Monday, 28 July 2014

Peace Corps Ghana #HackMalaria Hackathon!

Hiey Guys,

Is been a long time. :D

Two weeks ago I was at Mobile Web Ghana in Madina, for Peace Corps Ghana's #hackmalaria hackathon.. The hackathon was in collaboration with Mobile Web Ghana and Coders4Africa.

Malaria still remains the number one killer in Ghana.
Some participants. Photo by Matt
The Goal of this hackathon was to develop apps that will raise more awareness about malaria.

As a newbie developer (Always a newbie huh! :-D). I was very glad meeting advanced and newbies like myself at this hackathon.

During the hackathon we were also joined by Patrick Choquette and Matthew McAllister of Peace Corps’ Department for Innovation in DC via Skype-in during lunch to show their support.

I was glad to say hi to Patrick via Skype too :-) thanks to Peace Corps Mapdown and other OpenStreetMap related projects; such 2014 West Africa Ebola Response :-). If you want to help create a free digital map of Ghana and the world then let's talk, so I can help you get started!

Meeting new people is no exception to hackathons, I was glad to see some good old friends and meet new ones too.

Thanks to Lynda you can read all about this hackathon here

It was great and fun!

Thanks to PCV Ghana, Joshua Kim, Selorm, MWG, SWAT and everyone who made this a success!

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Have You Heard of Wiki Loves Earth in Ghana 2014?

 By Kobebigs

I guess some you might have seen Wiki Loves Earth on the web. If not you can now via all social networks is just @wikilovesearth and hashtag #Wikilovesearth

Do you know how it feels when you see a photo by you (Yes I mean you the one reading this) used to illustrate something on Wikipedia or any Wikimedia Foundation project? Then come help during Wiki Loves Earth.

What's Wiki Loves Earth all about?

Wiki Loves Earth is an international photo contest of taking pictures of natural heritage that took place in May 2014 and still ongoing in Ghana, Germany, India, Algeria, and more here till June 30th ,2014.

I want to cut it short.

So why am I sharing or writing about this? Am inviting you to come share your photos of natural heritage sites in Ghana (taken now or earlier) with Wikipedia and sister projects. 

How? What? Who?

It's simple, this image should be your own work, When uploaded it must be released under CC-BY-SA-3.0.
Who? Anyone at all can participate. Click here for more on what to upload and how to do it.

Below is a photo I randomly picked from the ones uploaded so far here

By Kobina ebo (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

What Do I get? 

Not much but more than you might expect. See here for more about the prizes.

Feel free to ask me any questions.

Get involved today!

Further Reading


Sunday, 11 May 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

Mother's Day Card (Wikimedia Commons)
I still remember the lovely voices of the Nursery and Kindergarten pupils, when I was a teacher at Javard International School, shouting:

Danye si dzim, me lɔ wo ŋutɔ... (language: ee)

Meaning: My mother who gave birth to me, I love you so much!

That one line is the beginning of a rhythm. The energy, love and power that is used by these kids to say this aloud can be heard by the whole school and beyond. As I write it's echoing.... :-D

Mothers do a great job even when fathers refuse to do their part, they add it up to theirs. What a lovely mother they are!

The only thing you can give back to your mother is the LOVE.. I'll like to use this post to say Happy Mother's Day to my mum, her twin sister, Ghanaian and African mothers, and to ALL responsible mothers around the globe.

I LOVE YOU ALL... MUM... GOD BLESS YOU.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

BarCamp Tema 2014, Register NOW!


BarCamp Tema 2014 is a free networking forum bringing people together for a day of discussion, demos and dialogue on Tema, Ghana and beyond. It takes place on March 22, 2014 at the Rotary Centre (Club House) in Tema. The theme is “Building People of Excellence”.

This Barcamp will be the 29th organized by the GhanaThink Foundation as it builds a network of young change makers, doers and entrepreneurs in Ghana. It's being organized in conjunction with the Rotaract Club of Tema.

The Barcamp will feature multiple user-generated breakout sessions about business, social entrepreneurship, technology and development, alongside topics relevant to the Greater Accra Region and beyond. There will be a speed mentoring session where mentors will give insights and answers to questions from attendees. Various Tema leaders will be on a panel that will center on the theme.

Register/RSVP at the BarCamp Tema eventbrite website (barcamptema14.eventbrite.com) or text "Barcamp Tema [name] [email address]" to 1945 through any mobile network. You may also contact the BarCamp Tema 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 Tema 2014 is sponsored by GhanaThink Foundation, Rotaract Club of Tema, Nandimobile, etc. Join us to move the Greater Accra Region and Ghana forward.
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See you there......

Via: BarCamp Tema 2014 Eventbrite page