BongoHive

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BongoHive
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TypeTechnology
Owner(s)Lukonga Lindunda
Simunza Muyangana
Silumesii Maboshe
Bart Cornille
Founded2011
HeadquartersLusaka
Websitehttp://www.bongohive.co.zm

BongoHive is a Lusaka-based technology and innovation hub. It was set up in May 2011 by Lukonga Lindunda. BongoHive provides a place for the local tech community to meet, swap experience, and attend training, networking and hackathon events.[1]

History

BongoHive was established in May 2011 and became Zambia’s first technology and innovation hub. The co-founders, all enthusiastic programmers, sought to address the gaps they experienced working within the local technology industry leading to a lack of coordination, skills exposure and productivity. BongoHive has evolved to assist scalable startups of any background by enhancing skills, accelerating growth, strengthening networks, increasing collaboration, providing a forum for ideas exchange and reducing the barriers to entrepreneurship.[2]

Approach

BongoHive provides a range of startup and tech programmes, workshops and events all focused on making Zambia Africa’s next hotbed of innovation. The programmes have been crafted to guide startups through the entrepreneurial journey; from idea right through to getting investment.

BongoHive collaborates with like-minded organisations and industry leaders to ensure that the material being delivered is relevant and helps startups thrive. The partners and stakeholders include a number of Zambian government entities from local to republic level alongside both local and international non-governmental, corporate and tertiary education partners.

The organisation also organises issue-specific workshops and seminars, support community developer groups on a variety of topics such as gaming and robotics and host a wide range of industry networking events.[2]

BongoHive also has four community groups: Asikana Network, Ubongo Game Lab, Google Developer Groups Lusaka, and Makerhut.[3]

Projects

  • Hubs in Africa – Mapping of African Tech Hubs, Innovation Hubs & Hackerspaces

References