Kiota Hub launched in Iringa

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DC Clarence Ichwekeleza from Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication inaugurating Kiota Hub.

University of Iringa had official Opening Ceremony for Kiota Hub 3rd November 2016. The space was inaugurated by Director of Communication, MWTC, Clarence Ichwekeleza together with Ambassador of Finland Mr. Pekka Hukka. The Development Policy Committee of Finland led by the Chairperson Aila Paloniemi (MP) was also present at this celebration of entrepreneurship and innovation.

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Hub Managers Jocelyne Msigwa and Mohamed Shellimoh presenting activities of Kiota Hub. Associate Director Deo Sabokwigina on left.

Kiota Hub managers Jocelyne Msigwa and Mohamed Shellimoh presented Kiota Hub and current activities run there. Deo Sabokwigina presented collaboration between University of Iringa and TANZICT focusing on the main achievement the BAME curriculum which is based on the Team Academy concept. CTA Michael Hawkes presented another Finnish funded project Private Forestry Programme (Panda Miti Kibiashara, http://www.privateforestry.or.tz/en) which is based in Iringa and operating in Southern Highlands. CTA Teemu Seppälä briefed about Innovation Spaces, how it all started in Finland and what has been the recent development of innovation spaces in Tanzania during TANZICT. The presentations are attached at the end of this post.

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Family photo: at the center from left MP Aila Paloniemi, VC Joshua Madumulla, Ambassador Pekka Hukka and DC Clarence Ichwekeleza.

Kiota Hub is new innovation space located in University of Iringa main campus at the Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation building. The space is open for all neighboring communities and idea is that different innovation events and training programs will be provided for various audiences and needs.

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TANZICT End Conference

Dear all,

TANZICT is coming to an end and it’s time to celebrate our achievements. Two days End Conference will be organized 27-28th October in COSTECH. Due high number of TANZICT beneficiaries and space limits, we have had to limit the number of invitees and therefore the event will be by invitation only.

All presentations will be shared here after the Conference.

Asanteni sana na karibuni sana!

 

On behalf of whole TANZICT team,

Teemu Seppälä

Chief Technical Advisor

 

 

 

INNOVATION FUND SPECIAL EDITION FOR ZANZIBAR – WINNERS ANNOUNCED

In May 2016, sixth round of Innovation Fund was organized by COSTECH and TANZICT. That was a special edition purely for Zanzibar innovators. We received 106 applications and 5 start-up ideas were decided to be awarded (name of the innovation, innovator, hosting institution, and amount granted):

 

My Precious Bag by Lukman Mohamed Bachu, Zanzibar Technology and Business Incubator, 4,6M TSH.

It’s a simple bag that has a flexible solar panel which enables user to charge smartphones, tablets and laptops.

 

Locally produced three wheel scooter for disabled persons by Salum Moh’d Salum and team, REZA, 3,5M TSH.

Zanzibar lacks special motorcycles for disabled people as spare parts are not well available. The solution is to provide a locally manufactured vehicle.

 

Milk Processing by Yusta Method Katembo and team, Zanzibar Technology Business Incubation Bweni Zanzibar, 4,5M TSH.

Women entrepreneurs producing dairy products with Zanzibar flavors.

 

WajasiriApp, Entrepreneurs Mobile Platform by Abdul-Rahman Mohammed Hafidh, SUZA, 2,99M TSH.

Mobile application connects service providers and clients.

 

Cooler Fan by Ali Hassan Ali Kali, Zanzibar Technology and Business Incubator, 3,55M TSH.

Energy saving portable fan that produces cool air.

 

Altogether, during 2012-2016 six Innovation Fund rounds were organized including 518 applicants and 45 innovative ideas were awarded. Innovation Fund Committee wishes good luck for all the winners and encourages all to continue developing their ideas further!

FIFTH NATIONAL INNOVATION FUND WINNERS

In April 2016, fifth round of Innovation Fund was organized by COSTECH and TANZICT. Altogether we received 132 applications and 6 start-up ideas were decided to be funded (name of the innovation, innovator, hosting institution, and amount granted):

 

Multi Crop Thresher by Elliot Avila, Twende, 5M TSH.

Multi Crop Thresher is a machine which is designed for common staple crops (maize, rice, sorghum and barley). MCT makes crop handling even 75 times faster than existing methods. Solution is especially created for 15 million smallholder Tanzanian farmers.

 

AVOMERU, avocado oil project by Yesse Oljange and team, Twende, 14M TSH.

At this moment the problems are overabundance of avocados, lack of machinery and market linkages. The innovation provides an efficient and affordable technology which allows smallholder farmers to press avocado into oil. Target is to provide high quality oil to premium international food and cosmetic markets.

 

Totohealth Tanzania: Improving Maternal, Newborn and Child Health by Tayeb Noorbhai and team, ANZA 360, Kilihub; 12,8M TSH.

Annually 40 000 newborn and 8 000 women die when giving birth. Purpose is to allow every health-facility easily procure Clean Delivery Kits to avoid stock-outs. The solution is a mobile application to manage stock and inventory in order that every women have the possibility of a clean and hygienic delivery.

 

Hadithi App by Joseph Mulagwanda, DTBi, 8M TSH.

Hadithi App is a mobile platform, which distributes stories and books in Kiswahili. Solution allows users securely buy, read and listen stories from their favorite authors conveniently from their mobile phones. On the other hand, application allows authors easily monitor their sales and it also allows anyone with passion and talent to become an author.

 

Tanzania Bio-Feed Company: Black Soldier Fly Larva as Potential Protein Source in Animal Feeds by Godwin Pancras and team, 14M TSH, UDSM.

TABICO provides new solution to scarcity and expensive feeds that currently are supplied on market through provision of an alternative source for protein and other ingredient by using black soldier fly larva as animal feeds.

 

JamiiFarm by Naeem Mawji and team, ANZA 360, Kilihub; 10M TSH.

Tha challenge with local agriculture is that 70% of produce is lost. The solution consists of three parts: greenhouse, internet of things and cool storage allowing premium quality vegetables enter the markets more efficiently and well managed way.

NATIONAL ICT POLICY LAUNCHED

 

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As one of the first policy-documents approved by President Magufuli’s Government, National ICT Policy was officially approved this week’s Monday 16TH May in Dodoma.

Finland’s long-term partnership with Tanzania is focused on three impact areas: good governance, ICT & innovations and forestry. The development of the Policy has been supported by TANZICT, Component 1, and it can be seen clearly that National ICT Policy has direct links to good governance and ICT & innovation. The access to information is a very important basic right for all citizens, ICT and new technologies open up the possibilities for advancing democratic development by e.g. increasing the accountability of the holders of public office.

Furthermore, the Policy highlights that ICT-development opens up new businesses and increases productivity. In Tanzania, the ICT industry has been growing at around 20% per year for the past few years and is contributing a great deal to Tanzania’s national development. According to the World Bank, Tanzania now has overtaken Kenya in terms of world’s most developed mobile banking services.  As the modern ICT infrastructure starts to be in place, one of the key challenges in Tanzania now is to develop local content. The important aspect of localization has been highlighted strongly on the Policy.

TANZICT congratulates Ministry of Works, Transportation and Communication, and hopes that the Policy works as a practical framework for strategies and operative development for the flourishing future of Tanzania!

National ICT Policy