Date: 15th & 16th November 2013
Location: Hive Colab
Facilitators: Michael Niyitegeka, Brian Ndyaguma, Donald Byamugisha
Judges and Mentors: Samuel Muhanguzi (NITA), Evelyne Namara, Lillian Nalwoga (ISOC), Bernard Sabiti (DRT) and Joseph Kaizzi (Thin Void)
The Technology 4 Governance Hackathon was a practical follow up from the breakfast meeting that was held at the start of October 2013. The main objective of the hackathon was to create smart technology solutions that would be used by the different Civil Society Organizations, NGOs and the public at large to facilitate easy participation, monitoring and good governance.
Participation: Day 1
Brian Ndyaguma started off the morning session with introductions and announcing the agenda of the day. It was a requirement for all projects arising out of the hackathon had to satisfy any two of the following accountability, inclusiveness, monitoring and evaluation, transparency, information dissemination, and reporting. The midmorning sessions included the Business Model Generation (Lean Canvas) and Pitch Training were led by Michael Niyitegeka and Donald Byamugisha. The purpose was to guide the teams into creation of feasible projects. Four teams were chosen out of 9 which included Sindika, Road Connexion, Oil Watch and Brown Gold and together they worked to fit their projects into the Lean Canvas Model and make presentations to the mentors at the end of the day. It was a thrilling afternoon with lots of ideas suggested and trashed, consultations with mentors, flipcharts.. Continue reading
Date: Fri 13th & Sat 14th December 2013
Time: 9am to 4pm
Venue: Ham Mukasa Library, Uganda Christian University, Mukono, Uganda, (East Africa)
Attendance Fee: Shs 10,000 (R 40, USD 4)
Lunch: A light meal will be served.
What to expect: Mobile design approach, Mobile app development(make your own app now), USSD apps, Augmented Reality Apps…extra.
Who should come: Designers, developers, programmers, Entrepreneurs,
S4 & S6 students (“Vaccists”).
SPECIAL: – Five (5) free seats for P7 pupils (“Vaccists”).
- UCU students must present a valid student card
For more details contact:
- Tony – whatsapp +27763348808 (SA)
- Call/sms +27763348808 (SA)
- FaceBook: tonie mwebaze
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember : BOD (Bring Own Device) Come along with your laptop.
Please RSVP here for event planning & catering purposes: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/17wkwj8GyInreuHmQPzO6ndC1GUIpK9j2sSAqVZVdrwk/viewform
In June this year Google bought Waze a popular real time crowd sourced traffic app, for over $ 1.1 bn. A small group of 8 developers and graphic designers at Hive Colab have a developed a mobile web app based on the same idea for the local market. Roadconexion is a new mobile web application that lets you access real-time traffic information on all major roads and the app is currently for use in Uganda only.
The mobile web App which first won the Tech4Governance hackathon last month has been launched today and Lynn Asiimwe, the lead developer on the project said she hates being in traffic and that’s the reason why they built the App. The App currently runs on all major mobile browsers and lets mobile road users submit road status such as road repairs, accidents, traffic jam on almost any road mapped on Google maps. User’s simply login using their Twitter or Facebook accounts for the first time, after which they receive real-time traffic information from other road users.
By Hive Colab Co Founder- TMS RUGE
One of the best aspects of being involved in a technology co-working space is ability to see themes develop around the use of technology in various sectors of development. As the benefits of addressing development’s toughest problem with technology become apparent, so too does the difficulty of streamlining its use within the same sectors. Duplication of solutions starts to run amok, as effectiveness slows.
This is why we are attempting to do something about it at Hive Colab. As a collaborative work space, we are well positioned to identify synergies within certain sectors attempting to apply a technological solution, suggest possible partners for collaboration instead of creating a duplicate of already existing solution.
If all players within the health industry collaborated instead of duplicated, think of how efficient delivery of services could be. We are not naive in thinking that this will be easy to get everyone to play nice with each other. We are, instead attempting to harmonize everyone’s efforts to be more effective in their efforts. The first step is creating and documenting what solutions are out there in the global health arena.
The heart of Hive Colab’s DNA is effective collaboration. Therefore, attempting to harmonize all of the efforts in Uganda’s health sector – both technology and human capital – is right within our wheel house.
AFRICA HACKTRIP HACKATHON 05 Oct 2013
Upon arrival at Hive Colab on Thursday Morning, Gregor and his team (Vicy, Michael, Alexander, Martin, Sabastian, Tobias and Emilia) looked like the Navy Seals team loaded with their laptops and cameras. They met with Barbara, the Director Hive Colab, shared light moments with the Hive community and worked at our space till the dawn.
AfricaHackTrip is a group of developers and designers from Europe visiting East Africa in September/October 2013. Having worked with people from all over the world, they curiously decided to search and find out the creativity exhibited within the African tech space beginning with East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Kigali and Dar es Salaam) with a goal of establishing networks and continuous knowledge exchange. The team was comprised of hackers with main interests and skills in UX design, web technology, open source community and mobile devices and were fanatics of the Firefox OS.
By 9:30am, Saturday 05th October, registration, projecting equipment, seating arrangement, stationery, laptops among others were set as the developers trickled in. Gregory introduced the team, why they were here and synopsis of the day. Building on from some of the topics and activities of a Bar camp the previous day, the developers were asked to come up with projects were apps would be created at the end of the day. Among the projects registered were
SEEDING GROWTH IN MOBILE AGRICULTURE: THE mAGRI CHALLENGE
infoDev’s Mobile Innovation Program is proud to announce the mAgri Challenge. Finalists will be invited to a Mobile Startup Camp in November 2013 for a chance to refine their business plan and practice pitching their businesses to angel investors.
Mobile innovation in the agricultural sector faces at least two major challenges:
• While there is a proliferation of mobile apps that provide market information, few of these have been adopted widely across the African continent, making it difficult to achieve scale and profitability.
• Despite proven benefits of mobile agri apps, the mobile entrepreneurship community and the agribusiness community often suffer from a lack of obvious linkages and ways to collaborate.
NOT JUST FOR FARMERS !
Many exciting agricultural apps providing market information have been developed. Comparatively, few apps exist in the business-to business value chain, where they could have significant impact. This translates into a gap and an opportunity for mobile innovators whose potential user-base is large and diverse.
The mAgri Challenge, in partnership with Sweden, is an opportunity to identify entrepreneurs developing innovative mobile agri apps in Africa, and provide them with additional resources to grow.
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Digital Shoreditch, together with partners, present the Million Pound Startup. Offering one company one million pounds in investment funding. The £1 million pounds will help grow the company into a £100,000,000 net worth enterprise
You, your company and your product or service should be:
- Represented by a person over 18 years old.
- Turn over less than £1M per year and trading for less than 10 years.
- Prepared to move your business headquarters to London. We will help and support you with this along the way.
- Your startup can not be about : gambling, pornography, violence or illegal activity.
- Entry deadline is 29th August 2013 – Enter the contest by answering basic questions about your company. This information is public and supporters will examine the entry and provide feedback.
- Assessment is to November 2013 – If you’re through you’ll need to provide a little more info, this will be assessed to decide the finalists.
- Due Diligence & winner selected December 2013 – If you’re a finalist, you’ll go through due diligence and panel of experts and investors. If all is good you may become the winner! Happy times.
To enter – Go Here
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The best way to predict the future is to create it! The Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) is committed to building a promising future by investing in Africa’s capacity is to cultivate local innovation and entrepreneurship. Creating African-led solutions to every day challenges is critical to sustaining and expanding Africa’s economic growth.
The IPA invests in Africa’s greatest resources – its human capital, and encourages Africans to develop creative ways to overcome everyday challenges. The prize mobilizes African innovators and entrepreneurs by providing USD 150,000 to winners who deliver market oriented solutions for African-led development.
In 2012, the IPA winner, Prof Mohamed Sanad, received USD 100,000 for creating a lightweight antenna that leapfrogs current solutions to provide better mobile access. IPA 2013 winner, AgriProtein, uses fly larvae to produce protein for animal feed. These are practical solutions that make a profound difference in people’s lives. The IPA recognizes that Africa has no shortage of good ideas to develop the continent, just a lack of resources to fund them… Learn more and apply now.