This FREE event is recommended for anyone who has experience in web, mobile, application or system programming. For computer science and information systems students this is a must attend event. IT professionals who are not coders are also welcome. “We chose to focus on programming and Software development because it is part of our individual careers, but mainly is our way to give back to people who are less fortunate than us and are really trying to find a way out. We believe that software is vital since other technologies cannot function without it” said Ali Kone Director of Training program and Co-Founder.
Keynote Speakers include Coders4Africa co-founders and Team members, iLabAfrica staff, Microsoft, IBM, and representatives from local IT shops: StorySpaces, Akirachix, M-Farm, Jumping Bean (form South Africa) among others. “One of our end goals is to create a strong community of African programmers that share and transfer knowledge among themselves and to future generation of programmers. Furthermore, we foresee Coders4Africa to be the authoritative source that produces and showcases African software engineers and developers who aspire to compete in the global market.” CEO and Co-Founder Amadou Daffe said.
The event will showcase the importance of technology
builders for the development of Africa. “We are going to demonstrate how
Coders4Africa is playing its part to remedy the lack of professional
technologist in Africa, and how partnering with companies and universities in
the process of training professional software developers will be faster,
valuable and honestly a blessing” said Marketing & Communications Director
and Co-Founder Kwame Andah.
Coders4Africa’s vision is to create and support a Pan-African community of competent, internationally certified IT professionals focused on developing the IT tools for African Agriculture, Business, Education, Health Care, Government and general Social needs. By leveraging the rapid development and evolution of the wireless communications and Internet access platform in Africa, their goal is to educate, certify and continue to support a 1000+ cadre of IT professionals.
Coders4Africa was first conceived in August 2010 through the efforts of a group of 5 friends (Amadou Daffe –Senegal, Ali Kone –Mali, Ibrahim Cisse –Mali/Senegal, Moustapha Cisse –Niger, Kwame Andah -Ghana) who collectively have 40 plus years of experience in the engineering and development field. They all share a passion for technology in general and software engineering in particular.
They have organized conferences in Mali, Senegal, Ghana with sponsors including Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT (Ghana), SUP'INFO DAKAR (Senegal), Microsoft and Oracle.
International Business Machines (IBM) is an American multinational technology and consulting firm headquartered in Armonk, New York. IBM manufactures and sells computer hardware and software, and it offers infrastructure, hosting and consulting services in areas ranging from mainframe computers to nanotechnology. As of September 2011, IBM is the second-largest publicly traded technology company in the world by market capitalization.
About Strathmores University's @iLabAfrica
@iLabAfrica is a Centre of Excellence at Strathmore University with a focus on ICT Research & Innovation, and Entrepreneurship & Incubation.
@iLabAfrica has been established to
spearhead research and innovation in the ICT for development ecosystem towards
the attainment of the UNDP Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) and contribute
toward Kenya’s Vision 2030. As a research centre dedicated to leveraging the
benefits of innovations in ICT, promoting entrepreneurship through nurturing
and mentoring of young innovators via adequate training programmes and
incubation facilities, as well as promoting a conducive environment in Africa
through policy research. Our main aim is to foster capacity development and to
identify and support technological innovations that have the potential to
become viable businesses and may have a social impact reaching the bottom of
the pyramid. The centre also advises policy-makers on the policies that may be
initiated to transform ICT into a genuine tool for sustainable development.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft Corporation, is an American multinational computer technology corporation that develops, manufactures, licenses and supports a wide range of software products for computing devices. Headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA, it is best known for products such as the Microsoft Windows operating system and the Microsoft Office suite of productivity software.
About Computer Aid
Computer Aid International is a UK registered charity that aims to reduce poverty through practical ICT solutions. We provide only the highest quality, professionally refurbished computers and laptops for reuse in education, health, agriculture and not-for-profit organisations in developing countries. At our London workshop we data-wipe, test and professionally refurbish donated computers, monitors and laptops from UK organisations and individuals. In addition to the provision of PCs, Computer Aid works on numerous initiatives designed to further increase access to ICT among poor and disadvantaged communities including the provision of e-training programmes for nurses and low cost software for partially sighted individuals. Most recently, Computer Aid has launched the ZubaBox, a solar powered IT hub, which will enable access to solar powered ICT anywhere in the world.
Co-Founder & Director, Marketing & Communications