Media and ICT Forum at Buni Hub


Community meetup sessions at Buni hub

“MEDIA and ICT forum” is an event that aims at addressing some of the challenges that are found in the online media stakeholders in the country and provide solutions through sharing of ideas and experiences. The event hopes to provide a light on alternative sources to create money on the social media as traditional sources of media are facing struggles to cope with the competition which they get through online media.

The forum came as a direct result of media and ICT symposium conducted at BUNI hub in Dar-Es-Salaam, part of the TANZICT project, which is affiliated with Commission of Science and Technology Tanzania, COSTECH. Participants of the forum will be media and ICT stakeholders. This forum is expected to provide dialogue between traditional and digital media stakeholders on various issues affecting the media industry in Tanzania in relation to ICT.

This forum will take place on 6th March 2014, COSTECH building ground floor, Buni Hub from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. The topic of the session is “is digital media (online journalism)  a threat to traditional media?”

The event is for free for anyone who wants to attend and share his or her views concerning the above mentioned topic.

The panelists are:

  • Mr. Kilasa Mtambalike: experienced journalist and editor working with daily news, a leading English newspaper tabloid. He has over ten years experience in the media industry of Tanzania. 
  • Mrs. Zuhura Selemani: assistant lecturer at the university of Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania school of journalism and mass communications. She currently lectures in journalistic studies.
  • Mr. Sebastian Mwaikambo: Social Media Activists and Radio Presenter on reputed local radio, East Africa Radio.
  • Mr. Said Sambala: Social Media activists and social reformer with a Facebook Group “Tanuru La Fikra” with over 22,000 active users. The group has been on operation for over 4 years discussing different issues concerning Tanzania.
  • Mr. Tony Severine: Expert  and trainer on digital marketing and blogging.

Please share the information with any individual interested  to attend this amazing session.


Social media for growth forum at Buni hub

The Super Social Networkers (TSSN)  is a forum that aims to expose youth into the opportunities available from positive usage  of social media platforms.


The forum will help to encourage youth on positive use of social media through learning from successful Tanzanian youth who have managed to use these platforms to leverage their success in different industries.

TSSN is about how you use social networks platform  like Facebook, Twitter & many others to increase your potentials and upgrade your talent.

The core organizers of TSSN is a programme called ICT  Careers Fostering (ICF). ICT Careers Fostering is a program that engage youth into Information and Communication Technology, Improving their ICT skills and promoting their innovation through technology. The programme targets youth from secondary and high schools in Tanzania. The programme lead Amani Temu  is the young individual who has been exposed to the Tanzania technology industry and want to share experience with other youth.

The event will be on this Saturday 22nd February 2014 at Buni Hub from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The event is free for any youth who want to attend and be exposed to these opportunities. Buni hub is inside COSTECH building, ground floor, Kijitonyama.

List Of Speakers

Osse Greca Sinare, a young Tanzanian photographer much known of his creativity and superb portraits . He has been called for different interviews from within the country and out. His name and his work has appeared in some of the most popular websites like Africa-vogue,fashion & FAS magazine. He has achieved the 2012 & 2013 best fashion photographer (Swahili fashion week) and also currently named as one of the influential youth in Tanzania.
Adam Anthony, well known as an environmental activist on climate change and a Director of Daelit Group. Adam has participated in various of environmental forums all over  the world, from the COP 19 in Poland, Ukraine for the climate change forum, Mo Ibrahim youth forum in Ghana to the restless development forums in Senegal. Adam has achieved awards from the Jane Goddal Awards to the 2013 Under 30 Awards in Tanzania

Reena Pandya, well known as Raha’s ninja a very young corporate executive with outstanding skills in business marketing. Being a young woman in the corporate arena has always been a challenge to her. As the old adage says, what doesn’t kill you just makes you stronger. She has been the mastermind behind the Raha Broadband marketing campaigns, her ideas in reaching the final consumers has been outstanding to the point they call her ‘The Corporate Ninja’ at Raha company.

Pedaiah John, having a Bachelor (Honors) in software Engineering in 2012.He first started modeling after he completed high school and was introduced to one of the best fashion photographers in East Africa, Osse Greca Sinare. He has worked with several other photographers and models. He has also been featured in newspapers, magazines, calendars, and other blogs. Pedaiah has currently achieved an award as an upcoming best male model in the Swahili Fashion Week awards.

Domitila Silayo a university student and also the founder of Jatropha Soap Production in Tanzania, which produces handmade soap with medicinal uses. The idea of producing Jatropha soap came to her when she and her brother attended an agricultural festival in 2012. Silayo was the second runner up for the 2013 Anzisha Prize, a competition that recognises and celebrates young entrepreneurs in Africa who are using entrepreneurship to solve problems in their communities.

The speakers will share their experience on how social media has helped them to develop their careers. You are all invited to this amazing session to hear the success stories of these energetic youth at Buni hub.

Afrimaker visit to Buni Hub

The visit by Afrimaker to Buni Hub was interesting occasion for individuals interested in electronics and telecommunication at the hub. The event was about how electronics knowledge  can be fostered to the children and individuals having no background in electronics. The aim of the project is to help communities to create ambassadors who can be used to train others basic electronics skills using simple electronics tools.


Stefania explaining a concept

The session was supported by the Afrimaker team. The leader of the the Afrimaker team is a lady from Romania called Stefania Druga. Miss Druga started the initiative from Romania and she has been moving in some countries in Africa spreading the campaign. Before she come to Dar es Salaam last week, she was in Egypt and Kenya and now she is in Rwanda.

Last week they organized several activities in Dar es Salaam in collaboration with Kinu co-creation hub.This week on Monday the Afrimakers team was at the Buni hub working with the community members. With the help of Victor Augustine from Victronix company limited, a company dealing with electronics. They were able to train few individuals at the hub on the tools and devices used by Afrimakers.

Stefania was so inspired with the spirit and interest shown by the community members. She also talks about the necessity of engaging individuals to make electronics physical devices. She said “We are teaching people how to code but we should also understand that it’s not one single bullet that sorts out all our problems. You can create the software but sadly many people in this country still don’t have the hardware.This makes you start thinking about what  holistic solution should be for many problems out there.”


Audience during the session

The session grabbed a lot of audiences including the hub members and non members. The session was informative to listen  and get some knowledge on electronic gadgets and how they perform.

Each team of the participants received a HacKidemia maker box of tools, each team was trained in order to organize and to run hands-on workshops in local private and public schools.

The Hackidemia maker box of tools contains,  4 Arduino, 2 Mikey-Makey, 1 Raspberry Pie an RFID starter kit a Soldering kit useful for up cycling and building electronics 5 Humidity and Temperature sensors 2 Pulse sensors, 1 Color detector sensor, 1 Carbon Monoxide sensor and a Camera module. 

At the end of the session Afrimaker’s group  share the knowledge and the tools they have to the community members. The main aim is to emphasize the the use of electronic concepts and tools to solve the Tanzanian social  problems and developing culture of creativity using electronics tools.

According to the Afrimaker team the goal for the workshops is to introduce the maker culture in many young citizen across Africa. They believe they  can train over 1000 young innovators before the end of 2014. The aims is to come up with innovative, cost-effective solutions such as intelligent light control, solar lamps, water purifiers and so on.


Getting experience on using the devices

During the session the participants they were able to create and assemble the electronic circuit and able to execute the computer programmed controller devices in order to have the basic knowledge. For example the participants were able to connect and make simple programmed system that can make the three colored LED to light up simultaneously and created simple programmed vibrator.

Lastly, Stefania advised the participants to share the knowledge with other people who are in need of the knowledge, including private school, public school, higher educational institutions and alike. She wanted the ambassadors to work on the theme which was

” electronics ideas for the innovation and development of the younger generation” .

By Abdulswamadu Ally 

The Dar es Salaam Open Knowledge Community First Meet up

The Dar es Salaam Open Knowledge Community (DOKCO) is pleased to invite open knowledge and open data enthusiasts in Dar es Salaam to attend a local community meet up that will be convened at the Buni Space (COSTECH Building) on Wednesday 19th February 2014 (6:00 pm-7:30 pm)

Local Group Meetups are informal, friendly get-togethers used to meet like-minded people living in the same city or geographical area. The general purpose of organizing the first local meet up in Dar es Salaam is to bring together open knowledge enthusiasts and arousing their interest to converse over open knowledge issues. The local open knowledge community is a self-organizing group that aims at identifying open knowledge opportunities and related issues to be addressed through community participation, and government action. 

The specific objectives of the current meet up are as follows:

  1. To bring together and identify more open data enthusiasts in Dar es Salaam and Tanzania in general
  2. To share each other’s open knowledge and expertise
  3. To identify and plan innovative open knowledge/data projects and forming working groups along the projects.

Who can attend?

Anyone with interest in open data, open knowledge, open government, open educational resources, open software, open source license etc.

Meet up Agenda

  1. General introduction about the field of open knowledge/data
  2. Current (open…) opportunities that can be exploited by the DOKCO community
  3. Community membership and values
  4. Brain storming on the direction of the community (potential innovative projects etc.)


DOKCO is part of the Open Knowledge Foundation Network (OKFN) that works to promote open data and open knowledge standards around the globe.

 Written by Sasha Ismail

Recap: Turning ideas into opportunities, first session

Dr Lev, An Entrepreneurship specialist, conducted the first session of “Turning Ideas into Opportunities” . The session is about how to generate good ideas, and how to exploit opportunities. How to change an idea to an opportunity, what is a winning idea? and how you can get one.

In the session Dr.Lev presented on how to come up with ideas by thinking out of the box, thinking big initially without judging at first, then sorting out a sensible idea from the main methodologies.

We discussed different methodologies that one can use, in coming up with innovative ideas.

  • Addition, is used when an idea/product gets an addition of a feature, just for simplification and creativeness for the user. Example a camera being added on a phone.
  • Subtraction, is used when the idea/product is formed by extracting a feature from an existing invention. Example a laptop to a tablet.
  • Change, is used when an idea/product experiences different architectural design change. Example change of color or material. Imagine a glove, changes in materials and colors, gives it a very different look and use.
  • Decrease is used when the product/idea is reduced in size or weight example, the pillcam invention, coming from a rocket used in military.
  • Increase is used when an idea/product is derived from an increase in size or weight. Example a spoon when its elongated it turns out to be a spade.
  • New perspective or change of context, if you can take a product and change the context to which the product can be used, emerging with a same product or similar product, but different ways to use it.  
  • Combination is using of more than one methodology in coming up with an idea/product.

Dr Lev shared a few videos about the Startup country, Israel and their successful inventions,which were very inspiring and educative. Materials from the session will be shared, through the created facebook group, that everyone is welcomed to join.

The first session was based solely on technology driven innovation, and the second session will be on market driven innovation

This session continues every tuesday at bunihub  inside COSTECH building, ground floor. The session lasts for two hours from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.No fee is charged to all.Free space free learning.

by Sasha Ismail