Technology is without doubt the driver of major economies in the world because it is versatile, flexible and most importantly, scalable. This explains why South Africa has mushroomed major entities that are attracting the attention of Japanese tech giants. To cut the story short, ICT is all about starting from scratch, or hacker-developing on an existing program, both of which approaches qualify as startups.
The year 2013 is prematurely bubbling with ideas about how tech, using such tools as the mobile phone will affect the business scene. From consumer chains tapping into Wi-Fi connectivity to help bring intuitive service to their distant consumers to the establishment of mega technology cities across the continent, the year is already turning into a hotspot in its first quarter.
Here are some of the major startup events that have characteristically formed, or will for the first time form, the yearly calendar for Information, Communications and Technology geeks in Africa.
Wireless Wednesday is an East African Community’s summit that occurs midweek, to help evolve the rapport of developers vis-à-vis leads (possible future users). The benchmark is cellular technology and novelty in other sectors like entrepreneurship.
Startup Weekend, on the other hand, takes place for fifty-four hours, thus marrying well with the timeline theme for a summit that seeks to do the cutting-edge within a brief period. Indeed, within a weekend, the convention will have helped introduce a new cellular app or tech product. The brainstorming pits seasoned businessmen against developers, besides having professionals and new birds of the flock.
Mobile Web Africa holds a single day cell marketing function as part of a series of summits, whose major objective is to educate people on the power and resources surrounding the web, whether for infotainment’s sake or for doing business from a cell phone connection.
By General Premise
Girl Geek Dinners is one of the general programs that have toured major technology hubs on the planet, with an aim to bring tech to the masses. Their stopovers feature educational facilities at the primary and secondary level, as well as, campuses.
Tech4Africa, on the other hand, describes itself as the premier cellular, Internet and new tech summit which helps introduce change with worldly appeal to the continent. For 48 hours, during its yearly convention, the organizers help to show that tech has power to stimulate economies and the social fabric of African society.
By Specific Premise/Awards
The curtain raiser of all tech events in Africa is arguably DEMO Africa, which has continuously helped introduce to the world the latest start-ups. The most recent summit happened in Nairobi in October 2012, and attracted the software giant, Microsoft Inc., a major sponsor for the African forum of an organization that has helped award many upcoming ICT entrepreneurs.
Indeed Silicon Valley may not be a farfetched notion for the geek who would want to place it in Africa one of these days. Startup events for the year have the potential to make it a reality!