Introduction to SMS and USSD applications workshop.

USSD_conceptThere will be 2 days session on SMS and USSD technology organized by Edwin Myalla. Edwin was funded by TANZICT to attend mobile training at Nairobi, Kenya. He will be conducting series of sessions on what he learned from the training in Nairobi at Buni hub. The sessions will be based on Mobile technologies.

The training will be at Buni Hub, COSTECH building ground floor, Sayansi, Kijitonyama. For both of the days the training will be from 09:00 am to 04:00 pm. The training will be on 7th and 8th March 2014. The training will mainly cover the SMS and USSD technologies for beginners and intermediate level developers.

Training content:

On 7th March 2014: Introduction to SMS technology

  • Course infrastructure
  • Messaging Protocols (USSD, SMS, MMS)
  • SMS Background
  • SMS Applications

On 8th March 2014: Introduction to tools

  • Designing SMS Applications
  • J2ME SMS
  • SMSLib
  • Active X-Perts , php SMS Hardware set-up Information

For more details about the training, please email Edwin Myalla

Workshop on building start-ups by Minna Takala


Lecturer Minna Takala

It is another great opportunity to be exposed to the industry expert . Next week Wednesday 5th March, 2014. There will be a session at Buni hub on Start-up management, getting ready for business, team formation, special business models and working on creative ideas and how they can lead to successful business.

Due to the request of the community managers, the workshop will focus more on team formation, since it is a big challenge to most of the start-ups in Tanzania. Things like, choosing the right partner(s) and forming joint ventures for your business and sustaining a stable relationship for business growth.

The workshop will also cover some different aspects of innovation and creativity in relation to start-ups and small businesses. The session will be from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Buni hub, COSTECH building ground floor, Kijitonyama. Individuals in the session will be required to work in teams of 3 to 6 members with estimate of 6 teams.We will preferably work with real business ideas.  The facilitator of the session is Minna Takala from Tech Lic. Linna BikeShop Ltd. & QIS Ltd. .

Key points during the workshop will be:

  • Team formation:  how to work together, complementary skills and roles,  social media tools for working, Stages: forming, storming, norming & performing.  Belbin team roles, understanding better each other.
  • Business model: How to make money?  How to set up your business? Customers, and other financial stakeholders. Business model canvas.
  • Idea generation:  from creative idealization to efficient implementation. Generating ideas, selecting ideas, implementing ideas. How to define action points, responsibilities and scheduling and Follow up.

About Minna:

Minna has been working in the academia related to international business, entrepreneurship and innovation and in the telecom industry for 20 years. And she has started two companies of her own.  Minna has given presentations, lectures and facilitated workshops for both academic and business audiences in Africa, Asia, US and in Europe. She is currently working with collaborative development projects and professional use of social media in business context.

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