The technology ecosystem in Nigeria is in its early stages and shows signs of great promise. Many industry observers and analysts however point to a dearth of top-quality, homegrown tech talent.
To address the trend, last year we commenced the CodeCamp series. CodeCamp is an intense all-expense paid 4-week residential training program that targets early-stage developers. In 2013, with the active support of our partners (Microsoft & Blackberry), we trained 16 students and early-stage developers on mobile application design and development.
Our focus with CodeCamp 2014 is on front-end web development and the android mobile platform. Using a blend of facilitator-led, classroom-style training sessions and online tools, participants will be exposed to cutting-edge tools and technology as well as learning best design practices for building web and mobile applications. A 3-month internship will be available for all attendees, where they will be placed in sponsoring organisations as well as CcHUB-supported startups.
We are pleased to announce Paga as the Main sponsor of the 2014 CodeCamp edition. We are excited to be partnering a brand that prides itself as a team of passionate Africans determined to tackle the critical issue of making financial services available to all Africans. Paga’s innovative spirit has seen them strongly commit to using their in-house innovation lab ‘Paga labs’ by harnessing mobile technology to develop and deliver on new and beneficial financial services to all Africans.
We are also excited to have Vconnect as sponsor of CodeCamp 2014. Vconnect are proud to be Nigeria’s largest and No. 1 local search engine. Over the past 4 years, they have built a growing database of more than 800,000 local businesses in Nigeria and have made it freely available to all their users.
Building a great ecosystem requires the support of everyone and we are pleased to be involved in growing the local tech ecosystem with Paga and Vconnect through CodeCamp 2014.
The KidsZone Summer of Code programme is designed to introduce kids to computer programming using the Raspberry Pi as a learning tool. The primary focus of the programme is to empower kids to contribute to the world of technology by providing them with the skills to create their own games, applications and other software/hardware projects.
While we aim to grow a new generation of makers by providing an avenue for kids to learn and express their creativity, we believe that as much as possible, economic considerations should not hinder any child from having the necessary knowledge and skills to unleash their innate creativity. Digital inclusion is especially important to ensure that the technology ecosystem as a whole meets its full potential. It is therefore necessary to ensure people – kids and adults alike, regardless of their economic backgrounds, have the necessary tools and skills to become makers of technology.
To this end CcHUB has partnered with Rancard to provide scholarships to 10 students from low-income households, who otherwise would not have been able to participate in the programme. The scholarship will cover tuition, refreshments and a personal Raspberry Pi Starter Kit.
To apply for a scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:
- Be between the ages of 9-14 years
- Ideally be enrolled in a public primary or secondary school
- Be available throughout the duration of the program to attend the weekly sessions
- Be interested in technology
Successful participants will be selected after an assessment test and interview which will hold this Saturday, the 26th of July.
Additional details include:
Venue: Co-Creation Hub, Ground Floor, 294 Herbert Macaulay Way, Yaba. Lagos
Time: 12:00 p.m – 3:00 p.m
Parents can register their kids online or by sending an SMS with their child’s name, age, class and gender to 08029010002.
For further inquiries reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The summer holidays are fast approaching, indeed for some kids, depending on which school they attend the holidays are already here. Kids have spent the past couple of months attending classes almost every day of the week and now the term is out. This means kids have tons of free-time on their hands and parents are left with seeking for fun, engaging and rewarding activities to occupy their kids over the summer. This summer is no different; and parents have already begun to look for the best ideas to make the summer exciting. At the CcHUB, we have one of our own that could switch things up a bit. Here’s the idea…
How about giving them a taste of Raspberry Pi this Summer – no pun intended.
At our KidsZone ‘Summer of Code’ programme kids between the ages of 9-14 years will have an opportunity to learn how to program and build projects using the Raspberry Pi. Kids of today have no problem finding their way around their parents iPads and phone apps, a couple of them even have their own tablets and phones; but we aim to empower kids with the skills and confidence to not just see themselves as users of technology but to begin to see themselves as ‘makers’ of technology.
Apart from learning new skills at the end of the programme kids will have found a new avenue to express their creativity through the practical coding sessions. In addition to this, kids will work in groups to complete projects thereby enhancing their teamwork, communication and presentation skills. To wrap it all up, at our Demo day kids will have the opportunity to showcase the projects they’ve worked on over the summer to parents and their friends.
25 kids will be enrolled for this summer session. The curriculum will cover programming in Scratch and Python as well as building Raspberry Pi projects. Children need no special prior technical knowledge – just an open eager mind. Further programme details include:
Start Date: 22nd July
Venue: Co-Creation Hub: Ground Floor, 294 Herbert Macaulay Way, Yaba
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Days: Tuesdays and Fridays
Let’s make this summer awesome together!
Join us on Tuesday, 8 July 2014 at CcHub from 3pm as representatives from Mall for Africa share with the community what their platform with us.
MallforAfrica is an App that gives you access to over 80 UK and US stores, shop on them and delivers to you in Nigeria. The App is available on iOS, Android, PC and Mac platforms.
Showcase Tuesday provides an interactive platform for members of the Nigerian technology ecosystem with a prototype or product an avenue to demo their solutions to a like-minded audience from our growing community.
Be there. Don’t be told. Admission is free!
Showcasing teams will have 15 minutes to highlight:
- Pain points that their solution addresses
- Development Tools
- Brief profile of their team
- What the future holds
Showcase Tuesday aims to:
- Encourage doers to receive feedback from like-minded people from both a business and technology point of view
- Provide a platform to look at your product/solution through the eyes of other people
- Get feedback that may be critical in the iteration of your prototype or solution as it finds its best route to market
- Stand a chance to be considered for pre-incubation and attract possible funding from CcHUB partner organisations
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Mobilizr (www.mobilizr.net) with support from Samsung and CcHUB are running a Growth Hackathon tagged #MobilizeYourTeam where social media users race themselves to build the largest team from their social networks.
Here are the top 6 reasons why you should participate:
- There is $3,000 in CASH up for grabs to the winner.
- All you have to do is invite your friends and followers to click a link you give them and sign up to join your team.
- You may get noticed as an influencer, and brands will want to sign you up as an ambassador.
- You will get to collaborate with like-minded people interested in technology and problem solving.
- There will be food and drinks aplenty at the Finale in CcHUB
- You might have FUN!
What are you waiting for? Click HERE to register and get started. You’ve only got 10 days!