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The Nigerian Women Techsters Initiative is an experiential learning program by Tech4Dev and funded by Microsoft in partnership with of the Office of theFirst Lady and the Ministry of Women Affairs. Looking to train 2400 women across 12 states in Nigeria, Tech4Dev aims to build digital literacy especially coding and analytical skills in young women. The initiative (which will run for 12 weeks in each state) exposes women to available employment and entrepreneurship opportunities within the technology space. Young women between the ages of 18 – 40 across 12 states in Nigeria namely; Ondo, Ekiti, Ogun, Imo, Anambra, Akwa-Ibom, Edo, Kogi, Kwara, Kano, Kebbi, and Taraba states will be given the opportunity to learn Information & Communication Technology skills and techniques with the focus on bridging the digital gap between male and female persons within the Nigerian technology ecosystem.
The initiative aims to increase the number of young women who are actively involved in STEM fields by helping them choose a career in technology. This will ensure that the knowledge gap is bridged in underserved communities resulting in healthy enterprises capable of improving the national GDP over the next 3 years.
Tech4dev is a non-profit social enterprise that helps to solve the world’s greatest problems using technology with primary focus on primary health, education and civic engagement.
The training would involve both online and offline sessions. The online training will be done within the week with the trainees taking courses on business modules while the offline training will have seasoned facilitators physically take the trainees through the curriculums for the three tracks namely; Web and Mobile Application Development, Games Development and Embedded Systems; periodically once a week over a 12 weeks period.
At the end of the 12 weeks program in each state, other side events will also take place which includes; a Hackathon, a Demo Day and an Open Workshop.
The African Girls in Science and Technology Initiative (Afro-Tech Girls) organised a three day Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Summer Camp on Renewable Energy, Coding and Robotics for girls in Secondary Schools.
This initiative is one of Afro-Tech Girls programmes established to empower girls through STEM education and increase participation of African girls in STEM. The event took place from Tuesday 8th to Thursday 10th of August 2017 at the Greenwood House School, Ikoyi, Lagos Nigeria.
The summer camp began with an introductory lecture on Renewable Energy with a focus on solar energy and sizing solar power systems. The girls were taken through a practical session on the process of installing a solar panel with an Inverter, and given the stepwise process of connecting the battery, charge controller, and light bulb to generate electricity. The session was very interactive as the girls demonstrated their skills during the installation process and were able to successfully test the solar electricity generated using a bulb and a mobile phone.
The day continued with a chat session with Ms. Yewande Odumosu, a project manager by profession. She encouraged the girls to follow their dream paths and become whatever they want to be in life. She also urged them not to be discouraged as they face setbacks in their daily activities.
The second day of the STEM summer camp evolved into a training on “Coding” from WAAW Foundation. The First session was taken by Ms. Susan Ofeimun. She taught the girls how to program using the “Arduino software”. The girls were able to connect the arduino board and also tell the board what to do by sending a set of instructions to the micro controller. The arduino boards are able to read inputs like lights on sensor – a finger on a button is converted into an output by activating a motor or switching on a Light-Emitting Diode (LED) followed by publishing the result online. Mr. Jonah Onah took the second session. He lectured the girls on the basis of using a “Scratch” to create interactive stories, animations and games. This session was very educative as the girls enjoyed every step of the session.
The camp followed up with an interactive session with Mrs. Foluso Gbadamosi, co-founder 8191 solutions, which encouraged the girls to think outside the box and be innovative with problem solving in their daily lives. During the chat session, a question and answer session was held, and prizes were given by Mrs. Gbadamosi, to girls who were able to explore their Intelligence Quotient (IQ) to solve problems and creatively proffered solutions to everyday life challenges in the areas of science and technology. The winners were Omodara Bali and Oyindamola Willoughby.
The final day was superlative as it climaxed with highly educative, fun-filled and capacity building activities. The young girls were taken through trainings on Robotics from Dhack Institute. The girls were taught the basics of robotics. A practical session was also conducted to show how to connect a robot, to view its response to sound and light. Also, a programming session was done to teach the girls how to move the robot based on the time that was set using a computer. It was a fun filled day as the girls learnt how to fly drones.
The Managing Director, Uber Nigeria, Mrs. Maria Rotilu sparked up the atmosphere by sharing her experience with technology and encouraged them to be self-confident and not to see situations as difficult but rather, as an interesting challenge. She believes that technology is not meant for only the male gender, but for all genders. She added that more girls must be encouraged to participate in science and technology in order to create a better world for humanity.
Also present at the camp to motivate the young girls was Mrs. Tolu Owokade, an engineer at Main One Cable Company. She inspired, motivated and educated the young girls on the qualities of a leader and the need for women to get into the role where they can speak and lead to make impact in the society. Ms. Glory Edozien, founder Inspired by Glory Academy, facilitated the last chat session of the camp. She taught the young girls presentation skills and methods on how to be to be self-confident.
The camp rounded off with group pictures taken with the girls, co- founders of Afro-Tech Girls and volunteers. Certificates of participation were also given to all STEM Summer Camp participants.
We would like to say a big thank you to our partners and sponsors of this event; Mrs. Ekua Abudu of Greenwood House School, Ikoyi, Alpha and Jam Nigeria, Dhack Institute, Mrs. Foluso Gbadamosi, Mrs Maria Rotilu, Ms. Yewande Odumosu, Mrs. Yewande Olagbende of Energy Academy Limited, Mr. Gbonjusola Akingbade, Mr. Olumide Doherty, Ms. Glory Edozien of Inspired by Glory Academy, Mrs Tolu Owokade, Ms. Osheho Toweh, WAAW Foundation, Instabooth Studios and Firewood Rice Limited.
Is your dream to be a Linux certified administrator? TechPlus can make this happen for you in 2017. In partnership with Virtual Nigeria, the only certified Red Hat training centre in West Africa, your dream can become a reality. At no cost you will undertake the Red Hat system administration 1 (RH 124) course during the July 6-8 event at the Landmark Event centre in Victoria Island.
By registering to attend TechPlus 2017 and meeting the necessary criteria you can qualify and earn the certificate at the end of the training. IT professionals without previous Linux experience will be taught ‘survival skills’ as it concentrates on core administration tasks. There are limited slots available to enable the facilitators give the required attention to selected students over the course duration.
Jump right in and register right away to secure your place for the certificate that will take you to another level in your profession. Tell a friend and spread the news that TechPlus is poised to help make dreams a reality by adding tremendous value this July. See training details below.
Red Hat System Administration I provides a foundation for students wishing to become full-time Linux system administrators by introducing key command line concepts and other enterprise-level tools. These concepts are further developed in the follow-on course, Red Hat System Administration II (RH134).
Course content summary
Introduction to the command line
Managing physical storage
Learning how to install and configure software components and services
Establishing network connections and firewall access
Monitoring and managing processes
Managing and securing files
Administrating users and groups
Accessing Linux file systems
Installing and using virtualized systems
Reviewing the system log files and journal
Audience for this course
IT professionals across a broad range of disciplines who need to perform essential Linux administration tasks including installation, establishing network connectivity, managing physical storage, and basic security administration.
The biggest technology event is back and is bigger than ever this year! The Techplus 2017 theme is An Intelligent Future: From Connectivity to Digital Immersion and promises all lovers of tech an exciting time for its three day duration. From July 6 to 8, the Landmark Event Centre in Victoria Island will be bursting at the seams with all things technology.
When we say all things tech, we mean ALL…from industry captains, thought leaders, experts, enthusiasts, geeks, followers, lovers and the curious. We had you on our mind when we conceived this edition and we promise that there’s something for everybody. Enterprises, start-ups, women, media, financial services, development and even the government have been included. The global technology ecosystem will be represented as well as what the African continent has to offer.
The line up of speakers are founders, innovators, experts and leaders in technology and includes Silas Adekunle, Bukola Sawyerr-Izeogu, Chioma Agwuegbo, Abiodun Johnson and many more. They will share on ideas, policies and the development taking place in the technological space at the local, national and international levels.
The theme will delve into several aspects that include AI, AR, workforce automation, digital disruption and the internet of things. We will catch a glimpse of how some of these advanced technologies are being applied in everyday use at school, work and home. We make bold to say you will discover that science fiction is no longer a genre in Hollywood but is closer than you imagined and right at your fingertips.
Get ready to learn some things you did not know, rediscover and plunge into deeper realities but also have some fun! In this regards we have planned for the kids to participate in this year’s conference too. Like we all know technology also plays a huge part in entertainment and gaming is a big part of the pie. The gaming culture has a growing audience on the African continent and once again gamers will demonstrate their skills as they compete for mouth-watering prizes.
Techplus 2017 promises to be exciting and it’s just a few weeks away. We started early so that you don’t miss out on any aspect of this awesome event. Save the date and get ready to connect, interact, engage and collaborate on all things tech.
In line with its goal of remaining a key driver to technology in Nigeria and transforming business practices and technology development across the economy, this year’s TechPlus Conference will focus remarkably on deepening the growth of startups in the country.
According to a statement released by the organizers, experienced professionals will be brought in to share on ways and methods to make Startups stand out, and how best to optimize the local ecosystem to get to the next level.
Apart from empowering Startups, other tracks on offer during the 2017 conference include Women in Tech, Tech Money, Tech for Development, C-suite, Content, Media and Marketing, Tech Kids, e-Sports and Tech Meets Life. Thought leaders in all these fields would be invited to share about developments and applications in their various sectors.
Some of the issues that speakers during the Women in Tech session will address include mentorship, promoting gender balance in technology and women empowerment.
Tech Kids will investigate the impact of devices and their technologies on families as well as parenting best practices in this new digital era. The e-Sports track seeks to explain how the rise of gaming has become infused into society and continues to evolve worldwide.
At the Tech Meets Life stream, the prevalence of technology and how it affects everyday life in health, agriculture, personal security etc. will be dissected. At Tech Money, the evolution of payment solutions and human behavior as it interfaces with digital payments are topics to anticipate. Whilst the Tech in Development will aim to dissect through a different lens, how existing technology can be used to achieve the required advancement.
The faculty for the Content, Media and Marketing through presentations will show how boundaries have blurred and will continue to do so when it comes to marketing, content and technology. C-suite tracks are geared to speak to business heads, assisting them with how to deploy and leverage tech to achieve market leadership and shape the future.
Participants are signing up in large numbers to attend different sessions as they demonstrate readiness to learn and create opportunities for personal growth to enrich and ‘energize’ their dreams. Panel discussions, speakers and vigorous interaction await each participant at any track of their choice.
TechPlus, an annual gathering of everything technology is a unique platform that provides a robust tripartite tech experience through its conferences, exhibitions and gaming structures whilst serving as a nexus for knowledge sharing and networking for consumers and businesses.
Meet Pari, the internet-connected cuddly pal that allows you to hug loved ones from anywhere in the world. Parihug combines virtual and emotional experiences to bring the human touch back to digital communication.
In 2015 Xyla Foxlin (an engineering student) founded Parihug to bring people together through the union of emotion and Technology. Parihug creates internet connected stuffed animals that let you hug loved ones from anywhere in the world! When one stuffed animal is hugged, the other emits a gentle haptic response and the receiving stuffed animal then hugs its owner with a gentle vibration. The result is the release of oxytocin (the ‘love hormone’) into the user’s brain. This can only be released by physical stimuli and brings loved ones closer than just a phone or video call. Parihug works to bridge the distance between family and loved ones. So parents, grandparents, siblings, long distance couples, etc., No matter the reason for the distance you’re just a hug away from anyone in the world.
If you were asked to locate the forefront of mobile technology innovation on a world map, it is fair to assume a lot of people would opt for the highly concentrated technological community of Silicon Valley. However, the smart money may in fact wish to look elsewhere. Specifically, the fingers on the pulse of the global mobile revolution belong to Africa’s 1.2bn-strong population.
According to GSMA, the percentage of the African population subscribed to mobile services reached 46% by the end of 2015, with over half a billion unique users and 168 million more due to connect over the next three years. Compare that to the pre-telecoms era Nigeria of 1999, when just 500,000 people (0.04% of the population) were connected, and you start to get an idea of the rate of change.
That dramatic increase has brought about resourceful new ways of using this connectivity to address problems specific to African nations. The resulting innovation has produced ingenious solutions to economic, social, and political problems, as well as revolutionising the way business is done across the continent. From M-Pesa, a mobile banking transaction service now used for around 30 per cent of all payments in Kenya, to an SMS-driven service in Uganda skyrocketing the registration of newborn babies, to the key role social media played in recent general elections in Ghana, The Gambia and Nigeria, the list is long and is not about to stop growing. Necessity is the mother of invention, they say, and there is no lack of either in the world’s second most populous continent.
“Africa is a work in progress… a construction site,” says Afolabi Imoukhuede, Senior Special Assistant to the Nigerian President on Job Creation/Youth Employment. “That is the African opportunity – to see that you will not find the classic Europe or American model where everything is prepared, but how can a business reap rewards from putting in some of that infrastructure.” In essence, the astounding rate of change has caused the continent as a whole “to leapfrog ahead of the infrastructure”, leading to problems, but also innovation and opportunity.
Of course, there are still eccentricities specific to kinks, as providers scramble to keep up with the population’s voracious demand. As Bukola Akingbade, CEO of Neukleos says, if you delve into an Nigerian woman’s handbag, you will find not one mobile phone, but two or three, along with a complex series of cables designed to deal with lack of power to keep devices charged. “In Africa,” she says, “one mobile phone is not enough.” And going without is not an option: “A mobile is not a luxury, it is important to survival, to economic existence in Africa.“
But despite the bumps in the road, the potential is as clear as it is wide-ranging. In terms of solving the evident problems that still affect many African countries, in terms of attracting investment from abroad, and in the struggle to address misconceptions about the continent from afar. Says Imoukhuede: “We must build our narrative, if we don’t do that, others will tell our narrative.”Akingbade, too, is upbeat about the collaborative prospects that the mobile revolution can drive: “Africa is growing, Africa is mobile, Africa is finding her voice. Africa needs us as well as she needs you.”
What do the stories of 1.2 billion people look like? Are they each unique? Distinguishable by each individual’s distinctive background, culture or language? One would imagine they would be. So why then does the popular narrative continue to portray an entire continent’s population as one homogeneous people, and so, one homogenous culture of business?
During Advertising Week Europe, a collection of tech, business and industry leaders from throughout Africa sat down to discuss why the African continent, and its many unique cultures, businesses and people, should no longer be looked by the rest of the world as a single story.
“Africa is a diverse, long stretch of people that runs from the south to the north,” said Nikiru Olumide-Ojo, Chief Marketing Officer for Stanbic IBTC. “But we do have passion in common. We have a passion to make a difference.”
Though the rest of the modern world has yet to fully immerse and familiarise itself with business and culture in African nations, Bosun Tijani, Co-Founder of Co-Creation Hub, said storytelling is the key to transcending those borders and better connecting different parts of the world. Thankfully, new technologies have made their way into the African continent, making the ability to tell the stories of people in Africa – their experiences, their cultures and their many differences – an increasingly less daunting task.
“What’s important is how nations can leverage technology to their own advantage, and to understand that you don’t need to have deep science,” said Tijani. “We’re beginning to create things the rest of the world can take advantage of. Now it’s a lot easier for people to generate content and consume, so that’s helping to shape the narrative globally about our continent.”
Olumide-Ojo echoed those sentiments, noting that some of the biggest exports to come from Africa are the stories and experiences of the people that live there.
“Are we telling enough of our stories? No we’re not. Stories are powerful, not just to be told, but so that they are tangible and are making a real life difference,” Olumide-Ojo said. “We need to be more deliberate about telling our own stories. We each should think about what content drives the narrative about Africa out to the rest of the world.”
Eruke Ideh-Ichofu, CEO of Alytera, credits living and working in the UK for developing her drive to better the connection with Africa and the rest of the world. Doing so, and in seeing what is possible in places like the UK, has forced her to question why the same can’t be possible in her home back in Nigeria.
“It’s not easy, but it’s possible because tech makes that possible. People back home are outward looking. They’re thinking, ‘I want it, I want to be a part of it.’ So I felt it was my responsibility to take [my experiences] back to Africa and help shape the narrative, help change the perception, help bring them up to speed with where the rest of the world is,” Ideh-Ichofu said. “Africa is coming of age because we’re taking it back and we’re stepping up.”
A key in changing the perception of Africa falls to the creative industries, says Qondisa Ngwenya, Owner at Octagon South Africa, and understanding that Africa shouldn’t be painted with a “broad brush.”
“When you put an advert in a program that’s splashed around the continent, you need to understand it’s got to be in four languages. It’s those kind of nuances that people need to understand,” Ngwenya said. “And still, you can’t just translate it from English to French or Portuguese, because it’s going to have a different meaning altogether in each place. It requires a new approach and a new set of spectacles.”
Asked what’s next for African business, the panelists agreed it will be the furthering and bettering of existing technologies to make systemic ties with businesses in other parts of the world, which as result, will hopefully peak the interest of international investors and bring business back to Africa.
“If you’re coming to Africa, it’s not just about business,” said Ideh-Ichofu. “It’s about creating a lasting environment that will help businesses thrive. It’s about making change, and they’ll reap rewards further down the line. The returns will speak for themselves.”