Addis GTUG community

23 Mar 12 Waking our dormant community – March 31st

Hello everyone,

We have been away for few weeks and the community was a little dormant, but we are now ready to take on bigger challenges. We will start our regular monthly meetings on the first Saturday of every month starting April 7th, please add this to your calendars so you can get ready for it.
Prior to this we want to have a smaller event on the 31st of March. We will be discussing different topics, including but not limited to,
  • Marketing your apps and setting up an Android Market account with GTUGs for free
  • Using offline resources to develop Android applications
  • Setting up lab environments for developers to come test and build their applications with resources provided by GTUGs for free
These are some of the topics we want to discuss and announce, please feel free to add an agenda item by posting it here. If you have presentations you want to show, please let us know before hand.
Thank you

04 Jan 12 Mentoring from top entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley

Dear GTUG Community,

I/OVentures, one of the leading incubators based in Silicon Valley, would like to announce a great challenge for software developers in Ethiopia. I/OVentures has prepared a ‘Coding Test’ which would be sent to you directly from I/OVentures. The test will require approximately two hours of your time and would need to be conducted before January 31, 2012. The top 3 winners will receive mentoring from top entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley including Paul Bragiel (3 start-ups), Jonathan Baudanza (Rupture, Napster) and Samuel Stauffer (2 startups, currently at Twitter). The initial mentoring program will comprise of 4 online sessions over a two month period as well as email access to mentors. Furthermore, the top 3 winners will have the potential to access the founders of companies such as Youtube, Paypal, MySpace, Bittorrent, Facebook etc. That said, GTUG Addis now needs your approval to share your email address with I/OVentures. Please inform us by January 10, 2012 if we can share your email address with I/OVentures. Thanks.

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25 Dec 11 GTUGs are back

Yet another great time at the ICE center with GTUGs on the 24th. Behailu gave a very nice, interesting, and extensive presentation and demo on NoSql particularly on Raven DB. The topic sparked different discussions on general database view and Relational Databases. Another topic discussed was by Abinet on PhoneGap, a framework for developing simple mobile application specially for those who came from a web development background by using basic HTML5, JavaScript and CSS. This framework exposes common device APIs for major smart phones and is a valid framework to use on the respective market places. On top of this framework you can use different JavaScript libraries like jQueryMobile ; a unified user interface system across all popular mobile device platforms, built on the rock-solid jQuery and jQuery UI foundation.

PhoneGap Resources

Their website contains extensive detail on the APIs you can you to utilize the native resources and has coding examples of each API.

PhoneGap website link:

Discussion on different frameworks and view points on PhoneGap:

For developers on eclipse framework use this plugin to build PhoneGap apps.

Using jQuery Mobile on phonegap

jQueryMobile general detail on the framework itself

Details of Raven DB will be posted soon.

you can refer to their official site until we post detail links –

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20 Dec 11 Dec 24th meetup

Dec 24th, we will continue with our GTUG meetings. Please forward this information to as many people as possible.

  • On this meeting we will be outlining our move forward
  • Giving out information on an upcoming yet another great Android challenge
  • Google day Africa coming to Addis and what that means to our community
  • Lab setup for developers topics
  • Other technology community startups information
  • One/two technical discussions on …(topic undecided but will be announced on Thursday 22nd)

We hope to see everyone there as there are many opportunities knocking at our doors looking for the community members in terms of job offers and collaborative works. We are also working on a site that allows us to know who is who among our technical members. Leave us your thoughts.

Meeting will be held at the ICE Addis center 2:00PM, location can be found at this link

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17 Nov 11 New talks coming to you

Hey everyone, the GTUG Addis crew has been a little busy the past few weeks and escaped few meetings. We are back with more plans and heart. First thing to announce is that GTUG will be focusing on lab-like sessions where people will have to participate in the discussions at hand. Topic agendas will be provided online so you can review and come with discussion points and questions. Second, we will have project to work on so people from different lines of experiences  can contribute to good products, we are thinking of mainly software products and mobile apps, but if you have other suggestions please throw them at us. Last but not least, we are working towards creating a lab environment where technology enthusiasts can hack there way. So keep looking at our pages for upcoming discussions notifications, and dont be shy to share your thoughts, after all this is your group :)

07 Feb 11 First meeting outcomes

The first GTUG-Addis meeting had three main targets.

  • One was to introduce the people working around the theme and also get extra hands involved in the making of the community.
  • The other target was to gather different ideas on how to proceed and come up with fresh ideas.
  • The last one was to broadly discuss the different technology areas that the group could commit to discussing and sharing.


Consistent meeting hours – first Saturday of every month from 2:00PM onwards

Consistent meeting place – Good news in this area , iHub has offered us a space in the Lideta Building College – a space to do presentations and do regular meetings

Next Step

It has been decided what the general sense of the upcoming meetings would be like

  • One or Two technical presentations – the first maybe on social media
  • Question and discussion
  • One TED presentation (selected by members, which will be posted on the website in the coming few days)
  • discussion and after-meeting events(if any)

Please feel free to comment on any of these ideas. It would be great to have the opinion of may of our members on the directions of the group

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