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Tech trends of 2022 and what they mean for Africa

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022 07:05 | By
Dedan Kimathi University of Technology second year student Brian Ndegwa at the institution. Photo/PD/MATHEW NDUNG’U

We have observed a significant march toward the complete digitisation of the world in recent years. The usage of and reliance on technology has expanded considerably since the start of the Covid epidemic. Furthermore, technological advances have become increasingly vital to enterprises and a big section of the worldwide population’s daily lives.

As a result, cloud services are being used by organisations to modernise and innovate. Without a doubt, the pandemic has shown digitally fortified businesses are more adaptable, resilient and capable of transforming when faced with a crisis.

Several technology developments are projected to influence the global tech sector and impact lives throughout the year and beyond in 2022. The following are four examples of the numerous tech trends.

The so-called Metaverse is the first projected trend. More than at any other point in history, 2022 will make it easy for many of us to understand this concept because the year will witness significant developments in the trending tech feature.

The Metaverse, often known as “the digital twin of the universe,” is a digital environment that allows interconnected networks to communicate. It’s a three-dimensional virtual arena where people can build assets, gain enhanced virtual experience,  and earn a lot using digital resources. Top global companies have stepped up efforts to develop the meta world. Facebook, one of the first builders, renamed its social networking platform Facebook to Meta.

The acceleration of 5G technology is the second anticipated tech development, with the landscape likely to extend in the future to include 5G networks, 5G devices, and 5G services. Operators are expected to develop a growing number of 5G standalone networks to provide consumers with a better 5G experience. It will provide an unbroken network connection at extraordinary speeds while maintaining a high-level quality of service.

The deployment of more drone technology is the third trend. Drones have applications in practically every field of business. Still, autonomous technology has a lot of potentials to be unveiled and put to use, resulting in a greater spectrum of unmanned services across industries.

In the coming year, it is also expected that cryptocurrencies will become a more viable legal tender for a larger portion of the population. What began as an alternative medium of exchange with considerable criticism and little acceptance is now dominating the mainstream with tremendous demand globally. The e-currency has attracted many investors due to its potential for high profits. The trend is likely to continue.

After reviewing these tech trends, it’s important to note that the Cloud is at the centre of accelerating digital transformation and innovation. Businesses across a wide range of industries are rethinking their business models, growth engines and digitisation efforts to become nimbler. With the shift to a digital-first world, simulation, automation and remote everything is becoming a reality. Fundamentally, we’re transitioning from a mobile and cloud era to one of ubiquitous computing and ambient intelligence, an era in which the next 10 years will see more digitalisation than the previous four decades.

What does this mean for us in Africa, then? It means we must begin preparing today to avoid being left behind. Within Microsoft and through the African Development Centre (ADC), we have been at the forefront of designing initiatives that are helping the continent prepare for this new digital era through our many mentorship and training programs.

Our Game of Learners digital and coding competition for university students is one such example. It is now in its third year and is held in the form of a hackathon, involving students directly regardless of where they received their higher education from. With the help of volunteer mentors and Microsoft Student Partners, students acquire hands-on experience with computer science technology and methodologies while producing community-impacting solutions as part of this project. This year’s goal is to provide a solution based on the crucial issue of Climate Change that decreases or reverses gas emissions and footprints.

Through the ADC, Microsoft is without a doubt enabling digital transformation, bridging gaps in infrastructure, connectivity and capability while creating a sustained societal impact in Africa. More similar initiatives should be supported so that Africa does not fall behind in the global digitisation agenda.

— The writer is ADC Managing Director

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