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Inspiring ICDL Candidates: Daniel Goncalves, Zimbabwe

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Daniel Goncalves - the creator of 'Tymzchat', Zimbabwe’s answer to Facebook.

In 2013, Daniel Goncalves, a 16-year-old student at Lomagundi College in Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe, created an alternative to Facebook targeted at people in Africa called Tymzchat.

Daniel first became interested in computers and technology from a very young age due to his father’s influence, an electronic engineer and programmer.

Daniel had gained hands on computer experience under his father’s watchful eye and was introduced to ICDL when he was in Form 2 in Lomagundi College.

“I guess I became interested in the subject as I was good at it”, says Daniel who completed his ICDL at the end of Form 3 and would recommend it to other students.

His idea for Tymzchat developed when he saw how social networks such as Facebook and WhatsApp had become such a central part of people lives. He wanted to create his own version to be used by people in Africa.

Daniel went about developing the site, at first, as a bit of fun. However, he soon realised that Tymzchat had the potential to become a significant platform.

Daniel has faced various challenges along the way and enlisted the help of others to secure the site from hackers. His greatest reward of creating a social network unique to the region, was that he felt he was doing something for Zimbabwe and Africa.

Daniel is currently developing an application for Tymzchat and is working on the integration of online payments into the platform. He hopes to expand outside of Zimbabwe, although he realises he will need more help to achieve his goals.

Daniel’s advice for other aspiring ICT innovators and entrepreneurs such as himself is that, ‘no matter what people say, continue to strive and make your dreams a reality’.

Daniel actively encourages people his age to engage in ICT and to develop their skills in this continuously expanding area.

Daniel believes upgrading your ICT skills can offer ‘unlimited possibilities’. Given Daniel’s current achievements, we’re taking his advice!

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