Yali Profile : Computer science student pushes for more local innovations

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Tech entrepreneur and computer science student Martin Ndlovu fuses his passion for technology and entrepreneurship to create innovations that will revolutionize the tech world.

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Martin is among the 30 Zimbabweans selected to participate in the Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF), which brings together 500 young African leaders for a six-week fellowship in the United States of America.

During his fellowship, Martin will be based at the University of Nevada in Los Angeles where he “hopes to network as much as possible while forming synergies that will outlast the six weeks spent in the States.”

Martin is the founder and operations manager at Sky Hub, a technology and innovation hub with a focus on tech based startups. His vision is to “revive his once thriving industrial city of Bulawayo by fostering a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in its many unemployed youth.”

No stranger to start-ups Martin was the sales and marketing lead at Saisai Wireless, a startup working on offering “free” WiFi for the public, by deploying hotspots in public transportation. Martin helped Saisai win the SWELL innovation award at Demo Africa 2014 in Lagos, Nigeria where he co-presented.

Currently he is the product manager of Advertifi, an over the top service of Saisai that allows business owners to advertise over their public WiFi networks. Upon his return from the fellowship, Martin hopes to implement best practices and knowledge gained to improve Skyhub. He also hopes to share that knowledge with the many entrepreneurs he works and set up a Rapid prototyping lab for the hardware startups in Bulawayo.

Martin is currently a final year, undergraduate Computer Science, honors degree student at the National University of Science and Technology in Zimbabwe.

You can follow his MWF experience on twitter @martinmoz