Reverse. Brain. Drain.
The value of remittances in supporting the broad economic development of a nation is of great significance, and it’s said to be the most tangible and least controversial link between migration and development.
However, the effectiveness of remittances has been argued, in that it does not compensate for the loss of human capital. The brain drain conundrum has puzzled many countries for decades, but there has since been a shift in discussion from seeing the diaspora as a loss, but as an opportunity, not just for inbound remittances, but also trade, investment projects and new knowledge; thus reversing brain drain.
Reversing brain drain doesn’t necessarily require emigrants to physically return to their country of heritage, but rather to harness their intellect and leverage their network in order to be a significant source of impact. Scientific and technological innovations are important sources of new solutions in health, environmental and developmental challenges. The CcHUB Diaspora challenge aims to engage scientists, entrepreneurs and innovators from the diaspora community in the UK to source scalable business solutions to social challenges in Africa, thus not only providing financial remittance but also social remittance.
This exciting new project will be launched on Saturday 6th May 2017 at Facebook, 10 Brock Street, Kings cross London, NW1 3FG, and will have in attendance high profile professionals from various industry sectors. We are delighted to also announce a special guest performance from Bez. The closing date for submissions is Friday June 30th.
Spaces at the launch event are limited so make sure you register for an invitation here and join the conversation using #CcHUBdiaspora #ReverseBrainDrain
Delivery Science co-founder, Chuka Ofili is hosting a two-day masterclass for developers from March 24 – 25, 2017, at the Co-Creation Hub, 294 Herbert Macaulay way, Yaba, Lagos.
DevOps with Chuka will teach participants how to build and deploy highly scalable fault-tolerant applications based on a micro-service architecture. Some of the modules that will be covered at the masterclass include:
- Brief overview of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)
- Using Git and Git workflow
- Setting up a development environment, with Google tools (Minikube, Kubernetes, Docker)
- Continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI & CD)
- Setting up a production environment, with Google tools (GKE, Kubernetes, Docker)
- Implementing Deployment pipelines (Jenkins, Circle CI)
- Centralised logging and monitoring
- Service discovery
Who should attend this?
- Technical team leads
- Senior technical staff
- Serious backend developers.
Chuka Ofili is currently the Co-Founder & Chief Enterprise Architect of supply chain technology startup, Delivery Science with a career in software development that spans 14 years, starting in 2003 when he occupied the role of CEO/Software Architect at Microsmart Solutions Ltd.
This is an opportunity to tap into Chuka’s numerous years of experience as he expounds on how to setup a production grade toolchain. Google Developer Ecosystem Program Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa, Aniedi Udo-Obong will also be around to speak about Google Products.
DevOps, with Chuka is supported by CcHUB, TechCabal, Paystack, INITS, BudgIT, Hotels.ng, Delivery Science and Google. The masterclass is totally free, but there are only 30 slots available. So if you’d like to be a part of this, quick! Apply here.
From today, an innovative new way for audiences to interact with BBC News is available to try with the African-designed pilot: “BBC Newschatta“.
BBC Newschatta is a chatbot developed by Nigerian technology company Codulab
This chatbot is a service for mobile phones which generates news stories based on the users’ input, using keywords and topics to send relevant news stories to them via the WeChat Messenger app.
This pilot was developed following an open submission process by BBC Connected Studio and the BBC World Service at an event in Lagos in February 2016. Similar events have previously taken place in Kenya and South Africa, from which ideas have been developed into live products.
A second pilot idea from the Lagos brief was also selected to go into development – named “Timerail”. The idea is to curate big news stories using multiple sources, which can then be presented to users with a compelling mix of content navigable by time and relevance. Nigerian company, Isoventurian, designed the user experience for this pilot, and user research has led to more targeted clustering of tagged content. A working prototype is expected later this year.
Dmitry Shishkin, BBC Digital Editor, World Service Languages, says: “BBC World Service continues to harnesses local tech expertise in Africa that allows us to keep innovating with new formats, platforms and content distribution models, specifically targeted at young audiences through mobile. Before coming to Nigeria we successfully collaborated with tech hubs and start-ups in Kenya and South Africa, bringing live products from both locations, and I am thrilled that the trend continues in Lagos. Given the massive editorial investments that the BBC is making in Africa, it’s important that digital innovation is a crucial part in that process.”
Stanley Ojadovwa, Product Developer at Codulab, adds: “Newschatta is a chatbot that provides news content in a more personalised manner to young people across Africa. The aim is to deliver the latest news contents to users in a timely and interesting way that fits into the users’ current daily digital routines. Newschatta is targeted at young people in Africa aged between 16 and 34, living in urban areas. This audience has a high mobile use, not just for calls and social networking purposes, but for other aspects of their life such as emailing, banking, playing games and reading news.”
These collaborations form part of the BBC’s objective of increasing its global audience to 500 million by 2020. Similar briefs have been launched across Africa and Asia, with new services and tools having been launched and others currently in development. Recent BBC chatbot activity included a Newsbot from Spanish-language service BBC Mundo, which allows users to find and share BBC news content in an easy to use and appealing way.
How does it look?
What does it look like?
Users select topics or keywords via the WeChat Messenger App and will then see curated news stories based on these choices for them to read and share.
What is the best thing about Newschatta?
This tailored content and app make for a cost-effective way for users to be served global news, sport and entertainment content. The target audience are young Africans, and the bot makes use of the existing platforms they are used to.
Newschatta can be accessed around the world. As well as being accessed through WeChat, the app collects news content from across the BBC. The aggregation and tagging is made possible using BBC Juicer – a tool created by BBC News Labs, which takes in news sources from across the globe and automatically tags specific topics.
Over the years, technology in Africa has spanned beyond what it used to be and the interest in the technology scene in the continent has grown tremendously, with Lagos at the center of attraction for some of the most renowned international investors. From the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to Google Ventures, Seedstars World and YCombinator, there’s been a magnetic pull towards the exploration of the local tech scene in Nigeria.
Now we are set to welcome 500 Startups’ Geeks on a Plane – an exclusive group of startups, investors, tech junkies and executives touring the world to learn about evolving technology demands worldwide. They will be touring Africa in March and will be in Lagos, Nigeria from March 19th 2017 to March 23rd 2017. 500 Startups would be bringing a number of tech insiders to Lagos, Nigeria through the GOAP (Geeks on a Plane) initiative.
Silicon Yaba – home to some of Nigeria’s newest, biggest and fastest growing tech companies and popularly known to be the Nigeria’s version of Silicon Valley, is organizing a three-way conversation between itself, Silicon Valley, and the wider ecosystem. Silicon Yaba Veterans will sit with Silicon Valley Insiders to discuss challenges, and share war-stories in overcoming these issues.
This would be in a unique town hall-style setting and the agenda would be to take a critical look at two of the most important areas, essential to local ecosystem-building – Infrastructure and Talent Growth.
The event is set to explore the possibility of building a functional infrastructural framework that can ensure rapid improved access (connectivity, mobility, services) for teeming Nigerians everywhere in order to preserve the early successes of the tech ecosystem. It is also aimed at confronting the problem of growing a pool of talent that can snowball the local tech ecosystem while exploring other existing opportunities to develop this talent pool.
The event, set to be attended by top startup reps and tech veterans in Nigeria as well as some of Silicon Valley’s finest is aimed at building an important bridge to foster key learning’s exchange for both ecosystems, from which stronger bonds of understanding can be built.
Event Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Venue: Co-Creation HUB, 6th Floor, 294 Herbert Macaulay Road, Yaba, Lagos.
Time: 11:45 am – 02:00 pm
NB: There are only 10 Open Eventbrite Community spaces (hand-picked from reservations). For more information on how to register, visit https://siliconyabatownhall.eventbrite.com
Thanks to everyone who signed up or nominated someone, the first DIGnified class is set to kick-off next month. Over a 4 week period, older people aged 55 and above will be introduced to key digital skills that are vital for staying connected in today’s world.
Here’s an overview of the applications we received. You can also download the pdf version here.