The past few years have been witness to a major rise in the African tech hub. Since several technology hotspots arose in Uganda, Cameroon and Kampala several years back, similar models have been starting up all over the continent, making Africa a major player in the technological revolution.
So what are these technology hotspots in Africa all about, and what gives them the potential to be so powerful in the years to come? First of all, tech hotspots in Africa are attracting the young and bright minds of the continent to come and contribute their growing skills. Places like BongoHive in Zambia are really visualizing a growing network of tech hubs across the continent to promote entrepreneurship and the rise of technology in Africa. And what’s more, is that some sources say there are more than three times the number of tech hotspots in Africa than even the most informed insiders know about.
What’s most astounding about the independent technology & science agenda in Africa isn’t so much its current presence, as is its incredible growth just over the past few years. If so much growth has happened in just a handful of years here, one can only imagine the amount of growth and achievements that will be had in these technological hotspots in the years to come. Africa is aligning itself with the industries of the future and preparing itself to take on the coming years with economic growth.
So what is it that these technology hotspots actually do? First of all, they bring together like-minded entrepreneurs who are talented, passionate and creating new businesses, products and services using technology. There is a huge amount of synergy that comes from people working together in a collective environment, rather than working individually on their own projects. These hotspots are thus a birthplace for astonishing growth like Africa has never before seen. They are creating a place for tech enthusiasts and professionals to co-create, innovate and dream up solutions for Africa and the rest of the world.
Technology hotspots were created in order to provide a place for like-minded people to work together and encourage support and creativity, and they are now doing just that. If Africa stays in line with the growth it’s already made in the field of technology, there is no telling how far it can rise in the coming years.
Championing scientific independence African philanthropist Dr Alvaro Sobrinho has this to say: "Well, currently, Africa is hugely dependent on the scientific knowledge and expertise of others. As Africans, whether Governments, businesses or societies, we are too often consumers, not producers of scientific innovation or research. To me, scientific independence means having science, technology and innovation embedded in government policies alongside resourced and empowered institutions, including universities." And this is why these technology hubs are critical to Africa's scientific independence and success in the 21st century.