Friday, November 20, 2015

Barcamp Sunyani 2015 touches on technology training

I will never forget the first time I came to Sunyani. The place looked so serene and clean. Over the last couple of years since I've been in the capital of the Brong Ahafo region, many residents have opined about how population growth has taken the cleanliness shine off a bit but the serenity still remains supreme. We've been hearing about violent acts, but not enough to cloud the region. The region is still known for its agriculture, energy and resources. And football too! I'll be watching the #ElClasico in the SunCity. After, #youknowwhat! +Barcamp Sunyani 2015! This will be the 4th +Barcamp Sunyani. Excited about it. Especially the theme dubbed "Technology tool training for these times". We're underperforming in tech use in Ghana and we must step up our game.

+Jean-Baptiste Mantey, the main cofounder, is not in Sunyani now but his tentacles are all over the organization of the event. In his stead, the diligent +Kofi Kafui Kornu is the current lead, pulling the strings to make #bcsyi successful. He is ably assisted by +Joachim Danbo, and +Naa Adjeley Osekre. They have a number of volunteers helping as well, in the spirit of the +Ghana Volunteer Program. The +Barcamp Ghana team of +kofi yeboah +Leonard Hagan +Rachel Hormeku and +Senam Aseye Bridget have played their various roles too. I'm looking forward to seeing this Barcamp be better than all the previous ones in Sunyani, continuing the trend we've seen this year for +GhanaThink Foundation's Barcamps in Ghana. Read the press release below.

Barcamp Sunyani 2015 is a free networking forum bringing people together for a day of discussion, demos and dialogue on Sunyani, Ghana and beyond. It will take place on November 21, 2015 at the Assembly Hall of the Sunyani Municipal Assembly. The theme for this year is the "Technology tool training for these times".


This networking forum would provide an opportunity for participants to learn from, share & network with each other. Participants will be inspired and motivated and get information to do things they love to do. The Lead for the Barcamp Sunyani Team Kofi Kafui Kornu says, "This year's Barcamp Sunyani is going to equip participants with knowledge of, and skills in using available technology tools to increase productivity in their fields of endeavour."


The GhanaThink Foundation has successfully organized 52 BarCamps in Ghana. BarCamp Sunyani 2015 will touch on technological tools can be used by the youth in recent times. There will also be a discussion on how people can be trained to use technology effectively.



As usual, there will be multiple user-generated breakout sessions about topics relevant to the Brong Ahafo Region and beyond. Our speed mentoring session will help participants gain insights and answers to their questions. Sam Biako (Gladsome Food & Beverage), +Inno Amey (KI Amey Services), Audrey Tindana (Ark FM), Ike Frimpong (Sky FM), Joyce Osei (CEO of Mz Joice Kitchen), Samuel Asamani (Nestle), Samuel Nimako-Boateng, Maame Duah (Bui Power Authority), +Myk-El Sumaila (Public Health), +amos katsekpor (SENA) are amongst the mentors confirmed for Barcamp Sunyani 2015.
Register/RSVP at the BarCamp Sunyani eventbrite website (barcampsunyani15.eventbrite.com) or text "Barcamp Sunyani [name] [email address] to 1945 through any mobile network (example - Barcamp Sunyani Esi Eshun esi@eshun.co). Contact us via barcamp at www.ghanathink.org for sponsorship or partnership opportunities.


BarCamp Sunyani 2015 is supported by Tigo Ghana, Making All Voices Count and Ark 107.1 FM. Join us to move the Brong Ahafo Region and Ghana forward.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Barcamp Kumasi lives and discusses Sustainable Entrepreneurial Practices this Saturday

Kumasi was naturally the next city to have a Barcamp after the ones in Accra. In 2010, the first +Barcamp Kumasi happened at KNUST. This Saturday will be the 6th +Barcamp Kumasi, and the 52nd +Barcamp Ghana event. I'll be there. Kumasi is where I was bred, and where my parents still live. All these years in trying to build a network of changemakers, doers and entrepreneurs in Kumasi, we've been too limited to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology community. As past Barcampers have left Tech and stayed in Kumasi and through the few #KumasiKonnect events pioneered by our own +GhanaThink Foundation, there is a growing inclusion. I pray for the huge number of first time Barcampers this Saturday, with many of them being Kumasi based but not part of the KNUST community. So help us God :-) The team is led by the indefatigable +sampson deklu who is mostly in Ho these days and co-emceed +Barcamp Ho. In fact, he's the first repeat #bcksi coordinator in a while. +Renny Ali & +Daniel Sarpong are on the team for the first time, alongside +Noah Alorwu, a Ketasco alum who is now in Kumasi Poly. +Eva Andoh & +Christian Junior Worgbah complete the team. It's great to have the Kumasi Konnect team of +priscilla sarfo-frimpong +Prince Boadu +Rasheeda Yehuza and +Joseph Osei Oppong-Brenya support where needed. The Barcamp Ghana team of +Rachel Hormeku, +Senam Aseye Bridget, +kofi yeboah+Leonard Hagan and +Kobe Subramaniam support as well. The team started planning earlier than usual, hope that counts for a better Barcamp. We've consistently had this year's Barcamps be better than last year's, no, I am not jinxing this one :-) Wanna know why this will be better? Let the press release tell you more below.
Barcamp Kumasi 2015 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 7 at the College of Science Auditorium in KNUST. The theme for this year is "Sustainable Entrepreneurial Practices". This Barcamp hopes to assemble stakeholders to network, build a supportive enterprising community and partner to build together. Sampson Deklu, the coordinator, said: “I am looking forward to meet young people ready to implement sustainable practices which would bring national development”.

The GhanaThink Foundation has successfully organized 51 BarCamps in Ghana. BarCamp Kumasi 2015 will focus on arming participants with information on sustainable entrepreneurial practices. The 6th Barcamp in Kumasi continues to our network of changemakers, doers and entrepreneurs via the Barcamp Ghana program. Kofi Yeboah, Barcamp Ghana Lead, says, “Barcamp Kumasi 2015 is going to be a forum to learn strategies relevant for building sustainable businesses”


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 +Mawuli Amedofu (Springverve), Fred Acheampong (Prestige capital), +Alloysius Attah (Farmerline), +Ebenezer Donkoh (NYDJ), +Kwabena Danso (Boomers Bikes), +J. Gyau Kusi (Google Ambassador), +Patricia Ama Bonsu (Ultimate FM), +Kwamina Quansah  (Black Republic), Frank Mercer (Marketing specialist), +stefan kwakye (Kessben Group), +Jorge Appiah (Creativity Group), Mildred Ofosu-Ennin (MOEI Fashion Designer), +Evans OWUSU AMANKWAH  (YALI Fellow), +Avinash Lakhani (Avros Limited), +Louis Lamis (leizerlegacy), Dr Percy Ampeh (Optometrist), +Michael Buckman (Xceed limited), +Adwoa Yeboah Gyapong (Development Planner), +Gamel Sankarl (Writer), etc.

Register/RSVP at the BarCamp Kumasi eventbrite website (barcampkumasi15.eventbrite.com) or text "Barcamp Kumasi [name] [email address] to 1945 through any mobile network (example - Barcamp Kumasi Esi Eshun esi@eshun.co). Contact us via barcamp at www.ghanathink.org for sponsorship or partnership opportunities.


BarCamp Kumasi 2015 is supported by Tigo Ghana, Making All Voices Count, Hapaweb Solutions and  Farmerline. Media partners are College Mag, WatsupTek, HyperActive GH. Join us to move the Ashanti Region and Ghana forward.  Stay tuned via the #bcksi hashtag. Stay tuned via our social media. Twitter |Facebook | Google+

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