Insaka with Sipho Phiri, Chairman at western power company limited | Tuesdays 25th of March

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BongoHive is pleased to host Sipho Phiri, Chairman at western power company limited, at this month’s Insaka on Tuesday 25th  from 05:45 pm to 19:30 pm. Register now to attend this exciting event.


Sipho is a banker by profession and has extensive Corporate Finance, Transaction Advisory and Corporate Turnaround experience. Having left the consulting and finance world in 2006 to pursue his own business interests he has subsequently become an Infrastructure Developer, utilising his skills in both Corporate Finance and Banking to establish specialised Property Development companies and a Hydroelectricity Generation project.


Sipho has had extensive banking experience in both Corporate Banking at both the operational and senior management level. His corporate banking experience has been obtained as a result of having worked for various financial institutions in Europe, Asia and Africa. He has an in-depth understanding of risk analysis and the factors that drive businesses at both a micro and macro level.  He has been involved in structuring large and complex loan packages for private sector corporates and financial institutions. Sipho has also been involved in establishing the operational parameters of these facilities and has worked closely with large bilateral and multilateral financial institutions such as the European Investment Bank, PROPARCO, Norfund, CDC, International Finance Corporation and the World Bank. Read more

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Tech Talk with Christopher Fabian: Director – UNICEF Innovation Unit

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On Tuesday 18 March 2014 at 17:45hrs, BongoHive will host Christopher Fabian, a technologist and mobile designer who runs UNICEF‘s Innovation Unit, along with Erica Kochi. He is best known for his work on tools for children and communities in low-infrastructure environments, including Digital Drum and RapidSMS.

In 2013, he was selected by Time Magazine to be on the Time 100 list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Life and work

Fabian studied philosophy at the American University in Cairo and at Trinity College in Dublin.

He talks frequently about south-to-north innovation, and developed a “Design for UNICEF” course which he taught at New York University (co-taught with Clay Shirky) and Columbia University.

Some of his work and research is into education technology. He and Kochi wrote a chapter on “Using Mobile Technology to Unite (for) Children” in the 2009 book Mobile Technology for Children.

Innovation Unit

The Innovation Unit, which Fabian co-founded in 2007, has developed a number of large scale open source tools for improving basic health and communication in low-infrastructure regions.

RapidSMS was used to register 7 million births in Nigeria, and u-Report gave 190,000 Ugandans a way to directly comment on national policy. Programme Mwana, in Zambia, helps improve the work of community health workers with real-time data.

To attend, please register here.

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Afrimakers Zambia

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imagesOn Sunday 23rd February 2014 BongoHive was pleased to receive Stefania Druga from the Afrimakers project, she is also the founder of HackiDemia (a global network that designs workshops and kits enabling kids to use curiosity, play, and empathy to solve global challenges.).


Stefania arrived in Lusaka, Zambia to assist with the delivery of a series Afrimaker workshops. Afrimakers wanted to kickstart maker workshops focused on local challenges in 10 hubs around Africa who asked her to go and train them to work with young people (Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Zambia, Ghana, Nigeria, Egypt, and more).


The Afrimakers workshops ran from 24th February till Saturday 1st March 2014. As hosts BongoHive provided the space for mentors to be trained throughout the week by Stefania. Mentors were trained to assist with spreading latest technologies among 7 – 16 year olds in Zambia and ِAfrica. The training workshops covered Arduino & Raspberry Pi programming as well as some electronics basics.

Once the mentors had been trained they travelled to Lusaka Secondary School, University of Zambia, school of engineering and Rhodes Park Primary School. Students at Lusaka Secondary School and Rhodes Park Primary School (aged 12 – 17).

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