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SLUSH new “Take part in the local competition to be selected to join Slush 2016 Global Impact Accelerator program in the Local Competition which is expected to be at Buni Hub this August”

 For the second time in Tanzania, we are excited to announce that the Slush Global Impact Accelerator will take place and there will be a competition right here in Dar es Salaam which will determine who attends the program.

  Slush Global Impact Accelerator is a program created in collaboration with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and multiple partners globally. The purpose is to create a leading global program to support startups that are looking to solve some of the most pressing global challenges and contributing to the discussion on impact investing.

Slush Global Impact Accelerator 2016 brings impact entrepreneurs from emerging markets to Helsinki to accelerate their business, attract additional financing and make an even greater impact on their societies and beyond. The program includes online pre-event coaching and Helsinki boot camp program from November 22–December 2, 2016 culminating in Slush.

Last year 15 hubs from Brazil to Vietnam took part in this program and this year it is expanding to 20. Group of 40 entrepreneurs and all the hubs will join the program in Finland after all the final selections procedures completed.

The design of the accelerator program builds on local innovation ecosystems, with the aim of helping to build local capacity and support the creation of local impact ecosystems. This year, whole Nordics will join to build life-lasting connections.

Through the organizing of 15 local events done by SLUSH, it was learnt that the impact ecosystem varies greatly from country to country both in nature and scale.
Slush is Europe’s leading startup and technology event, which connects startups and tech talent with top-tier international investors, executives, and media. In 2015, Slush brought together 15,000 attendees from one hundred nations for the two day event held in Helsinki, Finland.

Are you going to be the one flying to Helsinki this year? Stay tuned the registration process will begin shortly.

Winners of round 2, Africa Business Idea Cup

Winners of round 2, Africa Business Idea Cup

This weekend at Buni Hub, 9 startup companies who made it to the second round of the Africa Business Idea Cup had a chance to pitch their ideas in front of  a panel of judges to secure their businesses to get to the final round which will then determine who wins the $5000 PRIZE.

Africa Business Idea Cup, a competition by DMM Africa which is organized in 5 countries, being Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe aims at digging up new business ideas from Africa and connect it to the market.

This Saturday, Trickster, who is the organizer here in Tanzania,organized a session where the 9 startups pitched their ideas and in the end, the judges had to decide which two ideas will move to the next round where one will walk away with $5000 and also a paid for trip to Japan.

Startups who made it to the final round were Team Black Hole, whose business deals with ways of managing electronic waste to solve environmental pollution problem, and the other one was Binti Huru project with their Elea Pads product, a social business that specializes in local manufacture and global supply of cost effective, reusable sanitary pads. These two will have a final round of the competition on the 16th July.

IMG_9660Another week of the testing session commenced at Buni Hub today 18 June, the testers and trainer both ready for the testing session of Text-secure tool.

“Today’s session everybody is going to enjoy it”, said the technical leader in the beginning of the session. He went on to introduce the TextSecure tool which is a mobile application for android available on google play for free. Text-secure app is an open-source encrypted messaging application for Android. “It was developed by Open Whisper Systems, and used end-to-end encryption to secure the transmission of instant messages, group messages, attachments and media messages to other Text-secure users.“ he said.

Technical leader then mentioned some of the benefits of using the Text-secure app as stated below

  • It allows the user to send encrypted messages
  • Text-secure is more secured 
  • Text-secure is free and an open source.

After the introductory session, each tester downloaded the app into their mobile phone ready to perform the end to end encryption protocol. After each and everyone successfully downloading and installing the app, the Trainer gave them a short description of how to use the app and gave them a go ahead to start the testing process.

One among the things that users really enjoyed where to see how the messages, images and videos are being transferred from one person to another without any interference from mid-User.

The testing went on to every user until the end of the session. Then Each tester had to write a short brief report as feedback concerning Text-secure tool and prepare themselves on the next week’s tool.

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On Saturday of 11 th June 2016, the testing & reviewing program on Martus tool was held with all 16 participants present. The session began at 9:30 am after breakfast was served.

The technical leader began the session by introducing what a Martus tool does and how to install it. He stated that Martus is an open source software application that allows users anywhere in the world to securely gather and organize information about human rights violations.

The application was developed by Benetech and is made available at no cost for human rights defenders. Using the martus application, you can create read cords of human right abuses, supporting documents and store information on secure servers. Also martus runs in all platforms windows, mac OS, Linux and androids.

The technical leader commenced the program by showing the features of the martus tool andhe had to attend each tester to see how he/she is operating with the tool. He then asked if there was any difficult testing the Martus software, the feedback were remarkable great. While the program was in the process, pictures were taken and shared to the social medianamely Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn for mass engagement. The session ended around 13hrs and lunch was served immediately when the program was done. Then each tester had to write a brief report on the Martus, the benefits, challenges andshare their views about it being fit to be used by the normal users or it needs a certain level of literacy. All users reports were sent to be reviewed.

IMG_9068Today at Buni Hub there was a session conducted by ODI with them “Open Data in One Day”. The session was attended by a diverse group of individual who need data in their daily activities. Holding my camera, moving all over the place i heard something interesting being said by the facilitator Mr David Tarrant. Now let me tell you more about what really “interested me” to focus more on listening to him.

He said “Open data is the idea that some data should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright patents or other mechanisms of control”. I kept my camera down and raised my head straight up just to make sure i miss nothing. My friend, this is what i learned.

In most developing countries, most Data obtained from various research activities is not kept for public use. Although not all data that’s valuable is internal and proprietary, there should be a way of getting it without undergoing any procedure. Read more