Lusaka, Zambia: Zambian tech hub, BongoHive, created a user-generated online map of the fast-growing network of technology innovation and entrepreneurship centres across the continent of Africa.
The map, entitled Hubs in Africa, uses online mapping platform Ushahidi to build up a picture of the technology and entrepreneurship clusters emerging across the continent. There are already 16 tech hubs plotted on the map from 13 different countries, including a Cairo Hackerspace, iHub Nairobi, Co-creation Hub Nigeria and Jokkolabs in Senegal.
The hubs can be placed into different categories, including business incubators, hackerspaces, technology hubs and university tech labs. In order to add a new hub to the map, users have to fill a simple form and inform BongoHive of the new tech hub which needs to be added to the map.
In an interview to Wired, Lukonga Lindunda, co-founder of BongoHive said, “We thought that we would use crowdsourcing to uncover the full extent of technological entrepreneurship that exists across the continent. What better method to discover and share this information openly than by using the internet; using social-networking to build an on-line network of technology hubs.”
BongoHive, based in Lusaka, Zambia, was set up in 2011 and provides a place for technology entrepreneurs to meet, swap experience, and attend training, networking and hackathon events.