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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

New entrepreneurs community to start at Buni hub.

img_8993In an effort to build a strong entrepreneurs community, Buni hub is establishing the activity called “ Co-Founders Desk”.  Co-founders desk will be an avenue for individuals with technology Start-ups or aiming at establishing technology start-ups meet and share experience and opportunities. Recently there have been a lot of opportunities coming to Buni that targets local technology entrepreneurs as a group and not individuals. The aim of the Co-founders desk is to tackle and exploit those opportunities.

Co-founder, a person who, in conjunction with one or two other individuals, is instrumental in starting a business, charity or some other enterprise. Each person involved in the creation of the entity is considered a co-founder.

The first meetup of the co-founders desk will be on Saturday 30th of August 2014 and the main agenda will be getting to know each other and putting strategies for our newly formed community. The activity will be from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, the activity will be open for individuals who owns start-up companies or aspiring to start one very soon. It is highly encouraged for entrepreneurs at Buni hub to attend although the invitation is extended to all technology entrepreneurs. For more details about the event you can send an email to jumanne@tanzict.or.tz or call +255 716 217621.

Recap of activities happening at Buni hub on July

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First object, printed from the 3D Printer, at the hub

The month of July started with Matthew Roddge printing the first 3D project at Buni hub. Buni hub received a 3D printer from  Tech4Trade organization. Tech4Trade is an organization that find, foster and support sustainable and scalable technologies innovations that support trade and alleviate poverty. On 3rd of July Matthew conducted a fast track training on 3D printing. The training was attended by the individuals from the make fellow community; community of individuals interested in electronics. The training involved installation of the application used for modeling and creating structures to be printed using the printer. Matthew demonstrated how to calibrate the printer and set it ready for printing.

On 2nd of July, Buni hosted Michael Benedict a volunteer from USA who offered to train people on using Github. Michael explained on how people they host their websites on Github and several other features available in the platform that could help developers to increase their efficiency while coding in different projects. Attendees of the session were given opportunities to work on their personal website and try hosting them in Github. The training lasted for 2 hours before Michael closed it. It is was the first Github training conducted at the hub.

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Matthew, Bariki and Jumanne at the International Trade Fair.

On 4th of July, COSTECH invited Buni hub into the international trade fair happened at SabaSaba grounds to showcase what is happening at the hub. Buni hub was represented by Bariki Elilaki and Matthew Roddge who showcased the usage of the 3D printer to the audience. Bariki Elilaki explained about the product that were built by their start-up company, includes ShuleWiki Platform which give information about local schools, Habari Mazao, which give information to the buyers and sellers of farm products and Uza Fast, a point of sale application. Buni hub community manager showcased other projects that have been developed from Buni and explained in detail about the programmes that are happening at Buni hub. The audience were very impressed with the Buni internship programme, some of them asked for the procedure to get their kids and family members specifically youths to participate in the program.

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Interns in a group photo with Georgia

On 8th of July we started formally our internship programme, this time is phase 3 of the programme.  The selected students to participate in the programme were divided into groups and five teams were formed to work on five different projects. Due to the demand of people who wanted to participate in the programme we had to add one more team for those who were left out to make six teams. The teams selected the projects and currently they are few weeks away from completing the programme and deliver their final products. The selected projects includes; Kilimo Info, the application that provide general farming informations to farmers in Tanzania, Soka, the mobile application which provides information about the local football league. VipiHuduma, mobile and desktop application for people to comment on quality of services they received from different public and private offices, KwetuTalent, application that will allow users to search for different talents among Tanzanian youths and finally Afya App  an app that will provide summary information about control and preventive measures for some different diseases. The projects are currently ongoing at the hub.

On 11th of July we had a session on building Android apps called “Build Your First Android App”. A trainer from Mobile Boot camp called Georgia Rwechungula who is also a graduate of Buni internship programme conducted a session to show how to build and deploy a simple and useful android application in just few hours. The training covered; basics of mobile programming, overview of different mobile platforms and creating an app using Android platform.

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Miss Anuradha Banerjee conducting her session.

On 16th of July, Buni Hub and Mara Foundation hosted Miss Anuradha Banerjee seasoned business professional from United Kingdom with over 15 years industry experience. She  spoke about client acquisition channels and building new partnership. The 2 hours session was very impressive with a lot to learn from the industry expert. She explained the importance of product differentiation and the value of innovation in attracting new customers and keeping your traditional customers. The session involved a lot of stakeholders from the entrepreneurship industry who were keen to learn about new ways of doing business.

On July 23rd Kati a lady from Finland shared her experience on ” Clients and their behaviors”. The session was intended to give start-up owners knowledge on behaviors of consumers and how to meet their expectation. Buni interns attended the session, the session was very interactive. They had to identify different consumers and conduct detailed analysis on them.

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Students from Austin, Texas interacting with Buni interns.

We had visitors at the hub, students from Austin, Texas (USA) who were looking to do research in Tanzania interacted with the community members, entrepreneurs and students who are taking part in Buni internship programme at Buni Hub. We also had visitors from Cambridge University who are part of Cambridge Development Initiative. They are in Tanzania to do projects with local students to solve problem facing the local communities through technology.

In July we had couple of opportunities coming from outside the hub including the funding from the BAIP group for start-up that has different products.The funding was for product based start-ups. They were specifically interested in mobile or other software development companies that already have a prototype and need additional support for entering new markets or scaling. July was another amazing month at Buni hub.