The Institute of ICT Professionals Ghana (IIPGH), in partnership with AFOS Foundation for Entrepreneurial Development Cooperation and other partners, has earmarked June as Tech Entrepreneurship Forum (TEF) Month.
This month-long event aims to strengthen the cooperation between industry and academia to promote tech entrepreneurship under the theme; ‘Fostering Stronger Collaboration Between Industry and Academia to Promote Tech Entrepreneurship’. TEF Month is designed to facilitate knowledge sharing and connection between students, graduates, faculty, and technical advisors in skills development with industry experts in technology.
By bridging the gap between academia and industry, participants from academia, such as the University of Cape Coast (UCC) and Accra Technical University (ATU), will gain first-hand insights into the operations of businesses, while industry experts will have the opportunity to share their operational and research challenges with academia.
An exceptional highlight of this event is the participation of DigiCAP Junior Consultants (JCs) who will demonstrate their expertise in data analytics and business intelligence. These JCs, carefully chosen from the beneficiaries of the DigiCAP project, will have the opportunity to engage with industry experts and showcase how their skills can enhance business efficacy and profitability.
Kicking off on Monday, June 5, TEF Month will commence with a virtual open day featuring information technology (IT) companies from Germany, providing participants with the chance to engage and learn from international industry experts.
On June 6 a virtual open day featuring information technology (IT) companies from Ghana will take their turn to provide participants with the chance to engage and learn from local industry experts.
Then on June 14, there shall be another virtual engagement tagged ‘Time with Junior Consultants (JCs)’ that seeks to comprehensively introduce the JC programme to industry and how businesses can benefit from their expertise.
Tech Entrepreneurship Forum (TEF) Month will also include the Industry-Academia Tech Dialogue (INDAC-TED). This session seeks to facilitate healthy dialogues between academia and industry to bridge the skills gap and enhance the training of skilled human resources in the IT sector. It comes off on June 15 at the University of Ghana, Legon.
Then the main highlight of the month, the Tech Entrepreneurs Forum (TEF), initiated by IIPGH, will provide a networking platform and workshop for corporate organizations, SMEs, independent consultants, and startups to showcase their products and services. TEF will take place on June 21 at the Holiday Inn, Accra.
The month then ends with the DigiCAP Business Breakfast Meeting on June 28. It shall serve as an evaluation and wrap up of the entire Tech Entrepreneurship Month (TEF). This comes off at the IIPGH office in Accra.
David Gowu, Executive Director of IIPGH, commented on the rationale behind the event, saying, “Encouraging closer cooperation between industry and academia is crucial in advancing the field of tech entrepreneurship. By merging the knowledge and resources of academic institutions with the practical experience and resources of industries, we can establish a nurturing environment for tech entrepreneurs.
This partnership can manifest in different ways, such as collaborative research initiatives, internships, mentorship programmes, and agreements for the transfer of technology. With the introduction of Tech Entrepreneurship Forum (TEF) Month, our objective is to expedite these alliances and cultivate a dynamic tech ecosystem that advances innovation and entrepreneurial endeavours.”
Hanna Schlingmann, Project Manager at AFOS Foundation, shared her expectations for the event, stating, “Tech Entrepreneurship Forum (TEF) Month presents a valuable platform for students, graduates, and technical advisors to engage with industry professionals and acquire valuable knowledge. We are confident that this event will enable the exploration of sustainable employment prospects in emerging technology domains and empower young individuals to thrive as accomplished tech entrepreneurs.”
The events scheduled during Tech Entrepreneurship Forum (TEF) Month will be delivered through a combination of virtual and hybrid modes to accommodate participants from various locations. Physical events will be organized in Accra, Ghana, while virtual platforms such as Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube will provide online connectivity for remote participants.
TEF Month will bring together experts and businesses from diverse industries that generate and process data. It also welcomes freelancers, DigiCap students/Junior Consultants, digital skills technical advisors from academia, IT hubs/parks, business process outsourcing (BPO) service providers, and remote IT services to join the conversations on opportunities in data analytics and business intelligence for technology entrepreneurs, businesses, and graduates.
By promoting cooperation between industry and academia, Tech Entrepreneurship Month strives to create a supportive environment for tech entrepreneurs, where academia’s research capabilities and the industry’s market expertise.
Adansi Travel Wins Marketing Oriented Hospitality Company Of The Year
Ghana’s leading travel and tour company, Adansi Travels has been adjudged the Marketing Oriented Hospitality Company of the Year, 2022.
At the 34th Annual National Marketing Performance Awards ceremony at the Labadi Beach Hotel, the hospitality company was again crowned for the second time after winning it first in 2020.
Adansi Travels which started a decade ago with a staff strength of 3 people in the Obuasi area in the Ashanti Region of Ghana has become a major tourist promoter, introducing locals to foreign tourist sites and foreigners to breath-taking local tourist sites in Ghana.
The C.E.O, after picking up the award said, We extend our profound appreciation to all our partners, clients, and well-wishers. To our valued clients, who have entrusted us with their travel experiences and have become cherished members of our travel family since 2016, we are deeply thankful. Your unwavering support has inspired us to continually innovate and enhance our offerings.”
He further added, “This recognition will serve as a constant reminder to us to consistently provide nothing less than our very best. We are immensely grateful to CIMG for bestowing this significant honor upon us for the second time, and it serves as a driving force for us to continue striving for excellence.”
This award is in recognition of Adansi Travels’ excellence in strategic marketing which has led to delivering excellent results over the years.
Travels’ tenants for work is hinged on professionalism, trust and loyalty. This leads them to create a niche market that allows people irrespective of their budget to explore Ghana and the world.
Is a Free VPN Safe to Use? Exploring the Risks and Benefits
In our current digital age, online privacy and security have become an importantt concerns for internet users around the world. With the increasing prevalence of cyber threats and data breaches, people are actively seeking ways to protect their online activities. Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs, have gained popularity as tools that promise safeguarding your digital footprint. While there are many VPN options available, free VPNs, in particular, have garnered significant attention due to their accessibility. In this article, we will explore the risks and benefits of using a free VPN, with a focus on free VPN for Windows.
Understanding VPNs: What Are They?
Before delving into the world of free VPNs, let’s understand what a VPN is and how it works. A VPN is essentially a service that establishes a secure, encrypted connection between your device (in this case, your Windows PC) and a remote server. This connection masks your IP address and encrypts your internet traffic, making it difficult for third parties, such as hackers or government agencies, to monitor your online activities.
The Benefits of Using a Free VPN
Enhanced Privacy: One of the primary advantages of using a free VPN is the boost in online privacy. Your internet service provider (ISP), websites, and even potential cybercriminals won’t be able to track your online behavior when you’re connected to a VPN.
Bypassing Geo-Restrictions: Free VPNs often allow users to access geo-restricted content. For example, if a streaming platform or website is only accessible in certain regions, a VPN can make it appear as though you’re browsing from an eligible location.
Protection on Public Wi-Fi: When you connect to public Wi-Fi networks, your data becomes vulnerable to interception. A free VPN can add an extra layer of security when you’re using unsecured public Wi-Fi at cafes, airports, or hotels.
The Risks Associated with Free VPNs
Data Logging: Many free VPN providers track and log user data. This can include your online activities, websites visited, and even personal information. This data may then be sold to third parties or used for targeted advertising.
Inadequate Security Measures: Some free VPNs might not implement robust encryption protocols, leaving your data vulnerable to breaches or leaks.
Limited Features: Free VPNs often come with limitations, such as slower connection speeds, data caps, and fewer server locations. These restrictions can hinder your online experience.
Malware and Adware: Some free VPN services have been found to include malware or adware in their software, potentially infecting your device.
Uncertain Jurisdiction: Free VPN providers can be based in countries with lax data privacy laws, which means they may not be obligated to protect your data.
Choosing the Right Free VPN for Windows
If you decide to use a free VPN for your Windows device, it’s essential to exercise caution and select a reputable service. Here are some simple tips for selecting the right one:
Read Reviews: Research and read user reviews and expert opinions to find out which free VPNs have a good reputation for security and privacy.
Check for No-Logs Policy: Look for a free VPN that has a strict no-logs policy. This means they don’t store your online activities or personal information.
Encryption Standards: Check what encryption standards the VPN employs. The stronger, the better.
Server Locations: Opt for a free VPN with multiple server locations so you can access content from different regions.
Trial Period: Some premium VPN providers offer limited free versions or trial periods of their services. These can be a safer option than entirely free VPNs.
In conclusion, the decision to use a free VPN for your Windows device comes with both benefits and risks. While free VPNs can enhance your online privacy and help you access geo-restricted content, they may also compromise your data security and privacy due to certain limitations and potential pitfalls. To maximize the benefits of using a free VPN while minimizing the risks, it’s crucial to conduct thorough research, choose a reputable provider, and be aware of the privacy policies and security measures in place. Ultimately, your online security is in your hands, and a well-informed choice can help you navigate the digital landscape more safely.
Edem, Camidoh, Cina Soul, Chief One, Keeny Ice to rock Asogli Yam Festival 2023 stage this Sunday in Ho
Celebrated Ghanaian Rapper/CEO, Edem, parades his fellow Volta Artistes for this year’s big stage at the Asogli Yam Festival.
Edem will be joined on stage by ‘Sugarcane’ hitmaker, Camidoh, who for the first time will be rocking such a big stage in Ho since his major break.
Chief One and Keeny Ice, current Volta Heavyweight Artistes with banging back-to-back hits will also grace the stage with Edem.
Cina Soul, the swooning singer is the surprise Act listed for the concert as well. She joins the big l