Zimbabwe and regional technology news and updates

Nyaradzo logo to host anti-corruption Random Hacks of Kindness event

Tawanda Kembo, the founder of local Ushahidi based bribery reporting site, has announced that they will hosting a Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) event this month to have geeks hacking against corruption.

Culture Shift Zimbabwe – the winning teams

Today was the final day of the Culture Shift Zimbabwe challenge. After a two day long hackathon of refining their ideas, writing code and finally pitching their ideas this morning, 3 out of the participating 6 teams were selected winners and will be further developing their solutions with the assistance of the British Council.

CultureShift Zimbabwe tech and cultural sector challenge – Ideation Day 2

Day 2 of the Culture Shift Zimbabwe ideation was held yesterday. The main purpose of the day was for teams of techies and cultural people to form teams based on solutions that they want to work on. It was really great watching the ideas come together, additional features suggested and lumped into the solution, then stripped off, simplified.

CultureShift Zimbabwe tech and cultural sector challenge – Ideation Day 1

Today was the first of the two day Culture Shift Ideation, an event to get software developers, designers, creative arts people and entrepreneurs to find solutions to problems in the arts sector that can be solved by technology. It was great having individuals and organisations from the arts side get to learn of the possibilities tech platforms avail locally.

Culture Shift Zim: Calling cultural folks, developers, designers & all the geeks in between

A wave of digital innovation is currently seeping Africa and at the same time, causing a sea change in the conventional thinking on the role of technology, innovation, creative economies and development. Culture Shift Zimbabwe will challenge entrepreneurs to find creative new ways to benefit from the digital shift and respond to local market challenges as well explore unexploited opportunities.

Report: The Jumpstart Panel Discussion on Tech Entrepreneurship

Last week, the final Jumpstart event of the year was held at Cresta Jameson in Harare. The event was a panel discussion where we invited some of the judges of our annualJumpstart Challenge (it’s just in the second year actually) and local telecoms executives from Econet, the largest telecoms operator in Zimbabwe. The event was sponsored by ZOL.

Jumpstart event: Panel discussion on tech entrepreneurship

One of main objectives when we founded the Jumpstart initiative earlier this year was to “connect startup ICT entrepreneurs to mentors that can guide them on building successful businesses.” We are therefore happy to announce that next week, we’re will host an event to that realises that specific objective of mentorship. On the evening of Thursday, 6 December 2012, we will have 4 entrepreneurs and technical executives from some of the largest companies locally as panellists in a discussion on tech entrepreneurship challenges faced locally and strategies to overcome them.

ZOL Startup Challenge 2011 winners: Where they are now

Last month, as we prepared to hold the ZOL Jumpstart Challenge 2012, we contacted the winners and finalists of the challenge in 2011 to check on the progress of their products and companies. The 2011 winner was Mukela Travel, a startup building an online reservation and hospitality management platform. The runner-ups were Softwarehouse with a […]

ZimSwitch on eCommerce opportunities in Zimbabwe for startups

When we posted the report of the BarCamp Zimbabwe 2012, we promised to follow up with an audio of  one of the presentations. This one titled “Opportunities for m-commerce and e-commerce in Zimbabwe for technology entrepreneurs” that was delivered by ZimSwitch Business Development Manager Adam Roscoe. Here it is. If you’re interested in the mobile […]

A big thanks to sponsors & partners of BarCamp & the Challenge

This year, again, BarCamp Zimbabwe and the ZOL Jumpstart Challenge were a success. A big success. While BarCamp was held at the same venue as last year, we decided to take it outside and what a refreshing atmosphere full of networking, learning, mobile talk, gadget talk, discussions about mPayments, cloud computing, social media and everything that we […]

Zim web & mobile startups: Here’s the ZOL Jumpstart Challenge Process

The BarCamp and ZOL Jumpstart Challenge website is up. It’s Over the past few weeks, we have been working to secure sponsorship for both the BarCamp and Jumpstart Challenge. We have also been working to structure the events and processes to incorporate lessons from last year’s events. On the Jumpstart Challenge, we are excited […]