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


    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 via http://cchubnigeria.com/pre-incubation/ 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, info@cchubnigeria.com

     

  2. CodeCamp Week 3- How Time Flies.


    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.

  3. Two Weeks at CodeCamp 2014


    12 days, 10 early-stage developers, 1680 hours of code, 3 tech projects in the works and an upcoming demo day. The atmosphere at CodeCamp has been filled with excitement and intense energy. We are elated to be working with bright, young minds.

    It has been amazing seeing them pick up new skills and watching them explore the possibilities of their newly acquired knowledge. Learning the basics of Java programming language took centre-stage this week. It was a step towards learning how to build scalable android mobile apps. Caleb and Damilola are the facilitators running the show.

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    Here is what they have been immersed in this week:

    • Introduction to Java: Variables and Operators

    • Control structures: Arrays

    • Methods, Classes, and Objects

    • Object Encapsulation & References: Static Fields and Methods

    • Multithreading: Hashmaps: Inheritance. Interfaces and a few data structures.

    One of the highlights was seeing one of the participants Ebuka, overcome his fear of Java.

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    Also this week, the teams began holding sessions with their mentors to provide guidance on the projects that they are working on.

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    We’ll let you in on some of the projects that our bootcamp attendees are hacking out:

    • An app that will tell user what it will cost & how long it will take to get from point A to point B. This will show the cost for various means of inter and intra-city transportation modes.

    • A crowd-funding app with a social twist

    • A local place discovery app.

    Derrick Bolton from Stanford University dropped by to speak to our participants about opportunities at Stanford. A welcome break from crunching code one would say :)

    Earlier in the day, we had visits from startups from our Incubation space. Emotu Balogun, co-founder at Traclist, a product discovery platform took some time to speak on their work and how an internship with them would greatly contribute to the growth and development of budding programmers.

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    A few minutes later, Tunji Alao, walked participants through slides that detailed the journey of his startup. He highlighted the direction that VacantBoards was going and the opportunities available for bright, young developers to help make make their dream a reality. His pitch must have lit a fire in some minds as seen in this twitter status update captured below.

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    We are looking forward to the last 2 weeks of CodeCamp 2014 where our participants will be learning how to build android mobile applications. And then demo day!!! And in case you missed week 1 of our post on CodeCamp 2014, you can catch it all here.

  4. KidsZone Summer of Code: And It’s A Wrap!


    4 weeks, 30 kids, 6 groups and 1 demo day; like all good things, the KidsZone Summer of Code program has come to an end. The culmination was Saturday the 16th, as kids got ready to demo their projects to parents and invited guests.

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    The demo day applications were not short in variety, as demos ranged from fun Scratch games and animations, interactive Python programs as well as some math-based Python applications. Parents had the opportunity not only to see what their kids had been working on over the summer, but could also view what other kids had been working on and interact with other parents.

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    Vice-President of Sales and Country Manager for Rancard Nigeria, Mr. Olusegun Adeniyi, was also present to hand Raspberry Pi starter kits to each of the 10 recipients of the Rancard scholarship. The kits would ensure that the kids possessed the necessary tools to continue to use and enhance the skills they acquired over the summer.

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    The last 4 weeks have been amazing to say the least; and was undoubtedly, a summer well spent.

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  5. Women R.I.S.E: Going from Zero to Tech Entrepreneur (3 Weeks and Counting)


    A few months ago, we announced a high-impact training program targeted at increasing active female participation in technology entrepreneurship, especially within our community. On 22nd July 2014, this program officially kicked off.

    Following an information session and a month long call for applications, we shortlisted 10 finalists who were admitted into the program based on the quality of their ideas and suitability for the program.

    For the next few weeks, the ladies will meet every Tuesday and Thursday at Co-creation Hub to develop their technical and business skills. In addition to the training sessions, they also get access to their facilitator and our state-of-the-art facilities on days when there are no classes. This is to enable them practice what they have learned, improve on their ideas and collaborate with each other.

     

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    Cross section of finalists and facilitators on the first day of the Women RISE program

    Week 1: Introductions and Program Overview

    The first week was spent getting to know the participants and their facilitators. An overview of the program and expectations were set and by the following session, we jumped right into the technical side of the training. Beginning with an introduction to web development, our lead facilitator, Aderemi Okeowo, was able to enlighten the class and answer questions on what web development is all about, what developers actually do, and why knowledge of web development is an important skill to have as an entrepreneur.

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    White board, program overview, house rules and expectations

    Week 2: Web Development 101 – A taste of HTML and CSS

    With introductions out of the way, we got right down to seeing how web developers actually do their magic. We learned the fundamentals of web programming and by the end of week two, we were able to create a simple web page, identify and add tags to the web page, and do some styling with CSS.

     

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    Let’s take a dive into web development

    Week 3: UX Bootcamp with SL Rao – Designing products users love

    We combined forces with the UX bootcamp that took place at CcHUB from 4 – 8 August 2014), courtesy of Microsoft’s MySkills4Africa Initiative. The 5-day bootcamp was an introduction to User Experience Design using old-fashioned pen and paper, and powerpoint slides. Starting with team formation, all the attendees, including our Women RISE finalists, were taught UX concepts including user research, personas, scenarios, visual design, wire framing, prototyping and story telling.

    The attendees were required to work in teams and on individual projects. On Friday (8 June 2014), the final day of the bootcamp, we had an exciting demo day where each team got to pitch their ideas.

    The Show Continues

    It’s week 4 now (how time flies) and we are making good progress with a few of the finalists even calling for extended sessions or more classes in a week. We’ll keep you updated on a weekly basis about what we are up to.

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    About Women RISE:

    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.