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TechGen Mentors 150 African Children in ‘TechGen CodeCamp 2018; Towards Technological Innovation’


In our quest to groom young Africans to become global tech innovators, preparing them for the future and reducing unemployability, in less than two years, Techgen Africa has inspired over 3000 young Africans to code through various schools (public and private), communities and NGOs. We achieved this through programmes like, TechGen CodeCamp, Challenge, mentoring, Code Festival.

Kids at the CodeCamp discussing their solutions

This year wasn’t an exception as kids from across Africa partook in TechGen CodeCamp which held in Lagos during the summer holidays. Through our partnerships with Destiny Trust (which hosts 135 underrepresented person’s), Almond Schools and specific families, we were able to reach 150 young Africans. In this year’s CodeCamp which lasted for 5 weeks, we made history by featuring the first ever Blockchain training for kids in Nigeria. The Blockchain training for kids is only the second in Africa after Kenya.
Apart from coding, Blockchain technology and scratch programming, students also took part in leadership classes, sports and excursions.

            Kids receiving lessons

At the end of the five-week CodeCamp, some of the children used their newly-acquired coding skills to solve some local problems they had observed. Innovations by the students include mobile hospital, traffic teller, CGPA calculator, language translator and pizza calculator for Domino. It was indeed an amazing summer!
As schools resumed, our coding clubs also resumed in many schools and accredited homes in Nigeria. Contact us if you want your schools pupils and youngsters to learn the future skills with professionals.

           Some of the facilitators and mentors

The TechGen CodeCamp was sponsored by @mindthegap, Garmelial and Susan Onosode foundation (Gamsuf), AndelaFlying Doctors and Firstwealth.
It is worthy to note that next year, TechGen Code Camp will be converted into a Code Festival. It will also take place in virtually every African country next year as the program has become too invaluable to be localized..

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India STEM Alliance partners with TechGen Africa


 
1 February, 2019, New Delhi : The India STEM Alliance today announced that they have collaborated with Tech Gen for its first strategic partner in Africa.
The India STEM Alliance was founded to inspire young people’s interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).The strategic partnership announcement represents a larger commitment by India STEM Alliance to TechGen “By sharing our knowledge and resources with TechGen, the India STEM Alliance is not only investing in the future of STEM but building relationships between students and mentors,” said Mr. Raj Kapoor, the Co Founder of India STEM Alliance. “It’s so important to give our time to mentor these young people. As a Strategic Partner of TechGen , ISA is continuing to grow its support of TechGen students and educating and inspiring the next generation of talent.”
The demand for STEM-educated employees continues to rise in developing countries, and in the future the need will outpace the number of prepared candidates if left unaddressed. ISA’s partnership with Tech Gen is a critical component of its larger effort to close the STEM skills gap.
The India STEM Alliance and TechGen will collaborate in capacity building, setting up centres of innovations in schools and in the community. The strategic partnership will take the lead in creating frameworks and advise schools on best practices, consult them on STEAM strategies, curates solutions and project manages to ensure measurable learning outcomes have been achieved.
The alliance projects that STEAM education shall propel the country into the league of developed nations.
About India STEM Alliance
The India STEM Alliance (ISA) is a science development think tank. We have steadily grown over the years both in members and projects. We are a small group with big ideas. We are former scientists, higher education leaders, analysts, graduate students, and others who are just passionate about science. The Alliance was born from a series of intense discussions about science education, global health, and how to increase access around the world and especially in developing countries. The initial goal focused on promoting STEM education around the country.

About Tech Gen
TechGen Africa, based out of Nigeria is a platform to grooming world class tech innovators. They envision a future where youngsters will solve societal problems, using technology, thereby fostering socio-economic growth.
TechGen is committed to expanding STEM education to schools students and communities across Africa. Tech Gen is lead by the dynamic Sodiq Ade Balogun who is the founder/CEO at TechGen. He’s passionate about making lasting impact and instilling innovative culture in youngsters.He was nominated among 100 innovative young Africans in 2018.
In 2017, he was selected among over 10,000 graduates across various institutions in Africa to receive NYSC merit awards. He has his first degree at university of Lagos. Also a graduate of Lagos Business school, IBM, Y combinator startups school, Haas business school, Berkeley.

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TechGen BootCamp 2018/2019

Exploration is the engine that drives innovation. Innovation drives economic growth” Edith Widder.
 
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On the 7th of December, 2018. TechGen Africa commenced the pilot edition of her innovation bootcamp at Wave Academy, Ajah, Lagos.
Twenty-four (24) young Africans between the age of 12 -30yrs old were selected and are expected to come up with software’s (mobile apps) to solve societal problem at the end of the program.
The bootcamp is projected to be a 6months program (from December, 2018 to May, 2019). Specifically , 2 days for physical training while others days are for virtual classes.
Line-Up courses includes:
Software development, Design thinking, entrepreneurship, mentoring and pitching.
All of this courses will be anchored by industry leaders and some TechGen colleagues at YC startup school, California, 2018.
We are confidence that the bootcamp is going to be an highly successful one with great support from concerned and good fellow especially Wave Academy.

Join Us! we are committed to grooming the next generation of tech innovators in Africa and beyond.
“We need to be deliberate, as technological innovation does not just transit us from marginal to mainstream economy, it also provides social ease” Sodiq Ade Balogun
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