Technologists are by nature innovators and it’s this mentality of innovation that is driving Hypercube Hub in Belgravia. The Hub is essentially ‘a house’ and, as are most houses in affluent suburbs in Harare, it’s actually a very nice house. With the property taken out on a long lease in November last year, Hypercube has been created as a space for interested individuals to get together and drive technology forward or learn about it.
Board member Rinesh Desai describes the space in a way that also describes Hypercube’s vision: “A hypercube is a cube that has been projected into four or more dimensions. The four dimensions of tech are: co-working, co-innovation, co-learning and community.”
To mirror these dimensions, the house will be split into four spaces made up of a room or two each. There’ll be a co-working space where business incubation will happen, a co-innovation space for hardware projects, prototyping, inventing and building, a co-learning space which will be dedicated to education, whether learning to code or to start up a business, and a community space, a more relaxed place where people can simply mingle and chat.
What does this mean for Harare? Operation manager Taps Murove put it this way: “It’s about bringing the tech community together in Harare and starting to share ideas and collaborate.” Indeed the Hub has the potential to be a great place for technologists to meet each other and share ideas.
On the net, Hypercube Hub already has a good following on Twitter (600) and Facebook (475). In its physical space, the Hub is hosting successful sponsored events, which have pulled in numbers up to 300 a time. They are truly embracing technology and plan to stream such events online around the country and the world.
There is some nitty gritty involved. Hypercube has secured some funding from the US Embassy, Hivos and Indigo Trust but a key point is that there will be a paid membership system. Hypercube are convinced that they will be able to cater for all walks of life. They plan to open up for memberships in the next couple of months. Murove insists it’s all about accountability from the side of the Hub and its members. This should ensure the space is used in the best possible manner. Experience shows that if something is completely free it opens it up to abuse.
Their vision is an important one for technology in Harare and Zimbabwe generally. Deputy chairman Munya Chiura expounded on this by emphasising that the Hypercube Hub does have a mandate to engage with the community and women especially. Technology brings people together and Hypercube Hub should become a place in Harare where technologists and those willing to break the mould can come and see what it’s all about.
To get in touch email irene.chikumbo @hypercubehub.co or find Hypercube Hub on Twitter and Facebook.