Once again, we’ve got a set of enthusiastic and eager high school students set to learn more about tech.
Today, we kicked off our second annual high school bootcamp, with a focus on mobile app development, led by seasoned Mobile app developer, John Kulova, who has also featured in past AkiraChix events as a trainer. John will be training the girls on using AppInventor to create android apps using a drag and drop approach, similar to that of a puzzle to create an interface and program. It is our hope that through this basic introduction, the girls will be able to create android apps of their own and venture out even further into mobile app development after this.
This bootcamp is set to run from 2nd December 2013 till 6th December 2013 at the mLab – with a showcase at the end for parents to see the work their daughters have been doing over the past week.
Do stay tuned for updates as the week goes along.
Its that time of the year again . Last year, our focus was design, this year, we focus on mobile app development. AkiraChix is set to host yet another bootcamp targeting young girls in high school between the 2nd and 6th of December 2013.
This bootcamp will focus on mobile app development with Android AppInventor. AppInventor is a fun and simple tool that allows our young code divas to create their own mobile apps using draganddrop the programming blocks similar to a puzzle to make the user interface and program. No prior programming experience is required for this class.
The program will cost 2,000 KES per student.
Are you a girl aged between 15 and 18? Or do you know a girl between these ages who would be interested in participating? Sign up on this eventbrite page AND Get in touch with Marie Githinji via email@example.com for details on how to handle payment, with the name and school of the student.
Yes, you read right, AkiraChix is looking for two outstanding individuals to join our team.
Business Development Manager
- Identify and develop new projects and business opportunities
- Collect feedback from the market/ beneficiaries regarding the projects implemented.
- Develop online and offline marketing strategy
- Proposal writing
- Analyze and report campaign development results to directors
- Degree in marketing or related course
- Online marketing and social media skills
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Perform day-to-day accounting processes and procedures, including timely payments
- Preparing financial statements annually for audit
- Processing of monthly payroll, and submit statutory deductions
- Prepare month-end account reconciliations including cash and bank reconciliation and monthly journal entries.
- Monitor expenditures of each project based on each budget lines
- Maintain office records, including receipts for each project in proper manner
- Procure items necessary for the office and/or projects based on the regulations of each project
- Help in the preparation of annual budgets
- Perform other duties as directed by the office
- Degree in Accounting or related field
- ACCA/ CPA qualified
- Excellent computer skills with knowledge of accounting systems
Are you that person we’re looking for? Do you think you fit the bill? Send in your applications with the title of the position you’re applying for to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 30th, 2013.
On 1st and 2nd November, Akirachix, in collaboration with Intel, held a training on how to use App Inventor for a group of about 25 girls. This was the first of a series of similar trainings to high school students, pre-University students, University Students and generally any girl interested in dipping her feet in the waters of code, and especially mobile programming.
The session began with a series of short talks from: Linda – Programs Director at Akirachix, Agatha -Software and Services group lead for Intel East Africa and Dorothy, the Communications and Public Affairs Manager for East and Francophone Africa at Google. Linda and Agatha introduced Akirachix and Intel to the girls and the Girl Rising Initiative. Dorothy’s talk was an inspirational one that was themed ‘Unencumbered’. Her aim was to help the girls a mindset of being unencumbered; living without perceived barriers and striving towards greatness.
Check out this cool video that introduced the training session. It goes a little bit like “Everyone in the world should know how to program…”
The training session was facilitated by John and Kelvin Yonga who took the girls through an overview of the App Inventor, assisted them through the installations, and did the conventional – built a hello world program! The proceeding session involved girls coming up with ideas of simple applications to develop. The ideas were presented and the developing began. The trainers had very few minutes to themselves after this part because of the numerous questions that were being asked by the trainees.
Day 2 was characterized by more questions and people finishing up on their applications. It was also marked by the showcasing of all the applications developed, and the gifting of students with certificates and goodies! Among the apps that were showcased, were music apps, SOS apps, breast cancer awareness app, an app on saving, pizza delivery app and many more. There was plenty of food, drink and snacks to go around for the two days.
At the end of the end of the training program, it was unanimously agreed that App Inventor is a great tool for introducing people to the world of mobile programming. However, everyone expressed interest in diving deeper to learn using tools like Eclipse and the Android SDK. How great! Some more feedback showed that the girls wanted longer training sessions, more advanced coding, training on database manipulation, and more on GUI.
Akirachix hopes to plan similar training sessions on a monthly basis to teach different skills and technologies. The aim is not only to increase numbers but to develop superior quality. We plan to have some of the girls who were trained to assist us in training girls from high school on how to use App Inventor later this month during our high school boot camp.
The event was concluded by a short talk from Rachel Gichinga and give-aways. Some of the words that stuck included: “Learn who you are and the best you”, “Be willing to accept failures and that you’re not good at some things”, “Be cross-platform – think broad and be willing to be adventurous and discover new things. You never really know until you try.”
We continue nurturing an army of geek girls…