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Facebook Community Challenge: A Chance For You To Win Part Of US$165000

Around the middle of July 2017, a new tech community was created and launched by Facebook in Harare. The community is called Developer Circles though its doors are open to both developers and non-developers. The main purpose of the community is to create a place for people to learn new or old Facebook technologies and […]

Winners and runner ups for Bots for Messenger Challenge announced

Yesterday, Facebook announced the winners for their Bots for Messenger Challenge which was launched earlier this year in February. The competition aimed to showcase bot innovations from 64 countries in Middle East and Africa. Each participant was to create a bot in one of the following categories gaming and entertainment; productivity and utility; and social […]

These Zimbabweans’ Bots made it to the Messenger Bot Challenge finalists

Two Messenger Bots made by Zimbabweans made it to the 60 finalists of the Messenger Bot Challenge being run by Facebook. The Challenge was launched by Facebook in February this year. The Bots – Zimbabwe: Sphinx The Game and Zimbabwe: PopTime Bot – Movie Companion – are a game and a movie recommendation app respectively. The movie recommendation bot was […]

UK money transfer startup introduces international money transfer services on Facebook’s Messenger

TransferWise, a European money transfer startup recently announced the launch of a service that allows Facebook users to make international money transfers through the Messenger platform.

Facebook launches Bots Developer Challenge for Middle East & Africa with cash prizes & mentorship. Here’s how to take part

If you are a developer in Africa or the Middle-East, Facebook has extended a challenge to you. The company is holding a competition to encourage the development of innovative bots for its Messenger platform. Called the Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge it’s been announced as a contest which will recognise and reward developers who are able to […]

Americans register to vote through Messenger – just another show of what Zimbabwe won’t adopt

To register, a citizen types a greeting which will generate a response from the bot in the form of a menu of options. These will include stuff like a polling location finder and registration options together with supporting links.

WhatsApp opens up to businesses, creates opportunities for targeted campaigns and IM e-commerce for Zimbabwean enterprises

In its statement, WhatsApp highlighted its desire to help its users communicate with businesses. This is supposed to happen through targeted advertising which will be facilitated by “WhatsApp for Business” accounts.

Facebook’s Messenger crosses 1 billion user mark, solidifies position as the global app for the future

Facebook recently issued a statement celebrating a major milestone for its instant messaging service, Messenger. It now has 1 billion active users. This was accompanied by a congratulatory message to all Messenger users complete with an interactive emoji. The 1 billion mark is a notable achievement not only because of how staggering that number is but also because it […]

Local startup Zimstocks launches a Facebook bot, adapts to Zimbabwean internet reality

Zimstocks, the startup that brought us Android and iOS apps which provide investor information on Zimbabwean Stock Exchange (ZSE) counters recently launched a chatbot or conversation interface on Facebook.

Zimbabwe doesn’t need apps, it needs bots instead

Using the same third party integration to maximise on the attention that is given to these specific services, developers catering for Zimbabwe need to create solutions around WhatsApp and Facebook instead of independent applications that would otherwise be overlooked.