Map of African Tech Hubs and Hackerspaces

Map of African Tech Hubs and Hackerspaces
ActivSpaces in Cameroon, an "open collaboration space, innovation hub, and startup incubator."

Crowdmap was originally designed as a platform to crowd-source “crisis information,” such as civilian deaths in recent African and Middle Eastern uprisings. BongoHive, a non-profit company based in Lusaka, Zambia, has extended the capability of Crowdmap and have started sourcing location and information on technology hubs, university labs, business incubators, and hackerspaces throughout the African continent. They’re placing these on this map. Begun earlier this month, over 30 sites have already been added to their database, including the Cairo Hackerspace (Egypt), Hive Colab (Uganda), and ActivSpaces (Cameroon, pictured above). A little shy of their target goal of 50 for the month, I look forward to seeing this list and map grow, to include all sectors of inclusive technology in Africa!

click the map to interact with Crowd Map's Hubs in Africa

[via Vice Motherboard]

12 thoughts on “Map of African Tech Hubs and Hackerspaces

  1. Poet says:

    What no hacker space in Libya? Seems like a natural place for one.

    1. Nick Normal says:

      Just because it’s not on the map, doesn’t mean it’s not there in real life – they’re averaging 2-3 sites per day since they began earlier this month, so check back soon!

  2. Tweets in the (micro) lusophone tech scene in Africa « menina do javali “;;” says:

    […] countries is inevitably smaller due to structural and historical differences.) I was heartened by the recent initiative to map African tech hubs – but much more is to be done to highlight and nurture smaller-scale […]

  3. Twits da cena (micro) das TICs – África lusófona « menina do javali “;;” says:

    […] é inevitavelmente menor devido a diferenças históricas e estruturais.) Fiquei entusiasmada com a iniciativa de mapear os hubs (núcleos) de tecnologia em África – mas falta fazer muito mais para destacar e alimentar inovação nestas escalas […]

  4. Jonathan Marks says:

    Hi Nick, Thanks for reporting about this great initative. Have you also seen which is a brilliant use of mapping software, taking Ushahidi to a next level and hopefully saving lives in Congo as a result.

    1. Nick Normal says:

      Thanks Jonathan – great site and use of Ushahidi software. So sad we need crisis tracking, alas, I’m glad it’s available to all.

Comments are closed.

Discuss this article with the rest of the community on our Discord server!

I'm an artist & maker. A lifelong biblioholic, and advocate for all-things geekathon. Home is Long Island City, Queens, which I consider the greatest place on Earth. 5-year former Resident of Flux Factory, co-organizer for World Maker Faire (NYC), and blogger all over the net. Howdy!

View more articles by Nick Normal
Maker Faire Bay Area 2023 - Mare Island, CA

Escape to an island of imagination + innovation as Maker Faire Bay Area returns for its 15th iteration!

Buy Tickets today! SAVE 15% and lock-in your preferred date(s).