African Tech Hubs Put on the Map

Gareth van Zyl | ITWeb | February 24, 2012

A crowd-sourcing initiative to map all of Africa's tech hubs has been started by a group of Zambian-based technology enthusiasts and entrepreneurs. BongoHive is a technology and innovation hub, in Lusaka, that uses the Kenyan-made Ushahidi mapping Web site software to track major technology centres in Africa.

Visitors to ( can make a submission to list a tech hub on the map using the Web site's feedback form, sending an e-mail, making a posting on its Facebook page, or even sending a tweet.

Currently, the Web Site has 15 hubs in 13 African countries, ranging from Nairobi's iHub to Nigeria's co-creation hub. Tech centres are divided into different categories, such as business incubators, hacker spaces (technology hubs that do not necessarily fall into any particular categories), university tech labs and technology hubs, also commonly known as innovation centres.

BongoHive founder Lukonga Lindunda says members of BongoHive decided to create its technology hub map to show people what is happening on the continent's technology scene...