Change is happening in Africa. The continent is booming economically and financially, with a growth rate expected to hit 5.6% in 2013, according to World Bank numbers. The mobile sector alone represented 6,3% of the sub-Saharan African GDP in 2012, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.As the continent slowly aligns itself with the international trail of new technology and digital innovations, it has caught the eye of big names in the industry. Google, Microsoft and IBM are among the biggest names currently launching research centers and initiatives ‘for’ Africa. Consequently, several smaller African organizations tap from these giants to build and enhance their capacities.
The growing African tech scene also daily catches the attention of smaller teams of technology specialists and enthusiasts whose interest in Africa often leads them into adventurous explorations. One of such is AfricaHackTrip. It is a team of European tech enthusiasts who conducted a 5-week journey to survey the East African tech world. The team stopped in Kampala, Kigali, Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, four of Africa’s top ‘iHubs’. The reception of the project was positive in all four locations the AHT team has visited. In Kampala, they visited KampaBits, a school teaching underprivileged youths web design, print design and web development and the students were more than grateful for the ideas and encouragement the AHT team brought to them.
Tech future in Africa