Opportunity to become  digital media intern at Buni hub


Ready to cover cool Start-up stories.

Buni hub is looking for two young energetic Tanzanian youths to be digital media interns at Buni hub. A lot of cool activities have been happening at the hub and the hub is looking for someone who can film and record those activities, edit the videos, insert captions and share them on video sharing platforms such as YouTube and Vimeo. The intern will work as a digital media production expert. The opportunity is open for technology and journalism students or anyone with the required skills with a proven record. Advantages of being Buni digital media intern includes;

Learning to work in a competitive environment.
Opportunity to establish your own media start-up.
Meeting with possible co-founders.
Developing your career as a digital media expert.
Creative story to cover as a junior journalist.
Opportunity to be mentored by experts.
Using Buni tools to do your work.

The selected candidate will be working under the hub managers and they will be required to be present to record events and activities happening at Buni hub (not necessarily every day). If you are interested to develop your career as a digital media expert fill in this simple form before 10th November 2014. Successful candidate will be contacted. Ladies are encouraged to apply.


Introduction to 3D printing session at Buni hub


Jackie calibrating the printer.

This Wednesday 29th October at Buni Hub, Jackie, Buni mentor on electronics projects will be facilitating a session on hands on experience on how to use and operate the 3D printer. 3D printing is among the latest technologies in the manufacturing industry. Be among the first few Tanzanians to learn about this new cool technology at Buni Hub, COSTECH building ground floor, Sayansi, Kijitonyama. The event will start from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm in the afternoon. Jackie will cover the following things during the session.

General concept of the 3D printer and how it works.
3D designer software installation.
Setting up of the 3D printer and assembling the tools.
Calibrating the 3D printer before printing.
How to print ready designed 3D objects.

During the session we will discuss the potential of the technology and what it means to have technology like this in Tanzania. Participant attending the session will be given tasks in teams to think about possible projects that could emerge from the 3D printing technology. The event is free and open for anyone to attend. Come and let’s have fun and learn new technologies. Confirm your attendance by filling this quick form.

Recap of activities happening at Buni hub between August and September 2014


New interns batch at Buni hub listening to fellow intern presentation.

August started with Richard Njau, Google Plus and YouTube enabler from Nairobi , Kenya visiting the hub and offer talk about online contents and its potential to African digital entrepreneurs and musicians. The 2 hours event from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm covered different opportunities on social media sites and digital contents.

Richard spoke about how we could maximize the internet potential in Tanzania through content creation, content distribution and content promotion. He touched on inspiration content, education content and positive entertainment contents.

From 1st – 5th of August we had a five days workshop on SQL server conducted by volunteer trainer Habib Hassan who covered different features of  SQL server. The training was conducted in the evening between 12:00 pm and 8:00 pm. The audience involved in the training included hub members and stakeholders from outside the hub who were looking to equip themselves with skills and advanced techniques  in SQL server.

Another volunteer trainer who is also a graduate of Buni Internship Programme, Amani Ghachocha  conducted  a training on MVC  framework for developers who are working at the hub. Model-View-Controller is the software architectural pattern for implementing user interfaces. The techniques is used by developers when developing the system while considering user requirements by splitting the system in three interconnected parts. The training was from 9:00 am to 11:00 am on Monday 4th of August.


Libery Deogratius before the session start.

On  August 15th, volunteer trainer, Libery Deogratius offered a training on Ethical Hacking. He covered different aspects of cyber-security and how people can protect themselves from cyber attacks. He also explained about different tricks used by cybercriminals  while launching attacks to the systems. He also talked about the vulnerability of content management systems and why they should not be used to create websites with sensitive information especially with government agencies and financial institutions. The training started at 11:00 am and lasted for few hours.


Thomson Schoemaecker General Manager, Squad Digital looking on designer’s work.

On 6th September Buni hosted African leading advertising agencies Squad Digital and SCANAD at the hub who were conducting a challenge on graphics designing to the graphic designers of the hub. The 3  winners of the challenge got an opportunity to be employed and receive contract with these companies. One of the winner Musa Kalokola is a student of Mzumbe University, he could not commit to work with the company due to college  time table but he has received an opportunity to do internship with the company.


Nfrnds at Buni hub.

On 11th and 12th September we had two days  innovation workshop organized by Nfrnds, organization from Israel that works in fostering innovation in developing countries. The event was sponsored by Tigo Tanzania. From the event attendees got opportunity to work on different business ideas using new tools for business innovation and development.


Villan presenting the Android version of the “USIDUMAE” app.

On 19th September, interns of the Buni internship program showcased their initial prototypes of the products that they are developing. The interns are currently developing two application and one electronic product. The electronic product is the water level detection system using arduino and sensors and the two products includes; “Usidumae” android and USSD app that gives details about maternal health, eating habits (diets) and proper parenting for local women and “Dodoso” and application which help researchers to collect information using feature phones.


Michael soon after being interviewed by Karsten (Photo courtesy of Karsten)

On 23rd September, We had a visitor from Germany, Karsten Kaminski who is a journalist. Karsten covered story of Buni hub. He talked with entrepreneurs and developers at the hub and interview the students from Buni internship program. Karsten spent the all day at Buni hub and in the evening he was able to conduct interview with Carolyne Ekarisima founder of “Apps and Girls” on the role of Apps and Girls in encouraging young women participation in the ICT sector.

On 24th September, Buni hub and Mara Foundation Tanzania organized a talk about opportunities for local SME’s to exploit from Foreign Direct Investments in Tanzania. The talk was given by Jean Van Wetter country director VSO Tanzania. Jean spokes about how SME’s can win contract from foreign investors.


Make Fellows session at Buni Hub

On 27th September, it was another session of “make fellows” whereby individuals interested with building electronics products meet and develop their skills. This Saturday Victor and Jackie again they were with the teams helping them to build the prototype ready for testing next week.


Audience during the talk organized by Mara foundation and Buni hub.

Some of the opportunities that came from the hub and its partners between August and September includes; Youth Entrepreneurship Program, the program is conducted by University of Dar es Salaam Entrepreneurship Centre (UDEC) in relationship with Buni. There was scholarships for Tanzanian students from EABL foundation for students from underprivileged communities.

In September also there was an opportunity to study distance learning course from Stanford University that was organized with co-founders of the leading technology companies in Silicon Valley. The course is about how to start successful startup company and the window for registration is still open. There was an opportunity for African researchers from Google Africa to get funded on their research and the window for the innovation prize for Africa is still open for local innovators to apply.

Innovation Fund round has been opened!

This week TANZICT opened the Innovation Fund for the second time during 2014.

Last time the Fund was opened, we received 44 applications, from which 10 projects were chosen to receive funding. These projects will be awarded with a total of nealry 190 million Tanzanian Shillings.

If you have a business idea or a concept and that you need help with to develp it as a promising new product or service, Innovation Fund is just the thing for you. You can apply on the Innovation Fund page.

Deadline for applications is by 30th of September, 2014 – so ACT FAST!

The objective of the Innovation Fund is to fund implementation of innovative, commercially viable ideas, which when realized, will address specific social and economic needs which exist in Tanzania. The fund focuses on getting new products and services to demo, prototype or pilot phase. The fund is managed by COSTECH in collaboration with TANZICT. All of the teams selected for the grant are needed to specify a Hosting Institution and a Mentor for their project.

Are you ready to get a contract to work with Africa’s leading advertising agencies ?

unnamedIt another great opportunity from Buni hub for innovative thinkers and graphic designers. Do you have  a mind to think critically and come up with new cool and innovative designs ? This is an opportunity for you.

Squad Digital and SCANAD, reputed advertising agencies in Africa.  They are looking for graphic designers and they are ready to offer contracts to the competent individuals in graphics innovations and designs to work with them. The companies are organizing an activity at Buni hub to recruit the winning individuals. The opportunity is available for youth below 25 years old. You must have your laptop with a photo editing software e.g Adobe Photoshop. The panel of judges will shortlist 10 finalists who will pitch their creative concepts and design for 5 minutes. The target is to come up with an advert campaign and accompanying concepts (Print, Billboard, Social, Web). 5 winners will get a chance to secure a working contract with SCANAD or Squad Digital.

The event will be happening at Buni Hub, COSTECH  building ground floor, Sayansi, Kijitonyama from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on 6th September 2014. To register for the event please fill this form http://goo.gl/oJl6k4 . Priority will be given to those who register early to automatically qualify for the initial stage of the challenge. Buni graphics designers are highly encouraged to apply for this great opportunity.