Android training, workshops set for UB

By John Churu, Gaborone, Botswana

The University of Botswana (UB) through its UB Computer Science Faculty, is set to carry out IT training and workshops and the 2013 mHealth Hackathon during the first week December. Speaking during an interview with BiztechAfrica, one of coordinators of the upcoming workshops, Dr Tshiamo Motshegwa, said his department is making marked progress as far as the preparations for the trainings and workshops are concerned.

He added that the University of Botswana will be working in collaboration with other stakeholders who include; Botswana-Upenn Partnership, Southern African Innovation Support Programme (SAIS), Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH), Microsoft Innovation  Center (MIC), Botho University, Oodi College of Applied Arts and Computer Society of Botswana (CSB).

According to Motshegwa, the training and workshops will be carried out in two parts from the 2nd to the 13th December. “The event offers you hands on mobile platform development training on Android as from the 2nd December to the 6th December facilitated by mLabs South Africa. After that there will be a design, entrepreneurship and stakeholder workshop and the Hackathon in the second week from the 9th-13th December.”

To those taking part, he said being in the sessions will be a rare opportunity that should not be missed.

“This is an unprecedented opportunity to develop all round practical skills and have the confidence to realise your innovations. The theme is mHealth, to develop high impact technology intervention solutions to health problems.”

Motshegwa said a number of countries in the region will be in attendance throughout the whole period. “The event has a regional dimension and neighbouring countries will participate in the challenges. You can work in teams on your own defined problems or on submitted challenges,” he hinted. 

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