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SHE HACKS AFRICA coding bootcamp is the total package, Our experience so far

The WAAW Foundation She Hacks Africa coding, leadership and entrepreneurship November bootcamp which aims to build self-confidence in African youths as change agents and technology innovators in their communities while giving them relevant skills to build technology enterprises through an intensive hours of coding and mental development which is followed by class activities and take-home assignments.

We are always happy to see participants of the bootcamp bring up new ideas in solving our societal problems through the use of latest technology. Two of our participants, Theola Amiokhaibhor and Eniola Sekoni share their experience so far:

The SHE HACKS AFRICA initiative is not just about coding. It is so much more. From valuable lessons on leadership to making impact to changing our societies one step at a a time to teamwork, business planning and it’s management, SHE HACKS AFRICA CODING BOOTCAMP is the total package .”- Theola Amiokhaibhor

Before I was granted a scholarship to learn code at WAAW foundation SHE HACKS AFRICA Coding bootcamp, I had never written a line of code. I was on a quest to do something productive during my holiday but I got more than what I bargained for. Walking into SHE HACKS AFRICA, I was met with intelligence, creativity, togetherness, brilliance, teamwork and even playfulness all in one package.
In the first week of the program, we were introduced to concepts like how the Internet works. We were subsequently introduced into the world of codes as we were taught the rudiments of developing a website. For a tech newbie like I was, I expected to be bombarded by complexities and difficulties I might not be able to surpass but surprisingly, I understood it all and I could even write my own code! This was majorly because of the hands-on approach of our instructors (Ms. Tolu, Ms. Funke and Mr. Bolu) who ensured that everyone learn at the same pace. We were also visited by representatives from LeapAfrica who gave us lectures on design thinking, Entrepreneurship and leadership that literally changed my life. The owner of Aref’s Cuisine also graced us with her presence as she gave us great tips on business management from her first hand experience.
In the second week of cohort 9, we were introduced to two other programming languages namely Bootstrap and Javascript . Although slightly more complex than HTML and CSS, our instructors managed to break them down into their barest minimums.
The SHE HACKS AFRICA initiative is not just about coding. It is so much more. From valuable lessons on leadership to making impact to changing our societies one step at a a time to teamwork, business planning and it’s management, WAAW Foundation  SHE HACKS AFRICA coding bootcamp is the total package .
In the span of ten days, I have learnt valuable lessons that would enable me become a key contributor to the development of my society. I am grateful I found SHE HACKS AFRICA. It has been such a blessing.

For me the boot camp is more than a coding class, it is training where I have learnt new bent that has prepared me for the next phase of my life. From the amazing lectures, to the exciting ice breakers  and sparking intelligent conversation, there is just one word for how I feel, OVERWHELMED! I cannot wait to see what next the SHE HACKS AFRICA has for me!” – Eniola Sekoni

My journey to become a web developer began when I received a congratulatory Electronic mail{E-mail} that I had been accepted into the WAAW Foundation  (S)he Hacks Africa (SHA) coding boot camp, an intensive four(4) weeks training on software programming, Entrepreneurship and project/portfolio Workshop. There was only one word to explain how I felt, EXCITED!

It did not take too long before I realized that SHE HACKS AFRICA initiative was more than just a boring coding class, it was so much more! In a day, I had learnt how the internet works, learnt to work with a team, and introduced to tools needed to develop website and to my utmost surprise it was FUN doing all of this.

Asides our amazing coding class, we also had series of lectures on Entrepreneurship, Design thinking, how to prepare a Business Model Canvas and leadership by several guests such as the leap Africa team and Aref’s cuisine. This lectures thought me to think analytically and differently. Although the curriculum of the boot-camp is focused around a tech sack, I feel like what I have really learnt so far is how to learn new materials and apply it in meaningful ways, a skill that translates to everything.

Also, another fascinating experience during my two weeks journey is how I have been able to work easily in a team and how the It has molded me into becoming a better  problem solver. I have not only built a website prototype with my team members but we have also brainstormed on ideas of how to can make the world a better place.  I must say, I secretly look forward to creativity and ingenuity in project presentation by each group at the end of every week.

Again, I must commend our exceptional instructors as this article would be incomplete without them (Mr Bolu ,Mrs Funke and Mrs  Tolu).their ability to break complex lectures into the simplest form is amazing. Their hands on approach and their practical technique of teaching has made learning not just easy, but FUN. Because of these, I must admit that I look forward to learning at the boot camp every day.

I can categorically say coming to the (S)he hacks Africa is one of  the best decisions I have made. Without any prior background in web development, In just two weeks, have been able to build my website using HTML, CSS and Bootstrap, JavaScript, learnt how to work with a team, think analytically, become a problem solver and most importantly learn new skills that translates in meaningful ways. For me the boot camp is more than a coding class, it is training where I have learnt new bent that has prepared me for the next phase of my life. From the amazing lectures, to the exciting ice breakers  and sparking intelligent conversation, there is just one word for how I feel, OVERWHELMED! I cannot wait to see what next the SHE HACKS AFRICA CODING BOOTCAMP has for me!