Open Collaboration for African Techies
In the domestically popular suburban slang of Francophone Cameroon, the term “djoss” is often used to describe chatter or small talk. Last week, a few Douala-based Cameroonian techies launched a web application designed specifically for the purpose of chit-chat around television programs – Djoss.tv.
Djoss.tv stands out because it joins the ranks of the daring minority of African projects that are focusing on pop culture and entertainment (Afrinolly, Kmerblagues & Rumors to name a few) as opposed to non-profit or problem-oriented ventures. We caught up with Patrick Ndjientcheu of Djoss.tv to give us a little more insight into the startup.
Location: Douala, Cameroon
Founded: September 2011
Djoss.tv is a platform that lets you check TV programs you’re watching and share your emotions and impressions with your friends and other people watching the same TV program as you.
1. Hervé DJIA, a passionate software developer who built NoBakChich, an android application aiming to provide people with administrative procedures and let them report bribes.
2. Eloge FOKEM, software developer at DotCom, a company building state-of-the-art websites.
3.Kouotou Aboubakar Sidiki aka kasbig, webmaster in a company in Douala and social media passionate.
The inspiration for Djoss.tv
“Well, I used to express my thoughts on Twitter and Facebook while watching games of my favorite team Manchester United. Sometimes, I feel the need to discuss live with other people watching ManU games and also share my joy with my friends when ManU scores. And you know, they score all the time :)
“On Twitter, people used the “#nowwatching” tag. I just thought that it would be great if they can comment on those TV programs without having to use tags and share their comments with anybody watching the program, be them on Twitter or not.”
Djoss.tv was built and launched in two weeks
“Well, I’m a fervent ‘Getting Real‘ practitioner since my first public project: Koutchoumi.com. So, this time, I just wanted to challenge myself to go from concept to implementation in one week… My teammates bought the challenge. It was very exciting. Unfortunately, we failed to deliver after 1 week but we managed to deliver one week later.
I must say I was lucky to find people ready to embrace the ‘Getting Real‘ philosophy so easily. In 1 hour, we agreed on what we were going to build.”
The Djoss.tv team assures us that the “best is yet to come”. They plan to deliver a new feature to Djoss.tv every week and so far are delivering on that promise. With the announcement of the results for the 2011 Cameroon presidential elections, there’s going to be a lot of Djossing today. The Djoss.tv team were early applicants to ActivSpaces Douala; follow @djosstv on Twitter to keep up with the project’s progress.
This blog is a resource for news, project updates, member profiles and community events at ActivSpaces, an open collaboration space, innovation hub and startup incubator for African techies. Based in Buea, Cameroon.