Earlier in the day we announced Apps Africa, a competition for app developers across Africa. Also, today in Uganda, Appfrica Labs in partnership with Project Diaspora, UConnect, and Node Six are also announcing the Hive collaborative workspace in Uganda!
Hive Colab is a collaborative, community owned, open work environment for young tech entrepreneurs looking to focus on projects, to access the computing resources and bandwidth, have a quiet professional environment to develop their ideas in, and to generally collaborate with each other. Something very similar to what our friends are doing with the outstanding iHub in Nairobi.
It will be a space for nascent application developers to register as freelancers, if they are looking for paying projects that people need to be done around the world; a list of projects and clients available through the pan-African consortium of incubators, AfriLabs. Participant projects will remain wholly owned by their creators, although there there will be access to a network of investors looking to cherry pick some of the more promising ideas for investment, also through AfriLabs. AfriLabs is a loose consortium consisting of the iHub & iLab in Kenya, Appfrica Labs here in Uganda, and Limbe Labs in Cameroon.
The only requirement to membership to the Hive, is that applicants actually be working on projects, and thereafter they must be able to show progress on their ideas to retain membership. This is to keep energy high and to favour people who remain productive. There will be other types of memberships available to be announced soon. For companies or individuals who occasionally need space to host events and trainings relevant to our mission, we are happy to offer the Hive as an open venue. All applications to use the space will be approved by the board.
Our vision is to establish the first Hive at the present location, and eventually expand by opening other Hives in different parts of Kampala to make them convenient locations for many.
It is important that the Hive operate independent of any contributing stakeholders, so that it is not any one person’s or group’s property. Thus, all decisions are made by a community board which currently consists of Teddy Ruge (Project Diaspora), Daniel Stern (UConnect), Solomon King (NodeSix) and Jon Gosier (Appfrica Labs) and more (to be announced soon).