Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Accra, Ghana 24th May, 2017. Ghana has been selected to host the second Africa Open Data Conference (AODC) in July 2017. The four-day conference will be held at the Accra International Conference Centre from 17 – 21 July 2017.

The first edition of the AODC was organized by the Africa Open Data Collaborative in September 2015 in Tanzania hosted by the Government of Tanzania and its people and supported by the World Bank, Code for Africa, Global Open Data for Agriculture & Nutrition initiative, Worldwide Web Foundation, MCC, and numerous other partners.

The 2017 Africa Open Data Conference in Accra, Ghana is set to attract over 600 delegates drawn from all over Africa and the world at large. This auspicious event will push the leadership role of the private sector in supplying, using, and demanding open data, and bring together brilliant innovators and visionaries to grow their networks, hone their success, and connect with sources of support, and introduce investors and donors to an expanding sector that seeks and supplies open data to achieve development goals in Africa and across the globe.

Ghana is part of the Africa open data Community and signed unto the Open Government Partnership in September 2011, which sparked off a quest for Ghana to open-up its government data with some data now available at

For more info and registration about the conference, please visit or contact the secretariat via email address:  or call +233-20-8128851/ 057-7605119
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Accra Technology Salon to discuss how ICT’s can support better Public Health Services in Ghana

To gauge the status of ICTs use in Ghana’s Public health delivery system, Penplusbytes will on Tuesday May 30, 2017, host the 15th Accra Tech Salon to discuss the topic; “How Can ICTs support better Public Health Services in Ghana  at the New Media Hub in Osu, Ako-Adjei.

Led by our key thought leaders; Seth Afagbedzi, Lecturer, School of Public Health, University of Ghana, Ernest Gavor, CEO of 233apps, developers of Moja App and Sam Quarshie, head of ICT Ghana Health Service, the 2 hour educative and interactive roundtable is expected to bring together Public Health Professionals, Technologists and developers with the needed insight to delve into the status of ICTs application in public health services delivery.

The availability of new technology tools is transforming the delivery of health services across the globe. In Ghana, the emergence of mobile health systems, electronic data management, and electronic healthcare medicine is affecting learning and research, administration and surveillance, and even health service delivery.

Through the development of databases and other applications, ICTs also providing the capacity for improving health system efficiencies, and preventing medical errors. This notwithstanding, few health professionals and clinics are accessing the opportunities offered by technology in public health administration and delivery.

Kwami Ahiabenu, II, Executive Director of Penplusbytes, said the Technology Salon will explore exactly how new digital technologies can enhance public health care services. To do this, “the Tech Salon will offer a platform for key stakeholders to discuss practical ideas and innovations which are being applied currently as well the other tech interventions that could be leveraged to serve as a catalyst for improved health services in Ghana,” he added.

Discussions will explore issues such as what Health Information Systems technologies are presently available, what the prospects of mobile health technologies in Ghana’s Public health services delivery system are and what the challenges to improving access to and management of health information in Ghana are. Participants will also deliberate on what health portals and ICT-based tools could assist in disease prevention, treatment and health monitoring as well as offer answers to how Ghana can achieve a complete healthcare reform with ICT.

Please RSVP now to join your health, technology and development peers for the Accra Technology Salon.

Penplusbytes is a not-for-profit organization driving change through innovations in three key areas: using new digital technologies to enable good governance and accountability, new media and innovations, and driving oversight for effective utilisation of mining, oil and gas revenue and resources.