Chiratidzo Charakupa

Software Developer • Technology / IT Copywriter

Email: contact@chiratidzocharakupa.co.zw


Hallo!

As you know by now, I'm Chiratidzo Charakupa. I was born and bred in Zimbabwe in a little town called Marondera. I am an Electronics Engineering Graduate from a local University, the Harare Institute of Technology, and I love writing and technology.

As a result, I have two blogs, Practical Electronics where I just go crazy about tech and Maputiatota's Blog where I post material that I aim to inspire, entertain and inform my audience. 

I also have a digital design agency that I gave the name Charakupa Designs. Through this agency, I create fast, high quality and affordable websites, e-books, and presentations for clients. 

I'm a metal head and my current favorites are: Skillet, Arch Enemy and Parkway Drive. Do share your favorite tracks with me if you also like rock music.

Things I'm Good At

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A Few Accomplishments

Here are a few things i'm proud of:

appathon II award team simbiso computer society of zimbabwe chiratidzo charakupa innovator privacy tech geek

Appathon II Award (2021)

Remotely participated in a highly competitive international hackathon organized by the Computer Society of Zimbabwe in collaboration with an innovative, privacy focused American company, the @company.

Learnt bleeding edge technology: flutter, dart and the @protocol in less than a month.

Our team’s unique and innovative solution allowed us to become one of the 9 winning teams out of the scores of international teams that participated.

Currently undergoing a 6 – week remote mentorship in which we will learn agile development, UI/UX and bring our solution to the marketplace.

SeedCo Innovation Challenge First Runner Up, Chiratidzo Charakupa and Steve Tadzoka

SeedCo Innovation Award (2020)

Have a look at an excerpt from The Herald (for the full article, click this link)

SEED Co, in partnership with Boost Fellowship, shelled out over US$2 500 to motivative students who come up with new agricultural concepts.

The First Runner Up position went to the duo of Chiratidzo Charakupa and Steve Tadzoka from the Harare Institute of Technology (HIT), who pocketed US$700.

Chiratidzo Charakupa Institronics Prize for the Best Graduating Student in Embedded Systems Design at the Harare Institute Technology, 2019

Institronics Prize (2019)

I was Awarded the Institronics Prize for the Best Graduating Student in Embedded Systems Design.

Chiratidzo Charakupa Institronics Prize for the Best Graduating Student in Embedded Systems Design at the Harare Institute Technology, 2019

ENACTUS Certificate of Recognition (2017)

I was Awarded a certificate, recognizing my passion, dedication and commitment to using my entrepreneurial spirit to create a better world.

This certificate was given by the organization ENACTUS, which focuses on university students, equipping them with much needed skills such as leadership, entrepreneurship, and digital skills training.

This creates individuals who are team players, have strong leadership potential and use innovation to create sustainable solutions which positively impact their societies and enrich livelihoods.

Recent Projects

@Simbiso (2021)

This is a mobile application developed during a 1 month appathon organized by the Computer Society of Zimbabwe in collaboration with the privacy focused American organization, The @ Company.

This appathon comprised of individuals in the US, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe and we managed to emerge as one of the 9 winning teams out of the scores of international teams that participated.

  • Bleeding Edge: This innovative mobile application was made using the bleeding edge technologies, flutter, dart and the @protocol. All these technologies are relatively new and therefore.
    I had to get up-to speed with the new programming language (dart), learn how the flutter SDK works and get acquainted with the basics of the @protocol all in just a month!
  • International: The hackathon participants comprised of individuals from Zimbabwe, the United States of America and Bangladesh. The judging panel was comprised of seasoned individuals from all over the world
  • Collaboration: Remotely worked hand in hand with an intelligent team member and together, we made a presentation that rocked the virtual stage.

SeedCo Harvest & Seed-Safe System (2020)

This is a desktop application that was designed and developed to help reduce the post-harvest losses that small, medium and large scale farmers encounter due to poor seed storage. This system would enable a smart-future as the farmer would be able to leverage the use of digital technologies to minimize risks associated with seed storage and, thus, maximize revenue.

  • C#: We made use of the powerful object oriented programming language, C# to develop the application.
  • SQL: We used an SQL database to act as a central repository of the data stored.
  • Embedded Systems: Using our knowledge obtained during our period at university, we developed a robust embedded system which had temperature & humidity sensors.
  • Collaboration: Worked hand in hand to bring this project to life with my dear friend and classmate, Steve Tadzoka.

Kreighton School Access Control System (2019)

This is a desktop application that was designed and developed to reduce the inefficiencies currently faced by schools when determining the staff and students present at school at any given period of time

  • C#: We made use of the powerful object oriented programming language, C# to develop the application.
  • SQL: We used an SQL database to act as a central repository of the data stored.
  • RFID: We used RFID cards to enable the student/teacher to get logged in the system when they enter and/or :exit the premises.
  • Made for Zimbabwe: Due to the high costs of mobile data, we designed a solution that is optimized for the local environment. The system would use a LAN to enable communication between the different components in the system without having to access the internet.
  • Collaboration: Worked hand in hand to bring this project to life with my dear friend and classmate, Steve Tadzoka.

Education

Bachelor of Technology (Honours) Degree in Electronic Engineering, Harare Institute of Technology (Class of 2019)

This program covered a wide range of Software, and Hardware Engineering aspects partcularly focusing on designing and developing complex systems which require a seamless integration of hardware and software.

  • Included modules in: Embedded Computer Systems, Intelligent Systems Engineering, Software Engineering, Robotics Technology, Microprocessor Based Systems, Microcontroller Technology and Technopreneurship.
  • 3rd Year Project: Designed and developed a modern storage grain control facility aimed at reducing post harvest losses which account for up to a third of all food produced in Sub-Saharan Africa failing to get to the market place in good condition.
  • Final Year Project: Designed and developed a fire alarm and suppression robot system aimed at addressing the weaknesses of fire alarm and suppression systems curerntly in the market.
    This project was chosen to take part in the prestigious 2019 HIT Technovation Day in which the best projects are chosen to show relevant stakeholders the innovative solutions developed by the HIT students.

Certificate in Higher and Tertiary Education, Harare Institute of Technology (Class of 2019)

This program covered a wide range of curriculum theory design and assessment modules aimed at equipping students with the right skills to become competent facilitators of knowledge transfer.

  • Included modules in: Applied Educational Technology, Curriculum Issues in Higher and Tertiary Education, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and Research and Development Methodologies.

Contact Me

Chiratidzo Charakupa
Software Developer • Technology / IT Copywriter
Email: contact@chiratidzocharakupa.co.zw
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