Accra to Host West Africa’s Top Entrepreneurs at Tech Camp W.A.

Several young people in Africa are making impact in the various sectors of the economy. Entrepreneurs, innovators, activists, etc. all contribute greatly to the growing economies of some of Africa’s fastest growing economies.

In its efforts to harness the young brains and in the spirit of sharing information for social good, the US Embassy in Ghana, in collaboration with GhanaThink Foundation, is organising West Africa’s premiere Tech Camp dubbed “Tech Camp West Africa”. The tech camp, similar to others which have been organised by the US State Department in several other countries will host about 100-150 participants from West Africa.

Happening from 6th – 8th February, 2015, the program aims to connect “civil society organisations across the globe with new and emerging technology resources to solve real world problems and build digital literacy through a two-day program.” The program will host regional speed-mentors from different sectors in governance, education, technology, and communications.

“The various sessions will empower about 100 entrepreneurs from the West African Sub-region as they share knowledge, and learn essential skills for disrupting the local tech and startup scene in their respective countries.”, Donald Ward, the Media and Marketing Chair for GhanaThink Foundation added.

GhanaThink Foundation is a Ghanaian youth development NGO that seeks to identify and groom young Talents for the greater benefit of Africa as a whole. For more details, write to info@techcampwestafrica.org or call +233-233-301-389, +233-272-413-200.

Applications for the event have already closed and the participants duly selected. The program promises to be a re-energizing time for the participants and for the social good, eventually. Find out more on techcampwestafrica.org or Global Tech Camps [http://techcampglobal.org]

Are you a part of the participants for the program? What are your expectations as the program comes off soon?

Solve Real-World Problems At The MEST-Vodafone Hackathon (February 5-7, 2015)

Over the past year, Ghanaian developers have been involved in several hackathons on various sectors in oil and gas, social good, citizenship, etc. Sometimes, I wonder if these activities are able to achieve the desired results. Many teams usually just come for the money and leave.

I have been fortunate to witness just about 2 MEST hackathons It gets more exciting as the years go by, from being in the winning team two years ago to covering it last year. The participation of developers outside MEST has increased over the years, same for the organisations involved.

This year, MEST has partnered with Vodafone Ghana to host the 2015 MEST-Vodafone hackathon which comes off from Feb 5 – 7. This is a major development as the telecoms company is beginning to gain an interest in the developer space and tech in general. First with App Star, then Mobile for Good. This hackathon promises to be better as it looks at simplifying processes across various sectors in Ghana, processes we long for daily.

It’s an opportunity to build products which provide access to information, simplify transactions, and shorten business processes, etc. As usual the prizes have been bumped up for this year – I caught wind of something exciting, details will be out later. Just stay tuned to hear more about the prizes for this year.

Participation is free, register through this link, the seats are limited. Hackathons are fast becoming a part of Ghanaian tech culture now. I hope we begin to fully appreciate and continue development on the products which are built at these events. I look forward to this hackathon. Will you be there? Any experiences of hackathons to share?