ICT sustainability in Africa

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A Pan
-
African perspective towards
ICT sustainability in Africa


Presented by Coders4Africa Team
-

World
Bank 2012
-
02 SDN Forum: ICT Learning
Days www.coders4Africa.org

Capacity

Empowerment

Sustainability

Self
-
Sufficiency

Agenda

Presented by Coders4Africa Team
-

World
Bank 2012
-
02 SDN Forum: ICT Learning
Days www.coders4Africa.org


Overall overview of ICT in Africa from the IT professional perspective


Presentation of Coders4Africa and how it fits in the African ICT
spectrum

Perspective


Presentation of C4A current projects


One on one mentoring program with developers

In Action


Community driven organization


Satellite Expanded Role to serve African Interior


University partnerships

Major
Externalities


Description of Coders4africa Programs


Implementation of programs towards sustainability

Sustainability
model

Perspective:
Information & Communication
Technology (ICT) vis
-
à
-
vis Africa

Presented by Coders4Africa Team
-

World
Bank 2012
-
02 SDN Forum: ICT Learning
Days www.coders4Africa.org

ICT is on the move in Africa


A powerful medium to boost economic growth and poverty reduction.


The progressive model that works: “Kenya
-

Silicon Savannah”

Cell phones

& Internet

certainly

the most radical changes

experienced in Africa. The
total African mobile subscriber base is expected to reach 561 million by 2012

ICT has proven to


Increase Efficiency


Access to new markets & services


Create new opportunities for income generation


Improving governance and give poor people a voice.


Aid in pricing information for agricultural products, mobile banking and human rights abuse notifications.

Perspective:
Fundamental
questions?

How does a software
programmer helps a
farmer, a fisherman,
an engineer, a doctor,
a government etc?

How can Software
developers stimulate
ICT growth?

Presented by Coders4Africa Team
-

World
Bank 2012
-
02 SDN Forum: ICT Learning
Days www.coders4Africa.org

Perspective:
What
is C4A?

American Not
-
For
-
Profit Organization that focuses on Africa

Created in 2010 by 5 friends with collectively 40 years of experience in
software engineering and development field.

After years of interaction with technologists in Africa, decided to focus
on software development as a way to give back to Africa

We primarily have a deep understanding of the culture, experience and
setbacks the African programmers are faced with.

C4A has started building its team of professional here in Africa and
North America:
http://coders4africa.org/en/general/the
-
team
-
dp2

Presented by Coders4Africa Team
-

World
Bank 2012
-
02 SDN Forum: ICT Learning
Days www.coders4Africa.org

Perspective: Coders4Africa
Role?


ICT Catalyst

Presented by Coders4Africa Team
-

World
Bank 2012
-
02 SDN Forum: ICT Learning
Days www.coders4Africa.org

Perspective:
Vision & Strategy


To create & support Pan
-
African community of:


Competent,


Internationally certified IT professionals


Focused on developing the IT tools for African
Agriculture, Business, Education, Health Care,
Government and general Social needs.

Vision


Leverage rapid development & evolution of:


Wireless communications


Internet access platform in Africa


To educate, certify & continue to support a
1000+ cadre of IT professionals.

Strategy

Presented by Coders4Africa Team
-

World
Bank 2012
-
02 SDN Forum: ICT Learning
Days www.coders4Africa.org

Perspective:
Coders4Africa
Goals

Educate & accredit 1000 Pan
-
African software developers
utilizing mobile, web and
database development
platforms by 2016.

To build capacity by
introducing
DevHubs

across
Africa, providing developers
an open space to innovate
and create solutions that
solve problems their
community faces.

To create, via these
solutions, economic
development and growth
across local communities,
including the smallest
farmers and businesses.

To utilize the Pan
-
African
community of IT
professionals to create free
Open Source solutions that
respond to local African
problems and demand.

To stimulate growth of the
African software industry by
tapping into local talent and
human resources.

To assure the Pan
-
African
community becomes a
catalyst, playing a
prominent role in providing
technology
-
based tools in
Agriculture, Business,
Education, Health Care,
Government and general
Social needs.

Presented by Coders4Africa Team
-

World
Bank 2012
-
02 SDN Forum: ICT Learning
Days www.coders4Africa.org

In Action:
Current
Projects

Presented by Coders4Africa Team
-

World
Bank 2012
-
02 SDN Forum: ICT Learning
Days www.coders4Africa.org

Code Name Elimu


Universal School Management Systems with web and mobile capabilities (open source)

Online Examination System (OES)


This OES provides facility to conduct online examination for IT professionals and students in Africa.

Farming Inventory System


System that will expose African farmers crops and products inventory to buyers across the globe

Code Name LinguAfrica


Centralized repository of all identified African languages. The system relies on patterns and similitudes between languages.

LinguAfrica is able to classify and group languages that are very similar in vocabulary, grammar and syntax.

GeoSeek.me


POW locator


Ivory coast war displaced familiar member locator

MFishing


Fishing Industry management system


Mobile input from fishermen


Web for data management and KPI

In Action:
Mentoring
program with
IT
Professionals developers

Presented by Coders4Africa Team
-

World
Bank 2012
-
02 SDN Forum: ICT Learning
Days www.coders4Africa.org

Provide mentoring personal one on one session

Provide advices on projects and problem solving techniques

Assistance with software, hardware, access to Internet and web hosting

Provide open source and crowd sourcing opportunities for dedicated local talents

Induce growth of local software industry by tapping on local talent and human
resources i.e. Interns paid (stipend) to developers to work in local African SMEs

In Action
:
Year 2011 Review and Achievements

Community size


970+ members


23 countries: Africa and African Diaspora across the globe

Conferences Held
(Total attendance: 700+):


1. C4A Senegal Conference January 2011 (No Sponsors)


2. C4A Mali Conference January 2011 (No Sponsors)


3. C4A Ghana Conference May 2011 (Sponsors: Oracle, Bentley Systems,
Ecoband.Net
, AITI,
JUGAfrica
)


4. C4A Kenya Conference August 2011 (Sponsors: IBM, Microsoft, Strathmore University, iLabAfrica,
ComputerAid Intl, Safaricom)


Burkina Faso February in 2012

Workshops Conducted


Coders4Africa In Action (Senegal) 5 workshops conducted. Included boot camp style training for a total of
400+ attendance
-

Sponsored by Microsoft, Oracle, SupInfo and IDev1


Coders4Africa In Action (Ghana) 2 workshops conducted (Java 7 event)
-

Sponsored by Oracle


Coders4Africa In Action (Kenya) 2 workshops conducted Sponsored by Strathmore and ComputerAid

Presented by Coders4Africa Team
-

World
Bank 2012
-
02 SDN Forum: ICT Learning
Days www.coders4Africa.org

In Action
:
Local chapters

Created locate community leaders in the following countries


Senegal


Kenya


Ghana


Cameroon


Burkina Faso

Each team is an extension of the main leaders located in the USA & Canada

Each team is composed of: Program, Technical and communication managers.

On the ground managing events, activities and members needs

Developing and Maintaining new partnerships with local entities

Presented by Coders4Africa Team
-

World
Bank 2012
-
02 SDN Forum: ICT Learning
Days www.coders4Africa.org

Major
Externalities

The Elements Necessary for the
Success of C4A’s Program Exist now
in Selected Areas of Africa

However, Major Efforts and Changes
in Elements External to C4A are
Necessary to be Pan
-
African

Presented by Coders4Africa Team
-

World
Bank 2012
-
02 SDN Forum: ICT Learning
Days www.coders4Africa.org

Major Externalities

Pan
-
African Broadband Wireless Access to the Internet


Broadband Wireless Service to Public


Broadband MSO Access to the Internet

Internet Access for Interior Comparable to Coast


Submarine Fiber Optic Cables in Place


Need BB Satellite Services for Interior

Supportive Government Regulation for Wireless


Price, Competition, Spectrum, Resale, Standards

Presented by Coders4Africa Team
-

World
Bank 2012
-
02 SDN Forum: ICT Learning
Days www.coders4Africa.org

Major Externalities

International Support


EC BB Grants, US FCC BB Order, Australia Service

Extend C4A’s Facilities to help the Community


Share the spaces and the ICT Resources for: Education, Health
Care, Agriculture, Business Dev.


Support and Develop Entire Community

Multiply the Learnings from C4A


Partner With African Universities & Tech Schools


Extend C4A’s Partnerships with US Research Univ

Presented by Coders4Africa Team
-

World
Bank 2012
-
02 SDN Forum: ICT Learning
Days www.coders4Africa.org

Sustainability:
Current
situation: Issues



Software Industry in Africa

Modern software development requires an in
-
depth technical experience not presently
available to the average African.

Short supply of in depth technical expertise

Very Few African developers follow Full Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) resulting
in lack of quality

Not Adequate hardware tools for software developers

Foreign Software is preferred in place of local software even if it is poorer quality or more
expensive

Big one
: Lack of Jobs in the field

Presented by Coders4Africa Team
-

World
Bank 2012
-
02 SDN Forum: ICT Learning
Days www.coders4Africa.org

Sustainability model:
2012 program

Focus on 3 main areas: training,
community sustainability and DevHub.


Deliver practical training to 1000 candidates
who will be selected from the current
community members.


Continue to support and sustain our ~1000
members in our community


First community center dubbed DevHub

Presented by Coders4Africa Team
-

World
Bank 2012
-
02 SDN Forum: ICT Learning
Days www.coders4Africa.org

Sustainability model:
Training Program

The goal for 2012 is to train at least 25 developers up to 100. The strategy is to select 25 candidates per country

Objectives:


Pedagogical training: Applying a project
-
based learning methodology


Develop strong software and application development skills in Mobile and Web


The target platform for all projects pending other vendors: Microsoft, Oracle, Google (Android) and IBM

Target audience


Candidates selected from professional developers, computer science students population, IT hobbyist and
other local Technical schools.

Real life projects will be developed during and outside of the official training hours.

Life after graduation


Entrepreneurship training opportunities in collaboration with C4A partners


Continuation on successful projects to land job opportunities with projects stakeholders.


Generate income through self
-
employment leveraging local as well as regional and global opportunities

Presented by Coders4Africa Team
-

World
Bank 2012
-
02 SDN Forum: ICT Learning
Days www.coders4Africa.org

Sustainability model:
Community
support
activities

Coders4Africa in Action

Boot
-
camp style training on specific technologies and vendors i.e. Mobile &
Android

Coding Marathons: 48
-
72 hours, members under go all the technical & emotional
challenges in software development

African University Outreach program


Create partnership with local African Universities especially IT and technical schools


Be a bridge between Tech company and the African IT scholars, students and professionals through
our Coder4Africa


Organize Coders4Africa & vendors „tours. to universities and reach out to more remote academic
institutions to „spread the knowledge. and reduce „the digital divide..

Presented by Coders4Africa Team
-

World
Bank 2012
-
02 SDN Forum: ICT Learning
Days www.coders4Africa.org

Sustainability
model:
DevHub

Sustainable ecosystem to lessen digital divide with developing countries

Strategic approach towards empowering c4a members in a sustainable way

Technology enabler for local capacity and community building
-

crucial component of the c4a life cycle

Activities:


Mentoring services in ICT, business & entrepreneurships skills


Developer staffed lab with computers and mobile devices
-

Software & App development.


Free Open Source Solution (FOSS)
-

Internet and Wireless Network Infrastructure

Stakeholders and players


Software Developers
-

Local Universities and Colleges


Governments (national and local)


Organizations, Small Businesses & Local Communities

Key Benefits


Developers share crucial (tacit) knowledge amongst themselves


Developers have the potential to seek jobs locally and regionally


Developers have the potential to start their own business


Local universities and Colleges will enhance the quality of students


Engage national and local entities by inviting them to the DevHub


African governments could reduce their dependency on foreign Software


Small business can hire services from DevHub IT professional

Presented by Coders4Africa Team
-

World
Bank 2012
-
02 SDN Forum: ICT Learning
Days www.coders4Africa.org

Q&A & Contact Info

Presented by Coders4Africa Team
-

World
Bank 2012
-
02 SDN Forum: ICT Learning
Days www.coders4Africa.org

Contact information:

Amadou.daffe@coders4africa.org

Kwame.andah@coders4africa.org

Ibrahim.cisse@coders4africa.org

Woody
Kerkeslager

woodyk@att.net

Website: www.coders4africa.org