Free Education, Just a Click Away

classroomOnlineEducation has been a hotly discussed topic over the last few weeks and it is indeed a concern that lies on the hearts of many Ghanaians looking to improve themselves. The Internet has long-provided an excellent avenue for people to educate themselves on different topics. Unfortunately, the vast amount of information available on the web has usually been scattered and difficult to find.

 

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Can Free Software Transform Africa?

The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation. Champions of Linux and Free Software

What is perhaps one of the most important but unseen pillars of the technology revolution, seems to finally be coming out of the shadows. Much of the technology we use most often today is either itself or is based on what is termed ‘free/open-source software’.

But what exactly is ‘free software’? The simplest explanation is that free software is not any particular program or piece of code but is rather an ideology. It is one which proclaims that software which is developed should be created in an open manner which allows anyone else to examine and make changes to the source code.

 

 

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The Reward of Dreaming and DOing

 

Mr. Dadzie Collecting the Award

Mr. Dadzie being presented the award by RLG CEO Roland Agambire

During the past week, DreamOval’s CEO Derrydean Dadzie was awarded the Gold Award in ICT at the recently held National Youth Achievers Awards initiated by the President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E John Dramani Mahama.

The award was presented to Mr. Dadzie by the CEO of RLG Mr. Roland Agambire. At the ceremony was the President of Ghana, H.E. John Dramani Mahama, government appointees, and heads of Institutions and Industry. Other award recipients included Jackie Appiah, Stephen Appiah, Sarkodie, Anas Aremeyaw Anas and other luminaries.

Mr. Dadzie beat out the competition and received this award in respect of the many innovations this company has churned out over the past year. These include Ghana’s first online payments service (iWallet), Ghana’s first App Store (MobiBuddy), and now Ghana’s first online Domains Sale & Management Agency (Qikli).

DreamOval has also been instrumental in leading the eCommerce revolution in Ghana by empowering businesses for online sales through iWallet. The award has been widely reported by the major news houses and television stations.

We thank you our customers and patrons who support us in our endeavours to see an African Life Made Simple through technology.

Domains Purchasing Service, Qikli.mobi, Launched

Qikli Launched

Qikli.mobi Launched

DreamOval Ltd today announces the launch of Qikli (www.qikli.mobi), a domain purchase and management service. Qikli serves all people looking to purchase a domain name for their website and emails by affording them a simple, on-line interface to pay for these domains in Ghana Cedis and manage them independently.

Across Ghana, many businesses are recognizing the value of having a website to promote themselves. The first step in this process is to purchase the appropriate domain name. A domain is the web addresses of your website, sometimes referred to as the site name (e.g. www.dreamoval.com).

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Why Agile Development is Taking Off in Ghana

Why Agile Development is Taking Off in Ghana

Over the past decade, software developers over the world have adopted a new project management framework known popularly as Agile Development. This framework ostensibly seeks to put the customers first to develop and deploy software that most directly meets customer needs. Simply put, it proposes breaking down the software development process into incremental stages that continuously create increasingly complex versions of software. This entire process is meant to be responsive to changing customer demands. Agile Development has really picked up steam both amongst major software developers and tech start-ups over the years as they look to achieve more with smaller development teams.  In Ghana as well we are seeing a rise in the teaching of agile methods in tech education as well as its use by local developer teams in organizations. So what exactly is ‘Agile’?
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Forget the Government, What Can WE Do to Help Local Entrepreneurs?

ImageIn Ghana we’ve discussed, researched, and held numerous workshops on the challenges in starting a small business in this country, tech-oriented or otherwise. We’ve known for years that the biggest challenge has been the difficulty in accessing affordable credit. However, despite the ‘best’ efforts of our central bank, credit rates remain high and distinctly unaffordable for most entrepreneurs. So the government’s plan so far isn’t working, that’s obvious. But can the private sector do anything themselves about this?

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Can Ghana Create Its Own Silicon Valley?

The Way to Build Our Own Silicon Valley?Minister of Communications, Haruna Iddrisu, recently revealed government plans to build a technology park to encourage high-tech entrepreneurial growth in Tema. This park is set to model successful examples such as Egypt’s Smart VillageSouth Africa’s Innovation Hub and the best known example, Silicon Valley of the United States. Laudable, and feasible, as this project may appear at first glance, strong doubts can and must be raised as to whether the government plan has the necessary factors to become as big a success as Silicon Valley.

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