Members of Western Kenya’s tech community continue to be excited by a recent series of Africa’s Talking Bootcamps that began at our hub last year. This is evident from the enthusiasm of the participants in the just concluded second and third bootcamps at Maseno and LakeHub last Friday and Saturday.
Africa’s Talking is a Kenyan mobile technology company with its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The company’s goal is to unlock the potential of mobile communication networks across Africa by simplifying the process and technologies required to exploit them. The Africa’s Talking SMS/ USSD / Voice and Airtime APIs has more than 1000 active developers spanning corporates, tech start-ups, SMEs and even budding techies. The company’s deep involvement with developers ensures that they provide excellent service for any technical solution over mobile (link).
This is was the motivation behind the initial bootcamp at LakeHub last December; to excite developers about new technologies such as these and empower them to think of ways in which they can take advantage of newly acquired knowledge to build useful communication solutions for startups and organizations.
About 80 participants from western part of kenya through the hub have benefited from this initiative so far. Many have been able to learn more about the Africa’s Talking API and how to integrate it with voice, SMS, USSD and airtime solutions. More than that, participants continue to gain an inner understanding of how the future of business is like with regard to communication. This obviously means that many of these undergraduates and tech enthusiasts are being equipped with knowledge and skills that are necessary to help them transition to the competitive business world.
Nicoale, a young medical student at a local college who only began coding in August last year in the hopes of improving her standing in the world of technology is one such beneficiary in the training over the weekend. “The session was interactive and the trainer ensured everyone was following along,” says Nicoale who hopes to become a fullstack developer in the near future with the vision of solving problems we face locally.
We at LakeHub remain committed to bringing technology education to the community in Kisumu and Western Kenya and with partners like Africa’s Talking, we are able to ensure that this objective is achieved.
It is dreams like Nicoale’s that keep us going at LakeHub and it is with partners like Africa’s Talking that we can help bring them to reality. We believe there are many of you out there who wish you join one or more of our initiatives at the hub. In case you missed this and the previous workshops, plans are underway to have a more bootcamps in the coming weeks and months. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter feeds.
Reporting made possible by Sigu Magwa.