My Blackberry Experience

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So one day I was cruising in my Porsche on the internet highway, and i saw a link shared by Fiifi baidoo of iSpace Foundation about a Blackberry Jam to be held in their newly launched tech hub. At first, I wasn’t really interested being an android freak and all but I decided to give it a try. So I told my friends about it and we got tickets to the event.

Fast forward to 1st July 2013. The event was scheduled to start at 9am, I was supposed to meet a friend at 8:30am at 37 station. She finally arrived at 8:50am and I was there at 8:30am. We got to OSU and got lost so I called Fiifi and he came to pick us up. I met Jesse there and went along with Eyram. We got there around 9:15am and luckily, the software tools to be used that day were being installed. We also installed and then went for breakfast. The event, Blackberry Jam was being organised by Blackberry and The head of Blackberry for Africa, Lany, was there along with 2 developers, Luca and Michael. (They should have brought Alicia Keys too).

After breakfast, we started the first part of the workshop where we were taught the different platforms available to program for the new BB10 and the core/kernal of it. Seriously, BB is doing something wonderful. The BB10 has a lot of amazing features like the ability to use html5 or c++ to write programs for it, with the high amount of web devs around, I see a future for BB10. We then went for lunch, lunch was great(this is an understatement, blackberry did well when it came to food). After lunch, we started with using c++ to write apps for BB10 led by Michael, we wrote an internationalized hello world app then after we used BB webworks and Ripple to write the web-like apps for it too. Then there was the Z10 challenge where someone won a Z10 *sigh*. At 5pm,the program came to an end. On the way home, we met Lany, Luca and Michael and went to Oxford street for an ice cream treat.

In all, it was an eye opening event, I got to see the iSpace(its a nice place and close to the sea, you should visit) and I realised its not good to close your mind to new opportunities especially when it comes to programming ( an advise to wannabe devs like me), its always good to be a versatile dev especially when they all provide money making opportunities.

Warm Regards,
The Chicken Slayer

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Tech needs girls

Tech needs girls
This is a post I should have posted a long time ago, but I guess its never too late to share. Tech needs girls Ghana is an event I took part in on the 1st of June 2013. It started like this, an email came about a technology event for girls in Accra, Rasheeda and I who were on the same mailing list said why don’t these things happen in Kumasi? We were students of KNUST back then,we recently graduated. Let me not bore you, thankfully Rasheeda wrote about everything The Beginning and The Event Itself. Just click on the links and read more.

The event was successful in ways I never imagined, we were a bit hesitant because the worst could happen, no one would come or the worst worst(excuse my english) too many people would come and the food won’t be enough or the terrible worst, black out the whole day. But thankfully, none of them happened. I had the opportunity to work with amazing female devs who developed amazing things and I finally met Regina Agyare, I had heard about her a lot but never seen her. It was a great day, meeting girls from different schools and sharing our passion with them. My team and I created a website and almost lost the innovation challenge. We were close to the bottom, but I particularly enjoyed the brainstorming session.

The day ended with the mentors going to have a small get together at a restaurant nearby. I learnt a lot from the event and I hope more would be organised in different regions. Technology really needs girls and this is not a sexist statement.

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The Chicken Slayer