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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…
Agenda
1. Facts
2. JavaScript?
3. Conclusions
4. Outlook
5. Discussion
First, some impressions

http://vimeo.com/76040355
1:01 - 3:38
Who?
Alex
Berlin
Runs a web dev company
Runs co.up (coworking
space, host of countless
community activities)
Active in the Ruby
community
Martin
Berlin
JavaScript apps
freelancer
BerlinJS community
Organizer and coach at
OpenTechSchool
Vicy
Berlin
Knows shit about
Africa and people
Blogs for eufrica.org
Is not a hacker
Jan
Munich
Open-source designer
Data privacy activist
Creator of JavaScript user
groups
Basti
nomad
Co-founder of 5apps (HTML5 app deployment)
Open-source,

web platform,

bitcoin enthusiast
Ruby community
Gregor
Zurich
Not a designer, not a
developer, JavaScript and
web enthusiast
Creates… #hoodie,
#aht13, #nobackend…
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
http://youtu.be/3HseW4CoHiU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roxjaDKFmzQ
Questions?
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?
Infrastructure
Five weeks!? And you didn't kill each other?
africahacktrip.org
@africahacktrip #aht13
AfricaHackTrip
groups/africahacktrip
africahacktrip.tumblr.com

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