She Hacks Africa coding Boot camp (Cohort 12), sponsored by Aspire Coronation Trust Foundation, started on the1st of July 2019 with a total of  39 youths. The goal of the initiative is to increase the number of young females in the technology workforce and to enhance the livelihood of young Nigerians.  

It was an impactful and significant experience for the participants.  Participants were introduced to the basics of website development (Front-end and Back-end programming), Github, as well as mobile app development using the Ionic framework. They also got involved in an icebreaker, an activity/game that is used to welcome and warm up the conversation among participants. Facilitators made sure participants had ice breakers in between classes just to keep them relaxed and get back on track. Furthermore, they were acquainted with Design thinking, Entrepreneurship and effective way on how to pitch their business ideas.

Besides the web development, participants had an interactive and engaging session on Self-discovery and effective leadership by the Executive director of  Pripe Educational service limited; Mrs. Christine Baiyekusi, Building Character and Competence for effective leadership by Impact your world leadership initiative. An initiative that focuses on raising purpose-driven leaders as change agents by imparting set value.

In the third week, participant paid a visit to Nigeria Climate Innovation Center. Each group had the opportunity to present their projects by which they got constructive feedback on their projects. The participants also engaged in an interactive and thought-provoking session with Mr. Bankole Oloruntoba, the CEO of NCIC on how to sustain and scale up start-ups in Nigeria.

Mr. Emeka Okoye, CEO of Cymantiks Nigeria limited and Senior Semantics Web architect shared his personal and professional insight on technology and entrepreneurship. He also had a one on one interaction with each group on their projects.

Participants were already acquainted with themselves and the project they had at hand. Each group consisting of about 7 students was tasked with solving a societal problem using a technical solution. Participants came with twelve unique social entrepreneurial ideas addressing problems in Health, Environment (Waste Management) and Education.

The final day of the boot camp tagged She Hacks Africa’s pitch and career day. The teams presented their projects to a group of Judges, who are experts in Business, Investment, and technology. Their website was judged and graded based on their website appearance, user-friendliness, and functionality. The business plan, business model canvas, and overall presentation were other criteria used to judge each group. The event ended with the presentation of a certificate of completion to participants.

Unoma Okorafor

Dr. Unoma Okorafor is the founder of WAAW Foundation. She is a passionate social entrepreneur committed to empowering girls in African through STEM focused education.

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