Facebook is having its first FbStart event in Africa on 15 November at AfricaCom 2016 in Cape Town.
FbStart is a global programme designed to help mobile start-ups build and grow their businesses. The event is part of Facebook’s FbStart world tour, which is a global event series connecting Facebook product experts and engineers with local developer communities.
The FbStart programme gives start-ups access to year-round support from Facebook product experts, an exclusive community of global start-ups and free tools and services from premier partners like Amazon, Dropbox, and Stripe.
To date, around 300 African start-ups have enrolled in FbStart, up from around 100 members two years ago.
“Being part of the FbStart programme was one of the best things that happened when we started Tress,” says Priscilla Hazel, co-founder at Tress, a community of black women from around the world who share and discover new hairstyles. “We were able to focus on building a great product, keep our expenses low and have access to great products that are complementary to Tress. We are still benefiting.”
Tress’s founders applied for FbStart while they were students at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST). With no budget to spend, they benefitted from free credits for tools and products such as Parse, MailChimp, UserTesting, TwinPrime, and Facebook ads.
“Having access to these tools really helped us bootstrap and use awesome tools at no cost to us when we first started out,” says Hazel.
This free half-day event is an opportunity for developers in the Cape Town community to come together and meet with the Facebook team, industry experts, and other start-ups to learn from one another. It will cover new products from Facebook, dive deeper into the existing ones, and discuss real-life case studies and best practices.
To attend the FbStart event in Cape Town, RSVP at https://fbstartcapetown2016.splashthat.com/2016
Win a Poster Heater with Gadget and Takealot.com
This winter Gadget and Takealot.com are giving away three Poster Heaters, which look like posters but become heaters when you plug them in.
Three Gadget readers will each win a unit, valued at R550 each. To enter, follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter and tell us on the @GadgetZA account how many Watts the heater consumes.
What’s the big deal about these heaters? Many of us are struggling to keep the balance between soaring electricity costs and the need to keep warm this winter.
However, the recently launched Poster Heater by EasyHeat and distributed in South Africa by Takealot.com is not only one of the most cost effective electric heaters currently on the market, it is also easy to setup and use.
As the name indicates, it is a poster similar to one you would hang on a wall. But, plug it in and it turns into a 300 Watt heater. The Poster Heater isn’t designed to heat hallways or large rooms, but rather smaller ones like a bedroom or a baby’s nursery or a dressing room.
It uses radiant heating, which means that it heats up in a couple of minutes and the heat is directed at the objects or people around it, quickly taking the chill out of the air and providing a comfortable ambient temperature.
The other advantage of radiant heating is that it doesn’t dry out the air like infrared or gas heaters. Users also don’t have to worry about their children or pets getting too close to it because, even though it gets hot, it can be touched.
To enter the competition follow the steps below:
Competition entry details:
3. The competition closes on 31 July 2018.
4. Winners will be notified via Twitter on 1 August and Takealot.com will be in touch to organise delivery.
5. The competition is only open to South African residents.
Happy Emoji Day! Here’s 10 reasons to be cheerful
First created by Shigetaka Kurita in 1999, the emoji has become a huge part of everyday communication. Whether you love them or hate them, flying dollar bills, applauding hands and rolling eyes are here to stay.
Scientist suggest that the use of emojis will help us gain the same satisfaction from digital interactions as we enjoy from personal contact.
Almost two decades later, and we have over 2600 unique emojis to perfectly express what we feel, thank you Mr Kurita! Join HMD, the home of Nokia phones as we celebrate World Emoji Day on the 17th of July with these interesting emoji facts:
The most popular emoji used is “Person Shrugging”
1. The Nokia 3310 was chosen as one of the first 3 “National” emojis for Finland… it represents unbreakable!
2. South Africa’s favourite emoji is the “Kiss and wink”… how sweet SA!
3. French is the only language where a ‘smiley’ does not top the list for its use
4. On average, over 60 billion emojis are sent on Facebook every day
5. For the first time ever, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year was a pictograph! The “Face with Tears of Joy” was crowned word of the year in 2015
6. According to Emojipedia, some of the most requested emoji’s include afro, a bagel and hands making a heart
7. To include all races, a diversity pack was released in 2017
8. It has become so trendy that the Museum of Modern Art displays the original emoji collection on canvas
9. In 2009, Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick was completely translated into emoji’s