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Jobberman Partners USAID eTrade Alliance, Profiles Behavior Patterns of 25,000 Young Nigerians

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Jobberman, the single largest job placement website in sub-Saharan Africa in a press conference today, announced its partnership with the USAID-funded Alliance for eTrade Development II (eTrade Alliance) to help drive the development of Nigeria’s thriving e-commerce industry.

The #FindyourdigitalSuperpower campaign is set to conduct behavioral profiling on 25,000 young people aged 18-35 and 1,000 employees in the formal and informal e-commerce sector.

The aim of the program is to determine how to maximize the unique behavioral traits and skills required to boost the booming digital space.

Jobberman will pilot technology on its platform that is designed to profile four categories of individuals in the e-commerce sector, in order to help large structured organizations and informal businesses optimize their talent.

The key indicators of these behavioral profiles will determine team developmental opportunities and gaps, understanding of team dynamics, adapted hiring processes for improved workplace productivity and discovering hidden talents within existing employees.

The goal is to create an industry of streamlined successful roles that can be matched against the profiles established in the behavioral analysis.

E-commerce spending in Nigeria is set to reach US$6.1m by the end of 2021 and as more consumers navigate to online shopping due to the pandemic, spending is projected to hit US$9.5m in revenues by 2025.

The fast-growing youth population, which makes up half of the country’s total population, is expected to power the digital marketplace with close to two million joining the labor force per year.

The Jobberman and the USAID eTrade Alliance partnership is geared to ready the labor market for such growth by identifying strengths and developmental opportunities within the sector, providing the benchmark and supporting resources to allow its potential to be realized.

Rolake Rosiji, CEO of Jobberman Nigeria, says, “We are excited to be collaborating with the eTrade Alliance on this timely campaign which is very much in line with our initiatives to advance the digital landscape of Nigeria.

“The emerging e-commerce industry sums up the entrepreneurial energy of Nigerians, which this campaign will build on; by using our innovative technology to transform businesses from a talent perspective.

“We are looking forward to seeing the results from the behavioral profiling exercise, which will help to enhance business transformation, especially for digital SMEs.”

eTrade Alliance Project Director Anne Szender echoed Ms. Rosiji’s sentiments stating, “the USAID eTrade Alliance is excited by this opportunity to leverage the skills and expertise of our Alliance partner Jobberman to improve labor market matching in the fast growing digital commerce sector.

Through this innovative pilot we will gain insight into the key traits and skills that are critical for workers in the digital commerce space; information which can inform the design of future workforce development and job matching programs, creating long-term economic impacts for job seekers, SMEs, and their communities.”

ROAM Africa’s Director of Partnerships, Impact Projects Reshma Bharmal Shariff added

I am very excited for the launch of the “Find Your Digital Super Power” project. This initiative will provide participants a competitive edge to attain their aspirations in this digital economy.

Our aim at Roam Africa is to “connect Africans to opportunities” and our partnership with eTrade Alliance for this campaign epitomizes our value of being an impact partner in the economic development of the markets we operate in.”

With over a decade in the recruitment business, Jobberman has used its platform to develop job seeker skill sets and identify gaps in the labor market.

The partnership with the USAID eTrade Alliance reinforces Jobberman’s efforts to empower individuals across Nigeria with the training and skills they need to succeed.

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Jury Orders Meta to Pay Voxer $175 M For Violation of Patent

Facebook parent company, Meta, has been ordered by a jury in Texas Federal court to pay $175 million to walkie-talkie app maker, Voxer, for violation of its patent.

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Facebook parent company, Meta, has been ordered by a jury in Texas Federal court to pay $175 million to walkie-talkie app maker, Voxer, for violation of its patent.

Voxer filed a lawsuit in 2020, where it accused Meta of violating its patents and incorporating its streaming technologies into its Facebook and Instagram live.

Voxer launched the Walkie-Talkie app in 2011, after which it was approached by Facebook about a potential collaboration.

By 2012, Voxer went ahead to share its patent portfolio and proprietary technology with Facebook, but when early meetings failed to result in an agreement, Facebook identified Voxer as a competitor.

According to the document filed in the court, Facebook had no live video or voice product at this time.

The social media giant company then went ahead to revoke Voxer’s access to key components of the Facebook platform, together with eradicating entry to the Discover Buddies” characteristic.

The lawsuit additionally states that the founder and Chairman of Voxer, Tom Katis had met with a senior product supervisor at Facebook to discuss about Meta’s infringement of Voxer’s patents, which was declined by the company, refusing a settlement with Voxer relating to its continuous use of its patent. 

The jury at the Texas federal court discovered that both Facebook and Instagram Live, launched in 2015, and 2016 respectively incorporated Voxer’s technologies and infringed two of its patents.

After much deliberation from the court, the jury concluded that Meta infringed two patents held by Voxer, and therefore awarded Voxer $175 million in damages.

Following this judgment, a Meta spokesperson disputed the claims filed in the lawsuit by Voxer, arguing that the proof introduced in the trial confirmed that Meta didn’t infringe on Voxer’s patents.

Meta’s spokesperson said, “We consider the proof at trial demonstrated that Meta didn’t infringe Voxer’s patents. We intend to hunt additional reduction, together with submitting an attraction.”

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Nigerian Digital Bank Fairmoney Partners With Oradian to Accelerate Growth

Nigerian online loan app Fairmoney has partnered with Oradian a cloud-based enterprise solution to expand its growth across Africa and Asia

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Nigerian online loan app Fairmoney has partnered with Oradian a cloud-based enterprise solution to expand its growth across Africa and Asia.

Through this strategic partnership, Fairmoney will leverage on Oradian platform that services over 10 million banking customers in 13 countries across Africa and Asia to accelerate its growth in these regions.

FairMoney says Oradian’s ability to support its credit assessment capabilities and the ‘plug and play’ nature of its solution were key factors in its selection.

Speaking on this partnership, FairMoney CEO Laurin Hainy said: “Our ultimate goal remains bridging the financial inclusion gap in emerging economies, and we understand the power of collaboration and partnerships in bringing this to reality.

“Since the inception of FairMoney, we have continued to serve our current markets with excellent financial products, providing the much-needed access to credit and making essential banking services available to everyday people.

“We decided to partner with Oradian to leverage the already existing infrastructure and trusted system performance to scale our solutions to new markets where they are needed and perfect existing offerings in our current markets”.

Also commenting on this is the CEO of Oradian Antonio Separovic who said,  “To be able to innovate quickly, with products that the market requires, while being compliant with changing regulations in very different markets, takes a different breed of core system.

“All of these are real daily challenges in the back-office, not seen by the customers and often taken for granted. However, we know through working with a broad range of financial customers, those challenges are very real, and in some cases, insurmountable without the right technology and an expert partner.”

The African and Asian emerging markets are in need of financial services that provide both consumer loans and working capital.

This has however created a big opportunity for companies that are able to move quickly and leverage recent technological advances in emerging markets.

FairMoney has been successful in executing this mission, after it became the leading credit-led digital financial institution in Nigeria two years after its incorporation.

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Faulty Window Automatic Reversal System Forces Tesla To Recall Nearly 1.1 Million Vehicles

Automobile company Tesla is recalling about 1.1 million of its electric vehicles citing a problem with the window automatic reversal system that does not stop even when it detects an obstruction.

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Automobile company Tesla is recalling about 1.1 million of its electric vehicles citing a problem with the window automatic reversal system that does not stop even when it detects an obstruction.

This means that as the windows go up automatically, it may likely cause injury and as such does not comply with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) safety guidelines for power-operated windows.

The NHTSA said, “The window automatic reversal system may not react correctly after detecting an obstruction. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 118, “Power-Operated Window Systems.”

“A closing window may exert excessive force by pinching a driver or passenger before retracting, increasing the risk of injury”.

Although this recall is not for all Tesla vehicles as it only applies to certain of its Model 3 vehicles for 2017-2022, along with model Ys for 2020-2021 and model S and model X vehicles for 2021-2022.

All Tesla owners do not need to bring the vehicle to the company to rectify this problem, rather the electric vehicle manufacturer told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it would perform an over-the-air software update of the automatic window reversal system.

The automotive company further disclosed that it was not aware of any warranty claims, field reports, crashes, injuries, or deaths related to the recall, rather it deems the recall as a safety risk.

During the product testing in August, Tesla disclosed that employees identified window automatic reversal system performance that had greater than expected variations in response to pinch detection.

After extensive additional testing, it was determined that the vehicles’ pinch detection and retraction performance in the test results did not meet automatic reversal systems requirements.

Tesla said that starting from September 13, vehicles in production and in pre-delivery received a software update that sets power-operated window operation to the requirements.

The latest software update will enhance the calibration of the vehicle’s automatic window reversal system behavior.

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