Published on February 24, 2014
AfricAHackTrip Nairobi / Kenya AfricaHackTrip Kampala / Uganda Kigali / Rwanda @africahacktrip #aht13 Dar es Salaam / Tanzania africahacktrip.org
Who has heard of AfricaHackTrip? How? Who knows developers from other countries, other continents? Are you collaborating? Beneﬁtting? From Africa? Why not?
bbc.co.uk/news (07/2012) … in the past two years there has been an interesting phenomenon in Africa - the proliferation of tech hubs and incubators. … There are now more than 50 tech hubs, labs, incubators and accelerators in Africa, covering more than 20 countries. In Nairobi, we have six. … four years ago we had an idea and built a space that now has more than 8,000 members and holds approximately 120 events per year. … The tech hubs in Africa provide a home for those with new and innovative ideas, create an atmosphere where they are encouraged to try new things, and most importantly are able to meet like-minded individuals they can grow with. … http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-18878585
9 Hackers from Europe ! 5 weeks: Sep – Oct 2013 ! Capitals of Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania ! explore the local tech scenes, to exchange and collaborate with designers and developers ! #community #opensource #webapps #ux #mobile…
First, some impressions http://vimeo.com/76040355 1:01 - 3:38
Alex Berlin Runs a web dev company Runs co.up (coworking space, host of countless community activities) Active in the Ruby community
Vicy Berlin Knows shit about Africa and people Blogs for eufrica.org Is not a hacker
Basti nomad Co-founder of 5apps (HTML5 app deployment) Open-source, web platform, bitcoin enthusiast Ruby community
Tobi Berlin Software developer Backend, mobile, languages… iOS/Mac dev community
Emi Krakow UX and graphic designer Co-founder of web dev company #WomenInTech @WebMuses
Bumi Cologne Runs web dev company Runs coworking space Ruby and coworking community
KLab, Kigali, Rwanda
2009: submarine ﬁbre-optic internet connection for East Africa ! From no net to mobile net in four years ! 50 tech hubs, labs, incubators and accelerators in 20 countries ! Median age under 20 years
Nairobi / KeNya 24 SEPTEMBER – 1 OCTOBER KAMPALA / UGANDA 2 OCTOBER – 8 OCTOBER KIGALI / RWANDA 9 OCTOBER – 15 OCTOBER DAR ES SALAAM / TANZANIA 16 OCTOBER – 23 OCTOBER
Centered around Nairobi • iHub • DEMO Africa ! Nairobi / KeNya 24 SEPTEMBER – 1 OCTOBER KAMPALA / UGANDA 2 OCTOBER – 8 OCTOBER East African Community • Visa and stuﬀ ! Traveling by plane (and by bus for fun) KIGALI / RWANDA 9 OCTOBER – 15 OCTOBER DAR ES SALAAM / TANZANIA 16 OCTOBER – 23 OCTOBER
just go there!
Goals to exchange, to get to know each other, to learn from each other ! to connect communities ! to share our experiences with the world ! to travel, to learn, to have fun
Fears there are no like-minded hackers ! to be misunderstood (as random visitors) (as people that want to "help") (as people with business interest)
What did we do?
Hacker stuﬀ! Hack-a-thons! Barcamps! Visit tech spaces ! Interview people ! Party machen!
Two full-day events in each city • Barcamp to get to know each other • Hack-a-thon to hack with each other • About 50 participants each event ! ! #webapps #ux #mobile #html5 #opensource #design #communities #ﬁrefoxos #openhardware
How did we do that, we are just a bunch of hackers?
Self-organized Self-funded • Finding sponsors is a lot of work • GitHub paid for event catering ! That's it…
! Community ! Where I come from ! Share experience
! HTML5 as app platform ! Firefox OS ! Android -> HTML5
http://vimeo.com/76040355 3:39 - 4:25
! Grow and strengthen global community ! Connect local communities
What's next? How was it? What did people expect from you? How are the African hackers? How was DEMO Africa? Money transfer You brieﬂy visited? How do you know? Tell us more about the Mozilla community there. Did you meet your goals? What are the results? Infrastructure? EuroHackTrip How do African freelancers make money?
Five weeks!? And you didn't kill each other?
africahacktrip.org @africahacktrip #aht13 AfricaHackTrip groups/africahacktrip africahacktrip.tumblr.com
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