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JOIN LESOTHO BLOCKCHAIN 2020 BY AFRICA BLOCKCHAIN UNIVERSITY AND NUL INNOVATION HUB
Are you interested in learning about Blockchain technology and how it can change your community? Are you a college student, young executive, tech startup founder, do you have programmable skills? Are you an educator or any young person interested in discovering emerging technologies?
If you meet these criteria, you'll be animated to know that Africa Blockchain University has partnered with the NUL Innovation to host the first-ever Lesotho Blockchain Camp. The Camp equips attendees to understand Blockchain Technologies and apply them to solving local problems and creating jobs in their communities.
Participants will be divided into groups to design projects to solve specific problems in their localities with the Blockchain. The first three best projects selected by our International Panel of Judges will receive prizes and technical support for implementation.
1st Prize - $1000
2nd Prize - $700
3rd Prize - $500
Date: 19-23 March, 2020
Venue: ISAS Auditorium, NUL, Roma
Interested persons should register at https://africabu.com/lesotho-camp-registration/. For more questions, reach out to [email protected]
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SHOWCASE YOUR INNOVATIONS AND PARTICIPATE AT THE NULISTICE 2020 EXPO AT THE PIONEER MALL [21-24 JANUARY 2020]
Are you a Mosotho youth of ages between 16 and 35?
Are you tech-savvy, innovative and creative entrepreneur?
Do you have a development innovation?
If the answers are YES to all the questions above, then YOU are the one we are looking for!!!!
You qualify for a grant to have your displayed at the NULISTICE Expo to be held in January 2020. You also stand a chance to have your solution selected for experimentation under the UNDP Lesotho Accelerator Lab. A maximum of 50 applications will be sponsored to attend NULISTICE 2020.
Deadline and Submission
The deadline for submission is on or before 14 January 2020 at 12:30. Send your proposals to [email protected]. call Lebesa Nkune on +26622228134 for more information.
THE PROJECT PROPOSAL SHALL BE PRESETED IN THE FOLLOWING FORMAT
1. Cover page: Please provide the name and contact details of the organization/individual, project, and contact person. (One page Maximum)
2. Organisations (ONLY): Please provide brief information on the background, mission and objectives and track record of the organisation. (One page Maximum)
3. Project Summary: Provide the full overview of the innovation. (Half a page Maximum)
4. Project Rationale: In this section, describe the problem/issue that this innovation is seeking to address. Please include any relevant data either from work previously conducted by the organisation or national/local data sources. (Two pages Maximum)
5. Goal and Objective: Please provide a broad statement that outlines the direction of the innovation’s future actions. The goal should relate directly to the problem described in the rationale. The specific, direct deliverables should directly address the problem. (Half a page Maximum)
6. The Target Population: Explain which specific groups will benefit as a result of the innovation. Who are the ultimate beneficiaries? How will the innovation improve the lives of the people? (Half a page Maximum)
7. Sustainability and systemic impact: Please describe the expectations for replication, scaling up and lasting impact on the results. (One page Maximum)
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AN APP BY NUL GRADUATE MAKES IT TO AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN TORONTO, CANADA
It works like this. When you are doing online banking, you sometimes get a one-time-password (OTP) for the bank to prove it is you. However, it may still not be you but someone stealing your money. “With this app, before the bank sends you an OTP, it first receives a face image from you to make sure that it is you to whom the OTP has to be sent,” says the National University of Lesotho (NUL) trained Mokhutli Letsae.
The details of this brilliant app were accepted for presentation at the prestigious "International Conference on Computer Security: Information Security and Internet Security" in Toronto, Canada.
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Let’s see why this app is so important.
Those of you who have ever done online banking will know what we are talking about. Let’s say you, Mr Tiny, want to transfer money from your account to the account of Mr Joe in a business transaction. You don’t just put Mr Joe’s banking details and send the money. That would be too risky.
It could be that it is not you but a cyber-shark (somebody who stole your password without you being aware of it) doing the online transactions, transferring your money to his account. So the bank folks are clever. They know the tricks of these online predators.
So before making a transaction, they send you a One Time Password (OTP).
The benefits of the OTP are obvious. It is a password sent to a phone number you registered with your bank.
Unless you were held at gun-point, it is highly unlikely that someone stole both your password and your cell-phone. So we have high degree of confidence that the OTP is going only to you.
If you put in the OTP, then the bank is satisfied (kind of) that it is you. The money is then transferred.
But in an imperfect world, guess what? It might still not be you!
Look! The cyber-sharks are always coming up with ways to evade the latest technology meant to cure their mischief. “So they may have a way of hacking into your system and getting that OTP,” Letsae said. “That is so, despite the fact that banks have made everything possible to ensure that the OTP is hidden (encrypted).”
However, as we enter the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, something called Artificial Intelligence (AI) is reinventing itself in a big way. More importantly, there is a branch of AI that is called Deep Learning or Machine Learning which is even more exciting.
So Letsae’s work is using some kind of AI to evade the cyber sharks even further, using machine learning.
This is how.
When you make an online transaction, the system asks for your face image. When your face image reaches the bank, it is compared with an image that the bank took at the time when you were registering for an online banking.
When it is convinced that is indeed you, it is only then that it can send an OTP. This is so that it doesn’t send the OTP to a stranger or cyber-shark.
There is a good reason for using your face. No one has your face, even your twin brother (sister). And no one can steal your face (unless they chop your head off, which is highly unlikely).
In short, his app uses both encrypted OTPs and images to ensure maximum protection.
But how did he do it?
“I used a Microsoft based programming language called C-sharp to build the app,” he said. “It is user-friendly and easy to understand. If someone wants to improve on my app, it is easy to do so. Even more, it works on a number of operating systems such as Linux, Microsoft, Android and Apple.”
From there, the system was improved through the use of Application Programming Interface (API). APIs are systems that add more functionality to the app. For instance, “I have to make sure that my OTPs are encrypted (hidden from the cyber sharks),” he said, “So I use API to encrypt the OTPs.”
But how does the system identify your facial image? First, a number of your pictures are taken in and stored. They are first stored as pixels which are later changed into numbers that can only match your image. It is a complicated process.
However, the closer the stored numbers are to the number that we get when we receive your image during a transaction, the more likely it is you who is doing the transaction.
No wonder the international cyber-security gurus were impressed!
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NUL BEATS OTHER AFRICAN UNIVERSITIES TO WIN M800, 000 IN SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FUNDING COMPETITION FROM UK!
There is always a crowd at the starting line, so they say. It was true in this case. More than 40 African universities lined up for funding to strengthen their Sustainable Energy programmes through Carbon Trust’s project called Transforming Energy Access (TEA). Only 8 universities made it. “The National University of Lesotho (NUL) was among them,” said the gleeful Dr Moeketsi Mpholo who is leading the NUL Energy Research Centre which prepared the application.
The funders did not only give the money, they made sure that their opinion of the NUL MSc in Sustainable Energy program was known. This is what they said, “we believe that your existing programme is already of an excellent quality, and very well suited to providing the necessary technical and socio-economic skills.”
Again, that is from the horse’s mouth.
However, how did we end up here? Listen to the chronology of events. For the TEA project, Carbon Trust is itself funded by the United Kingdom (UK) Department for International Development (DFID). So Carbon Trust administered the call for proposals for African universities to apply to strengthen their Renewable Energy programmes or create new ones.
NUL got interested.
But there was a problem. Lesotho is not a priority country for DFID. That means when it comes to funding, Lesotho should always take the back seat and eat only when others are full.
“So we were like, should we apply at all?” Dr Mpholo said. It was a long shot. But he and his team applied anyway. Maybe they knew a thing or two about these words of wisdom by Nora Roberts, “If you ask, the answer may be yes, or No. If you don’t ask, the answer is always No.”
They had nothing to lose.
So they sat down and made a very good application. After all, since they were not a priority, they had to go for a kill or do nothing. They were armed with years of experience of developing one of the most interesting Master’s Programs the NUL has ever seen.
After submission, they were almost forgetting the whole thing when they got a notice. They were among the few shortlisted universities from all over Africa. They were now required to write a lengthy full proposal—which they did with passion. In any case, reaching this stage was already a bonus in itself.
In the end, the impossible happened. They had cruised past more than 40 other African sister universities to be among the only 8 to be funded! The message was, and it is still clear.
Undermine NUL at your own risk.
But what was NUL asking for? Well, they already have a full and running program, called MSc in Sustainable Energy. They wanted to review the programme in time for the next accreditation process by Lesotho’s Council on Higher Education (CHE). They were seeking funding to review all courses in the entire program.
No! Carbon Trust told them. Not when your program is already so good!
But, and this was a big but. Carbon Trust had identified one great course within the entire program whose upgrade is bound to add tremendous value to the whole program. The course is called “Sustainable Energy Solutions for Communities.”
To understand why the course took the attention of Carbon Trust, take a look at its synopsis below as taken from the NUL Energy Research Centre website.
“Successful projects need to be sustainable hence meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of the future generations to meet their own needs. For energy projects to be sustainable, they not only have to meet the technological, environmental, economic and financial parameters but more importantly they have to satisfy the social needs. Hence energy project developers have to appreciate and understand social needs to avoid their projects turning into white elephants.
The course deals with the following matters: Developing a common understanding of the energy requirements and use; sustainable energy solutions for rural communities in Southern Africa and in particular in Lesotho; gender and energy; provision of optimal sustainable energy requirements for rural communities; community participation in sustainable energy solutions; current energy solutions and their sustainability; designing of practical and affordable energy solutions; appropriate energy technology projects.”
Who wouldn’t be interested in a course with such noble goals?
But that is the course as it is now. The proponents want to deepen the objectives of the course to ensure it makes the maximum impact. As NUL emphasises more on innovation (in short, innovation is being practical) the course is redesigned in such a manner that students will now create tangible energy solutions that can be turned into business to create real impact in people’s lives!
Yes! Carbon Trust said. Now you are talking! And that is where we want to place our M800, 000! In fact, we are planning to pump more in the future.
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SCIENTISTS GIVE NUL-MADE SOAP, MOHALALITOE, A GOOD REVIEW AGAINST SOUTH AFRICAN SOAPS
When we said the National University of Lesotho (NUL) made Mohalaitoe soap was perhaps the best available soap for your skin in Lesotho, you were sceptical. It turns out you were not alone. Two brilliant NUL Chemical Technology students, Limakatso Nthethe and Sepheka Ntjana were not only sceptical; they set out to prove us wrong. They ended proving us right.
Today we are going to examine, in details, the ten areas in which these scientists tested Mohalalitoe against 5 other South African made commercial soaps (Lesotho is hardly making its own soap, apart from insignificant efforts here and there, almost all soap used in Lesotho is imported from South Africa. Mohalalitoe is meant to change that reality).
Their verdict? Wait for it. Mohalalitoe beat them all. Don’t forget, we are talking about some of the best brands whose names we just won’t mention.
However, you don’t have to believe these folks. In fact, you don’t even have to understand the ten tested factors in order to believe us. You just have to use Mohalalitoe and you will know what we are talking about.
Let’s take each of the factors, one at time. We will start with 5 factors tested by Limakatso Nthethe.
1. Percentage Chloride: A high percentage of chlorides leads to cracking of soap, which is undesirable. Some soap manufacturers put chlorides in their soap to make it harder. Of the five soaps, Mohalalitoe had the lowest percentage chloride. It maintains the right hardness without chemicals, Nthethe found out.
2. PH: High PH creates dry skin. Mohalalitoe was not only within the recommended PH, it was the second best in terms of PH, being beaten by only one of the five soaps.
3. Moisture content: Soap with low moisture content has the highest shelf-life (they spend more time on the shop shelves without going bad). Again, Mohalalitoe had the lowest moisture content of them all. “It could be due to the way Mohalalitoe is manufactured, it spends more than three dozen days where it is allowed to mature before it is sold, ” said Limakatso.
4. Foam stability: This factor measures how long it takes for a foam from soap to last before it disappears. If the foam lasts long, that means it would clean more. In this case, Mohalalitoe was number 3, beaten by two other soaps. However, others might have had a better foam stability because of their use of harsh chemicals.
5. Saponification value: This measures how well oils used to make soaps will react with alkaline liquids also used in soap-making. If the value is high, it means the oils react well with the liquids. Mohalalitoe oils had a well acceptable value. Since this value is based on the oils used in soap-making, comparing with other soaps was not feasible because soap-makers often hide some of their raw materials.
We then take five more factors as tested by Sepheka Ntjana.
6. Total fatty matter: This is one of the most important ways to gauge the usefulness of soap. It is so important that it is used as a means to measure soap quality, with grade A (75-100%) being the best, grade B (60-74%) being medium quality and grade C (50-69%) being the not-so-good. Well, Mohalalitoe received as score of 92%, beating all the soaps in terms of quality. It was followed by another with 81% and some went as far as ranging in the 60s.
7. Free caustic alkali: This measures the abrasiveness of any given soap. free alkali has a tendency to attack important soap oils. Soaps without free alkali are good because excess free alkali can also cause skin itching. Here Mohalalitoe and one other soap were tied up in the first position.
8. Foam height: Foam height indicates presence of additives that lead to big foams. Mohalalitoe, which does not depend on chemical additives, had a moderate foam height, which was a good sign. It was beaten by only one soap.
9. Effectiveness of cleaning: With this factor, your first guess is the right guess. It measures the effectiveness of a soap to do what we buy it for. How well does it clean? Well, as you may have guessed, Mohalalitoe beat all the soaps. It was the best cleaner among the rest.
10. Matter insoluble in alcohol (MIA): it is the parameter that is used to determine the purity of soap. It measures non-soap ingredients known as builders or fillers such as sodium silicate, sodium phosphate and sodium carbonates (they can be used to make a soap cheaper). A soap with high MIA value suggests that it contains a high level of theses impurities. "Mohalalitoe had the lowest MIA, implying the lowest content of impurities among all the soaps," Ntjana said.
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