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Looking to get into the South African startup scene or scratch up on some of your skills? Well, you’ve come to the right place. There are loads of competitions, networking sessions and workshops happening around South Africa and the rest of the continent (namely Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana) that we’ve rounded up to make your life a bit easier.
This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences around South Africa, and the greater region. If you have any event recommendations for us to add to the list, or next week’s, please let us know in the comments below or send us an email.
Not all of the events are free and some will require booking in advance. Please click on the event names to find out more information.
Cape Town & Stellenbosch
A part of the Modern Alchemists series, this edition will see two makers talk about how they built their homemade 3D printers. They will tell the audience the history of the desktop 3Dprinter and then run a brief workshop on CAD.
Modern Alchemists is a show and tell of all your projects from art, graphics, board games, code to electronics.
Modern Alchemists brings together all skill sets e.g. artists, gamers, artists, engineers, coders etc into one physical space to make and create!
Date: 27 April 6pm to 9pm
Location: KAT-O, 27 Caledon Street
Nesta UK and Caribou Digital will be hosting a free workshop for social entrepreneurs using Nesta’s Development Impact & You toolkit.
The DIY Toolkit has been especially designed for development practitioners to invent, adopt or adapt ideas that can deliver better results. It looks at the stages of innovation to help you develop your innovation and scale it up.
Date: 28 April, 10am to 1pm
Location: Workshop 17
Nairobi Garage is the first co-working space in Nairobi, with 130 desks in total, team rooms, meeting rooms and a kickass event space. Companies such as Uber, Yum and Mdundo have all started their journey in Kenya out of this space.
This event allows anyone curious about the space to see what’s on offer.
Date: 25 April, 7:00am to 26 April, 5:00am
Location: Nairobi Garage – 4th Floor, Piedmont Plaza Ngong Road
This eHealth Meetup is the beginning of a monthly event series to provide a platform for conversations and networking!
Speakers include Mike Macharia, CEO of SevenSeas Technologies Group; Moka Lantum, Founder of Microclinics; Duncan Onyango, East African Director Acumen Fund
Date: 26 April, 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: Nairobi Garage
#WhatsNext is a monthly speaker series that features a panel discussion and innovation showcase and draws attendance by innovative corporations, NGOs,entrepreneurs, media and other stakeholders to discuss the future of a particular sector. This month’s focus will be on the future of tech-enabled mobility solutions in the logistics and transportation sectors. As it is the tradition at #WhatsNext, all panelists will share some insight into the future looks like and what they see as the next big thing in the sector.
Elizabeth Resor of Ma3Route will present the findings on traffic patterns in Nairobi and accidents reported to key stakeholders in transport and road safety and thereafter explore the potential utility of such data set.
Date: 27 April, 5pm to 8:30pm
Location: Strathmore Business School
Nairobi Tech Week labels itself as Sub Saharan Africa’s largest tech event. This year will also be the Twitter Developer Relations team and AngelHack’s first event in Africa. Topics for the 2016 event have been crowdsourced.
Date: 27-30 April
Location: Strathmore University
The #SmartCityNairobi challenge is aimed at the developer community in Nairobi in conjunction with Twitter and the iHub. Developers will have the chance to create a solution for the city using Twitter’s API to solve a problem in the city. A jury of experts during demos at AngelHack Nairobi will choose three semi-finalists who will win $2,000 each per team onsite AND get the opportunity to compete for the ultimate prize of up to US$10 000.
Date: 29 April, 9:00am to 30 April, 6:00pm
Location: Strathmore University
FTE Business Forum is a monthly business meet-up organized in partnership of Lifespring Chapel Embakasi and the FTE team. The forum began early this year(2016) with an aim to bridge the gap of business networking in the East of Nairobi.
Date: 30 April, 10:00am to 1:00pm
Location: Lifespring Chapel, Nairobi
Following the success of the first Nairobi Digital Marketing Workshop, Nabaleka Digital Solutions will train members of the public on how online marketing works, how to attract more prospects via digital marketing, strategies on ways to turn your website visitors into customers and how to use social media effectively.
Date: 30 April, 8:30am to 2:00pm
Location: August 7th Memorial Park
Do you have a Web, technology, or business idea and need an ear? Are you looking for a technical co-founder? Product strategist? How about a whole team of highly experienced designers, engineers and business experts who can jump in and help you quickly test your business model, then scale and grow a sustainable company?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, you should probably attend this event, hosted by Codulab.
Date: 26 April 10:00am to 28 April 5:00am
Location: Co-Creation Hub Nigeria
From incorporation & set up, to compliance and equity agreements, legal diligence is critical for mitigating risks, and ensuring your venture’s success. This workshop aims to help you feel confident in all those areas.
Date: 28 April, 9:am to 12:00pm
Location: Sapetro Towers