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.
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.
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.
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.
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.