The TechFest is an annual disruptive multi-day and multi-venue event run by the TechVillage that will introduce and explore new local technologies and innovations that will change the status quo and shape industries in the future.
>The TechFest brings together entrepreneurs and hackers from the startup world, industry leaders and policy makers from the private and public sector as well as investors and financiers to discuss key issues surrounding technology in Africa and understand the state of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship.
The Festival seeks to identify and celebrate the daring young innovators that are rebuilding industries and cities, whilst educating the public on the role that technology can play in their everyday lives. It is an action packed 5 days of exhibitions, hackathons, street pitches, workshops and breakaway sessions, as well as satellite events held across the city of Bulawayo.
The TechFest brings into play a set of new and immersive activities that will help attendees and participants get the most out of the entire Festival. The Festival will run across multiple venues so as to involve as many organisations that are each contributing to the entrepreneurial ecosystem. These organisations will run satellite events in their respective locations throughout the week.
It is also structured to help entrepreneurs learn new skills that will help them build scalable solutions through the Hackathons, and expert-led breakaway sessions. The TechFest will also provide industry players the platform to leverage on agile innovators to find solutions to the problems plaguing their sectors through the community hacks. It will be a step up from the traditional pitching events that have become synonymous with Tech events with the official launch of street pitches, a gamified product validation process that involves actual customers that gives entrepreneurs raw and realistic feedback on their ideas. It’s all about understanding the state of entrepreneurship in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The TechFest is meant to involve everyone in the innovation value chain, from the innovator right through to the customer/user. The TechFest is the intersection of Technology, Policy and Regulation, Business and the Market. It is modelled to cater for a wide range of interests: Startup Developers, Investors, Freelancers, Entrepreneurs, Bloggers, Creatives, Non-profits, Students, Designers, Executives, Marketers, Samall and Medium Business Owners, Working Professionals, Service Providers and the general public.
A session by Mr Maphosa on the role of technology in the way that it is shaping business and growth across the sub saharan continent. Speaking to his personal journey in building companies and the future of his work as a transnational multi-millionaire
A breakaway Session on how Entepreneur can be profitable just enough to stay afloat while they build their product
A session on how On-Demand services are becoming increasing Popular in Africa and how to Build for Africa
We are approaching a tipping point and this is not the first time. There has been and always is a moment in history when you feel that something is about to change. A simple idea emerges and starts to break the rules of the norm. It grows, slowly invading everyone’s thinking, suggesting a vision of a world that no longer works in the way you expected or were preparing for, for so long. It scares you, ignoring it makes it grow bigger, its aggregate size looming, threatening your very existence. Some call them start-ups, others, disruptors, whatever they are. They are here to stay, and its time to embrace them. Welcome to the TechFest, home of our most innovative disruptors, Innovators and game changers.
Street Pitches are an initiative by the TechVillage that helps entrepreneurs to actually benefit from the pitching process by taking them out of the traditional event type pitch, and taking them onto the street to pitch to the public and to passer-by’s. This helps the entrepreneurs to simplify their pitch and articulate it in a way the average non-tech savvy person can understand. It also helps to validate the product and concept and ensure that the product/startup is viable in itself. For the TechFest the street pitch will have two components to it spread over the two days. The objective here is to get them to pitch to the open public to which they want to sell their product to, and then to advisors who will give them personalised feedback before they exhibit at the TechMart (2 hour TechFest Exhibition.)
Street Pitch Day One: Entrepreneurs will hit the streets armed with the street pitch application that helps collect data on signups and interested customers. The app will collect this data and send it to a leader board to show the entrepreneurs closest to meeting their street pitch goals (number of pitches, number of sign ups etc.) That data will become very useful on day 2.
Street Pitch Day Two : All entrepreneurs who would have exceeded the minimum number of signups will participate in an advisor pitch. Advisors, Investors and Industry leaders will be asked to spend at most 3 hours either in a car that drives around the city, or in a restaurant. Entrepreneurs will receive notifications to then go to specific locations (restaurants) to meet with and pitch to the advisers/investors and receive personalised feedback on their progress and growth trajectory over 20 minutes.Learn More
community hacks are an initiative by The TechVillage that leverages on the company’s immense knowledge base and communities to help private sector companies and the public sector accelerate their research and development efforts by crowd sourcing innovation and solutions without ballooning the costs associated with such an undertaking.
Depending on the nature of the “hack”, participants of the community hack (referred to as “hackers”) work in a team or a number of teams to solve the problem; the depth of the problem-solving process varying from just theorising and proposing viable solutions, to the development of actual products and testing market viability.Learn More
The Techfest hackathon is unlike most hackathons in Zimbabwe in the sense that it focuses purely on the hacks themselves and not the entire business model. We are looking at people who can come up with new and interesting hacks that can later be developed into products and possibly startups. We will be looking for cool, trendy, fascinating innovation.
All hackers will be provided with all the resources that they will require during the 24hr hackathon. Resources include hosting space, domain names, API’s and other resources which will be provided by our partners. We are expecting over 25 hacks for the TechFest.Learn More
Satellite events are events run by different organisations that have partnered with the Techvillage that will be held during the duration of the TechFest. These events will help participants and attendees who are interested in specific sectors, skills and activities to benefit the most from those whilst promoting the diversity in the Festival, appreciating the applications of Technology in different industries and sectors.Learn More
Networking After Parties are intended to facilitate conversations by participants in a less formal and relaxed setting over drinks, snacks and soft music. These will be held on most days in which the festival will occur.Learn More
The Neon Party is a glow in the dark music conference to be held near the conference event which will mostly feature Electronic Dance Music and House MusicLearn More
Philanthropist, Founder and Group CEO of Big Time Strategic Group which is composed of wholly-owned Black South African companies with business interests in the ICT sector. The Companies include: Computer Ink And Media solutions, Big time Strategic Consultants, Flame IT Strategy, and Flame IT Consulting.
He is the founder of The TechVillage, a collaborative working space for early stage tech startups and the founder of Velociti, an accelerator based in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
Currently working with 20 start-ups, Takunda’s vision is to help build 100 start-ups in and around Africa by the year 2020, he was recently featured on the Forbes Africa 30 under 30 list titled: Tomorrow’s billionaires’ for the work that he is doing. From interviewing president Obama at the US Africa Summit, to speaking at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit and the Global Philanthropy Forum, Takunda passionately articulates his desire to see a connected Africa leveraging on technology built by Africans for Africans.
She is the Founder of Foodie, an startup with an app that permits on-demand meal delivery.
Her experience in on-demend delivery has had her have to iterate over several models for logistical purposes and she has seen a lot in this area
She will share her experience with attendees on the on-demand market at the festival
Michael is the founder of HackShack and is working on tackling the challenges that students face when they attempt to get into hardware development. He is passionate about Africa positioning itself to develop its own home grown solutions.
He will share on the challenges for developers and his view onthe way forward for Africa to enable its own students to be more familiar with hardware and for more innovation to come out of the same area
Entrance will be free for all Keynote sessions. There will be fees for closed sessions and access to some workshops, these will be made available as they come
Here is a list of satellite events that will be running through the duration of the Techfest. Get in touch to run a satellite event during the Festival
Recommended on-venue accommodation provider
The Bulawayo Rainbow Hotel is the preferred on-venue accommodation provider for participants and attendees as it is the venue where most keynote events and plenary sessions will be held.
Recommended for food and snacks during festival
Whenever you feel like grabbing a bite at any of the venues of the Festival, just tap away on the Foodie app and one a Foodie runner will be there with you in no time
Recommeded for transportation
For ride-sharing during the duration of the event to and from satellite event location or getting a ride from one City to and from Bulawayo. Let's go will make it much more convinient
If you have questions about anything other than what has been listed please feel free to drop us an email.
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