The top tech opportunities for startups in 2016

Updated on 4 March 2016

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Tech continues to be a lucrative sector for entrepreneurs. American marketer and strategist in the mobile app space, Carter Thomas, in a Forbes article highlights specific areas in tech that offer opportunities for startups.

According to Thomas, they are the following: 3D printing services, drones which can be used for “racing, photography and videography and casual flying, both indoor and out.”

Other opportunities are in wearable technology, virtual reality and cybersecurity which Thomas says has been become a major concern for businesses as “cloud-based servers and storage are a prime target for hackers and identity thieves.” (Forbes)

Jobs that are likely to disappear by 2025

While sectors such as marketing and technology continue to give rise to the “hottest, most-in-demand jobs for 2016,” according to data from Careers24, there are other sectors that are fast disappearing.

Business Insider 2015 report listed jobs that we are not likely to see by 2025, largely because of factors such as “automation, advances in technology and market.”

The list includes jobs such as postal worker and media jobs such as print workers and desktop publishers. In travel and tourism are travel agents which there is less demand for as travelers book online. Other jobs in the creative fields include floral designer and jeweller, and in manufacturing – metal or plastic machine workers and power-plant operator, distributor or dispatcher.

Call for Africa’s scientific game changers

The first global forum for science on African soil will take place in Dakar, Senegal, from 8-10 March 2016. The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) has launched a global call for support for Africa’s scientific and technological emergence with a call on game changers from Africa and around the world to support Africa’s scientific renaissance.

The African global science and technology forum is convened by the NEF, a global platform that brings together leaders in industry, policy, science, and technology.

The first edition of this biennial event will set the stage for a vibrant conversation on transforming Africa and the world through a renewed and increased focus on science, technology and innovation. The NEF is an initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in partnership with the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

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