Software Developers In Ethiopia

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A lot of people often tend to ask me questions about the tech ecosystem in Ethiopia. Such as “How does the tech echo system look like?”, “Are there good software developers in Ethiopia?”, “What technologies do you use?”, “Will I be able to start a business in Addis Ababa in software development and become successful?”…

I may not have the shortest answer to all those questions but YES! I am confident to say that there are astonishing software developers in Addis Ababa and Ethiopia as well. 

Addis Software has come a long way from its beginnings in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. When the company first started, we wanted to closely work with software developers in Addis Ababa by providing opportunities, such as projects, internet access, working spaces, and communication. 

For starters like us, the outcome was surprising. We learned a lot in the process and it turned out great. 

Software Developers Potential? 

Back when I was in college studying Software Engineering, there were around 30 public universities. However, only a few them offered Software Engineering as a major. Ethiopia has now 43 public universities. Can you imagine how big the potential generated from these institutions every year? 

There are also some private colleges and universities that only give Computer Science and Software Engineering fields.

Not to forget self-taught software developers in Ethiopia, who for me are the best of all. There are plenty of self-thought software developers.

There are also incubation hubs that work hard to assist developers and entrepreneurs with innovative ideas both financially and ideally. 

The potential is what motivates us to work hard. Working with enthusiast developers, always learning something new and growing together. We are working hard on building an open and transparent culture where everyone feels comfortable to ask questions and learn from each other.

Are there things to do?

This may be a huge topic to be discussed on another blog. To shortly address what I have observed on my little journey, even though there is a vast number of graduating enthusiast software developers every year and the sector is growing very rapidly, there are still numerous works to be done in the IT Sector. 

For example, according to statistics, Ethiopia’s 79.24 % of the population lives in rural areas. Agriculture holds the majority of the population. Unless we support this sector with technology, Ethiopia’s growth will be very reluctant. 

We have to formulate ways to involve technologies, such as GPS technology, AI and other technologies to be more productive and efficient.  

Another area that has not been touched is an online payment system. I assume many factors are out there holding the government back from not having an online payment system yet.

Whatever the reason is, and when the government is ready who is going to develop those systems? If software development companies like Addis Software and others in collaboration don’t?

Government offices are other huge sectors that need to be digitalized very soon. This will reduce corruption, save time and foster growth of a country.

There are many sectors I did not mention above where one can start a an IT business in Ethiopia. I see it as an opportunity and of course lucky to be impactful.

All in all, 

Our passion for forging the best communication between our team to sharpening the essence of what the developer community can ultimately accomplish is what drove us to take serious actions, which gave us and our team the momentum to turn hard work, passion, and inspiration into to credited software solutions we develop now. 

Addis Software is home to software developers, a place to learn, grow and expand creativity. Many More Software development companies are also needed to foster the growth of our country.