Wednesday, 31 December 2014

My 2014, What and What?

Finally, I've put a post together for 2014. To cut long story short 2014 was a year of happiness and sadness, failure and success. It was a year of mixed feelings. But no hope lost we say #MoreVIM
Mixed feelings..... © progressinlending
In this post I'll like is to share some moments in 2014 with you.

I believe in networking and meeting new people and sharing ideas, that's why am a BarCamper.  I can't see the year pass without attending one, I was able to attend only 2 BarCamps this year BarCamp Tema and BarCamp Kumasi (First time in Kumasi :)) and it was worth it. Thanks to GhanaThink Foundation. You should also watch out for the next BarCamp near you in 2015.
Speed Mentoring at BarCamp Kumasi © Wikimedia Commons
Volunteering on the internet has always been awesome, it's fun for me contributing to Open Source and free projects. One of the projects I got addicted to this year OpenStreetMap.  I love maps. Remote mapping; I've contributed to HOT tasks, Mapping Ebola affected areas for use by MSF / Red Cross and other humanitarian groups. I take note of POIs (Points Of Interests) along roads whenever I visit somewhere / in a trotro (cab) plus GPS traces. The interesting part is Ghana now has street names and OSM needs this data too. You can get involved too. Also visit OSMGhana for more information. Stay tuned for more about OSM in Ghana.
JOSM - Powerful OpenStreetMap editor
Other projects I contributed to were Google Maps, Mapillary, Wikimedia Foundation projects (Wikipedia, etc).

Being a Wikipedian, I had the opportunity to attend Wiki Indaba conference, the first ever gathering of African Wikimedians and other open knowledge volunteers who are aligned to Wikimedia Foundation's mission in Johannesburg. It was fun and educative. Meeting new people is always something I love.
Wiki Indaba participants © Wikimedia Commons
I was at Edit Ghana Wikipedia Edit-a-thon session at iSpace as part of NVDay 14 activities, met a lot interesting people, Mabel, Prince, can't mention all you know :).
Edit Ghana Wikipedia Edith-a-thon participants ©Wikimedia Commons

Being part of National Volunteer Day 2014 team also gave the opportunity to learn lot of stuffs and I also did my best as a team member. Volunteering is the heart of community development. There is a lot to offer and learn as volunteer. If you've never volunteered, then you're missing something GREAT. Follow Ghana Volunteer Program for updates on volunteer opportunities in Ghana and stay tuned for NVDay 2015.

Made lot of friends at Peace Corps, Ghana through volunteering and I was glad attending Peace Corps Hack Malaria hackathon at Mobile Web Ghana.

Relating to education I got admission into University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa, it was not easy getting in there. But thanks be to God Almighty first semester has ended. At UMaT I met a lot of new, nice and funny friends. In CE 1 class, we're family. Everyone is funny, serious and affected with the 'un' word.
Un :) © Enock Seth Nyamador
Staying in Gold Refinery Hall is one experience you can't forget because of these steps! Everybody love it :)
  Gold Hall steps © Enock Seth Nyamador
  Bing image and OSM data of steps (with arrow heads). © OSM Contributors
Tried polishing my photography skills. I found interest in the sun, clouds and Ariel view.
Clouds in Tarkwa © Enock Seth Nyamador
Osu ariel view from iSpace © Enock Seth Nyamador
Sunset at Gold Hall, Tarkwa © Enock Seth Nyamador 
Talking about some things I've failed / wasn't able to do: becoming a lazy blogger (here and other blogs such as unixmen and others). Not much improvement in programming languages I've chosen to learn and code in.

Now what for 2015?


Want to do more than in 2014. Help others in learning something new. Start something new or improve upon old ones. More codes and hacks! Meet more people, grow my network :D!

And not to forget one of my goals in 2015 is get a gear (may be a gift from someone, I don't know how. :)) and improve upon my photography skills, I wanna be a pro someday. :)

I fell in love with the gear below long before using that of Missy (D3200). Nice meeting Missy too in Ghana ;).
Dream gear! :) © Wikimedia Commons
Looking forward to a great 2015 thanks for passing by and see you in 2015. Wishing you a Happy New Year 2015.

Cheers! Merci! Thanks! Danke!

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

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.
Stay tuned via our social media.

Twitter                                                Facebook                                         Google+

Register NOW!

See you there......

Via: BarCamp Tema 2014 Eventbrite page

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Ghana is 57! Happy Independence Day! #Ghana57

Borrowed from Google Ghana
Waking up around 4 am today (6th March, 2014) it started raining heavily with thunderclaps and lightening all over.
Immediately I said to myself:

Even nature knows......

The rains didn't spare the Black Star Square in Accra as well:
At 7 AM I saw my brothers seriously getting ready for the independence day parade in my community. While it was still raining, I'd no choice to send one of them to their school campus under my umbrella.

I didn't make it to any of these gatherings today. And am trying to believe what I saw last year didn't happen.

On my way to Ho today I saw many students along as usual.

But one thing: Does Independence Day celebration only means march pass by students, security personnel and others?

Some Facebook posts I liked:



Happy Independence Day!! Let's make Mother Ghana proud.

Akpe!