|Techies gear up for Jumpstart Challenge|
|Friday, 27 July 2012 20:35|
Last year saw Zimbabwe’s first ever BarCamp which culminated into one of the country’s leading Internet Service Providers, Zimbabwe Online, putting in money and starting up the ZOL Startup Challenge that for the second year running will be making a comeback.
The format has also been used for a variety of other topics, including public transit, health care and political organising around the globe. The BarCamp format has also been adapted for specific industries like banking, real estate and social media.
The final of the inaugural ZOL Startup Challenge was held at Monomotapa Crowne Plaza on September 8, 2011 where Mukela.com walked away with the first prize of US$5 000 cash and US$5 000 in Internet services.
The challenge is meant to motivate and reward participants who develop innovative, creative and original applications.
JumpStart is a community driven initiative for mobile and Internet technology entrepreneurs, tech professionals, investors and other individuals and organisations involved in the information technology industry in Zimbabwe.
(Harare Sports Club). The BarCamp event is free to the tech community while a nominal fee for the Jumpstart Challenge is under review.
Mutambo said in August 2011, a group of techies and tech entrepreneurs in Harare organised the country’s first BarCamp, an international event bringing together the tech community for a day of discussion, sharing, startup demos and general networking. The event culminated in what became the ZOL Startup Challenge, a challenge where startups pitched in a contest for US$25 000 worth of seed capital and some business mentorship.
“After BarCamp, the community of techies and entrepreneurs seeking to cultivate a more connected and active tech ecosystem founded a sustainable platform of common interest known as Jumpstart.
Jumpstart steering team has already started organising this year’s BarCamp and Jumpstart Challenge,” the statement read.