1. #HackAPi: Get Access To A Free Raspberry Pi & Resources To Work On Your Projects


     

    Have some interesting ideas you’d like to hack together using the Raspberry Pi? CcHUB is providing free access for code-lovers to our Mobile Experience Lab. Here, you’ll be provided with steady power, internet access and a Raspberry Pi to work on.

    To get started fill out this registration form and you’ll hear back from us shortly.

    In the meantime, check out what Mark Essien built using his Pi.

    Go ahead, and let’s get hacking!

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    N.B: Please note that participation is subject to acceptance of the terms and conditions.

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  2. Win FREE Space & $200* for your event at CcHUB


    Are you planning a community-focused meet-up or do you have a hot new knowledge to share with fellow geeks and tech entrepreneurs in Lagos?

    CcHUB is giving out space to 5 community-focused events between October and December 2014. Selected events will benefit from complimentary high-speed internet access, audio-visuals, uninterrupted power supply and access to our roof-top for break out sessions. We’ll also support your event with up to $200 worth of refreshment on the day!

    Complete the form here for a chance to win one of the 5 available slots.

    Good luck!

  3. 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 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

     

  4. 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.

  5. 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.