a desktop computer but can’t upload photos.

So let’s dive straight into the steps, ready? Here we go!

Gamblr Step 1: Download and Install the Application

This was obvious right? Yeah yeah! It was still worth mentioning. Go to the website and download which ever one applies to you. Next you will need to install the executable (.exe) file you have downloaded. To install double-click on the .exe file. Once it begins, take a short stroll or go get a glass of water.

Now that you are back, we can move on to the next step.

 

Gamblr Step 2: Load the application and sign-up

The application should either be in your Start menu list or on your Desktop environment. Double-click on any of them to load the application. The application will prompt you to sign-up.

You should see something like this:

 

Gamblr Sign up Page
Image #1: Gamblr Sign up Page

 

 

Gamblr Step 3: Sign into the application and click Upload Now

By now you already have an account and have linked your Instagram profile. Simply sign into the application and you will see an environment with different buttons and links. Click on “Upload Now” on the right of the environment. See image below:

 

Gamblr Upload Now Page
Image #2: Upload Now Page

 

 

Gamblr Step 4: Click on the Drag and Drop Box

You will then need to click on the Drag and Drop image box to select the image you want to upload. The image for upload should be saved where you can easily access it. This makes it quicker to drag and drop the image on Gamblr.

 

Gamblr Step 5: Set the Properties for Your Image

The next steps of screens allow you set different properties for your image. You will be prompted to select the size you want, add filters or motions. If you are unsure what size to choose, just select 1:1 and click “Save”. The next page after you save size prompts you to filter your image or apply motions to it. If you would like your image to appear as is, click “Continue”. The next page to be displayed is the “Caption” page which leads us to Step 6.

See images below for guidance on Step 5:

 

Gamblr: Set Image Properties
Image #3A: Set Image Properties

 

 

Gamblr: Set Image Properties B
Image #3B: Set Image Properties

 

Gamblr Step 6: Type in Caption and Tag People

Simply type in your caption in the page displayed after you have carried out Step 5. Here is where you enter all your hashtags etc. Right beneath your image you can tag whoever you want to tag. Just enter their Instagram username if you remember it.

See image below:

 

Gamblr: Enter caption and tag people
Image #4: Enter caption and tag people

 

 

Gamblr Step 7: Choose When To Post Image and Click Send/Schedule As The Case May Be

This is the final step! Gamblr lets you choose when to upload an image or video. You can send immediately or “some other time”. With “some other time”, you can schedule posts (See image below). Whatever you choose to do, clicking the send button publishes the post whether immediately or later. The con of scheduling posts with Gamblr is that you have to be online with the app at the scheduled time for it to publish the post.

 

Gamblr: Scheduling posts
Image #5: Scheduling posts

 

 

Conclusion

It’s worth noting that nothing beats using the Instagram mobile app. Other apps are not as secure and great as the Instagram mobile app. Only use Gamblr and other apps when you absolutely need to. Apps like Gamblr will come in handy at such times. Do your best to avoid the free likes, gaining followers and coins. Ensure you have your anti-virus updated and working properly. Also read the Gamblr terms and conditions and be sure you are fine with them before downloading the app.

Let us know if you know of other desktop apps like Gamblr. Also let us know if you have had any issues using the app. Do share this article within your social media community, you never know who it may help.

PS: Do not consider this article a recommendation of the app. You can read a review of the app online before proceeding to download it.

Images; Gamblr Windows Application

Health Startups In Nigeria: Six Notable Ones You Should Know

Healthcare is an important aspect of any nation’s survival and welfare. Nigeria’s health sector is plagued with a number of problems although it has also witnessed some successes. There are a number of health startups in Nigeria that have been founded to tackle some of these problems. First, let’s begin with a quick analysis of the problems the sector faces and successes it has witnessed.

 

A Brief Analysis Of the Problems & Successes

One of the major successes the health sector has witnessed is the establishment of the National Health Insurance Scheme. The scheme was established under Act 35 of the 1999 constitution by the country’s federal government. It was established to provide universal healthcare coverage to all its citizens based on certain contributions. The challenge however is that many Nigerians do not have access to this health insurance scheme.

Another major success the sector has witnessed was the well-coordinated response to the Ebola crisis.  The response was successful, thanks to health officials, volunteers and international partners. Foreign governments have praised Nigeria for the response. There however remains a lot of problems with healthcare delivery in Nigeria.

Here are some of the problems:

  • Lack of access to critical equipment
  • Low availability of important resources such as blood etc.
  • Low morale among health officials
  • Incessant strike action from health bodies
  • There are no enough doctors

These are just a few of the problems the sector is facing. Now let’s proceed to five notable health startups in Nigeria seeking to defeat these challenges, shall we?

 

#1: Health Startups In Nigeria – LifeBank Nigeria

LifeBank Nigeria is first on our list of notable health startups, which is in no particular order. Temie Giwa-Tubosun founded LifeBank.ng in January 2016. She holds a Masters in International Public Management. She later worked in Uganda with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) where she managed supply chain for a district.

Temie became concerned about maternal health care in Nigeria. The Founder learnt that most Nigerian women died from bleeding during childbirth. This was because there just wasn’t enough blood to save their lives. She started LifeBank.ng to get blood to hospitals when they needed it. This will save a lot of women from dying while giving birth. Mark Zuckerberg endorsed this startup during his visit to Nigeria. The startup delivered  about 2,000 pints of blood as at January 2017. You can listen to her interview with Faith History here.

 

#2: Health Startups In Nigeria – Redbank

Redbank is also one of the notable health startups in Nigeria. It is quite similar to LifeBank. It is a service that helps hospitals and patients find blood easily. Users can search for blood using voice call or SMS. Blood banks can sign up on Redbank to make available the blood they have to its users. Hospitals can also check the website to find out the blood available in different blood banks across Lagos. This startup is a brainchild of Medifix, a healthcare technology solutions company. The startup was one of the thirty that pitched to the Nigerian President.

 

#3: Health Startups In Nigeria – Kangpe

Kangpe is accurately described as Doctor in your pocket. It is an app that connects Nigerians with qualified doctors. A doctor on the network answers questions users submit. They do this in less than 10 minutes. This is one of the value propositions of the app. Kangpe won the Seedstars Lagos competition in 2016. The promising health startup also made it to the Y Combinator (Winter) batch earlier this year.

 

#4: Health Startups In Nigeria – MDaaS

Medical Devices as a Service (MDaaS) is taking on healthcare in Nigeria from a different angle. MDaaS is providing access to quality and affordable devices. Medical equipment are an important element of delivering life-saving healthcare. Yet, many hospitals in the country have no access to the devices they need to save lives. The doctors who own these devices have a hard time maintaining or servicing them. Such was the story of Oluwasoga Oni’s Dad. You can read more about it hereThis startup provides hospitals with the options of buying, leasing or renting these devices. It is slowly but steadily improving healthcare delivery in Nigeria one equipment after another. Listen to Oluwasoga’s inspiring story in his interview with Faith History.

 

#5: Health Startups In Nigeria – Helium

The good thing about these health startups are the unique ways in which they are delivering value to the health sector.  Helium Healthcare is an Electronic Health Records company.  It provides hospitals with the software they require to deliver quality healthcare. Their software helps hospitals manage patients records and its operations better. It appears an health practitioner must have either conceptualized this idea or aided it development. It is the sort of thing you get when technology meets domain expertise. Helium Healthcare has received seed funding from Y Combinator and is going on to do greater stuff.

 

#6: Health Startups In Nigeria – Medsaf

Medsaf’s goal is to make the process of buying and selling drugs in Nigeria easier. The E-commerce startup was founded by Vivian Nwakah and Temitope Awosika. The organization works with local and international vendors to get quality drugs to its customers at fair prices. Pharmacists, clinics and hospitals are its major customers. They face the problem resulting from the proliferation of substandard drugs. They also many times deal with numerous vendors. This makes the procurement very tedious. Medsaf wants to make medication procurement easier for health institutions.  The startup secured the regional ticket for the Seedstars World. It will represent Nigeria at the global competition and stands the chance to win $1m in equity investment.

 

This list is definitely not exhaustive and we know that. We are always looking to introduce startups to millions of Nigerians every week. If you know of any health startup we should add to the list, do feel free to let us know. Drop a comment down here. Finally, you can also email us via everythingdigitalng@gmail.com or interact with us using any of the channels below:

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Educational App- Roducate

Femisola Awosika is one Digital Nigerian who is doing big things in this space with regards to innovation. He’s managed to develop an app called Roducate that is currently at 300,000 downloads that basically delivers the entire West African educational curriculum as it stands to students all over the region- all they need to do is download the app and have data (credit) on their phone. I had a great time exploring the whys and hows of it all with him on this episode. Loved it so much .. I’m even voicing some of the audio lectures on the newer versions being built for the next release! So take that you teachers that said I was waaay too playful as a meek boarding house kid.. look who’s teaching now!

 

 

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