Zimbabwe stages first Barcamp

COMPUTING

|
Image: ,” Clinton Mutambo, one of the Barcamp coordinators. By Alfonce Mbizwo
,” Clinton Mutambo, one of the Barcamp coordinators

By Alfonce Mbizwo, Harare, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe successfully held its first Barcamp on Wednesday, with 15 start-up companies competing in a challenge designed to promote innovation among local tech businesses.

The Barcamp, encompassing topics such as e-education, the open and social web, mobile, games design, interaction, design, and programming attracted over 200 people at Harare Sports Club. 

“We wanted to get professionals in ICTs together to look at developments in the country,” Clinton Mutambo, one of the Barcamp coordinators told Biztechafrica.

“Barcamp has led to progress elsewhere on the continent, particularly in Kenya, which we see as a very good model of the direction we want to take, because it has gone through similar experiences as our country. They have managed to elevate to such an extent that they are now one of the top 10 internet and mobile development hubs, even ahead of South Africa with all its resources.”

A local IAP, Zimbabwe Online (ZOL), put up USD25 000 in prizes for the top five start-ups.

Sadomba-Mahari, a software development firm that developed a 3D computer graphics animations application for advertising media production and film-making called AvisPar Visual Package; and Mukela Travel, who developed an online reservation site connecting local and international tourists to accommodation options in Zimbabwe, qualified for the final challenge, while the other three finalists will be named next week after a second round of pitching.

The winner stands to receive USD10 000 while two runners-up will each receive $5 000.

Mutambo said the first Barcamp had shown the depth of Zimbabwe’s intellectual resources in ICT.

“For us we wanted get people together, interact and generate a sense of purpose and we think this is a good basis for moving forward because we have young developers, many start-ups and big companies and all are individualistic. We want them collaborate and create a hub, which is the trend now worldwide.

“Following the successes of Facebook, Twitter and other such media, investors are looking for the next hot idea and I think we have it here from the presentations we have had so far,” said Mutambo.



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE COMPUTING NEWS

Senegal looks to digital to enhance higher education

The West African nation of Senegal is seeking the help of ICTs to boost its tertiary education, which it believes remains static due to the shortage of ‘physical’ institutions of higher learning. Read More

EMIS, MasterCard partnership on Angolan ATMs

Empresa Interbancária de Serviços (EMIS), operator of Angola’s only interbank network, and MasterCard have announced a landmark partnership that sees all ATMs in the country accept MasterCard debit, credit and prepaid cards. Read More

Congo Brazzaville IT wizard launches ICT book

Congo Brazzaville-born Vérone Mankou, the inventor of Africa’s first tablet and smartphone, launched his first book this week in the capital Brazzaville. Read More

Asset Finance: Purchase or Pay-Per-Use?

There are three main financing options when it comes to acquiring new equipment, explains InnoVent. Read More

African Data Centre pricing increasing significantly

TCL forecasts that Data Centre space will grow to 107,000 square metres in Africa as of the beginning of 2015, and that average pricing is increasing across the continent. Read More

Moremi School launches own ICT Hub

Moremi III Memorial School in Maun has launched its own Information Communication Technology (ICT) hub aimed at improving the status of education at the school.  Read More

BT announces new AMEA cloud services

BT has announced new cloud services aimed at supporting the expansion plans of its customers in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa (AMEA). Read More

MWEB Business’ Top Technology Trends 2014 – 2015

MWEB Business predicts the top local technology trends for the coming year. Read More

2014 EMC Forum to be staged in Lagos

The 2014 edition of the annual EMC Forum themed ‘It’s Time To Redefine IT’ is set to be staged in Lagos on November 25, at the Expo Hall of Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island.  Read More

Accenture previews digital disruption

Speaking at Oracle Day in Lagos, Accenture has outlined the digital transformations already taking place thanks to ICTs, and the ways in which technology will change lives in future. Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionSage HR AfricaMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoice

FEATURED STORY

GSMA: half a billion mobile subscribers in SSA by 2020GSMA: half a billion mobile subscribers in SSA by 2020

The number of unique mobile subscribers in Sub-Saharan Africa will pass the half billion mark in 2020, says a new GSMA report.

IN DEPTH

Africa lags on digital migration Africa lags on digital migration

Only three African countries have so far completed the digital migration process, and serious issues are hampering the migration in other nations.  

COMPANY NEWS

Leading through volatility in Africa

For the businesses that are prepared to face the storm and manage the volatility afflicting the continent, there are still huge rewards to be had from doing business ...