Friday, 14 November 2014

Wikipedia Breakout Session At BarCamp Kumasi 2014

Barcamp Kumasi 2014 was a free networking forum bringing people together for a day of discussion, demos and dialogue on Kumasi, Ghana and beyond. It took place on November 1, 2014 at the College of Science of Auditorium, KNUST. The theme was "Youth Entrepreneurship: Celebrating Our Heroes".

It gave youths the opportunity to meet other youths in their fields of interest for mentorship which is called Speed mentoring,
Speed mentoring in progress
There were mentors from fields such as; Technology, Entrepreneurship, Sanitation, Medicine and others.

I was at BarCamp Kumasi as a bar-camper and a Wikipedian. I had a breakout session on introduction to Wikipedia and what it takes to become a contributor to Wikipedia, first of all anyone, yes YOU can also contribute to Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopaedia.
Wikipedia session in progress......
The breakout session's main purpose was to present how the Wikipedia community works. I was glad I could answer a lot of questions from participants, making it very interactive.

One thing that came up was Kejetia Market and Kumasi Central Market was taken as one market on Wikipedia whiles in reality it's not. And it was an interesting argument...

Thanks Sean, for the mention:
Not to forget, some people (Wikipedia readers) are scared of hitting the [Edit] button on Wikipedia. They're not the first though, I was too :). But it's fun and interesting when you know.

At the end of I session distributed some Wikipedia swags; tags, pens, markers and stickers sent by Rexford. Thanks for sending them Rex.
Participants posing for a group photo with their Wiki swags :)
Everyone was willing to share their knowledge with the whole world through Wikipedia. I was glad when all decided to sign up and join the Wikimedia Ghana UG community, and have followed up already.

Cheers and thanks for passing.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Register and Attend BarCamp Ho 2014 #BCHo


Barcamp Ho 2014 is a free networking forum bringing people together for a day of discussion, demos and dialogue on Ho, Ghana and beyond. It will take place on October 25, 2014 at the University of Health and Allied Sciences Campus (UHAS), Ho. The theme for this year is "Re-educating ourselves for the new entrepreneurial world". This Barcamp hopes to assemble stakeholders to network, build a supportive enterprising community and partner to build together.

The Barcamp will feature multiple user-generated breakout sessions about business, social entrepreneurship, technology and development, alongside topics relevant to the Volta Region and beyond. There will be a speed mentoring session where mentors will give insights and answers to questions from attendees. Confirmed resource personnels would be communicated as soon as possible.

Register/RSVP at the BarCamp Ho eventbrite website (barcampho14.eventbrite.com) or text "Barcamp Ho [full name] [email address] to 1945 through any mobile network. You may also contact the BarCamp Ho team through the eventbrite page for sponsorship opportunities. If you are interested in organizing a breakout session, let us know, especially if you have special needs.

BarCamp Ho 2014 is sponsored by UHAS, Ho Polytechnic SRC, Nandimobile, etc. Our media partners is Spy Ghana. Join us to move the Volta Region and Ghana forward.

Stay tuned to BarCamp Ho social media accounts and pages for updates!

Also help spread BarCamp Ho 2014 by sharing with your friends, the image below:

Monday, 22 September 2014

Getting to UMaT, Tarkwa

Hello Guys,

Is being longest time. Thanks be to God I got admission into the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) to study Bsc. Computer Science and Engineering. Today is  9 days I  arrived in Tarkwa.

It was a very long journey travelling from Aflao to Accra, then to Tarkwa. I enjoyed it though since I like to travel for long hours! :)

I arrived in Tarkwa very late with a student I traveled in the same car with not knowing he was coming to UMaT too, now my room mate :).

Going up and down to get registered made me missed a scheduled twitter debate on that day about National Volunteer Day 2014. More about NVDay can be found on almost all social media sites via the hashtag #NVDay14

After registering at the administration block my new friend (Martin) and I with the help Felix (Ketasco classmate) and Courage (Ketasco senior) we got our bags into a Taxi which took us to our hall of residence (Gold Refinery Hall) which is a few metres away from the school.

Gold Refinery Hall on the hill :) 
Soon on that we got our third room mate (Adams) and the last but not the least (Combert) on the next day.

For the first week in Tarkwa it's a post on its own that I will write about next.

Below is a picture I took from the back of Gold Hall:


I really love Tarkwa but there is a lot to share from here. Stay tuned for more stories and pictures from UMaT, Tarkwa and the Western Region of Ghana.

Enjoy!

Monday, 1 September 2014

National Volunteer Day 2014 press release


The Ghana Volunteer Program (GVP) is a program being run by the GhanaThink Foundation, an NGO based both in Ghana and the USA. National Volunteer Day, which falls on the 21st of September is our major activity . It was instituted as part of GVP in 2013. The initiative is to get as many people as possible in Ghana to volunteer their time or do community service on the Founder’s Day Holiday. While volunteerism is not very popular and part of our society’s fabric, many individuals and organizations volunteer occasionally. National Volunteer Day is to increase these numbers and unify efforts in volunteerism in Ghana.

The mission of the GhanaThink Foundation, a Ghana and US based NGO, is to mobilize talent and support idea generation to projects and ventures. Through our Barcamps, we have built a network of over 5500 Ghanaian change makers, doers and entrepreneurs through events in Ghana. We want to use this network and other channels to build a bigger network of volunteers in Ghana. We believe volunteerism is the heart of community development.

We want to encourage more people to do community service within Ghana. That’s the same spirit our founding fathers engendered within our citizenry. By having volunteer or community service activities around September 21, we would be cherishing the ideals of founding Ghana and joining a national effort to work for Ghana. Volunteering demonstrates initiative and hard work, two ideals that many organizations look for while hiring. We believe that by participating in NVDay, participants would be building their CVs.

We expect at least 233 different activities on the day. You can find info about these activities and more on nvday14.eventbrite.com. If you need more info on what to do or how to contribute to National Volunteer Day, visit the same link. Interested groups,organizations and individuals should register/RSVP at the National volunteer Day eventbrite website (nvday14.eventbrite.com). Different individuals and organizations have planned volunteer activities for September 21st.Go to http://bit.ly/nvday14 to find about activities and more.



You can see various photos from NVDay13 etc on the Ghana Volunteer Program Facebook & Google+ pages. Most of the promotion and adoption of NVday13 was driven via online and social media channels with some radio and television support. 56 activities were registered on Eventbrite, mostly by individuals and groups that were organizing volunteering activities for the first time. For NVDay 2013, about 40 activities with about 300 volunteers involved happened. Their activities directly impacted the lives of thousands of people. These activities happened in Accra, Tema, Nsawam, Kasoa, Cape Coast, Takoradi, Kumasi, Koforidua, Saltpond, Tamale and Wa. Activities ranged from skills training programs, clean up exercises, tutoring in a particular course, reading clinics for kids, blood donation drives, creating playing grounds for kids in the government schools to painting schools and faded zebra crossings. The impact on the volunteers and beneficiaries was massive and was captured on social media.

GVP has supported the volunteer work of many organizations in Ghana. It provided the recent Agribusiness bootcamp in Accra with volunteers. It also provided 23 volunteers for the Chale Wote Street Art Festival. It supported the Read Aloud Ghana campaign in March 2014 with media publicity as well. It has a calendar of volunteer activities in Ghana as well. Follow us on Twitter. Contact the team via volunteer [at] ghanathink [dot] org

Source: GhanaThink Foundation