OCTOBER 31, 2014
MALVERN DONGENI IS A FINAL YEAR ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING STUDENT AT THE NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN ZIMBABWE. MALVERN IS PASSIONATE ABOUT ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT, AND SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT.
1. How did you hear about the bus? What made you want to get on board?
I heard about the Ampion startup bus from a friend (Jabulani Mpofu, co-founder of Saisai and Neolab). I strongly believe in networking especially with people who are in the same field as I am, who are willing to change the world. However, as a tech enthusiastic, I strongly believe this is a life changing opportunity and also a breakthrough for my innovative ideas.
2.What are you hoping to get out of this trip? What are your expectations?
I strongly believe that Ampion startup bus is a life changing opportunity for my life as tech enthusiastic and it will propel me to greatness. I am expecting to interact and to create a working network with people in the tech and business circles, and also to have a chit chat with guys from other startups who have made it to the top.
3. Why will connectivity be so important on the bus?
Internet has become a need in our day-to-day living, so I believe bringing satellite internet to the bus is cool and awesome.
4. What are the three things that motivate you?
Passion and desire to see a change in Africa and the whole world, in terms of technology (reinvent and to invent new things), the love to see technology from a design perspective and vice versa, and the need to create and assemble our own electronic devices in Africa that meets our needs.
5. What’s the most exciting/proudest/interesting thing you’ve done to date?
Currently I am working on career guidance and communication application. As a team we participated on the ITU Telecom World 2014 and we were shortlisted on top 32 ideas.
6. What next? (Do you have any future ventures/ideas/projects you’re working on?)
As for future plans, I am working on the following projects together with my teammate, Tafara Mundere.
1. Wireless electricity on public places.
2. Portable mini computer for education and health sectors.
As a way of obtaining funds for our projects we have resorted to animation and game development.
MALVERN IS PARTICIPATING IN THE AMPION VENTURE BUS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA.