1. 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.

  2. 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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  3. 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.

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    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.

  4. CodeCamp 14: Week 1 in Retrospect


    CodeCamp is an intense, residential 4-week bootcamp for early-stage developers. The team sought candidates who had been coding for between 6 months and 2 years. The call for applications lasted for five (5) weeks with over 285 entries received.

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    A blend of online and hands-on programming activities at our space whittled 45 second-stage applicants to a final 10 shown in the image below.

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    The first 2 days of bootcamp were devoted to teaching participants the fundamentals of User-Centered Design Methodology. Sessions were handled by CcHUB’s UX Lead, Kene Udeze.

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    To see how well they had grasped the new concepts, we split the participants split into 2 teams to work on prototypes of 2 demo apps. They came up with Jaye and Hangee.

    Over the next 5 days, Segun Fodeke, using a blend of online tools and hands-on approach took trainees through the front-end web development stack.

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    Working with our sponsors, the Codecamp team identified real-world challenges for our second cohort of CodeCamp participants to solve in teams. This would involve fieldwork to understand users and build use cases based on their perceptions of the solutions to be developed.

    Over the next 3 weeks, using the personas developed from responses obtained during their field trip, they will work in teams to build solutions that will be unveiled in a Show and Tell scheduled for early September.

    We will bring you regular updates as they progress at CodeCamp.

    We are excited to have received support from Paga (Main sponsor) and Vconnect (sponsor) at CodeCamp 2014 in developing the next generation of top quality local talent in Nigeria’s fledgling tech ecosystem.

  5. KidsZone “Summer Of Code”: 2 Weeks In


    Two weeks ago we started our KidsZone Summer of Code programme. We had 30 kids registered, including 10 students who benefited from the scholarships offered by Rancard.

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    The kids started by learning about the Raspberry Pi – what it is and how it works; as well as how to use the Scratch programming language. In a space of two weeks the kids have learnt how to build their own Scratch projects – including animations and games.

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    The next two weeks will have the kids diving deeper into programming as they explore the world of Python. While the first half of the programme was centred around Software programming, the focus on the second half of the programme will be hardware programming.

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    As we begin the final two weeks we’re definitely getting excited about demo day, holding on the 16th of August; where the kids will showcase the projects they’ve worked on during the programme.

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    We’ll be sure to keep you updated as we progress, in the meantime, you can catch up on pictures from our earlier sessions here and here.