Calabar, December 14th 2016
The beautiful thing about Technology is that there are no barriers to entry – Celestine Omin. This was part of the Keynote Address delivered by Celestine Omin, Senior Technical Consultant at Andela at the #CodeCalabar Conference held as part of the Computer Sciences Education Week was held between (December 7th -13th 2016) . The Week is an annual international event that focuses on introducing students, young people and adults to the world of technology by teaching them programming skills in 1 Hour of Code.
The #CodeCalabar Conference held on December 13th 2016 – a galvanizing platform for students, teachers, influencers,programmers, networking/database managers, digital marketers, bloggers, Graphic artists, web developers, tech entrepreneurs, collaborators, investors and enthusiasts which enabled them connect, collaborate and further build the tech ecosystem in Cross River State.
In Cross River State, The Computer Sciences Education Week was celebrated through various activities aimed at improving the digital skills of young people in our community and enabling them realize the opportunities for employment and engagement in the Digital Communications and Technology Industry. Activities included in-school coding workshops (December 7th – 9th 2016) at Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria Secondary School(FAANS),Calabar, Government Secondary School Ogoja and Annunciation Girls Juniorate, Ogoja. The Girls Coding Day was marked on December 10th 2016 where over 100 girls were taken through a coding workshop using Minecraft and MIT app inventor. The Digital Footprint Class held on December 9th – 12th 2016, it enhanced the Digital Skills of 134 young people using a Google certified curriculum.
The week also featured the Calabar Tech Fest Competition- a Tech Solutions Showcase; Winners of the Calabar Tech fest Competition include: Miss Dorcas Edet of HipCityHub –a online directory of skilled vendors in Cross River State carted away the First Prize, Mr. God’s Gift Unwana of Pison Peak – an online mobile clinic service won the 2nd Prize while Aruk Eteng of The Language App won the 3rd Prize. The Winners got $5000 worth of Prizes including 3 Months Tech Mentoring in Andela,3- 6 Months incubation Support from The Future Project, Afterschool Centre for Career Development and Ikapture Networks, Website Development and Hosting for 1 year from TechHive Nigeria as well as 1 year Internet subscription support from Nugi Technologies.
The Computer Sciences Education Week was delivered in partnership with Microsoft Nigeria, The Future Project, TechHive Nigeria, Technovation Indecent, Genitech Solutions, JB Creations, South -South Enterprise Development Centre, and Afterschool Centre for Career Development. Our media partners included: Calabarblog.com, BloomSquare PR, CalabarReporters.com
Some of the highlights of the week include:
In 2010, I couldn’t get 20 people who were interested in tech in Calabar in 1 room. Today, over 200 young people who came out to attend #CodeCalabar– Celestine Omin
I was angry that there was no digital footprint for Calabar despite our popularity and tourism brand, this anger inspired me to setup Calabarblog.com –Founder, Hope Obeten,Calabarblog.com
Problem-solving and sustainability should be part of the key motivation when developing tech related projects- Augustine Ugi, CEO, Nugi Technologies.
Ideas are great and anyone can come up with an idea,the differentiating factor is who works the hardest – Celestine Omin
Collaboration ensures success! If you don’t know something and there is an expert available, Please ask!- Grace Ihejiamaizu, Founder, Opportunity Desk
Learn to use your tech skills to solve tangible real life problems in your community-Grace Ihejiamaizu, Founder, Opportunity Desk
Learning never stops especially if you are in Technology Job/career – Chimdinma Ukpai, Google Certified Trainer
Think of making an impact through technology; you have to be dissatisfied by with the norm– Joseph Enesu, Coordinator, TechHive Nigeria
About Afterschool Centre for Career Development:
Afterschool Centre for Career Development (formerly known as Afterschool Peer Mentoring Project) is a non-governmental, capacity development organization committed to inspiring, investing and engaging young people as well as facilitating growth opportunities for young persons in transitional stages of their lives. We ignite young people to set career goals and walk them through the achievement of such goals enabling them transit seamlessly from school to work.
At Afterschool Centre for Career Development we employ various strategic interventions to counsel, train and provide growth opportunities for young people to prepare for the world of work through a peer mentoring model. Our programmes and projects include a Pathfinder programme for Adolescents, A Pre-Tertiary Training Programme for Post-Secondary school graduates, Workplace Training for Undergraduates as well as career advancement trainings for young professionals.
Beyond providing direct services Afterschool Centre for Career Development provides a springboard for Stakeholder collaboration and thought leadership on issues regarding holistic education including career counseling, employment and youth transitions programming. Some initiatives under our thought leadership portfolio include; The Career Counsellors Coalition and the School to Work Transitions in Africa Initiative.