On 31st January 2015 Oracle Academy, who we have a partnership with, had an IT Students’ Career day/Hackathon that was held at State House Girls High School, Nairobi, Kenya. In attendance were over 1500 students from 19 high schools.
The students participated in both mathematics and computer science quizzes and performed incredibly well. They later had a mentorship session from our resourceful speakers of the day with the aim of introducing more students in the computer science pipeline.
IT career day/ Hackathon
Guest speakers: Joseph Kanyua who spoke about “Why IT careers never disappoint”, Tracy Nyatoro – instructor, Strathmore University(@iLabAfrica) who spoke about “How fun and simple Java can be”, Terry Kipkorir – instructor Equity Group Foundation who spoke about “Benefits of partnering with Oracle Academy”, Oracle Employee kids (Sarah Murira and Joanna Longwe) who shared their experiences from the previous Alice & Greenfoot workshop and Beatrice Njau who spoke about “Time to get ready is now”.
Thanks to: Eunice Irungu – Principal State House Girls High School, Francis Kuria, Joseph Kanyua, Zebedeo Nyamboga, Delano Longwe, Eva Murira, Njeri Maina and Jane Wamuyu.
Oracle academy intends to follow up on the training of the high school teachers represented by schools in attendance who will further the knowledge to the students.
The Oracle Centre of Excellence was launched on 10th September 2014 at @iLabAfrica Strathmore University. The Center which is set to become the focal point of Oracle training and resources in Kenya was officially opened by the cabinet secretary for ICT Dr. Fred Matiang’i. The minister was pleased to return to Strathmore again for yet another important milestone in nurturing ICT Skills for Kenya. Dr. Matiang’i lauded the collaboration between government and private sector saying it was what would help narrow the skills gap in ICTs in the country. He invited Oracle to expand the program across other universities in Kenya so as to tap into the great talent possessed by the youth in Kenya.
The Oracle Centre of Excellence at Strathmore University is a state-of-the-art computer lab that will be used to train teachers and students at secondary and university level across the country in oracle technologies, such as Java and Oracle 11 g databases. The lab which has a capacity of more than 30 pcs is part of the Oracle Academy program and is already running the first course in Oracle database administrator.
The Oracle team was led by the country manager for Kenya Dr Gilbert Saggia accompanied by Njeri Maina the business manager Oracle Academy Africa , James Richardson the manager of for Oracle Academy EMEA and other team members from Oracle. In attendance was also the Director of @iLabAfrica Dr. Joseph Sevilla. Dr. Sevilla in his remarks pointed out that @iLabAfrica has feet on the ground to impart students with skills relevant in the industry. The Oracle Centre of Excellence would play a big role in helping out @iLabAfrica in this mandate. The Dean of the Faculty of IT Dr. Joseph Orero and other members of the faculty also graced the landmark launch.