I’ve been watching the African tech developer scene for a while and have begun to see steady, increased growth in the community and in government and organizational support. A vast majority of the growth has been within the past 18 months and centered around urban hubs like Ghana and Kenya. Here are a couple efforts and indicators to keep an eye on particularly if you’re looking to get or stay involved in the business of African tech development:
- Afriapps – a directory of African apps and app developers
- Apps<4>Africa - a recent contest highlighting the talent of local developers in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania; in association with the US. State Department. Video of Secretary Hillary Clinton congratulating the winners
- Growth in connectivity spurs African hacker community (read the full article)
- Googling Africa; The tech giant is diving into the continent — but are Africans interested? (read the full article)
- African tech incubators and open collaboration spaces – HiveColab, iHub Appfrica, NaiLab, Bantalabs, and LimbeLabs – recently joined forces to form AfriLabs, a Founders Fund for Africa.
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