Eko-Konnect Girls In ICT Community Day Wraps Up Women In WACREN Event

The Eko-Konnect Girls In ICT Community Day took place on Saturday 27th January 2018 as the finale to the Women in WACREN Workshop . The community brought together students, lecturers and the women in wacren workshop participants to a day of women's advocacy and activism aimed at encouraging women to take up careers in STEM subjects and looking at ways of overcoming the challenges facing female gender pursuing academic and commercial careers in STEM.

Guest speakers including Mandeep Saini, Head of Software Development, GEANT, Jane Egerton-Idehen, Country Manager, Avanti Satellite Systems and Founder of Women and Career and Ifee Kojo, Country Lead, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Nigeria, spoke to the different issues facing women and girls in STEM education and careers. The speakers touched on different areas including cultural factors affecting female participation in software development, how women should make strategic choices in building ideal skill sets for the 21st century and how girls can take of advantage of being mentored by other skilled and successful women from STEM academia and industry.

In a vibrant question and answers session between the guest speakers and the attendees, varying subject areas affecting women in pursuit of their education and careers in STEM disciplines were discussed in an open and frank manner. The attendees of the community day were inspired and the guest speakers spoke of how touched they were at being present and their optimism of far reaching impact of the community day and workshop for greater female gender participation in STEM related academia, industry and careers for girls.

Eko-Konnect To Host Lagos Edition of Women In WACREN - Physical Computing with Python

In collaboration with the the Entrepreneurship & Skills Development Centre and Faculty of Engineering of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Eko-Konnect will be hosting the Women in WACREN - Physical Computing with Python Lagos edition

The 5 day workshop will run from 22 January to 26 January 2018 followed by a community day on Saturday 27 January https://indico.wacren.net/event/62/ where women from faculty and the tech industry will discuss ways to bridge the gender gap in ICT and STEM development in Nigeria. The Women in WACREN Workshop will help support Eko-Konnect's Girls In ICT initiative aimed at encouraging girls at all levels of education to adopt STEM based subjects in secondary and tertiary education and to fully participate in pursuing careers and entrepreneurship endeavours in the technology sector after graduating from higher education.

Off the back of the workshop, Eko-Konnect will formally relaunch its Campus Technology Internship Program - CTIP in the University of Lagos working in collaboration with the Entrepreneurship & Skills Development Centre and Faculty of Engineering to develop challenge driven education projects with Unilag student interns to use technology to solve challenges in society.

To register for the workshop go to: https://indico.wacren.net/event/61/
Registration deadline is 10 January 2018 and the event is open to females only.

Ford Foundation Awards Grant To Support ICT For Girls

The Ford Foundation has awarded a grant to Eko-Konnect to support its ICT For Girls initiative in the country. The grant will support Eko-Konnect in its development of coding skills for secondary school girls in specific underserved areas of Nigeria.

Commenting on the grant, Mr Owen Iyoha, General Manager of Eko-Konnect said the organisation was pleased with the continued support from Ford Foundation and expected that with this support Eko-Konnect will develop sufficient STEM skills particularly programming for young girls in secondary skills and students in universities. He also hoped that the skills developed would be impactful in the Nigerian research and education network ecosystem. Mr Iyoha also said that a particular focus of development would be on Python coding skills using robots as a learning tool and using raspberry pi's and other IoT platforms to stimulate creativity among students in higher education that would lead to wider entrepreneurship initiatives.

Tracking Research Outputs and Populating Repositories

Eko-Konnect in collaboration with the Nigerian Universities Library Consortium (NULIB) invites you to a two day interactive and practical workshop themed: “Tracking Research Outputs and Populating Your Repository”.   The workshop is aimed at addressing some of the issues raised at the meeting of Libraries in support of effective research in WACREN held in Abuja last year.   

Building on regional efforts to promote researcher visibility and other collaborations to enable improved access to local content, the event will be a participatory design workshop with outcomes that lead to follow-on activity in participant campus networks.

Co-design a collaborative project for increased awareness and uptake of ORCID identifiers on Nigerian campuses, and employ them to efficiently track research outputs and other institutional data outputs through the integration of Institutional Repositories with the ORCID API.

Target Audience
Senior Librarians and Library systems support staff who currently manage or plan to deploy Institutional Repositories and want to achieve more impact from their deployment.

Date: 12th and 13th December, (Tuesday and Wednesday) 2017 
Time: 8am – 5pm 
Venue: Eko-Konnect Secretariat, 11b Taiye Olowu Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos

Registration is required for this workshop and costs N50,000 per participant. There are limited spaces for the workshop so please register early! There is a 10% discount for registration and payments is completed before the registration deadline.

For further information and registration please visit:
https://indico.wacren.net/event/60/ If you don’t have an indico user account click the ‘create one here’ link on the page to create an account and access the registration page
or email secretariat@eko-konnect.org.ng

We look forward to seeing you at the event.

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