|In the ten years from 2000 to 2010, six of the world’s ten fastest-growing countries were in sub-Saharan Africa: Angola, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Chad, Mozambique and Rwanda. In eight of the past ten years, sub-Saharan Africa has grown faster than Asia, according to The Economist. In 2012, the International Monetary Fund expects Africa to grow at a rate of 6%, about the same as Asia.|
Technology plays an important part in the new African boom, especially the communications revolution. Mobile phones have brought instant communications to hundreds of millions of Africans, and text messaging and digital money-transfer services, such as Safaricom’s M-pesa in Kenya, have transformed ordinary life.
BongoHive is based in Lusaka (Zambia) and was set up in 2011. It is a place where technology entrepreneurs can talk about their experiences, exchange ideas and attend training. This Zambian tech hub has created a user-generated online map of the tech business incubation hubs across Africa.
The map, entitled Hubs in Africa, uses Ushahidi, the open-source platform that allows users to report and track information in crisis situations via email, SMS, Twitter and the web. Its aim is to create a picture of the technology hubs developing across the continent. You can filter the map by different categories, including business incubators, hackerspaces, technology hubs and university tech labs, and view a timeline of when the different organisations were added to the map. There are already 16 tech hubs from 13 different countries, including a Cairo Hackerspace, iHub Nairobi, Co-creation Hub Nigeria and Jakkolabs in Senegal.