MTN Ghana Foundation in collaboration with Women in Tech Africa, has launched its maiden Apps camp for girls, dubbed “MTN Girl Code: Tech camp for ladies going places.”
The initiative is aimed at encouraging young women to participate in coding and computer programming, thus increasing the number of females actively involved in the development of software programmes and Apps in the country.
Cynthia Lumor, Director, MTN Ghana Foundation, says with a vision to lead the delivery of a bold new digital world to customers, MTN sees Apps development and ICT as tools to help eradicate poverty, create wealth, and enhance economic development.
The initiative, she explained, is focused on setting up an Apps Camps to train young females in mobile Apps development, Internet of Things project development and animation video creation.
This, she added, would strengthen the skills of existing and aspiring female developers, engineers and animation designers and also increase the number of females with the requisite skills to compete in future editions of the MTN Apps challenge, a flagship applications and software development competition by the company.
She said, “This project is aligned to MTN Ghana Foundation’s ambition to increase the participation of ladies in the MTN Apps Challenge from less than three percent currently to an appreciable percentage in the next three years.”
Data from Ghana’s Ministry of Finance indicates that innovations and ICT contributes about US$750 million to the country’s GDP, representing a 1% of GDP from the subsector.
She said the code would draw participants from 18 to 30 years, from the tertiary institutions in the Greater Accra, Central, Ashanti and Northern regions.
“It is our hope that by training more women in the sector, the benefits of Apps development and ICT as a whole would be extended to the large society, and ultimatelY improve the livelihood of people in communities across Ghana.”
She urged young ladies across the country to develop more interest in the ICT industry and Apps development because technology offers so much potential for families, communities and the country at large.
At the end of the camp, cash prizes would be awarded to the top finalists, and more importantly, the best programmes will be selected for entry into the MTN Apps challenge.