Next Zim BarCamp coming up

COMPUTING

|
Image: By BiztechAfrica
Next Zim BarCamp coming up

Zimbabwe’s tech community will hold its second BarCamp this Thursday, 6 September, buoyed by a $25 000 sponsorship with leading ISP, Zimbabwe Online (ZOL) for its Jumpstart Challenge.

The Jumpstart Challenge, which was rebranded from last year’s Start-up Challenge, will be held at the same venue, the Maiden Pub at Harare Sports Club, will be held alongside the BarCamp which will keep the tradition of discussion, demos and dialogue about tech issues in Zimbabwe.

Organisers said only 20 start-up will be selected to make presentations at the challenge, with the best 10 moving into the second round of presentations on Friday. A final five will then be chosen for final presentations at a date yet to be finalised for the top prize of seed funding and one year worth of internet services from ZOL.

The organisers also announced Econet as silver sponsors of the event, but details of their sponsorship package were not released. ZOL was recently purchased by Liquid Telecoms, a subsidiary of Econet.

“The disappointment for us is that the winners from last year’s event all seem to have lost steam and abandoned their projects which had promise. So this year we are only looking at start-up that have potential and people who actually want to push forward their projects. We will be making follow-ups and the judges will be quite strict on the operationalisation of the projects,” one of the organisers who declined identification told BiztechAfrica.

The judges' panel will be made up of David Behr, the founder and CEO of ZOL and Bester Zambuko, the founder and managing director of Adrenalin Advertising and Design Consultants. Other judges are Geoff Goss, who former regional director for Compaq Computer Group Corp with over two decades of experience in the technology markets of Sub Saharan Africa and Leon de Fleuriot de la Coliniere, the Chief Commercial Officer - Broadband at Econet in Zimbabwe.

 



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

Search News

comments powered by Disqus

MORE COMPUTING NEWS

Resolving the data centre disconnect

The disconnect between virtualised applications and physical storage is costing businesses time and money.    Read More

CPN could boost Nigeria’s revenue by N4.5b yearly

Dr. Adesina S. Sodiya, Prof. Vincent Asor and the Acting Registrar/Secretary to CPN Council  The Computer Professionals (Registration Council of Nigeria) or CPN says it has the capacity to boost Federal Government’s revenue with N4.5 billion yearly. Read More

Nokia aims to make Ghana’s ICT market more dynamic

Nokia says the introduction of its first innovation road show in Ghana is geared towards offering the country’s ICT market the opportunity to benefit from Nokia’s state-of-the-art technologies and concepts to transform networks to be more dynamic, agile and evolving. Read More

M2M technology driving agriculture’s industrialisation

The agriculture and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sectors are heading for a union that is being brought about by natural calamity, economic developments and changes in the ICT space. Read More

Penplusbytes to share experience at 8th ICT4D Conference in Nairobi, Kenya

The Executive Director of Penplusbytes, Kwami Ahiabenu II, will be speaking on promoting effective governance using ICTs at the eighth annual ICT4D conference  underway  in Nairobi, Kenya. Read More

Dirt to data – The new revolution in agriculture

It is estimated that, through technological innovation, the Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to increase agricultural productivity in Africa by 70% by 2050.  Read More

Criticism over Remita borne out of ignorance, says SystemSpecs

The CEO of SystemSpecs, the company behind the revenue-saving Nigerian Single Treasury Account (TSA) system, speaks to Biztechafrica. Read More

MainOne joins global effort to support women in ICT

MainOne has lent its voice to the global campaign urging girls and young women to consider careers in the growing information and communications technology (ICT) sector during the International Girls in ICT Day. Read More

Huawei identifies unique cloud solutions for Nigeria

ICT solutions provider Huawei said after a comprehensive study of Nigerian enterprise terrain, it has defined its cloud transformation agenda along four segmentations. Read More

100 non-profits receive Microsoft grants to close gap in computer science

Microsoft Philanthropies has announced grants for over 100 non-profits worldwide, of which 14 are in the Middle East and Africa.  Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage EnterpriseSAP AfricaTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoiceMicrosoft 4AfrikaNetworks UnlimitedArbor Networks

FEATURED STORY

Government should encourage youths in ICT earlyGovernment should encourage youths in ICT early

Youths should be given more encouragement to develop their ICT skills, an 11-year-old app developer told Kokumo Goodie.

IN DEPTH

IBM Opens First Cloud Data Centre in South AfricaIBM Opens First Cloud Data Centre in South Africa

IBM is opening a new IBM Cloud Data Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. The new cloud center is the result of a close collaboration with Gijima and Vodacom and is designed to support cloud adoption and customer demand across the continent.  

COMPANY NEWS

Resolving the data centre disconnect

The disconnect between virtualised applications and physical storage is costing businesses time and money.   

Separating the attack that matters from the noise

It has almost become the norm for a business to be compromised by a security attack. The emphasis today is thus more on how a business responds ...