Friday, October 31, 2014

The 5th Barcamp Kumasi is here! Stay tuned to #BCKSI

Wow, so this is going to be the 5th +Barcamp Kumasi! I missed the first one though in 2010, when +Nana Kwabena Owusu +Teresa Lemaire +Kwamena Appiah-Kubi +Kofi Ulzen-Appiah +Carl Nutsugah and co were premiering it. We've come far. It's sad Eli Aidam won't be here with us for this event - the Ho & Volta region champion I've known - he passed away earlier this year in Kumasi. We'll have a minute of silence for him. He's a hero, like the many others we'll be celebrating this Saturday at +Barcamp Kumasi. Register and join us for Barcamp Kumasi at the College of Science Auditorium at KNUST on November 1st. This follows two Kumasi Konnect events. The organizing team behind that +kofi yeboah +priscilla sarfo-frimpong +Rasheeda Yehuza +Prince Boadu +joseph osei have been joined the ringleader +sampson deklu +Watson Bedzrah and co. Kumasi is buzzing as a result of many +GhanaThink Foundation led initiatives.
I grew up in Oseikrom and I love going back, to be with my family (now mostly parents) and reminisce. It's important that we champion the ability of young people to succeed while remaining in Kumasi. A supportive community is necessary, and the +Barcamp Ghana program continues to build a network of changemakers, doers and entrepreneurs in Ghana and beyond. I expect a great +Barcamp Ghana event. Read the press release below

Barcamp Kumasi 2014 is a free networking forum bringing people together for a day of discussion, demos and dialogue on Kumasi, Ghana and beyond. It takes place on November 1, 2014 at the College of Science of Auditorium, KNUST. The theme for this year is "Youth Entrepreneurship: Celebrating Our Heroes". This Barcamp hopes to assemble stakeholders to network, build a supportive enterprising community and partner to build together.

The GhanaThink Foundation has successfully organized 37 BarCamps in Ghana. BarCamp Kumasi 2014 will be a celebration of heroes who are increasing the narrative of successful entreprises and vibrant opportunities in Kumasi. This 5th Barcamp In Kumasi is continues to our network of changemakers, doers and entrepreneurs via the Barcamp Ghana program. Ato Ulzen-Appiah, director of the GhanaThink Foundation, chips in: After two Kumasi Konnect  events, Barcamp Kumasi returns to amplify local success stories.

As usual, we will have multiple user-generated breakout sessions about topics relevant to the Ashanti Region and beyond. Our speed mentoring session will help participants gain insights and answers to questions. Our confirmed mentors include +Gamel Sankarl (Author), Rick B. Okyere (EVOLV.Africa), +Rosalin Abigail Kyere-Nartey (Rosak Consult), Asantewa Monney (Clean Team), +Jorge Appiah (Creativity Group), +Abigail Aruna \ (Clean Team), Frank Boateng (Darko Fresh), +Albert Yaw Opoku (HapaWeb), Dr +Edinam Gaveh (KATH), +mildred ofosu-ennin  (Fashion Designer), +Johannes Arthur (Artist), +Justin Dakorah (Doctor), +woedem dzogbefia (Architect), Comfort Opoku Anima (OWEC Ghana), +David Asiamah (AgroMindset), +Winnifred Selby (Ghana Bamboo Bikes), etc

Register/RSVP at the BarCamp Kumasi eventbrite website (barcampkumasi14.eventbrite.com) or text "Barcamp Kumasi [name] [email address] to 1945 through any mobile network. Contact us via barcamp at ghanathink dot org for for sponsorship or partnership opportunities.

BarCamp Kumasi 2014 is sponsored by SCISA (KNUST), Reach for Change, Google, Bridge of Hope Limited, Clean Team Ghana, mPedigree, Saazaa Shoes, Nandimobile, Blaqsheep, etc. Our media partners are the Ultimate Radio & Spy Ghana. Join us to move the Ashanti Region and Ghana forward. Stay tuned via our social media. Twitter |Facebook | Google+

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Ato Ulzen-Appiah's profile

The time has come to host my profile somewhere on the web. There's no better place to start than here. :-)

Profile of Ato Ulzen-Appiah
Ato Ulzen-Appiah is an entrepreneur, manager and blogger. He hails from Elmina, grew up in Kumasi and lives in Accra. A notable alumni of Presec, he studied at MIT for his Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and had his Master's degree at Stanford in construction and engineering management. 

He currently works at Rancard as product manager building new revenue services off its platform, in charge of payments and content hosting. He oversaw the launch of the Intel Explore & Learn application and the building of the African Leadership Network gathering application.

He's the director at the GhanaThink Foundation which mobilizes and organizes talent for the primary benefit of Ghana
. GhanaThink, since its inception, has given birth to Kasahorow and Museke. It currently runs the Barcamp Ghana program (37 events since 2008) from which the Junior Camp Ghana program was created (7 events since 2013). Through GhanaThink, he also initiated National Volunteer Day, which is now part of the Ghana Volunteer Program.

He's a member of the Global Shapers Accra Hub, part of the World Economic Forum community, which organizes the Accra Discourse. 
He worked at Google as a program manager building sustainable tech communities in Africa, overseeing scores of tech events around the continent.

He 
co-founded Museke.com -an African music website, with a focus of lyrics and has been called the 'African Music Bible'. Through Museke, he organized 2 African music awards and the website had content from over 45 African countries.

One of Ghana's top bloggers, he blogs about personal experiences and things of interest at 
mightyafrican.blogspot.com. He's very passionate about Ghana and Africa. He exhibits this through social media greatly, having started the #233moments and #IMGBT trends, the latter of which stands for "I Made Ghana Better Today". 

Friday, October 24, 2014

The 4th Barcamp Ho is here! #bcho

Barcamp Ho is always epic! This year, we celebrate the living memory of the biggest Ho & Volta region champion I've known - the late Eli Aidam. He was a strong coordinator for Barcamp Ho and the centre aorund which many other great initiatives in the Volta region revolved. The 4th Barcamp in Ho is happening this Saturday, in a new location. The University of Health & Allied Sciences. This is one of the freshest public universities in Ghana and the +GhanaThink Foundation is happy to host +Barcamp Ho there as it grows. This will be our 37th +Barcamp Ghana event we grow a network of changemakers, doers and entrepreneurs. The team has grown and is ably led by +Courage Christson Tetteh+Gameli Adzaho is back in Ghana after his Masters in the UK and contributing a lot. +Ousman Saidy who is a community IT leader in Ho is part of the team, alongside +Elvis Bomasah who is shining in his online role. +Shika Brown was a volunteer last year and has a major role. UHAS being the venue has given +Precious Adade +Harry Akligoh & +Mark Hammond.
Like I said before, Barcamp Ho is always epic! Ask +Francis Addai for instance. And +Mabel Blankson. More on this subject later :-) +Eyram Tawia always shows us a good time, with kenkey parties and all. +Seyram Freddy Ahiabor is the life of the party. +Party Crew was christened in Ho after a bloody good party.  +David Nikoi +Donald Ward & +Nehemiah Attigah rep. We will be missing +Ali Bukari Ma├»ga greatly o! Read the press release below



GhanaThink to Lead Youth Development and Entrepreneurship in Ho
Barcamp Ho 14 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 Auditorium of the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) near the Volta Regional Hospital (Trafalgar). The theme for this year is "Re-Educating Ourselves for the New Entrepreneurial World”. This Barcamp hopes to assemble stakeholders to network, develop a supportive enterprising community, and partner to build together.

Barcamp Ho 2014 follows 36 successful BarCamps in Ghana organized by the GhanaThink Foundation as part of its Barcamp Ghana project. This will be the fourth Barcamp in Ho and we are dedicating this year’s event to the memory of Eli Yao Aidam, a Barcamp Ho pioneer. Eli was the heartbeat of GhanThink’s activities in the Volta region; he used his influence in Centre for Creative Youth and other networks to the benefit of the movement in the region. We hope his selflessness will inspire a new generation of entrepreneurial civic leaders in our communities.

This year’s event aims to showcase how Ghana’s youth can identify, utilize and develop opportunities. Specifically, the role of personal development in skills development and entrepreneurship would be explored across sectors. Through Barcamp Ho 2014, we hope to ignite fresh thinking, collaboration, and a hand-on approach to development in the Volta region and beyond.

Attendees get to choose from or lead multiple user-generated breakout sessions about business, social entrepreneurship, health, education, technology and development. There will be a speed mentoring session where mentors will give insights and answers to questions from attendees. Some of the resource persons include Dr Archibald Letsa, Juliet Nugble (V.P FM), +Prince Kotoko (IT Specialist), Frederick Duodo Takyi (Daily Guide), Bismark Tay (Leadership Coach), King Norbet Akpabli (Citi FM), Solomon Adade (Dietician), +Dzidudu Darkey-Mensah (Playwright), Leonard Lumor (Presenter / Actor), +Makafui Nyamadi (GCOM), +Awo Crankson (Edwina Kafui), etc.

Register/RSVP at the Barcamp Ho Eventbrite website (barcampho14.eventbrite.com) or text "Barcamp Ho + [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 supported by University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), Nandimobile, etc. Our media partners are Volta Premier Radio and Spy Ghana. Join us to move the Volta Region and Ghana forward.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Global Handwashing Day today - prevention is better than cure

The first time I heard about the LifeBuoy Global Handwashing Day was through +Vanessa Kavi, a +Unilever employee contacted me about getting volunteers. We were neck deep in planning the second edition of the yearly National Volunteer Day. Unilever was interested in supporting and wanted the +Ghana Volunteer Program to help them meet a goal. Connecting volunteers to volunteer activities is GVP’s mandate so this partnership was set. A couple of weeks later, on October 15th to be precise, on Global Handwashing Day, over 233 Ghanaians will be contributing their time and effort to help a child reach 5. Kudos to +Felix Nartey +Ela Asare +Gerald Sowah +William Osilaja Boampong +Enock Seth Nyamador and +krystabel vorsah for leading this charge.
A couple of people have successfully made me feel guilty every time I visit the loo to do the do and leave it without washing my hands. It’s become second nature for me to wash my hands as often as possible. Even if I am in the cleanest of places. Ghana isn’t the cleanest of places. In fact, the city which Ghana is emptying into and which those attracted to Ghana end up in, is amongst the dirtiest. Accra is so filthy that this narrative is overpowering its competition on Google. If we get into the habit of keeping clean, we can wash our hands off this bad reputation Ghana is gaining. We can buoy more life into our Ghana brand.

The first time I returned to Ghana after being abroad, one thing that clearly struck me was the dust. In effect, the dirt. Many people are unhappy with the cholera situation in Accra but a lot of people are not surprised. The cholera situation is losing a lost cause versus ebola, because it hasn’t really left and is as preventable as ebola is uncurable. A few young Ghanaians took initiative in the midst of the Ebola jokes and chatter, and took to the streets with #NoChoBo (No cholera & Ebola). What else do you expect from people who are committed to telling our own stories - +BloggingGhana. When we realised we were getting lost in the Ice Bucket Challenge hype, +Joselyn Dumas launched and continues to push an X-cholera campaign, fighting cholera.


Clean up exercises have became a rave that President John Mahama is bringing back good memories of Jerry John Rawlings. They were popular with National Volunteer Day activity organizers as well. Lifebuoy was there with us, cleaning up in these sanitation drives. Hand sanitizers are expensive, living a healthy lifestyle can cut cost. Beach clean-ups happened in Cape Coast, Ada, etc. The La Beach’s situation is far gone that it needs some mobilization to clean up. In preparation for this, NShoreNa led some sensitization on the issue. The same kind of mobilization is happening for Lifebuoy Global Handwashing Day - #LifeBuoyGHD. The fulfillment in volunteering will fill the void of responsibility in meeting the goals of the #Helpachildreach5 campaign.


Today, you can take charge like those mentioned above. I’ve always believed in “prevention is better than cure”. Leaders prevent, leaders act. Volunteers accept the challenge on their own will. And will will solutions to problems. Volunteer to help us get rid of preventable diseases like diarrhoea and pneumonia. These diseases are the top 2 killers of children under 5. Go tweet #Helpachildreach5. Now. Does that feel fulfilling? Doing it together and at the same time with many others is powerful. This is Global Handwashing Day. Let’s help our children (and communities) live and grow. +GhanaThink Foundation’s motto is “Less Talk, More Action”. Act today and at the end of the day, you can say “I Made Globe Better Today#IMGBT.

Watch this video. YouTube Link (Tree of Life).

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The first Barcamp Bolga is here! #BcBolga

Barcamp Bolga is happening because a number of people attended Barcamps around Ghana and want Bolgatanga to be a part of building this network”. People like +Frank Bruce has been asking to be part of the team that organizes this event since last year. +Barcamp Tema team member +Leonard Hagan moved to the Upper East region for his national service and has grown into handling more responsibility with the +Barcamp Ghana team. He's really spearheading this due to his drive and knowledge of the area. +Enoch Robot Boy Appiah Junior attended UDS in Navrongo and has supported this from day one. +Joachim Danbo has great passion for the Northern parts of Ghana and he brought on +Yussuf Bouda into the team. Once the ball was rolling, +Jon Mydaz & +Daniel Yakuba joined after attending +Barcamp Tamale this year. A few more calls for team members brought us Razak Dimbie. Unfortunately, there is no lady in the team. But that's not to wait for. I am sure after Barcamp Bolga happens this Saturday, +GhanaThink Foundation will be able to recruit some ladies. We're getting close to 50-50 gender splits at Barcamps now. Yay!  I will be there this Saturday too, spreading the mission of the +GhanaThink FoundationJoin us. Check the press release below for info and registration. I'm really excited to go to Bolga for the first time! I shared these tweets.
+Barcamp Bolga 2014 is a free networking forum bringing people together for a day of discussion, demos and dialogue on Bolgatanga, Ghana and beyond. It takes place on October 11, 2014 at the SSNIT Conference Hall in Bolga. The theme for this year is “Igniting passion to achieve excellence”.This Barcamp hopes to assemble stakeholders in Bolga to network, build a supportive enterprising community and partner to build together.


The GhanaThink Foundation has successfully organized 34 BarCamps in Ghana as part of its Barcamp Ghana program since 2008. BarCamp Bolga 2014 will be the 1st of its kind and it will showcase of entrepreneurs and innovators in the Upper East region. Discussions will center on developing various business and industry sectors in Bolgatanga and the Upper East region. It will be an event for many people who live and are interested in Bolgatanga to learn, share and network with.


The Barcamp will feature multiple user-generated breakout sessions about business, social entrepreneurship, technology and development, alongside topics relevant to the Upper East Region and beyond. There will be a speed mentoring session where mentors will give insights and answers to questions from attendees. Confirmed resource personnel include +Agana Bawa (Media man), Dr. Rockibel Adature (Motivational speaker), Kancha Joseph (Entrepreneur), Chris Akoba (Proprietor), George Afari (1st National Bank), +Albert Azongo (Journalist), +Hassan Hamadu, etc.
Register/RSVP at the BarCamp Bolga eventbrite website (barcampbolga14.eventbrite.com) or text "Barcamp Bolga [name] [email address] to 1945 through any mobile network. BarCamp Bolga 2014 is sponsored by +Inform Ghana +BloggingGhana Nandimobile, Upright Consult, etc. Our media partners are Word FM, Ura Radio & Spy Ghana. Stay tuned via our social media. Twitter |Facebook |Google+

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The 2nd Barcamp Koforidua is here! Check #bckdua for upates

This weekend I will be in Koforidua for the 2nd +Barcamp Koforidua. It took us a while to build this team. It started with the lone ranger +Nkansah Rexford who I knew as the main brain behind +Planning Wikimedia Ghana who was joined by +Samuel Tinagyei while leveraging Facebook. +Billy James Dega supported us by introducing us to the +All Nations University College NSBE leaders. +Eric Amonoo and +Samuel Mari Twum emerged out of that. While we were promoting the National Volunteer Day on Facebook, +duncan qwame and later +Jemima Abochie joined us, repping +koforidua polytechnic. This year, another mighty lady has joined the team, +Selorm Djaba.

Last year, we focused on growing a community of change makers, This year, we focus on helping people engage their passions and monetize their opportunities. A side note for me, I'll be trying to find out in Koftown proper what the word Abocco means. But let me not digress. Barcamp Koforidua - October 4th, 2014. If you are not going to be there, #bckdua on social media is your friend. Check out the press release below.

BarCamp Koforidua 2014 is a free networking event to bring people together for a day of discussion, demos and dialogue about Koforidua, Ghana and beyond. The event will happen at the Engineering School at All Nations University in Koforidua on October 4, 2014. The theme is "Engaging your passions, monetizing opportunities". Barcamp Koforidua is organized primarily by the +GhanaThink Foundation, an NGO based both in Ghana and the USA, which has successfully organized 33 BarCamps in Ghana

Barcamp Koforidua 2014 is the 2nd of its kind and it aims at creating a platform for young people to share ideas on how to identify, clarify and convert opportunities into business ventures by learning to engage and leverage their passions. it also seeks to promote partnerships that are directed towards providing a support base for young entrepreneurs and innovators. We would also discuss how Koforidua and its surrounding areas can be positively affected by youth.

Barcamp Koforidua aims to assemble Koforidua stakeholders to network, build a supportive enterprising community and give birth to lasting professional partnerships. It will feature many young inspirational people based in and outside Koforidua. Confirmed mentors are Francis Torgbor Richtor (RLG)Mr Omari Koranteng (Unibank)Maxwell Borkotey Mensh (AceLife Consult)BridgetYayra Kpodo (PMAG)Godfred Kini (Capital View Hotel)Sylvanus Gatorwu (Vision Fm), etc.

Register at Barcamp Koforidua eventbrite website You can also register by sending “[Barcamp Koforidua] [Your Name] [Your Email Address] to 1945 on all mobile networks. See you there! BarCamp Koforidua 2014 is sponsored by the +All Nations University College, NSBE-Ghana, Google Ghana, +Saazaa Shoes+Inform Ghana+BloggingGhana, BlaqSheep, and Nandimobile. Media partner are +Spy Ghana and Vision 90.9 FM.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

The 4th Barcamp Cape Coast is here! Check #bccapecoast for upates


Tomorrow, I will be in Cape Coast for the 4th +Barcamp Cape Coast. In 2010, +Kobe Subramaniam attended +Barcamp Takoradi. He was so inspired and motivated by the event that he led a team to organize the first Barcamp Cape Coast in November 2011. Since then, Barcamp Cape Coast has been a fixture where it happens a week after the Fetu Afahye festival in Oguaa - the local name for Cape Coast. Kobe's been supported by the likes of +kofi yeboah who he's on the +Barcamp Ghana team with. This includes +Rachel Hormeku who attended multiple Barcamps last year and is growing into more responsibility. Other leaders that have arisen out of this 4 year growth include +Papa Baffoe Aikins +Kwesi Quagraine and +William Osilaja Boampong who is now part of the +GhanaThink Foundation's +Ghana Volunteer Program team. The theme here is growth but one important theme is also that of branding. That's what Barcamp Cape Coast on September 13th, 2014 will be about. Check out the press release below.

Barcamp Cape Coast 2014 is a free networking forum bringing people together for a day of discussion, demos and dialogue on Cape Coast, Ghana and beyond. It will take place on September 13, 2014 at the University of Cape Coast, Faculty of Education Lecture Theatre 9. The theme for this year is Enhancing development  through Corporate and Personal Branding. This event will be the 4th BarCamp in Cape Coast as it builds a network of young change makers, doers and entrepreneurs in Ghana.
The GhanaThink Foundation has successfully organized 32 BarCamps in Ghana. Barcamp Cape Coast 2014 will focus on how Ghana's youth can brand themselve as well as their corporate image. Barcamp Cape Coast will showcase how Corporate and Personal Branding would enhance the total development of the youth. There will be a focus on channeling the present energies around social media into positive developments and progress for Cape Coast and surrounding areas as well. It will be an insightful, informational and inspirational event that young people in and around Cape Coast should not miss.


The Barcamp will feature multiple user-generated breakout sessions about business, social entrepreneurship, technology and development, alongside topics relevant to the Central Region and beyond. There will be a speed mentoring session where mentors will give insights and answers to questions from attendees. Confirmed mentors include +Adwoa Adobea Owusu (Media), Patrick Agyei Nketsia (Utama GH), Richard Essuman (Digital Valley), Theodora Princella Obuam Ansah (Media Advocacy), Sarah +benewaa fosu  (Media), Patrick Acquah (Youth Advocacy), +Afua Prempeh (EPA & Mandela Washington Fellow), etc.
Register/RSVP at the BarCamp Cape Coast eventbrite website (barcampcapecoast14.eventbrite.com) or text "Barcamp Cape Coast [name] [email address] to 1945 through any mobile network. You may also contact the BarCamp Cape Coast 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 Cape Coast 2014 is sponsored by Google, +Saazaa Shoes, mPedigree, Nandimobile, etc. Our media partners are +Spy Ghana and ATL 100.5 FM. Join us to move the Central Region and Ghana forward.
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