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Elon Musk’s creepy robot might not be useless after all

What’s weirder than Elon Musk’s oddly shaped cyber-trunk? That’s easy. The name of his child nothing beats that martian sounding name with its non-Roman spelling. It’s no wonder, people, like me, thought there was no way he could top that. Except he recently did. Now his company is selling a Terminator lookalike-the creepiest bot the […]


[Update] Impact Hub’s 2nd Coding BootCamp For Kids Will Start In April

Impact Hub Harare recently took to Twitter to announce that the second edition of the Coding Bootcamp for kids will be taking place this coming April. The 2nd edition of Coding Bootcamp is here! An adventure, a hands-on experience crafting a brighter future for your little ones with Impact Hub’s Coding BootCamp. Outside of that […]


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 […]


Zimbabwe Robotics Team Raising Funds To Attend Competition In Dubai

The Zimbabwe Robotics Team, First Global has launched a crowd funding campaign to raise money to attend competition in Dubai this year. They want to raise GBP8000 according to their Go Fund Me campaign. Here is a preview video of the team that is working on a robot that can get rid of algae in […]


Zimbabwe Team Wins Gold At Robotics World Olympics

The Zimbabwe robotics team currently in Ghana at the Robotics Olympics clinched a gold medal yesterday. We don’t have much details of the competition at the moment except that the team won the gold and the USA team won silver. Here are a few pics: Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: […]


Zimbabwe Robotics Team To Compete In Mexico Later This Year

The Zimbabwe Robotics Team will be competing in the FIRST(For Inspiration Recognition Science and Technology) Global Challenge in Mexico later this year. Background… Last year a group of students competed in the FIRST Global Challenge hosted in Washington DC, USA. This was the first time Zimbabwe was represented in such a competition and the team […]


Pricing And Course Structure For Vested Interests’ Robotics Course Is Now Out And It’s Fair

A few weeks ago we talked about Vested Interests and their robotics course. Many readers seem to be very excited about the course but the only problem was, at the time the pricing structure was yet to be ironed out. Now that has been resolved and we have more details regarding to the pricing of […]


Robotics Lovers,  There’s A Course That Will Be Coming Your Way Soon

You’ve probably wondered how you can get into coding, robotics and a bunch of other skill-based industries without going through the formal education system. Due to technological developments, the path to these careers has become more accessible through online courses and tutorials and this is great. In Zimbabwe, however, it’s not as simple. Data 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, […]


An Ordinary Zim Couple Is Teaching Kids To Build Robots And Cities, Your Child MUST Enroll

As we move into the digital age a lot of uncertainty has begun building up. People are having sleepless nights trying to predict if their current jobs will be relevant in the next 5 years. On Techzim we’ve had a number of articles questioning the value of the education system in Zimbabwe and it seems […]


[VIDEO] Casually Fooling Around With A Robot At Steward Bank

So we got invited by Steward Bank to meet their software development team and check out one or two things they were working on. As a commercial break we got some entertainment from their Robot Alpha 1. Might eventually be a compact and mobile home for Batsi (their recently announced software bot) Quick NetOne, Econet, […]


Nedbank SA Has A Humanoid Robot On Staff, Hope It Comes To Zim As MBCA Rebrands To Nedbank

Nedbank SA has just invested in a new humanoid robot that will interact with people at their digital branch in Sandton. Pepper was purchased from a Japanese Corporation, Softbank and according to Fabio Machone, Nedbank’s Integrated Channel Officer, they invested between R400 000 – R500 000. Nedbank proudly states that this is the first humanoid robot to […]


Zimbabwean founder of self driving car, raises $390,000 online #BroadbandEconomy

Regular Techzim readers probably remember the article on Pasi William Sachiti, a Zimbabwean entrepreneur based in the UK who, less than a month ago, launched a crowdfunding campaign for his self-driving car startup. Sachiti and team have achieved the amazing feat of not only raising the target £300,000 they were looking for, but they are […]


Kids dabble in robotics in Zimbabwe : RoboFEST 2015 in pictures

We attended the RoboFEST 2015 edition which ran from the 31st of July to the 1st of August. Themed Agriculture in the 21st Century”, the event’s challenge was to simulate the planting and harvesting in agriculture using miniature robots assembled from a prepared toolkit.


RoboFEST 2015: Zimbabwean children develop tech solutions for agriculture

The RoboFEST Challenge’s 2nd Edition held in Harare recently brought together 8 different teams of students to compete in creating a robot that solved a real problem in agriculture.


The 2015 edition of Zimbabwe’s RoboFEST to be held next month

This years RoboFEST robotics and automation competition will be held from 31 July to 1 August at Gateway High School. Confidence will be high this in this edition after last years event attracted 10 teams, some from underprivileged backgrounds who designed and built robots after only having learnt how to use a computer 4 weeks before.


ICT Generation is back with a project to teach Zimbabwean kids all things tech

There’s always talk about about the importance of imparting skills in technology at an early age. It’s one of those no-brainers in an increasingly tech world, and Zimbabwe also needs to pay attention to that reality. The fact is, locally this is not done enough. Whether in public or private education institutions, there’s still a […]


Special Edition Techzim Podcast: 2014 in review plus our festive season giveaway!

This is a special edition of the Techzim Podcast that marks the end of the year 2014. In this episode we review the successes and failures in tech and what stood out for us locally and internationally in the world of technology. Topics discussed include broadband advances for the year liker the rollout of fibre, gadgets […]


Here are the winners of the FIRST LEGO League Zimbabwe Tournament

There were a lot of winners today as the FIRST LEGO League Zimbabwe tournament came to an end this afternoon in Harare. After a full day of displaying their skills and challenging each other to do a lot with their imagination the Dragons team from St George’s College took home the main prize. They were however other […]


FIRST LEGO League Zimbabwe holding robotics tourney for school kids

A couple of months ago we attended a schools robotics festival that was held at Hypercube Hub and organised by the guys from TEST. This wasn’t the last activity for TEST in 2014 as the team has gone on to organise a FIRST LEGO League Zimbabwe Challenge for children. This is the same tournament they held last […]


Pictures from a Schools Robotics festival held in Harare

Recently we attended a schools robotics festival in Harare organised by the TEST guys. We somehow forgot to share the pictures on time. But here they are. Did you attend the festival? What do you think about it? Another one is coming in November and this one will feature stuff for the adults as well, […]


Robotics Education & Competition Day to take place in Harare

Every time I mention that there’s a robotics schooling initiative for kids  (and adults as well if they want) here in Harare, I’m met with genuine surprise that such stuff is happening locally, so usually I have to send a link to a robotics tournament we covered last year. But you don’t have to wish you […]


Interview: Kenyon Stamps, co-ordinating science & tech initiatives in Zimbabwe

For those of you that have been wondering (and asking) about the people behind last week’s school Robotics tournament, this will answer those questions and more. We interviewed Kenyon Stamps, the founder of the Trust for Education in Science and Technology (TEST) who are the coordinators of the FIRST LEGO League tournament in Zimbabwe. We […]


Harare Schools Robotics and Science tournament in pictures #FIRSTLEGOLeague

Some of you may know that yesterday, the FIRST LEGO League initiative held a Robotics and Science tournament in Harare where 10 schools, most of them primary, entered. The whole initiative is a fun way to great kids interested in science and technology in the hopes they pursue it as a career in future. Having […]


Schools Robotics and Science tournament event in Harare this week

This was one was a bit of a surprise to us too – a pleasant one I should add – when we first learnt about it some weeks ago. There’s actually a local school of robotics and science initiative designed to make science and technology exciting to students in primary and secondary school right here in Harare! […]