By Chief K.Masimba Biriwasha
Harare, Zimbabwe – Young, technologically savvy Zimbabweans gathered to discuss how to take advantage of new technologies at the inaugural BarCamp Zimbabwe held at the Harare Sports Club. The BarCamp focused on issues related to how to build scalable technological start-ups, local content on the internet, branding and social media.
The event themed “Technology and Entrepreneurship: We Are Stronger Together” was aimed at promoting the need for converged thinking and collaboration among individual start-ups, developers and others.
The meeting, which was hosted by ZimbabweOnline, attracted approximately seventy people who are currently either developing applications or are interest in technological innovations in the country.
Addressing the meetup, Clinton —-, one of the founders of TechZim.co.zw, a popular local technology blog, said that Zimbabweans were contributing to technological development in other countries in the region except their homeland.
While Zimbabwe is estimated to be technologically five years behind other countries in the region, recent developments in the technology sector have been promising, to say the least.
A BarCamp is an international network of user-generated conferences (or unconferences). They are open, participatory workshop-events, the content of which is provided by participants.
The first BarCamps focused on early-stage web applications, and were related to open source technologies, social protocols, and open data formats. The format has also been used for a variety of other topics, including public transit, health care, and political organizing.