The need to stay up-to-date with the latest technology news is important for science and technology workers, students and content creators alike. It is practically a necessity for these categories of people. You would have realized by now that the technology world is constantly evolving, a super-dynamic world of problem solvers and researchers.
What’s Special – Why Stay up-to-date with the Latest Technology News Anyway?
To stay up-to-date with the latest technology news in Nigeria (and across the globe) brings a lot of benefits. To begin with, you must be ready to learn something new that can improve your job readiness and professional skills. Secondly, content creators in particular must be on their toes to monitor the latest technology news. Because they must be ready to develop relevant, useful and engaging content for readers – especially technology learners and experts who need this information.
There is danger in not catching up with new developments happening around the world, which would ultimately affect us in Nigeria. Remember that the world is now super-connected, no one is isolated anymore. We cannot benefit anything significant from obsolete technologies that the rest of the world have already abandoned. No business or individual stuck in the past will be respected or engaged by others who are far more advanced. Nor can any technology professional in Nigeria compete favourably with colleagues across the globe if we ignore the latest technology news and trends.
So let’s go. Here are some nuggets of advice on how to stay informed about the latest technology news in Nigeria.
Read Tech Blogs and Websites
There are popular technology blogs and websites that are ready to supply you the latest technology news by the minute – served fresh and hot. They include TechCrunch, CNET, Mashable, TechRadar, Wired, Gizmodo and scores of others. You can easily subscribe to receive newsletters and updates regularly from them by registering on these sites.
Some tech companies and influencers also have their own blogs and/or websites. They can easily send you newsletters and updates on latest developments in technology on a regular basis, once you subscribe.
Listen to Tech Podcasts
Just like tech blogs, listening to tech podcasts can supply you tons of up-to-date information, learning resources and trends in the technology world. Famous tech podcasts in Nigeria include Techbytes, Inside the Techosystem, Afrobility, Open Africa, Africa Tech Roundup, Made in Nigeria Tech, amongst others.
Attend Relevant Tech Events (Online and Offline)
We advise you not to joke with technology industry events and conferences. By participating in them, you meet like-minded professionals, build wider networks, meet mentors, and learn new skills. You can even get job connections and business opportunities. What’s more, you learn the latest trends, technology tools, and happenings that can add professional value to you.
Which popular tech conferences and events in Nigeria would you not want to miss? Africa Tech Festival, Nigeria Tech Summit, DataFestAfrica, DevFest, SwitchCon Tech, Tech Connect, OSCAFEST and Flutterbytes Conference are just a few of them. Take advantage of local tech events, trainings, workshops and meetups as well. We have such numerous tech events both online and offline, often with free admission, available for eager members of the technology community.
Become a Member of Online Tech Communities
There are valuable tech communities and forums where you can meet tech professionals in your field of specialization and other related spaces. You can interact, ask questions and get valuable answers, find mentors and project partners, and get valuable knowledge from such forums. You will usually find them on social media tech channels and sites such as Quora, Slack, Stack Overflow, Reddit, and GitHub.
Follow Tech Influencers and Experts on Social Media
Follow social media influencers, LinkedIn professionals and groups, Facebook pages and groups, X (Twitter) spaces and WhatsApp groups in the technology world. These are useful places where you can get up-to-date tech news, resources and tools that can improve your technology skills and keep you informed.
Keep Learning: Make Ample Use of Online Learning Resources
In the technology world, learning never stops – so long as technology keeps evolving. As such, you must invest in continuous learning. There are myriads of online learning resources available for technology learners and professionals alike.
Make good use of relevant video, audio and/or text-based classes and tutorials on YouTube, tech and education sites (including universities and colleges). Downloadable tech e-books are also plentiful. Many of these learning resources are either free, or offered for low tuition fees. Some of them also award respected tech and industry-specific certificates.
Visit popular tech learning sites where you can learn modern technologies, and interact with colleagues and mentors to sharpen your technology skills. Some of them involve video hands-on practical training, and opportunity for feedback – which is even better. Explore sites such as Simplilearn, Skillshare, EduKarma, edX, Microsoft Learn, Udemy, CodeAcademy, Udacity, Coursera, Khan Academy, and scores of others. You will be richly rewarded as you do so.
Test and Learn New Technologies and Tools
By all means, do not just find out about new technologies – learn and test them out. Experiment with new and trending programming languages, tools and frameworks. Participate in hackathons (coding contests designed to solve specific problems) and coding challenges. Join and collaborate on open-source tech projects online and offline. Build your own projects on the side as well. Thus you will get plenty of hands-on training and professional help from other experts and mentors you get to meet.
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