Have you heard of the term Tech tourism? No?
Well, Tech Tourism is a relatively new craze in Africa. With the existence Tech giants companies like Google, Microsoft, IBM, Tesla, Facebook and others today, there is a growing interest amongst people to see what these companies are all about. People are fascinated by the stories of these establishments, their operations and their innovations. This has resulted in the new craze for Tech tourism.
Tech tourism was, however, an alien term to most people till Mark Zuckerberg came to Lagos, Nigeria last August. His visit created so much buzz and more exciting was the fact that he came like a thief in the night. He visited Tech hubs like CCHub and Andela.
“I’m meeting with developers and entrepreneurs, and learning about the start-up ecosystem in Nigeria. The energy here is amazing and I’m excited to learn as much as I can.” Mark Zukerberg was reported to have said.
A lot of people are not aware of the fact that the tech space in Nigeria extends to the South-South and the Sout-East. Let’s take you on a quick tour of the top tech hubs and tech groups you absolutely have to check out if you’re ever in Port-Harcourt City.
1. Ken Saro-Wiwa Innovation Hub
The Ken Saro-Wiwa Innovation Hub is a space specializing in Technology in Port Harcourt that provides resources for creatives and entrepreneurs in the Niger Delta. The vision of the Innovation Hub is to champion and contribute to the development of a sustainable Tech Ecosystem in the Niger Delta. Like most other tech hubs KSW offers Tech Training’s and Meetups, Incubation Program, Co-working Space and Community.
Address: 24 Aggrey Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.
Rudigo runs a training program similar to that of Andela. They take in young, smart folks with no current engagement, train and equip them to become professional web and mobile app developers; and then connect them to freelance development jobs.
Address: No. 200 Uniport road, Choba.
3. Olotu Square
Launched in 2016, OlotuSquare could be reckoned as the very first functional incubation hub — which also doubles as a coworking space — in Port Harcourt. According to the founder, Bruce Lucas, the hub is to pioneer and groom the emerging tech ecosystem in the city. Olotu square offers Developer Outsourcing, Co-working space and rich training.
Address: 1 Khana Street, D/Line, PortHarcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
4. KoWork Ng
KoWorkNg offers an amazing co-working space, as the name implies. They have the perfect work ambience for tech startups and people to brainstorm and collaborates
Address: 77 Evo road, Port harcourt, Rivers State.