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Hi Mufuth! Tell us about yourself
I’m 26 years old, run my own IT business specialising in 3D animation, graphic design and web interactivity. I’ve just set up in business on my own after a string of successful projects with some big businesses like MTN and Tigo.

How did you get to start your own business?
One of my big breaks was when I got an internship working on some 3D engineering and mechanical design projects. It was my first experience of a hard and fast commercial environment – it was tough. It was hard enough to get the job, but even harder to convince the boss to let me produce some marketing material using animated 3D software. He really wasn’t sure at first, but I promised to do something really special in my own time, after work and within a week.

I worked around the clock and slept for only about three hours every day. On the Monday, I presented my hard work and have to admit, expected the management team to be really impressed. They liked my presentation, and promised me a full time job, but that never happened – that was a difficult time, but you just have to carry on, don’t you? I then got really lucky and took a job developing Infomercials.

Sorry, what’s an Infomercial?!
Well, it’s a commercial that gives a point of view also from the sponsor and can be long or short – I do short ones that tell stories about products that businesses like MTN want to sell. They’re all created in digital format and display images that don’t ever exist outside of my laptop. My real area of expertise is doing advertising that is played before and during films at the cinema. These need all the usual graphic design skills, but in 3D and, ability to convert into a format (DCP Packaging) that cinemas can show.





So, what education route did you take to get where you are?
I started off in primary school in Gatsibo, completed secondary school and all I wanted to do was to be a doctor. I worked really hard and even though it wasn’t what I wanted I got a place to study a diploma in Biochemistry. I remember everyone fighting to get on the computers in class; I didn’t understand why! I didn’t get in the queue to use them as I didn’t know how. It was 2003 when I first touched a PC. Someone showed me the Internet Explorer icon and how to get Google and I then taught myself all the basic, but when I found MS Paint, something ‘clicked’ and I was hooked on digital media. I then learned how to use the open source ‘Gimp’, then Photoshop and finally 3D Modeller and Animator.
 
You cannot understand how ecstatic I was to have successfully cut and pasted an image from a background scene.And what happened next? I knew I had a passion for IT and even though Med School was a distant dream, I actually think it was a blessing that I didn’t get a place to study medicine. Things really took off when my sister saved up her first few months’ salary to buy me a Macbook Pro, in 2009. Graphics was always a big thing for me but when I started on 3D programmes, like Blender, then Cinema 4 and now Maya, I knew that was my future.

Where do you hope to be in 5 years?
My dream is be in the credits of the latest 3D movie blockbuster, my inspiration comes from Steven Spielberg. He’s created some of the most amazing films ever pioneering and innovating CGI – computer generated imagery – from Jurassic Park to Shrek.

TSM will be waiting to see Mufuth’s name on the big screen and given his obvious skills, dedication and commitment – everything is possible.

Mufuth Nkurunziza is managing director of Guez show
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BBC MicroOn a recent visit back to England, I read an article on the Raspberry Pi mini computer. I became very, very curious and this is why. In the 1980's I was given a BBC microcomputer, an all-in-one computing device commissioned by the BBC to support IT literacy programmes. It was just a keyboard, with connection to a floppy disc drive and a video output to a CRT monitor. Not much else. But it's beauty was that it got people interested and some confidence about simple programming.

I have a fabulous memory of the day I wrote some code (BBC Basic), hit RUN and in amazement saw the results. I’d actually managed to generate coloured circles in random sizes, positions and 8bit colours on screen – it looped and I sat watching for ages, with more than a little pride.

Thirty years later, I’m sitting at another keyboard, built into a MacbookPro, battery powered (it’s portable!), built-in hi-res screen, a Terabyte of storage, 8Gb RAM, a DVD writer, network card, USB, Thunderbolt interface, accessing the Internet by tethered iPhone, running 6 different programmes, with a Bluetooth mouse! How things have changed in such a short time. [Check out Moore’s Law on the theory of IT growth: Gordon Moore is intel’s co-founder]

Most people have no idea how lucky young people of that era were, with easy access to programming. Until now! Eben and Liz Upton of the Raspberry Pi Foundation are from my generation and in recent years witnessed the decline of accessible technologies to help people learn simple programming. All because the market is saturated with devices that do all that stuff for you - from iPhone to Xbox, Xperia to PS4.

The Raspberry Pi minicomputer is a response to the lack of recreational programming knowledge universities find in new students, a response to a new need for people to 'code'. And it's an astonishing piece of kit for around $20 with sales already over a million, it will output to TV, a computer monitor, full audio, USB and HDMI. It's powered by a mobile phone adapter and has general purpose input output connector and an ethernet port. Memory comes via an SD card, but can be extended through an external hard drive. The list of functionality goes on...and so does its potential to help people learn and prototype endless applications and devices. Here's a link to the Top 10 coolest uses of a Raspberry Pi
RaspberryPi LogoRaspberry Pi is a trademark of the Raspberry Pi Foundation
How powerful is it?
So what’s in the Pi? The Pi is amazing (geek warning, here comes the tech). The GPU provides Open GL ES 2.0, hardware-accelerated OpenVG, and 1080p30 H.264 high-profile decode. The GPU is capable of 1Gpixel/s, 1.5Gtexel/s or 24 GFLOPs of general purpose compute and features a bunch of texture filtering and DMA infrastructure. That is, graphics capabilities are roughly equivalent to Xbox 1 level of performance. Overall real world performance is something like a 300MHz Pentium 2, only with much, much better graphics. So… for the size, it’s mighty stuff.

The Pi computer
Making connections
Back to the article I was reading about the Pi. Initially I thought, ‘I want one!’ Then I thought what a waste, who could really use one? kLab came to mind. kLab's mission is to promote, facilitate and support the development of innovative ICT solutions by nurturing a vivid community of entrepreneurs and mentors. Go here for more.

Twitter – that an amazing comms thing - in seconds I’d made contact with Nic Pottier at kLab and agreed to donate one. Seconds later, I’d ordered one through Amazon; that’s pretty special too if you go back 30 years.

This week I met Claude Migisha, kLab’s General Manager. He’s a cool and casual chap, but a slick professional. I could see straight away this guy’s credentials. “Let’s arrange a competition for the Pi and give it to the winner with the most innovative idea”, he suggested.

WIN WIN WIN with kLab and TSM
And that’s the plan. So as you’re reading this start thinking what you could do with a full Raspberry Pi setup. We need a few weeks to work out how this will work and make sure Minister for ICT and Youth can get involved, but watch this space and check TSM Facebook pages for more details soon.

Claude is the kind of guy who could sell Costa Rica bananas to farmers in Rwamagana – not that I took much convincing. He asked, I said yes and so every Monday afternoon TSM will be offering mentorship at kLab – because the C in ICT is really 'Customer'!

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By Simon Corden
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