Computer Society of Zimbabwe to host a Bulawayo Business Conference

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The other time, I flagged on how tech events have lower attendance compared to other “unproductive” events, which is a cause for concern considering how tech is pivotal at both the individual and country level economically. Anyway, I won’t dwell much on that since the issue was already articulated in that article. So instead, I have made it my personal business to inform the general public of any tech related seminar, workshop etc. taking place in Zimbabwe, paying particular attention to Bulawayo for obvious reasons. So here goes…

The Computer Society of Zimbabwe (CSZ) is hosting the Bulawayo Chapter Business Conference on the 27th of April 2017 under the theme “App development and programming in business for sustainable development – ICT as an enabling tool”. The Conference is being held at the Bulawayo Rainbow Hotel and will be running from 0830hrs to 1600hrs. A total of 8 speakers from different but collaborating fields will be present for the event to deliberate on the stipulated topics.

The registration fee, inclusive of meals and conference materials is US$50 which is an okay price for those who are already established in business but no so much for the newly established startups – especially for a one day conference. Unless of course, everyone is not as broke or better still, it proves to be a worthy investment.


Topics to be discussed vary from programming, image branding to revenue generation through the use of the different technologies under discussion. A particular topic that caught my attention was the one on Assistive Technologies in the education of those with learning disabilities.

Quite often, to the best of my knowledge that is, tech discussions or provisions for people with learning disabilities are limited to the groups with the learning disabilities themselves, which in my opinion sends out a wrong signal. People with learning disabilities are not a stand-alone group, therefore, their challenges should also be addressed on these general seminars or conferences and as such, I commend the CSZ for acknowledging that.

To get more information on the event, please visit otherwise, below is just a rundown of the topics to be discussed:

  • Financial viability of App and mobile development. Turning your App into revenue
  • Marketing your App and getting noticed the right way
  • Social inclusion and Assistive Technologies
  • CSZ-SDC – Presentation of a Programming Tool for beginners
  • Panel discussion on personal branding
  • Assistive Technologies in the education of those with learning disabilities
About Bulawayo

Bulawayo is Zimbabwe’s second largest city. Its location was selected by the last Matebele king, King lobengula. Bulawayo used to be one of the country’s most attractive cities and a major transport hub for Southern Africa until Zimbabwe entered a period of economic depression in the early 00s. The name Bulawayo is loosely translated ‘the place of slaughter’ or ‘the place of killing’, which is derived from the Ndebele word ‘bulala’ meaning ‘kill’. Read More

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