Two participants who graduated from the Autism tech programme in November last year have been given an internship opportunity at Safaricom.
The participants who graduated from the Autism tech training which runs for 4 months and trains students on IT and other computer/web packages will be joining the Safaricom team in April.
The participants Arnold Kanywuiro and Eric Thongori, were picked by Safaricom kenya which has a diversity and inclusion program which aims to employ people with disabilities. Their program mainly included people with physical disabilities but is now expanding to employ and offer internships even to those with learning disabilities such as Autism.
“When Safaricom heard about the @iLabAfrica Autism Tech Training program, Safaricom was interested in hiring participants for a 3-month internship program that will see them showcase their skills in the IT department dealing with Software testing among other roles.” Said Irene Gitangu the program manager of Autism Tech @iLabAfrica.
When asked about his view on the internship at Safaricom Arnold Kanywuiro had this to say. “It would be an honor for me to work with Safaricom because it was a dream for me to experience and to learn the activities the company has to offer. Safaricom is not only known in Kenya but also it is known globally and it is the best company in Africa. The technology they are using M-pesa one can be able to do money transaction. A Person can also save in his/her M-pesa account. The company was previously ran by Michael Joseph and now it is at the able hands of Bob Collymore. Safaricom is the company with many opportunities that one cannot afford to miss them but to be excited to learn them and become better. Safaricom is my dream company and it is the company that can build a great future for all Kenyans.”
Project Autism Tech was conceived in November 2015 as a possible means to addressing the problem of unemployment amongst capable individuals in the Autism Spectrum within the field of software testing. This specific area was selected because it is a model that has been successfully proven in all continents of the world except in Africa.
@iLabAfrica Research Centre in Strathmore University, was selected by the Project pioneer to partner in the execution of the pilot project. This project has seen the participants grow in the Field of IT and has helped them build their confidence in the delivery of their projects and overall as students
The project sought to create an environment whereby individuals on the Autism Spectrum could be trained and get employment on the basis of their areas of strength. Software Testing & Quality assurance is one such area where people with Autism have been known to excel and thus the project was borne.
Reports show that Autism affects an estimated 70 million people and is the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the world, with a startling growth rate of around 57% since 2002. About 80% of affected people live in developing countries where knowledge and resources are scarce, with very few opportunities even for diagnosis, much less for management and treatment.
Research suggests that employers are missing out on abilities that people on the autism spectrum have in greater abundance than neuro-typical workers do such as, heightened abilities in pattern recognition and logical reasoning, as well as a greater attention to detail. In all the other continents, except Africa, people with Autism have been gainfully employed especially in IT.
The project has a long-term goal of creating a social enterprise that would provide sustainable employment to qualified individuals on the Autism Spectrum as well as those with other learning disabilities.
For more information on the program contact Irene on email@example.com
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In partnership with Plan UK, African Monitor and YES Ghana, Restless Development is launching the Accountability Advocates Project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. The project will be implemented from April 2015 to June 2016.
Aim of the project.
1. To build the capacity of youth-led community-based organizations (CBOs) to hold governments’ accountability effectively.
2. To demonstrate how young people can lead and partner with others in the monitoring of the SDGs.
3. To promote the exchange of good practice, and foster increased sectoral coordination and North-South cooperation.
Who are we looking for?
A group of 20 dedicated, connected and knowledgeable young experts (aged 18-28) representing youth-led CBOs in Ghana, Tanzania, Zambia, Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, Bulgaria, South-Africa, Malawi,, United, Kingdom ,Finland, Romania.
Between May 2015 and June 2016, the 20 selected Accountability Advocates will be trained and mentored to design and implement a national monitoring framework. Together with a national alliance of young people, peer organisations and other youth partners, they will learn how to hold their government accountable in implementing the new Sustainable Development Goals.
For full details on the application process and eligibility requirements, please check here
For any questions regarding the project or application please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Launching at Nairobi
Village Capital recently launched its FinTech for Agriculture: East Africa 2015 accelerator programme at an event in Nairobi, revealing the cohort of 12 startups selected to participate in the programme.
The three-month accelerator programme aims to unlock innovations that increase access to financial services for smallholder farmers. Village Capital has precommitted US$100,000 in funding to be awarded to two companies in the cohort.
This year the Village Capital flagship accelerator programme returns to East Africa for the third time; with over 125 applications received for the 2015 programme from nine African countries. Village Capital’s investment committee selected the 12 most outstanding startups on the basis of how their ideas have the potential to increase incomes for smallholder farmers by improving their access to financial services.
The 12 startup firms selected to join the three month programme are:
Atikus Insurance: Expands access to credit by increasing the capacity of MSME lenders via reimagined insurance and technology risk solutions.
Chamasoft: Web and mobile app to automate record keeping for investment groups.
Ensibuuko: Builds ICT solutions to enable enterprises deliver financial services efficiently and to scale rapidly, reaching underserved communities.
FarmDrive: Transforming how smallholder farmers access financial services.
Farmerline: Provides accurate and timely agricultural information to farmers and also provides technology to stakeholders to work better.
MShamba: Interactive platform for smallholder farmers and traders.
Mobipay: Technology solutions to various economic sectors to drive commerce and trade.
NanoCredit Technologies: Lending and derisking engines, providing structured digital finance for small farms.
Rangerland Solutions: Online livestock marketing platform that directly connects buyers and sellers, reducing marketing costs.
Redcore Interactive: remit.ug is a platform for online international money transfers to mobile money in Africa.
Smart Money: Freeofcharge branchless mobile banking to unbanked rural communities in Uganda and Tanzania.
Yield Uganda: Sources high quality, traceable food products for local and export markets.
The chosen startups will commence the three month programme focusing on business model canvassing, customer hypothesis testing, financial modeling, partnership and customer development, and investor engagement. The cohort will present to potential partners and customers at a pitch day, as well as pitch to investors at an investor demo day.
Village Capital has precommitted US$100,000 in investment to be shared by two startups in the cohort. The winners of the funding will be chosen by the accelerator participants at the end of the programme in June. Each of the two selected companies will receive US$50,000 in funding.
“Thanks to the pool of talented and innovative startups that applied for a place on our programme from across East Africa, it was a challenging process to select the final 12. We have been truly impressed with the quality of applications received this year,” John Mulqueen, Financial Associate at Village Capital said, speaking at the launch event.
“The Village Capital FinTech for Agriculture programme is great for remit.ug because it provides us and other entrepreneurs with an opportunity to grow, and to help a very critical group of people the financially underserved. We are excited about networking and sharing with other entrepreneurs in the space who are facing the same challenges,” said Stone Atwine, chief executive officer (CEO) and cofounder of Recore International, one of the selected startups.
“Through enabling smallholder farmers to use financial technologies, Africa’s agripotential will surely be unlocked. We at Mobipay are very excited to be involved in the Village Capital programme, which will be a key player in realising Africa’s potential,” said Charles Kiinde, founder of Mobipay.
What is expected of the programme graduates?
Programme graduates are expected to increase their revenue growth by 4.5 times, and distribute goods and/or services to 200,000 customers within the two years following completion of the accelerator. Village Capital estimates the companies forming the cohort will create 200 jobs over the next two years in East Africa, with an estimated 60% of jobs going to individuals living below the poverty line.
IBM is launching Master the Mainframe contest to universities between April 1st and May 29th 2015.
Master the Mainframe is an exciting opportunity for students to gain real-world experience using enterprise computing skills. Hosted at high schools, colleges and universities all over the world, this unique mainframe computing contest is designed to equip students with mainframe
knowledge, and challenge their skills in a hands-on coding experience.
To compete in the Master the Mainframe contest, no experience with mainframes is necessary. In fact, the contest is designed for students with little or no mainframe experience. Students just need to bring drive and competitive spirit, and they will be ready to compete.
IBM is offering a number of prizes to students at the different stages of the contest:
– Bluetooth headsets, speakers and
– Smart phones
– All paid expense trips to IBM MEA HQ in Dubai and IBM USA
– Career edge and visibility to IBM mainframe clients across key industries
- Students can register on this link
- For more inquireis please send an email here
- Please find here few slides explaining the contest:
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