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Should we all learn to code?

The late great Steve Jobs once said that we should all learn to code. He even went as far as saying computer programming should be a part of our educational curriculum. I will present a counter-argument, “Everyone gets sick, so we should teach basic medicine at primary level.” We can see how this quickly becomes […]


Coding Tutorials, But In Shona? Check Out This YouTube Channel

Free educational material is something we are excited about here at Techzim. Those who would have failed to access certain knowledge/skills because of a lack of funds can do so. We are also doubly excited when that content is packaged in vernacular as is the case with Digital Hundred – a YouTube channel created by […]


Apple Brings Free App With Coding Basics To Macs

Apple’s Swift Playgrounds is now available for free on Macs. Though the application was developed for the iPad and released back in 2016 it will now work on Macs. The application is meant to make it easier for aspiring Apple developers to learn the basics of the Swift language. According to the app description users […]


List Of Free Google Digital Skills Courses For People Interested In Coding/Programming

One of the biggest opportunities offered by the internet nowadays is the ability to attain skills you would otherwise have to pay for at no cost at all. Google Digital Skills for Africa is one such platform that has a number of free online courses for people looking to upskill and without investing money into […]


Microsoft’s Sketch2Code Turns Whiteboard Sketches Into Code

I’m not a coder so I’m not entirely in-the-know when it comes to coder workflows but what I do know is that a significant portion of guys and girls who code value their whiteboard. That’s where a portion of the magic happens apparently. According to Microsoft what happens on the whiteboard needs to get translated […]


Application Window For Shopify’s 2020 Internship Program Open

[Image Source: Shopify] Commerce platform Shopify hosts a yearly Internship Program and applications for the 2020 Shopify Summer Internship are now open. We scrolled through some of the most FAQs regarding the internship to share what those interested in applying may want to know. Who’s eligible? Anyone and everyone: SInternships at Shopify are open to […]


African Development Bank Launches Coding Platform For Kids

African Development Bank recently launched the Coding for Employment platform in partnership with Microsoft. The online tool will be used to provide digital skills to African youths all over the continent. The platform was launched at the 2019 African Economic Conference in Egypt and one of the major aims is to scale it up across […]


Impact Hub Hosting Coding Bootcamp For Kids

Impact Hub Harare will be hosting a coding Bootcamp for kids with the first one starting on the 15th of November. At the Bootcamp the kids will learn about: Programming (with Scratch) Virtual Reality Robotics The Coding Bootcamp will be a one-month long training program and if you’re interested in signing your kid up you […]


Nduna Girls Tutor School Kids As Part Of Africa Code Week Initiative

Last year, Nduna Girls hosted an amazing gaming workshop for kids in partnership with Steam Africa, we haven’t written about their efforts since then but that’s not to say they haven’t been doing anything. Most recently, they participated in the Africa Code Week initiative. Africa Code Week is a digital skill development initiative spearheaded by […]


Tech Village Hosting HacktoberFest Open-Source Meetup This Weekend

Hacktoberfest – a month-long celebration of open-source software. The event is a partnership between DigitalOcean and DEV. The event will be hosted in Bulawayo in the 1st floor of the NetOne Building, Corner Fife Street and L.Takawira. Opposite Central Police Station. Maintainers -the guys/girls who build source code into a binary package for distribution, commit patches, or organize […]


First Local UNICEF Nutrition Hackathon A Success

Over 50 Zimbabwean adolescents and youth between 10-24 years took part in the Nutrition Hackathon hosted by UNICEF Zimbabwe, in partnership with Boost Fellowship and Ministry of Health and Childcare, to bring change to communities through digital technology. The Hackathon, a sprint-like coding event was conducted over 2 days to engage young people between 10-24 […]


Andela To Focus More On Senior Developers, Over 400 Junior Developers Laid Off

Andela – the African engineering-as-a-service giant- will be drastically changing it’s approach going forward. In a detailed blog post, Andela CEO and co-founder Jeremy Johnson shared why the company is shifting focus and what the short term impact of that move will be. Whilst Mr Johnson maintains his belief that “brilliance is evenly distributed but […]


Muzinda Hub Expanding To Namibia, First Class In 2020

Muzinda Hub’s expansion isn’t slowing down – after announcing that the technology hub would be launching in Botswana earlier this year, Namibia is up next. We are now in NAMIBIA 🇳🇦! Are you interested in learning how to code AND living in Namibia? Then visit https://t.co/DB60Vsg4Zy to put in your application for 2020 Muzinda Hub […]


[Updated] Impact Hub’s Code Is Female Program To Start On the 9th Of August

If you were patiently waiting on more details about Impact Hub’s Code Is Female initiative we finally have the starting dates. From the 9th of August, young girls between 13 to 24 (initially it was 16 but it seems there’s been a shift) will be able to participate in the program “designed to be a […]


Udacity & Google Offering Free AI Tensorflow Course

A few days ago, we wrote about Google’s Free Udacity course on Kotlin (Android’s new development language of choice). If you’re not a developer and you’re more interested in Artificial Intelligence, then Google’s free Tensorflow Course on Udacity might be more to your tastes. Introduction to Tensorflow is a 2-month course meant to help AI […]


NetOne & Elevate Trust Partner To Fund 75 Developers Registered For Google Africa Certification

A few weeks ago we wrote about Google’s African Certification scholarship program. The initiative is offering 30 000 scholarships and 1 000 grants for Google’s Associate Android Developer, Mobile Web Specialist and Associate Cloud Engineer certifications. Now NetOne is partnering with Elevate Trust to fund 75 local developers who register for the scholarship program. The lucky 75 will […]


Hackathons Aren’t Only For Coders.  

The portmanteau of “hackathon” simply breaks down into “hack” and “marathon.” Generally, it means an event involving computer programmers, software developments, interface designers, graphic designers, project managers or domain experts. The main aim is to create a usable functioning product for software or hardware solutions by the end of the event. A bunch of people […]


TelOne & DigiVAS To Host Hackathon

Tel-One will be hosting the Tel-One DigiVAS hackathon from the 15th of March 2019 to the 24th of March 2019. The Hackathon, a first for Tel-One will be available on the online hackathon platform hackathon.io. The hackathon will be open to participants who are of legal age and capable of entering binding agreements (i.e. over […]


8 000 Mbanje Smokers Freed By Computer Code

We’ve all heard of AI being the next big thing that will replace humans in many fields but for over 8 132 marijuana smokers who are going to get their convictions cleared by an algorithm created by Code for America, AI is actually a close pal. Back in 2016, a law was passed legalizing the […]


Here Are The Top Skills That Will Be In-Demand This Year, According To LinkedIn

We recently touched on the top programming skills/languages that will get you behind a desk in Zimbabwe in 2019. Whilst this last was great for people looking to add new skills to their existing skillset or picking a career path, we didn’t touch on those who are looking further than being employed locally. Maybe you’re […]


The Top Programming Languages That Companies Are Hiring For In Zimbabwe

Coding is the in-thing right now and for most people considering getting into that space professionally one of the biggest questions you may have is, “where should I start?” A good place to start may be in understanding what languages are popular in the job market right now and balancing that with whatever it is […]


Developers, Sign Up For The HNG Internships Online Program And Learn Some Valuable Coding Skills

Last year, we wrote about the fourth HNG (Hotels Nigeria) Internship which was a pretty cool program that could earn you some dough whilst you learnt some valuable “real-world applicable” coding skills. Fortunately, the program is back again for 2019 and you can start signing up once again for HNG 5.0. Yes, YOU CAN register […]


Apply For The Higherlife Foundation Web UX/UI Developer Position During Their Recruitment

At Higherlife Foundation, we believe in the power of people. That people have unlimited potential to transform their communities, and ultimately, their nations. That’s why we invest in people – from students and teachers, to farmers and entrepreneurs. We work to build thriving communities, one person at a time. And we need your help.   Because […]


A Note To IT/Computer Science Students

So, life is great in Zimbabwe right? Cool. And you managed to get a degree or diploma in IT/Computer Science, at whatever institution (whether you wanted it or not …), life is awesome. I hope you pardon me because I’m going to be frank and if this article offends you, then … Firstly, congratulations for […]


Deep Dive: Are Online Courses Really Cheaper Than A Computer Science Degree?

So, Universities have opened at this point I can bet you people are celebrating the fact they can start living the life they saw in movies (should I tell them the truth?). However, others are probably sitting in the side-lines scoffing at the poor students making a terrible decision in their eyes. Why waste time […]


Introducing Divathon: A Hackathon For Women

This post has been updated: We had mentioned that each team must have at least one female participant when in fact teams can be all-female or a max of one male per team is allowed.  Plans are underway to have a female centric hackathon in November (date to be announced) in Victoria Falls. Divathon is […]


You May Want To Sign Your Kids Up For This Great Robotics And Coding Program

In March, we talked about the couple that is teaching kids about robotics and coding here in Harare and after that visit we were very impressed by what we saw. If you read about that and felt like this is something you would like your kids to sign up for then you are in luck, […]


Young Developers And Designers! You May Want To Sign Up For This Internship Programme

The HNG program is a 3-month remote-internship where interns get to work on real-world software projects. You may have heard of the program but what you may not know is that Zimbabweans and other Africans can now apply for the internship. So let’s talk about why this is a big deal and how you can […]


UK Company Looking For Zimbabwean Developers. Here’s Their Story And How To Apply

I recently called on Zimbabwean developers to be ready for a lot of jobs from around the world. We have interacted with a few companies from Europe and North America who are interested in recruiting techies from our backyard to outsource jobs to them. We already told you you about Secret Source who are recruiting […]


Can Boot Camps Turn You Into A Software Developer Or Do You Need A University Degree?

By Ty Moodley Throughout my career, I have worked with many talented developers who have not had any formal University degrees. I have also worked with people who have attended some of the best Ivy League Universities such as Harvard, Duke, and University of Texas at Austin. The one thing that differentiates the former from […]