Next Zim BarCamp coming up
COMPUTING| Sept. 3, 2012, 11:01 a.m.
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.
MORE COMPUTING NEWS
Time for CIOs to change strategy in the fight against consumer technologyShadow IT is simply not going away, says Sumash Singh, Country Manager at CommVault South Africa. Read More
Virtualisation in the age of smart dataActifio solution strategist Gareth Donald discusses virtualisation in the age of smart data: the next frontier on the march to the cloud. Read More
SATA confers on customer service and billingThe Southern African Telecommunications Association (SATA) held a Customer Service, Quality of Service (Qos) and Billing Conference. Read More
Study: Payments industry in fluxA new study indicates that cards will account for 273 billion transactions at a combined value of some US$30 trillion by 2018, but as mPOS grows, new forms of payment will flourish. Read More
Nissan parades ‘ICT built’ brand in MalawiNissan has paraded its brand new 2015 y62 Patrol Ti series in Malawi, which is said to have taken advantage of ongoing ICT innovations and features built-in navigation and digital entertainment. Read More
Digital fuels growth in Africa’s entertainment and media industry: PwC reportAfrican entertainment and media industry has entered a new landscape – one where the media is no longer divided into distinct traditional and digital spheres, according to a report from PwC. Read More
Deloitte unveils Tech Trends 2015The sixth annual Deloitte Tech Trends report examining disruptive technologies with the best potential to impact businesses within the next 18 to 24 months, will be released in Johannesburg today. Read More
Microsoft promotes Africa’s innovators through DEMO Africa 2015Using the Demo Africa platform as a veritable vehicle for the development of African innovators, Microsoft, under the 4Afrika Initiative, has confirmed its support for the upcoming DEMO Africa event in Lagos. Read More
NITDA affirms confidence in DEMO Africa 2015Nigeria’s National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has affirmed its confidence in the ability of the DEMO Africa forum to become the continent’s rallying ground to discover technology leaders and entrepreneurs. Read More
Alcatel-Lucent VP calls for collaboration to achieve Data Revolution in AfricaThe Vice president of Alcatel-Lucent Africa, Daniel Jaeger, has reiterated the need for African stakeholders to work together to address challenges in the way of ICT development in Africa. Read More
FEATURED STORYConnectivity critical for Nigeria's ICT sector, says SES chief
Connectivity is vital for any country to fully optimise the huge potential of cyberspace, SES Sales Manager for West Africa Joy Nma Emenike tells Kokumo Goodie.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHHigh tech homes: Just press play
High tech, digital homes where everything is automated and connected aren’t the stuff of science fiction any longer, says BNC Technology.
COMPANY NEWSLuba Freeport streamlines its sea of paper with Sage X3
Luba Freeport has implemented the Finance and Distribution modules of the Sage X3 business management solution to automate its business processes across finance and operations.