The AppDeveloper Conference by Codetrain was held in Kumasi, Ghana’s second largest city on 19th October, 2018. It was held at the Allotey Auditorium, College of Sciences, of the Kwame Nkrumah Universtity of Science and Technology (KNUSST).
There is shortage of professional software developers in Ghana and the global software space as a whole, because of the fast digitisation of many economies driven by the proliferation of smart-phones, fast internet and the rise of ecommerce.
The Codetrain App Developer Conference was a call to all who are interested in learning about how they can acquire the necessary skills in becoming professional software developers so that they can get the readily available job opportunities.
The conference also educated attendees on how they can get support from local and international funding organizations, incubators and accelerators to start their own successful software companies after learning skills in app development.
Codetrain also launched its app training programme at the event to offer an opportunity to people in Kumasi to transform them into professional app developers so that they can also get access to the job and entrepreneurial opportunities Codetrain offers to its students in Accra.
Richard Brandt, the CEO of Codeotrain said, “I believe Africa is the future of technology talent and with the right technical education and mentorship, we can make Ghana a global powerhouse for software talent recruitment.”
Shadrach Boadu, a senior developer and consultant at Andela, graced the event event by inspiring the students with his story of how he became a successful software developer to work for both local and international software companies.
A little about Codetrain?
Codetrain is a practical web and mobile app training programme which transforms Ghana’s youth into professional software developers and then connects them to job opportunities in local and international companies. Codetrain’s approach to training is a holistic model where students get trained on industry based simulated projects to get practical experience as well as training in the soft skills required to be successful in today’s modern workplace.
Over the past year, Codetrain has held training bootcamps for thousands of students, educational institutions in Ghana including KNUST, Lancaster University, Ashesi University, and the Achimota SHS. Codetrain has also trained over 250 professional software developers and has placed them in top software companies such as Meqasa, Ghana’s leading online real estate listing site and Talamus, an award winning Ghanaian health app.
In 2019, Codetrain seeks to train over 1000 Ghanaian youth in professional web and mobile app developers to meet the high demand by companies for tech talent.
If you are interested in joining Codetrain’s program, register on their website.
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9 Startups Accepted into the First Next Health Accelerator with $15K Seed Funding
Intrepid Entrepreneurs, a non-profit designed to catalyze the power and promise of young people and women to fundamentally advance their societies, recruited nine startups for the inaugural cohort of the Next Health Accelerator.
Female, African entrepreneurs with a minimum viable product (MVP) from 26 countries applied to the program. After a rigorous review process, nine startups from seven countries were selected to begin the program in March 2021. The investor readiness accelerator is six months long and includes $15,000 seed funding, international mentors and partners, business support services, and value chain access.
The Next Health Accelerator’s focus on sexual and reproductive health is founded on the premise that unmet needs for sexual education, menstrual hygiene management, family planning, medication abortion, and STI diagnosis and treatment will be most sustainably delivered by local African enterprises.
Sexual and Reproductive Health issues directly affect 300 million women and girls on the continent and the productivity of the entire continent. For the continent to prosper and support its burgeoning youth population, it must harness the demographic dividend with access to equitable healthcare and economic opportunities. Next Health Accelerator addresses both.
The 2021 cohort includes:
- Rocket Health: Provides telemedicine and pharmacy services for SRH needs including convenient lab test retrieval and medication delivery in Uganda
- Verifie: Delivers STI self-tests and treatment products via doorstep delivery in Ghana
- Pharmaserve: Specializes in delivering high-quality pharmaceuticals in Nigeria through a fully integrated inventory monitoring system
- Girls Pride: Provides menstrual hygiene management education and skills training to create reusable pads in The Gambia
- Pad-Up Creations: Employs over 100 people in Nigeria to produce single-use, chemical-free pads sold in 16 countries
- Valorigo: Manufacturers single-use sanitary eco-friendly pads made from locally grown bamboo in the Congo
- The Grace Cup: Delivers SRH education and reusable menstrual cups in Kenya
- Kosmotive: Provides SRH information and access to SRH self-care products in Rwanda
- Massira: Delivers SRH information interactively as well as access to SRH services and products through an online community in Ghana
Lindsey Simmonds, the Co-founder of Intrepid Entrepreneurs in a press statement said,
She continued that, development policies made in Washington, D.C. or London need to make room for the power and promise of the youth and women on the African continent. And on this premises, their Next Health Accelerator catalyzes African startups to investor readiness to make scalable, sustainable impact imbued with the commitment and determination that only comes from homegrown ideas.
Visit the intrepidentrepreneurs.org to learn more about the Next Health Accelerator 2021.
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