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Swahilipot Hub and Dev Career supports CodeHack Girls.

 

Swahilipot Hub and Dev Career supports CodeHack Girls

Pwani Teknowgalz acknowledges the invaluable and continual support from Swahilipot Hub of promoting our impactful work of equipping girls and young women with technological skills. We are highlighting our recent program in which CodeHack girls are participating at SwahiliPot Hub called Dev career. Dev Career is a non-profit Tech organization that supports the rising Tech Ecosystem in Africa. Read about the impact that the program and support from Swahilipot Hub is having on the girls during this Covid-19 pandemic as they continue learning through virtual classes

Shermin Matunda On the Left, Amina Nekesa Center, Saumu Nassoro Right

Shermin Matunda
What are you currently learning through the Dev Career program?

I’m on the front end and I’m working on various languages; currently, I am engaged in react JScript.

What do you like most about the program?

Mentors provide excellent mentorship to us. We access invaluable facilities and resources like laptops and sufficient internet connectivity within the hubs.

How are the skills acquired in the program aligns with your career goals ?

It’s amazing how I get to upgrade my ICT skills. I feel I can achieve so much and create more than I could ever imagine soon. My career as a developer will be excellent, thanks to the skills, experience, and knowledge.

How will the laptops support you achieve your career in technology?

I’ll get to work on projects, create websites for fun, and for people who require such services, thus making good money 😎🤞. I can join a community of developers such as GitHub and stack overflow to sharpen skills and place me in good stead to get better at what I do.

What support are you getting from the Swahilipot Hub team?

The Hub provides the fastest internet connectivity one could ever need. It also has sufficient space, which offers an excellent opportunity to interact and learn more.

Any encouraging words for girls who will be reading your story on pursuing coding or technology?

My humble plea to the girls out there, please don’t hesitate to venture into technology or STEM at large; it is pretty fascinating and straightforward. You just have to adjust your mentality about technology.  It is fun and easy. If only you put more effort

and passion, you’ll reach greater heights. For me, it is so fulfilling; it’s a blessing.
Amina Hassan Nekesa
What are you learning currently through the Dev Career program?

I am currently taking a front end course.

What  do you like most about the program?

The program is insightful, and cooperation is highly regarded among developers and mentors.

How are the skills acquired in the program aligned with your career goals?

Its alignment is through computer software operation and also an improvement on my coding skills. I can also see myself becoming one of the best developers, if not soon, then one day.

How will the laptops support you in achieving your career in technology?

The laptops are essential in my studies, especially the website development courses that require frequent practice.

What support are you getting from the Swahilipot Hub team?

Internet connection, a conducive space for studies, an excellent team to work with, and mentors

Any encouraging words for girls who will be reading your story on pursuing coding or technology?

I would like them to keep in mind that THEIR SITUATION IS NOT THEIR DESTINY. Dev career is a fantastic program worth engaging in. Kindly endeavor to get to its root because if I can create a website through my coding skills despite all the difficulties, why can’t they? Nothing good comes easy. Whatever they are doing to get where they want to be concerning dev career courses, they should try as much as they can since hard work pays. We are here to help each other.
Saumu Nassoro Ali
What are you learning currently through the Dev Career program?

Front-end skills and general software development

What  do you like most about the program?

Mentors are committed to their active role of imparting relevant knowledge in us. Furthermore, we are provided with laptops and free internet that facilitate our learning progress.

How are the skills acquired in the program aligned with your career goals?

I have always desired to pursue a career in technology. This platform has provided me with skills and resources to pursue my lifetime dream career.

I am so happy and inspired by this program. My gratitude goes to my hardworking mentors.

How will the laptops support you achieve your career in technology?

They will help me put to use the knowledge and skills we are currently learning and even help us work and earn through the earned skills.

What support are you getting from the Swahilipot Hub team?

Mentorship, peaceful learning environment, and free wifi

Any encouraging words for girls who will be reading your story on pursuing coding or technology?

Do not fear to code. It is effortless to learn, exciting, and can be a perfect income generating career, so feel welcomed girls.

   Shermim Matunda
    Amina Nekesa
      Saumu Nassoro
 

 

 

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POT CULTURE 2020, FATHE’S DAY EDITION

“The Pot Culture is in itself a thing of wonderment and excitement. It is a form of compelling statement, a bold declaration on the dynamism of culture and how the new can be used to preserve or even erase the old. While on one hand we have the ever definitive conservative Swahili culture with its classical Swahili poetry (which at some point fused very well with taarab music), the leso culture and the various Swahili dialects, we have on this other hand a Swahili (in this case Swahili being more a cultural than an ethno-linguistic term) Pop-culture that is more self-expressive, liberal and merges globally acclaimed trends in their performances.” Hekaya Arts Initiative Read More

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POT CULTURE 2020, 1ST EDITION

Due to covid and the government’s announcement of banning gatherings, our first edition of Pot Culture 2020 was done online, facebook live on our page. If you missed it, here you go.

The first Pot Culture was introduced in 2018, with an aim of naturing talents along the coast, giving pltform and preparing artists for our annual art contest by the end of the year, Pwani Gat Talent. Read more about the introduction of pot culture from the link below.

Pot Culture Introduction

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Acha Gun Shika Mic Community Outreach

There was thunderous jubilation in Frere Town in Mombasa County yesterday when the Swahilipothub team landed. Several residents stopped doing their activities and joined the team in the event dubbed as “Acha Gun Shika Mic”.
The event “Acha Gun Shika Mic” – the first of it’s kind encourages community members to stay away from drugs,violent activities and engage in income generating activities.
The event brought together local upcoming artists who performed live on stage and passed the message – acha gun shika mic. Among the artists who performed are Ohmslaw montana,CJ, Deska Freere Town All Stars Among Others
Musa Chirune- Community outreach director, Shufaa Yukat – Communication Director among other staff while representing the Swahilipothub asked the upcoming artsits and all residents to visit the hub and harness its benefits in Tech and Arts.

The residents were left happy as majority of then got pleasantries from the Swahilipot hub team. Mohamud Noor , our patron while giving closing remarks echoed the words of majority of the artists ,”acha gun shika mic and ……… amani mitaani.”

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Ohms Law Montana –

Ohms Law Montana born as Kelvin Omondi was born and raised in Kisauni, Mombasa County. He later joined Khamisi High School where his passion for music grew each year. In 2009, he represented his school to the National level in the Rap category during the Annual Music Festival held in Kisumu.
Growing to the sound of hip hop as the soundtrack to his life, he later followed the route and two years later after completion of his studies at the university, he signed a three-year recording contract with Stantmastaz Entertainment.
He did a couple of projects including Jitambulishe project by Mombasa All-stars in Amillion records headed by Khalid producer which was a major hit around the country and he was the only rapper who was featured among big names from the Coastal region such as Nyota Ndogo, Chikuzee, Sudi Boy, Shabiggy, Rapdem, Kigoto, and Mswazi Masauti.
His love for hip hop and poetry has deep and emotional lyrics based on the day to day life experiences. In 2013, he was nominated as the Hip hop artist of the year during the Nzumari Awards and a year later in 2014, he was nominated both in the Hip hop artist of the year and Male artist of the year category during the Pwani celebrity Awards. In 2015, he was nominated as the Hip hop artist of the year both in the Nzumari Awards and Pwani Celebrity Awards. Currently, he is the Hip hop artist of the year 2015-2016 in the Nzumari Awards.

He has been a member of swahilipot hub since 2016 and is now using his talents to mentor others in the same industry. Through swahilipot hub, he founded the Acha Gun Shika mic project which encourages youth to stop radicalization through hip-hop.

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LATIFA NOOR – WEB DEVELOPER

At just the age of 21yrs Latifa Noor has become a remarkable woman socially. She has battled through so much to be where she is and has never taken anything for granted.

Latifa Noor is a professional website developer, She is currently a content creator and social media manager at Pwaniteknowgalz. She is a mentor at Mombasa Girls in STEM, a program that aims at empowering girls into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics she loves inspiring more girls to venture into STEM a career where women, she volunteered in conducting Africa Code Week, a program conducted in a week that girls all over Africa are taught how to code.. Latifa Noor also Mentors kids from the ages of 7-17 in mobile app development, robotics, and website development. Improving young generation creativity in innovation through training and mentorship,r Creation Software Development curriculum and social media content for the project.

Latifa Noor is the co-founder of Psychbeing, a non-organization in Mombasa Kenya working to create awareness and remove the stigma on Mental health using technology, offering an online and offline platform that uses can share what they’re feeling anonymously without the fear of being judged or stereotyped by others. The platform will also link the users with Therapies, concealers and psychologists were they can meet on the online platform or face to face. The organization also focuses on primary and high school children because they believe that mental health begins from a younger age.

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PAUL AKWABI – FOUNDER, TECH KIDZ AFRICA

What is your company in 2–5 words?
Technology academy for children

In a few sentences, what do you offer to whom?
Robotics, online safety and coding training and mentorship to children who are curious in technology

Why is now the time for your company to exist?
We are living in digital modern times and in Africa technology to children has become a blessing in disguise whereby children misuse and underutilize the technology at their disposal to an extend of accessing pornographic contents and becoming cyberbullying victims, thus we teach than on constructive usage of technology.

What do you love about your team, and why are you the ones to solve this problem?
I love the patience, passion, and commitment my team has in training children because children need extra patience and passion to be able to work with them.

If you weren’t building your startup, what would you be doing?
Hehee I would be in the military protecting the citizens from the enemy but using technology as well.

At the moment, how do you measure success? What are your metrics?
Success to us the number of children who have been able to identify problems within their communities and coming up with solutions for them, we measure our metrics by the number of students who have achieved exemplary in their schools’ performances since Tech Kidz Africa training adds more critical thinking skills to children.

Where do you think your growth will be next year?
We are looking forward to having enough training tools and materials.
What’s your biggest threat risk facing your company?
Lack of enough robotic kits, computers and research and development team….

Who are your biggest competitors and how do you differentiate yourself from them?
Our biggest competitors are Digikids in Nairobi

Tell us about your first supporter, or your first paying customer and revenue expectations over the next year.
Our first supporter and partner are Swahilipot Hub who believed in us and provided a platform, our first clients were parents who believed in their kids’ passion in technology, we are hoping to at least have one million eight hundred thousand revenue e by next years.

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Recent Events

Make It Happen By Charles Barker

On 17th January 2020 , Charles Barker, an international hotelier and hospitality expert gave a presentation about how to make it happen.

Indeed, it was an upbeat, #motivational talk which engaged with the audience and helped #boost their morale and appreciate their potential and worth

 

The second session was for #business #community and professionals. The presentation was more about corporate and social responsibilities and the positive PR and practical benefits that can come with reaching out to disadvantaged youth.
Charles Barker encouraged representation from as wide a range of businesses as possible, including hospitality and tourism, transport, construction and engineering, agriculture, forestry and fisheries, military and law and order, charities, marketing and PR, education, oil and gas and garbage/waste management and recycling. Medicine, law and finance would be others if available.
Lastly, there was a very hot debate about the future of businesses and adoption of technology. A challenge was thrown to the experienced business people/mentors, why they want to mentor young people

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Announcements

2019 PWANI INNOVATION WEEK PRESS RELEASE

Pwani Innovation Week: Stimulating the Digital Economy in Kenya’s coastal region
In an effort to foster innovation and create sustainable solutions in the Coast, Swahilipot Hub and Partners to host the Pwani Innovation Week on December 3 -6, 2019
Mombasa, Kenya (November 6, 2019); Leading Coast-based innovation hub, Swahilipot, will host the 2nd Pwani Innovation Week scheduled for December 3-6th, 2019; followed by the Blue Hackathon on 8 and 9 December. The event, being the largest innovation event of the year taking place along the coastal strip, is a consolidated effort by the Hub and its partners to help create a widespread culture of innovation in the coastal region. The Hub, through the event, also intends to enhance the development of innovative ideas and capabilities. “This year we will take and be present in all the six coastal counties, Kwale, Kilifi, Tana River, Lamu, Mombasa, and Taita Taveta. With our partners, we have committed to providing much sort skills to youths and residents, who ordinarily would never have access to the resource people we have assembled from around the country and globally, said Swahili Pot Hub Board Chairman Mahmoud Noor.

Themed on the Digital Economy on the realization that technology has disrupted almost every single aspect of our lives, the event targets emerging technologies that are changing the way we engage, work and do business. In addition, the event will also see the unique collaboration of Pwani Innovation Week with the Blue Hackathon, leading up to the Jumuiya Agriculture and the Blue Economy Investment Conference (JABEIC). This critical partnership will ensure discussions on policy implications through to investment opportunities are addressed at the event.

Noor further stated that “Activities are being rolled out across all the counties of the Coast with varying events and programs, to cater to a wide range of demographics and interests. At our main venue and the week, we will feature Hack-a-thons, training, and workshops; keynote speakers from industry and thought leaders, and boot camps, and our famed Pwani Gat Talent too.”
Coming on board to partner with Swahilipot for this event include diverse partners, namely Cellulant, Seacom, Huawei, Cisco, Liquid Telecom; and government and non-government agencies such as the ICT

authority, Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology, National Museum of Kenya, Kenya Red Cross Society, International Center for Humanitarian Affairs, Jumuiya, Konza Technology, Mombasa
County, Thunderbird Business School, Innovus, Sera Africa and the British High Commission in Nairobi, through various British agencies.
Details of the event are available on the Pwani Innovation Week website: www.pwaniinnovationweek.co.ke

About Pwani Innovation Week
Pwani Innovation Week is a consolidated effort by Swahilipot Hub, and its partners to help create a widespread culture of innovation in the coastal counties of Kenya – Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi, Lamu, Tana River, Taita Taveta.
Scheduled for December 3 – 6, 2019 in Mombasa at the Swahilipot Hub, the event is aimed at stimulating the Innovation ecosystem in the Pwani region.
Details of the event are available on the Pwani Innovation Week website: www.pwaniinnovationweek.co.ke

ABOUT PWANI INNOVATION WEEK PARTNERS
Swahilipot Hub
Swahilipot hub is a modern community-based innovative-creative hub that focuses on inspiring and helping communities thrive. It brings together changemakers, technologists, artists of all caliber, technologists, entrepreneurs, developers, designers, investors, and donors; providing them an opportunity to share knowledge, learn, find mentors and expound on ideas that will lead to the development of sustainable growth in Kenya and globally at large.
To learn more about Swahilipot Hub, visit www.swahilipothub.co.ke

Cellulant
Cellulant is a leading Pan-African financial technology company that organizes Africa’s marketplaces by connecting buyers, sellers and other critical stakeholders with an underlying payment solution that enables them to make and receive payments. Cellulant provides a single digital payment solution, Tingg-  a digital commerce and financial services platform runs an ecosystem of consumers, retailers, merchants, banks, mobile network operators, Governments and International Development Partners. Today, Tingg hosts 120 of the largest banks in Africa, 40 mobile money operators, 600 local and international merchants; and is connected to 220M consumers across 34 countries.

For more information, visit www.cellulant.com

Seacom
Today SEACOM is the preferred partner for African businesses, network carriers, and service providers. SEACOM launched Africa’s first broadband submarine cable system along the continent’s eastern and Southern coasts in 2009. Through its ownership of Africa’s most extensive ICT data infrastructure – including multiple subsea cables and a resilient, continent-wide IP-MPLS network – SEACOM provides a full suite of flexible, scalable and high-quality communications and cloud solutions that enable the growth of the continent’s economy.

Huawei
Founded in 1987, Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. We are committed to bringing digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world. We have nearly 194,000 employees, and we operate in more than 170 countries and regions, serving more than three billion people around the world.
Huawei’s end-to-end portfolio of products, solutions, and services is both competitive and secure. Through open collaboration with ecosystem partners, we create lasting value for our customers, working to empower people, enrich home life, and inspire innovation in organizations of all shapes and sizes. At Huawei, innovation focuses on customer needs. We invest heavily in basic research, concentrating on technological breakthroughs that drive the world forward.

Cisco
Cisco Systems, Inc. is an American multinational technology conglomerate headquartered in San Jose, California, in the center of Silicon Valley. Cisco develops, manufactures and sells networking hardware, telecommunications equipment, and other high-technology services and products.

Liquid Telecom
Liquid Telecom is the leading independent data, voice and IP provider in eastern, central and southern Africa. It supplies fiber optic, satellite, and international carrier services to Africa’s largest mobile network operators, ISPs and businesses of all sizes. It also provides payment solutions to financial institutions and retailers, as well as award-winning data storage and communication solutions to businesses across Africa and beyond.

ICT Authority
The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Authority is a State Corporation under the Ministry of Information Communication and Technology. The corporation was established in August 2013. The Authority is tasked with rationalizing and streamlining the management of all Government of Kenya ICT functions. Our broad mandate entails enforcing ICT standards in Government and enhancing the supervision of its electronic communication. We also promote ICT literacy, capacity, innovation and enterprise in line with the Kenya National ICT Masterplan 2017.

Ministry of Information, Communication, and Technology
The Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) have responsibility for formulating, administering, managing and developing the Information, Broadcasting and Communication policy. In May 2016, through an Executive Order No. 1/2016, the Ministry was split into two state Departments.
The State Department of Broadcasting and Telecommunications and The State Department of ICT and Innovation.
The mandate of the Ministry as derived from Presidential Executive Order No.1/2016 of May 2016 comprises the formulation of policies and laws that regulate standards and services in the Information, Communication, and Technology (ICT) sector, Telecommunications, and the Media industry. It is also charged with the responsibility of developing and administering  ICT standards, building capacity of mass media and ICT, and the dissemination of public information through the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC).

National Museum of Kenya,
National Museums of Kenya (NMK) is a state corporation established by an Act of Parliament, the Museums and Heritage Act 2006. NMK is a multi-disciplinary institution whose role is to collect, preserve, study, document and present Kenya’s past and present cultural and natural heritage. This is for the purposes of enhancing knowledge, appreciation, respect and sustainable utilization of these resources for the benefit of Kenya and the world, for now, and posterity. NMK’s mutual concern for the welfare of mankind and the conservation of the biological diversity of the East African region and that of the entire planet demands success in such efforts.
In addition, NMK manages many Regional Museums, Sites, and Monuments of national and international importance alongside priceless collections of Kenya’s living cultural and natural heritage. As an institution that must respond to the growing needs of the society, NMK is striving to contribute in a unique way to the task of national development.

Kenya Red Cross Society
The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) was established on 21 December 1965 through the Kenya Red Cross Society Act. (Chapter 256 Laws of Kenya). Its Constitution is based on the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocols of 1977 to which Kenya is a signatory.
The National Society was officially recognized by the Government in the Kenya Red Cross Society Act (Chapter 256 Laws of Kenya) as a voluntary aid Society auxiliary to the public authorities in the humanitarian field and as the only National Red Cross Society that carries out its activities in the Kenyan territory.
Over the years, KRCS has remained the leading humanitarian agency and the strongest humanitarian brand in Kenya, the East Africa region and Africa. This is evident with the level of expectation and confidence that the communities in Kenya have bestowed on the Society. At the national level, operations are spearheaded by a management team led by the Secretary-General while at the county level, KRCS is governed by boards and administratively managed by a Regional Manager.

International Center for Humanitarian Affairs
The International Center for Humanitarian Affairs’ core mission is to contribute extensive knowledge that will help alleviate human suffering through building safe, resilient and sustainable communities. Its main activities are:
⦁ Research, evidence & knowledge generation
⦁ Knowledge management
⦁ Data collection, analysis & use
⦁ Evidence-based public policy advocacy
⦁ Tailored made training & capacity development
⦁ Co-designing innovative solutions with
More information on: http://www.icha.net/new/

Jumuiya ya Kaunti za Pwani (JKP)
JKP aspires to be a social Innovation partnership network focused on enabling the Workforce and the MSMEs. The vision is aimed at changing the story of the Coast region by transforming the region into a high middle-income regional population with a special focus on the youth and women through employment and wealth creation. This is through the creation of a workforce and an MSME incubator that seeks to create employment and wealth and the identification and creation of Regional Flagship Projects phased for high impact delivery. This shall be anchored by A PPP special purpose vehicle to catalyze social impact investments.

Konza Technology
Konza Technopolis, previously called Konza Technology City, is a large technology hub planned by the Government of Kenya to be built 64 km south of Nairobi on the way to the port city of Mombasa. It is marketed as a key driver of Kenya’s national development plan, known as Kenya Vision 2030

Mombasa County
Mombasa County is one of the 47 counties of Kenya. Its capital and the only city in the county is Mombasa. Initially, it was one of the former districts of Kenya but in 2013 it was reconstituted as a county, on the same boundaries. It is the smallest county in Kenya, covering an area of 229.7 km2 excluding 65 km2 of water mass. The county is situated in the southeastern part of the former Coast Province. It borders Kilifi County to the north, Kwale County to the southwest and the Indian Ocean to the east. Administratively, the county is divided into seven divisions, eighteen locations, and thirty sub-locations.

Thunderbird Business School
Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University is a global management school in Phoenix, Arizona. Founded in 1946 as an independent, private institution, it was acquired by Arizona State University in 2014.

INNOVUS Group
Innovus is founded and led by a team of networked experts with strategic insight and industry-gained experience in business and technology including financial management, ICT risk, and strategy, business strategy planning, and execution.
Our areas of expertise also include tax advisory and compliance, business development and marketing, customer relationship management, business startups, and turnarounds, corporate training and business thought leadership.

British High Commission in Nairobi
The British High Commission in Nairobi is the diplomatic mission of the United Kingdom in Nairobi. It is located in the Upper Hill area of Nairobi. The current British High Commissioner to Kenya is Jane Marriott, appointed in September 2019.
Kenya was a colony of the United Kingdom, therefore diplomatic relations were established with the creation of the Kenya Colony in 1920. The United Kingdom was represented in Kenya by a governor. Kenya gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1963, with both countries establishing high commissions as fellow members of the Commonwealth of Nations.

Press Contact
Contact: Shufaa Ali
Phone: +254 731 347 434
Email: pr@pwaniinnovationweek.co.ke

For more information about Pwani Innovation Week, startups, exhibitions, sessions, training, application for speakers and registration to attend, check out, pwaniinnovationweek.co.ke or email info@pwaniinnovationweek.co.ke

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