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  1. SLUSH 2014: Meet Top Investors and Media This November


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    Got a startup? Want to get the unique opportunity to meet with top investors and media from all over the world and to be featured within the Slush Impact track. Apply now for a spot in the Slush Emerging Markets delegations HERE.

    What Is Slush?

    The Slush startup conference is the focal point for global startups and technology talent to meet with top-tier international investors, executives and media. The two-day event takes place every fall in the wintery Scandinavia amidst one the most dynamic tech ecosystems in the world. Slush 2014 will take place on November 18-­19th in Helsinki, Finland.

    Sound Good? Here’s How You Can Apply

    To apply for a spot in the Slush Emerging Markets delegation, please fill in the application form HERE by 12th of September, 2014. Kindly note that only applications from startups working with the following partners will be accepted* (more partners to be added).

    RLabs, South Africa
    mlab, South Africa
    CcHUB, Nigeria
    iHub, Kenya
    JVN, Vietnam
    CSIP, Vietnam

    **The costs of attendance, travel and accommodation will be covered for one representative of the startup chosen for the delegation.

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    More About SLUSH

    In the past three years, Slush has grown to be one of the leading tech and startup events in the world, reaching 7000 attendees from 68 countries in 2013. Slush is a non-­profit event organized by a community of first-­time entrepreneurs, students and professional music festival organizers, while backed by founders of Nordic success stories such as MySQL, Rovio, Supercell and Skype.

    Together with Slush, the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs is proud to invite a delegation from selected countries to attend Slush 2014. This Slush Emerging Markets delegation will consist of startups with world changing businesses, investors and accelerator representatives from Asia and Africa.

     

    * Send an email to incubation@cchubnigeria.com to stand a chance.

  2. Press Release: Co-creation Hub Nigeria (CcHUB) Launches $500,000 Seed Investment Program


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    Lagos August 29, 2014: CcHUB boosts its incubation program with the launch of a $500,000 seed investment fund to support early stage start-ups over the next two years. Start-ups will receive sums ranging from $10,000 – $25,000 to support business model experimentation  and operations. Initial beneficiaries of the seed program are Vacantboards, Truppr, Traclist, 500shops and GeniiGames. The announcement comes on the occasion of first anniversary of its incubation office which amongst other services provides entrepreneurs with mentorship, user testing, access to markets, office space and administration.

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    The initial beneficiaries of the seed investment went through CcHUB’s Pre-Incubation program which identifies and supports aspiring technology entrepreneurs looking to address local market problems with relevant solutions. Through the $90,000 Tony Elumelu Foundation/CcHUB pre-seed fund, beneficiaries started out with a grant award of $5,000 each to support their ideas, build working prototypes, carry out initial market testing & proof their concepts. These ideas grew steadily, earning revenues, increasing their user bases and building partnerships hence needing a different kind of support.

    ‘CcHUB incubation office launched in response to the need to provide business development, mentoring and funding support to start-ups that showed traction from our impactful Pre-incubation program. Our seed investment ensures startups have a sure footing post-Preincubation to concentrate on rapidly executing their plans and learning from the market’ says ‘Bosun Tijani, CEO & Co-founder of CcHUB.

    ‘Discussions are already underway with investors to provide additional funding to two (2) of our initial beneficiaries and we hope to break the news in the coming months’ remarked Tunji Eleso, Director of Incubation. We welcome startups looking to transform the way Nigerians live, play and do business to apply to join our portfolio by sending their pitch deck to incubation@cchubnigeria.com,’ he further stated.

    About initial beneficiaries

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    • Vacantboards (www.vacantboards.com) led by Tunji Alao is an online outdoor advertising marketplace which enables one-click booking of outdoor advert spaces & tracking of advert campaigns.

    • Truppr (www.truppr.com) founded by Bosun Tijani is a social tool that connects people with physical activities and teammates in cities across the world.

    • Traclist (www.traclist.com) run by Emotu Balogun is an online marketplace that helps fashion retailers expose their inventory and allows customers all over Nigeria to buy from an wide array of  products.

    • 500 shops (www.500shops.com) led by Clive Ayonye offers small and medium sized businesses the opportunity to set up a complete online store and accept orders in minutes.

    • Genii games (www.geniigames.com) led by Adebayo Adegbembo delivers educative apps aimed at preserving and promoting African Culture and related subjects which include languages, etiquette and ethics.

     

    About Co-Creation Hub Nigeria

    Co-Creation Hub Nigeria is a social innovation centre dedicated to accelerating the application of social capital and technology for economic prosperity. We leverage a community of progressives – software developers, organizations, government officials, businesses, academics etc who bring their creativity and knowledge into play in crafting novel ways to address the myriads of social and economic challenges that impact the lives of Nigerians every day. These stakeholders form the core of the community of people interested in positively impacting Nigeria that we are building. This community interacts through our online platform and physically at the CcHUB space in Yaba, Lagos. For more information, visit www.cchubnigeria.com

     

    For further enquiries:

    Tunji Eleso

    Director of Incubation, CcHUB

    6th Floor, 294 Herbert Macaulay Way, Sabo, Yaba

    tunji@cchubnigeria.com, incubation@cchubnigeria.com

     

  3. CodeCamp Week 3- How Time Flies.


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    The last 2 weeks have seen our CodeCamp trainees bond into a family and we are sure glad to see them grow that bond even further as they work on teams to deliver on their final projects.

    As a followup to their Java training, they picked up Android development skills this week. Github also got more than a fair mention as the crew now work more confidently with this tool. Github hosts both public and private repositories that allow developers to collaborate, review code and manage code for open source and private projects.

    On Tuesday, we had the pleasure of hosting the main sponsor of CodeCamp, Paga at our Showcase Tuesday, a fortnight event that allows tech companies, startups and techies to engage the tech community in a demo and Q&A event. We figured you might be interested in the slides, so we put them up here.

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    Later that day, the team from Paga had a Q&A session with our budding developers on their experiences so far at CodeCamp.

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    Over the next 5 days, participants were exposed to the following:

    • Activities, Intents, Fragments and Layouts

    • Visual Elements Playground- exploring android visual concepts & widgets

    • Ideas Exchange session

    To help our bootcamp participants understand how people are using code to make the world a better place, we headed off to Hotels.Ng where the ebullient Mark answered all the questions that were thrown at him.

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    Here is what some of our trainees thought of the trip:

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    Many thanks to Mark Essien for agreeing to host us at short notice.

    One more full week before Demo day, where we will draw the curtains on this year’s edition of CodeCamp. The experience has been exciting. Many thanks to the duo of Caleb and Dami, who are taking our trainees through the basics of Android development.

  4. This Week on WomenRISE: Javascript 101


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    After learning how to use HTML to define web page content and CSS to style the layout of web pages in previous classes, this week we started learning how Javascript can be used to program the behaviour of web pages to make them more interactive.

    Introduction to Javascript

    Introduction to Javascript

    Starting from the beginning, we got to understand what exactly Javascript is, what it can do, what it can’t do and how it works.

    Starting with the basic concepts

    Once we got the basics sorted, we went into other concepts like comments, variables, operations and key words…to mention a few.

    Let's go over that again. Arithmetic Operations?

    Let’s go over that again. Arithmetic Operations?

    But sometimes, theory can get too theoretical. So we got loads of activity time to practice what we had learned.

    Apt Pupils

    Apt Pupils

    There were at least five exercises on what we had been taught so far. They included currency, weight and temperature converters.

    Getting down to the code

    Getting down to the code

    One exercise was a Javascript alert dialog box that printed ‘hello *participant name*’

    The alert works

    The alert works

    It worked!

    It worked!

    At the end of this week, we got two weekend activities to help us further test the concepts learned and to play around with Javascript so we get more comfortable. After all, practice does make perfect.

    Making sure everyone is carried along

    Making sure everyone is carried along

    We are excited about next week’s class and we’d be sure to keep you updated. Want to see what we’ve been up to in previous classes? Check out our blogpost HERE.

     About Women R.I.S.E

    Women R.I.S.E is an initiative by Co-creation Hub, with support from Google, designed to increase the number of female technology entrepreneurs in Nigeria, thus increasing active female participation in technology.

  5. Learning to Build Universal Windows Apps [Bootcamp]


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    For five days, from 11 – 15 August 2014, fifteen eager developers interested in developing Windows apps gathered together at CcHUB for an interactive and hands-on bootcamp. Facilitated by Adebolu Omololu, Support Engineer for Microsoft Enterprise Platforms, we delved into building Windows apps, publishing them on the Windows store and deploying solutions on Azure.

    What we learned

    Day 1: An Introduction to Windows Store

    An introduction to Windows store, why you should develop for the Windows store, how to monetise apps and the benefits you get. At the end of the day, all the participants setup Windows store developer accounts.

    Day 1: Introduction to Windows Store

    Day 1: Introduction to Windows Store

    Day 2: How to Build a Windows Store Application

    We got our hands dirty in with Windows store applications. Each participant began working on their individual Windows store app by following a lab prepared by their facilitator. It was a collaborative effort with everyone learning to build the apps together. Some participants were unable to install the prerequisite tools but we improvised by getting them to binstall Azure virtual machines which we used instead.

    Day 2: How to Build a Windows Store Application

    Day 3: How to Develop Windows Phone Applications

    We learned to develop Windows Phone applications, use virtual and local machines, and publish applications to Azure. For this exercise, the class developed a simple to-do list. The last thing we learned before the end of day 3 was how to managing data when using Azure services.

    Day 3: How to Develop Windows Phone Applications

    Day 4: Project Sienna and Universal Windows Apps

    We first goWhen the got to Project Siena, more than half the class asked why we did not show them this easier alternative first instead of making them develop the individual apps for the Windows platform. Why did he show them the first. Learn from a beginners perspective. Learn to develop ib visual studio. Created windows store accounts. Every one minus 1 person had the account set up

    Day 4: Project Sienna and Universal Windows Apps

    Day 5: Demo Day!

    Each participant got to showcase their apps to the whole class. Their demos the app name, what it does, how it works, what platform was used to develop it and a prototype of what they had developed. They ended by telling us what they liked and dislaiked about the platforms used.

    Day 5: Demo Day!

    Day 5: Demo Day!

    The Outcome

    At the end of the bootcamp, we were able to sign up all participants for Bizspark account valid for 3 years and with $60,000 worth of data. We also had 11 solutions created using Project Siena, App Studio or Visual Studio and published to the Windows Store. The apps are:

    1. Age Calculator: an app that calculates your real age, not your football age.
    2. Current Affairs App: provides information on current and historic events of political or social interest and importance happening in the world.
    3. Football Panorama: allows you watch clips of renowned footballers. It also includes RSS feeds of football related activities.
    4. Interest Rate Calculator: calculate the interest rate and amount on money borrowed or loaned.
    5. Kickball Africa: get football news across Africa.
    6. SWAN: teaches you how to swim, all in one app. Includes instructions and videos.
    7. Tax calculator app: find out how much tax you should pay.
    8. This or That: a food app that suggests what to eat, how to make it or where to get it based on your cravings.
    9. Touriza: lets you know the best tourist centers in the world.
    10. Translator app: helps you translate languages.
    11. xDash: pulls feeds from your favourite websites
    Recap

    Five days and eleven apps later, we were able to learn and develop Windows apps in a 5-day bootcamp with Microsoft MySkills4Afrika volunteer and Microsoft Engineer, Adebolu Omololu. The interactive and practical nature of the sessions made it easy for participants to learn and ask questions about how to develop for the Windows platform using various tools. There was also one-on-one time with the facilitator and a lot of team work.

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    This bootcamp was made possible thanks to the Microsoft MySkills4Afrika, an initiative that brings skilled resources from across Microsoft to support Africa’s future.