Paradigm Initiative Organises Free Programming Training for Undergraduate

By | Coding, Techtiary

Paradigm Initiative has unveiled a tuition-free program to empower undergraduates with Python programming skills. The first edition of the training took off last Saturday with 36 trainees from three higher institutions in Lagos, namely the University of Lagos, Yaba College of Technology and Lagos State University.

Paradigm Initiative, the pan-African social enterprise working on digital rights and digital inclusion, is organising the training in conjunction with the Python Nigeria group who are providing faculty members for the training.

According to Olayinka Taiwo, the Techtiary Program Officer, “We are pleased to welcome 36 students to the first edition of this important training program. 12 students will be trained on Python for Data Science while 24 undergraduates will be trained on Python for Web. The training is under our Techtiary program which is dedicated to helping undergraduates acquire technical expertise before they graduate.”

“By learning Python, beneficiaries can position themselves for various opportunities in the ever-expanding information communication technology space. Python has been lauded as one of the most lucrative programming languages to learn and its applications are wide-ranging. With the faculty support from the good people of Python Nigeria, we are excited to be introducing this language to more young Nigerians,” Olayinka added.


Paradigm Initiative Hosts 2017 Techtiary Forum

By | Coding, Press Release, Techtiary

Paradigm Initiative will be hosting its Techtiary Forum 2017 with the theme, “Geek Entrepreneur – Beyond Coding”, from November 28– 29, 2017 at the ECWA Multipurpose Hall, 17 Montgomery Road Yaba Lagos,

Techtiary Forum is the annual climax to the yearlong Techtiary clubs activities across Nigeria’s tertiary institutions. According to Olayinka Taiwo, Techtiary Program Assistant,  at Paradigm Initiative, “Techtiary clubs have over the years become platforms where students initiate innovative tech ideas from the onset of their tertiary education and develop these ideas till graduation and beyond.

Some three hundreds Nigeria’s brightest innovators across various tertiary institutions will gather at the Forum to shape the future of Nigeria’s tech scene. Techtiary Forum 2017 will also provide the platform for many of these innovators to showcase their tech creations before experts panels and compete for the 1 Million Naira Taiwo Bankole Prize.

‘Gbenga Sesan, the Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative noted, “Nigeria’s future does not lie in its mines and natural resources, but in the minds of its most creative young people – many of whom will be at Techtiary Forum 2017”.

Tope Ogundipe, the Director of Programmes of Paradigm Initiative also stated, “They will also get the chance to learn from some of Nigeria’s best technopreneurs such as Damilola Solesi of Smids Animation, Ommo Clark of iBez, Joseph Agunbiade of Budgit, and Anike Lawal of Mamalette. ‘Gbenga Sesan, the Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative and Akin Oyebode, the Executive Secretary, Lagos State Employment Trust Fund, will give the keynote addresses.Banner

Speakers at the event include Olufunbi Falayi, CEO of Lead Space, Sheriff Shittu, founder of Switch! Express and Modupe Arokoyo, founder of Modupe Olobe, amongst others.

Techtiary Forum is a flagship of Paradigm Initiative’s Digital Inclusion programmes and is our contribution to connecting youths in underserved communities with ICT-enabled opportunities.

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