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Episode Notes Earlier today, we found out that you can receive money via PayPal in Zim if you open a merchant wallet. Now, there has been no confirmation from PayPal that this is a thing but it's up and running so those who can make use of it probably will. In light of this we decided to go over PayPal's history in Zimbabwe, what this could mean if…
 
Episode Notes Technology has been a "godsend" when it comes to making our lives easier and more comfortable. Over the years it has allowed us to more than we could before at an exponential rate. You can order goods and services online, complete complex tasks with a device in your pocket and much more. With all this innovation there has been one gro…
 
Episode Notes "Locally produced"is a term that has become few and far between these days. The main cause is of course the sorry state of the economy making avenues for local production of anything difficult. This is more so for locally produced content. We have seen a lot of creators take to social media like Tiktok and Instagram as well as YouTube…
 
Episode Notes Bitcoin (BTC) is having a hell of a year in 2021, we have seen the cryptocurrency jump in value, breaking record after record (currently at 58 219.79). With this rise, there are many people who have taken to Bitcoin trading in Zimbabwe. As good as the interest in cryptos is, there are a lot of people who go into trading Bitcoin in Zim…
 
Episode Notes Yesterday we attended a roundtable organised by Facebook Southern Africa on how the social media giant is trying to make the platform safe for people in Zim. The talk revolved around Facebook's community standards, how the platform is fighting misinformation and Facebook's role in protecting the integrity of elections. What struck us …
 
Episode Notes Last week we reported on a local agritech startup called FarmHut that had received backing to the tune of US$100K from the Hult Prize Foundation. FarmHut, which is primarily an e-commerce and consultancy operation, is looking to bring the estimated 70% of people in Zimbabwe who rely on subsistence farming closer to buyers and markets.…
 
Episode Notes Bhala is an African language keyboard that is looking to give Africans a more authentic and less friction-filled typing experience. Most often African languages seem like an afterthought for the big smartphone makers and app developers. Languages like Shona, Ndebele, Xhosa and others are often there, but features like predictive text …
 
Episode Notes DeutschConnect is an intermediary of sorts that connects Sub-Saharan Startups with startups, hubs and businesses in Germany and in Europe. The company works in tandem with Afrolynk which is the largest Afrocentric startup conference in Europe to bring together African startups with potential investors and other startups to collaborate…
 
Episode Notes A couple of weeks ago we reported on an e-commerce builder called Otarkie. The platform offers anyone who wants to launch their business online the tools to do so.You can start off on a 14-day free trial and if their services are to your liking you can then shell out the US$180 a year for Otarkie. For that money you get a bespoke webs…
 
Episode Notes Professional gaming is one of those things that is still fringe in Zimbabwe, in 2021, and the digital age to boot. Some at this point might say there are bigger voids to be filled, but (true as that might be) we don't think that should be the case. A number of industries can be developed at the same time and if we have learned anythin…
 
Episode Notes Last November we reported on Sun Exchange, a South African peer-to-peer solar startup that launched its African expansion in Zimbabwe. The company allows anyone from anywhere in the world to buy solar cells in large projects it has commissioned and the upside is that you will earn money from the power generated. Nhimbe Fresh is a loca…
 
Episode Notes Utande, a subsidiary of Dandemutande recently launched an LTE service to rival Telone's Blaze and ZOL Wibroniks service. Utande LTE is launching with uncapped packages only, which puts it more in line with ZOL's Business Packages.To find out more about the service, and to ask if there were capped packages in the near future. We were j…
 
Episode Notes Fresh Ideas, the parent company of Fresh In A Box, Joey's Pizza and Surprise In A Box recently launched an e-commerce business builder. The solution is a cheat code for entering online commerce.When I say cheat code I mean that you don't have to find a developer to build a site and apps for you. Fresh Ideas make all those tools availa…
 
Episode Notes With e-commerce on the rise, there has been a significantly underreported part of the industry which is logistics. It's all well and good to have your products online, but how do you send them to and fro? This is a massive headache for many e-commerce businesses, however, there are startups in the space with some interesting solutions…
 
Episode Notes Yesterday we were greeted with the news that Spotify is coming to Zimbabwe as part of its 85 country expansion. This means that those VPN warriors will now be able to listen to music on the popular streaming service without the cloak and dagger. We have a couple of Spotify diehards among us, and we thought we would talk about what Spo…
 
Episode Notes Late last month we reported on ZimboFit, Zim's newest fitness app. The application has some peculiarities in that its a PWA (Progressive Web Application). Why this is strange is because many of us are accustomed to having a downloadable app that we can use on our phones. A PWA is the same, but you access it through your web browser. A…
 
Episode Notes The conversations roll on and on this episode of Technikari, we are joined by Wisdom James Murombo and Pardon Mukoyi the team behind the Chest X-Ray COVID-19 Diagnostic system we reported on in late 2020.Pardon and Wisdom claimed second place at the ICAT Hackathon for their system and they are now working with the Ministry of Health t…
 
Episode Notes Last week we had a network interrupted conversation with Simbarashe Mangena who is a Nuclear Engineer from the Radiation Protection Authority of Zimbabwe (RPAZ). Thankfully this week we were able to have the conversation in its entirety and on this second edition of the Technikari Nuclear Special we learned even more about: The use ca…
 
Episode Notes On this episode of Technikari, we were joined by Takwana Tyaranini the co-founder of the popular remittance service Senditoo.Senditoo has been blazing a trail especially in 2020. The company slashed all fees for money transfers to Zimbabwe and it also launched a referral program where people get US$10 for referring someone to the serv…
 
Episode Notes On this episode of Technikari, we are joined by Simbarashe Mangena from the Radiation Protection Authority of Zimbabwe (RPAZ). He is a nuclear engineer, and he gave us a walkthrough of Nuclear Technology and Science applications in Zimbabwe. We talk about: What the Radiation Protection Authority of Zimbabwe (RPAZ) is and what it does?…
 
Episode Notes On this episode of Technikari, we are joined by Eugene Ramirez Mapondera the co-founder of Comexposed. Eugene is a comic book artist, animator and businessman. He is one of the luminaries in the Zimbabwean and African comic book and animation spheres.On this episode we talked about: Growing up wanting to be a creative in Zimbabwe Gett…
 
Episode Notes Technikari conversations roll on and on this one we are joined by Norman Moyo, Chief Executive Officer of Econet Subsidiary, Distributed Power Africa (DPA).> DPA> “Distributed Power Africa (DPA) is a market leader in Africa, in innovative renewable energy solutions. We have operations across Africa including in Kenya, South Africa and…
 
Episode Notes On this episode of Technikari, we are joined by Tawanda Chihambakwe, a professional drone pilot and a man who is all about Unmanned Aerial Systems. He is also the Managing Director and Chief Drone Pilot at Flying Labs Zimbabwe which is a platform that seeks to use drones for the common good.On top of all that he co-authored a book cal…
 
Episode Notes On this special Technikari episode we are joined by Trust Nhokovedzo founder of Afrodigital Pan-University. He is a digital marketing expert who runs courses on how businesses and individuals can increase their presence online and improve their business in general. Digital marketing tools: Improve your Digital Marketing game …
 
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