AFRICA Agility, a non-profit organisation with a goal to enable real impact in Africa by grooming a smarter generation of leaders, has concluded its three-week intensive training boot camp for 100 undergraduates and unemployed female graduates in Lagos and its environs, in a bid to empower the participants towards building a career as computer programmers and techpreneurs.
Participants were awarded the Certified Scrum Master certification from the leading Agile organisation in the world after completing the two-day training facilitated by experts in the field of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, UI/UX, Web Development, Product Design, and Data Science.
The last week of the camp was an innovative hackathon challenge using an iterative product development method in an attempt to solve Lagos State complex problems (traffic, waste management, and e-healthcare) and design digital solutions that help to achieve any of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The boot camp was concluded with a “show and tell” of the innovations and the presentation of prizes to the top three.
Commenting on the initiative, Founder, Africa Agility, Aanu Gopald, said: “With the world increasingly settling into the post-digital era, there is a dire need to equip the next generation of leaders, particularly our young women, with digital skills that are becoming even more critical to sustainable social and economic growth.”
The intensive training boot camp which had as its theme: “It’s Bigger Than Coding,” took place at the Eko Innovation Centre; LASU Innovation Hub; and Mind the Gap Hub.
It was a collaborative effort between Africa Agility, Lagos State government, Scrum Alliance, Lagos State University (LASU), Genesis Studios, Mind the Gap, Agile Alliance, and the Women in Machine Learning and Data Science.