Inaugural BarCampDar Showcased Tanzania’s Best

Inaugural BarCampDar Showcased Tanzania’s Best

What to choose?

Yesterday’s first BarCampDar brought together some of the brightest, innovative and enthusiastic technologists in Tanzania all in one place. Vibrant presentations and discussions were held on a wide range of topics ranging from cloud computing to mobile app development and both organizers and attendees left with great expectations of bigger things to come.

For those that couldn’t make it, what did you miss?

The Saba Saba public holiday was no excuse as attendees started lining up 30mins before registration started at the Kilimanjaro Kempinski Hotel much to the surprise of organizers. Before we got started, we had a few technical hiccups with the internet and projectors, which is expected at a tech event. Though once those were sorted out things went smooth and the event was also broadcast live globally on the BarCampdar site. In true BarCamp style, attendees were encouraged to present and schedules were moved around on the fly (see picture above). We had a mix of presenters from students, tech entrepreneurs, developers, major tech companies and government representatives all sharing their expertise, view points, challenges and opportunities.

The Problem Solved Ltd team showcased a unique, integrated and completed accounting and tax reporting system for Tanzanian businesses. Although technically the system was superb with a captivating presentation, I have qualms about whether businesses would really want to report all of their transactions directly to the government.  Microsoft’s BizSpark program as well as their Azure program were all great initiatives to learn about for developers and entrepreneurs. Some other notable presentations were Dar411 Mobile‘s integrated CRM platform for sms, voice and email as well as PAYU computing‘s pay per use thin client computer access service.

BarCampDar was a great event to get the Tanzanian tech community which has largely been dormant and segmented to come together and share and learn. It also paves the way for more tech events as well as larger initiatives such as a physical collaborative space and a tech business incubator. An online Tanzanian startup community  was also launched that is hoped to bring all stakeholders together virtually as well as showcase local innovators and innovations.

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Taha is a technology enthusiast with a particular passion for mobile services. He loves following major technology/business trends in developing countries, especially his native Tanzania, and believes Africa is the new uncharted frontier. His entrepreneurial adventures have focused on CampuSMS – a texting service for college campuses. Taha is currently employed as a technology consultant with Capgemini in Los Angeles, California. He is also an avid traveler and photographer.

4 Comments

  1. dd-m 7 years ago

    Much obliged for informing us about the emerging new businesses and networks, sadly their websites are not complete and few did not have time to provide us with their contacts.
    We are getting there, a little bit or attention to detail will commercialize their intentions.

  2. Camper 7 years ago

    Maybe what the BarCamp Dar website needs is one page that lists all the attendees’ contact or PR information (with their consent, of course). I would have liked to stay in touch with people post-conference as well, especially since it seems we are supposed to get together again.

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    taha 7 years ago

    @Camper we are trying to do just that by creating an online community at Startup Tanzania. http://www.startup.co.tz. I encourage you to register and start networking.

  4. Camper 7 years ago

    @taha neat! Thanks! Very excited about the efforts to start Linux Users Groups in schools as one guy was suggesting on the Startup website.

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