Prof. Constance Obura-Okello (Principal, College of Computing and IS) together with Mr. Bernard Kirk (Co-Founder, Africa Code Week), Dr. Jonathan Serugunda, (Lecturer, College of Engineering, Design, Art & Technology), and Mr. Paul Bakaki (HOD, Center for Innovations and Professional Skills Development) met to discuss the Africa Code Week initiative.
Africa Code Week (ACW) is an initiative to empower future generations with the coding tools and skills they need to thrive in the 21st century workforce and become key actors in Africa's economic development. In 2016 it is planned that for 1 week, 30 African countries will have 1000+ coding workshops involving 150,000 children and youths across the continent.
“In the knowledge sharing age we live in, skilled volunteering is the key for large-scale initiatives such as ACW”
Claire Gillessen-Duval; SAP, founding member and Global Lead ACW
The College of Computing and IS has been selected by Africa Code Week as a partner in this initiative to give some of its students the opportunity to participate this year. The programme itself is a half day workshop where students will participate alongside the 1500+ other students across Africa. The dates for ACW in Uganda are not yet finalized as well as the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the relevant partners.
The other Uganda partners; Makerere University, College of Engineering, Design, Art & Technology (CEDAT), ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) and Women In Technology Uganda (WITU) are delighted to bring ACW to Uganda and are look at tentative dates of October 15th – 23rd 2016 to implement and tackle the countries digital skills gap.