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MEST-UNICEF Hackaton

ACCRA, 13th January 2014 : The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) in partnership with UNICEF Ghana will this week launch the MEST-UNICEF Hackathon, a three-day product development competition to find new technologies to serve the hard-to-reach in Ghana. Participants will tackle issues ranging from water supply tracking, to access to information, and sanitation.

Over 3 days (from 15 develop practical web or mobile applications that address a set of problem statements presented by UNICEF Ghana. On 17 solutions to a panel of judges from UNICEF Ghana and MTN Ghana, and the top three teams will receive GHC 5,000, GHC 2,500 and GHC 1,000 respectively.

“MEST is dedicated to supporting young and bright Africans to start their own software companies to create wealth and jobs in Africa. Our goal is that by setting this pace we can inspire generations that follow to achieve greatness in the continent.” Ekua Odoom, Managing Director – MEST said.

“We know talent is equally distributed but wealth is not and by creating opportunities like this we are showing the world how inspirational, talented and promising the youth in Africa are. And for this reason we are excited to partner with key development players such as UNICEF Ghana, to pursue this common vision of touching the continent in a phenomenal way- by helping find innovative technologies to serve the hard-to-reach in Ghana through this hackathon” Ms. Odoom said.

Over 100 of Ghana’s brightest tech minds will join the competition at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) at East Legon. Participants will be joined by guests from the technology and business communities, as well as members of the general public.

“New ideas and technologies are needed to serve the hardest to reach communities in Ghana. UNICEF aims to co-develop innovations that are driven by and suited to the needs of the most vulnerable,” UNICEF Ghana Country Representative Susan Namondo Ngongi said. “Partnering with the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology gives UNICEF the opportunity to encourage innovations by Ghanaians, for Ghanaians.  This partnership will bring different sets of skills, viewpoints and influence to the table.

“Most of the problem statements presented by UNICEF are around how we, working with our partners, improve our ability to target resources and monitor and manage results.  “We believe that this hackathon will come up with innovative concepts that can be further refined to improve the lives of children in Ghana.” Ms Ngongi said. Follow @UNICEFGhana and @MESTGhana on twitter for live updates.

About UNICEF:

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org.

About MEST:

The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) provides training, investment and mentoring for aspiring technology entrepreneurs with the goal of creating globally successful companies that create wealth and jobs locally in Africa. Established in Ghana in 2008, MEST offers aspiring African entrepreneurs a fully sponsored two year, intensive full-time program. Sourced from the top graduates of local universities, 20+ of these Entrepreneurs-In-Training (EITs) are selected each year and receive comprehensive training across the spectrum of skills required to build successful tech businesses, including computer programming, software development, product management, finance, marketing, sales and leadership best practices. After completion of the program, the EITs have the opportunity to pitch a concept. Winning teams receive a seed round from the MEST Incubator to pursue their idea. For more information about MEST, visit www.meltwater.org

 

**Contacts**

Amma Baffoe

Communications Manager,

Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology

amma[at]meltwater[dot]org

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Re-Connect Gh

Re-Connect GH proudly invites you to Re-Connect 2013. The second edition of this unique networking event will take place on December 30, 2013 from 18:00 to 22:00 at the prestigious Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra, Ghana under the theme “Strengthening Ties, Connecting Potential”.

 The Networking Mixer 

Geared at strengthening ties between professionals in Ghana and the Diaspora, Re-Connect 2013 is carefully tailored to provide a comfortable environment for attendees to build on common interests, share ideas and information, and gain insight into local and international opportunities for career, business, academic growth, and social development. About 200 entrepreneurs, investors, young professionals, change makers and leaders from across the globe are expected to be in attendance. Re-Connect 2013 will feature dynamic speakers including keynote speaker Mrs. Oboshie Sai Cofie, Co-Owner of Café Dez Amis and former Minister for Tourism & Diasporan Relations.

Partners for this year’s event include African Development Jobs, Ahaspora Young Professionals, BloggingGhana, Circumspecte, Damina Advisors, Derdie Personal Shopping & Shipping, Discover GH,Ghana Think, Metro TV, PlanITGH, and Xylo.

The Entrepreneur Spotlight

Re-Connect GH celebrates Ghanaian entrepreneurs and homebred brands that fuse local innovation with global orientation. Nominees for the inaugural Entrepreneur Spotlight are: Nana Boateng Osei, Bohten; Nelly Hagan Aboagye, Duaba Serwa; Deborah Ahenkorah, Golden Baobab; Fred M. Deegbe & Vijay Manu, Heel The World (HTW); Paul Akrofie, Real Peoples Company (RPC); and Regina Agyare, Soronko Solutions. The two most innovative brands will be selected through an online public vote which runs till December 27, 2013. Winners will be announced on December 30 during Re-Connect 2013.

Re-Connect Marketplace & Sponsorship Opportunities

Forward-looking companies and entrepreneurs have the unique opportunity of engaging directly with current and prospective clients, while promoting their products and services. There are also opportunities for current and future partnership and sponsorship of Re-Connect. Interested in showcasing or sponsoring? Kindly contact sponsorship@reconnectgh.com.

Tickets & Updates

Tickets can be purchased for 35GHS online and at Starbites, Café Dez Amis, and Cahaya Lounge in Accra. Tickets will also be on sale at the door for 50GHS based on availability. Visit Re-Connect GH’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages for updates and follow #ReConnectGH.

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blood 1On Saturday, 30th November, support the monthly blood drive at the Accra Mall from 9:00am to 4:00pm by giving a donation of blood. It is more important than ever to give blood during this period because blood stocks are typically lower in December and January. This is partly because there is an increased rate of road traffic accidents during the festive season. Your donation of blood can save a life. Giving blood is simple and safe, and your body will naturally replenish your donation within a few days.

Your next chance is on Friday, 6th December, ‘Accra Goes Red’ for Farmers Day. Come in all red and gift your blood at the new Blood Centre building on the Guggisberg Avenue (Korle-Bu), adjacent the Ghana Commercial Bank and ECG office, and very close to the Indadfa football park.

BloggingGhana is supporting the efforts of the Accra Area Blood Centre to save lives by meeting its target of collecting 2400 blood units per month. Currently 80-120 units are requested from the Accra Blood Centre every day with the centre supplying blood components to approximately 50 facilities in Accra, and in areas outside of the capital as far as Dodi Papase and Apam.

Kajsa Hallberg Adu, Chair of BloggingGhana and blogger on kajsaha.com says,

“I feel especially passionate about the need for each and every one of us to give blood. Mothers who suffer complications from delivery often need blood. It is not good enough to say that I will give blood when a relative or friend needs it. We should all
give blood regularly to save a life.”

Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, from the award winning blog ‘Adventures From’ also said,

“ People die needlessly when we allow our blood stocks to run low. Each person can make a difference by giving blood to save another person’s life. Join the blood drive at the Accra mall on the 30th of November and support Accra to go red on farmers day.”

Maama Aba Daisie who blogs at ‘Through My Looking Glass’ says,

“You never know when you or a loved one will need life-saving blood. A hero would have provided the blood in stock for your needs so why not be someone else’s hero? With the holidays approaching and its implications, let’s all give the gift of life during the festive season and do our bit for mother Ghana.”

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Hello Kuukuwa,

I have read your post more than three times today. Yesterday, I read it twice and the day that you posted, I read it once. Do you realize how it increased gradually? Yeah, I know you do. Your post has this guy ‘peaking’.

I wont make this long (my height will make up for that), like what those guys do, I come straight and correct always (Accra Aca trained me well), especially when it comes to women, and you are a woman, a pretty and ‘solid’ one. One who has an idea of what she wants and at the same time, is aware that man is not perfect, just like woman. What really got my attention was the last paragraph in your post, I can write a whole book from those 5 lines.

Anyway, I am a man who has been following you on twitter for a while now, yeah this is your handle, just so you know. ;). I have been able to realize how you think and see things, just by following you for such a long time, so I know all the points you gave are true. Remember, we have met a couple of times as well. I wont get into your physique now; I don’t want to be reminded of heaven. I am working on my humour and I hope to make you smile at least, when I finally get to meet you on a ‘professional’ level. I grew up with my mom and grandma so women will forever be very close to my heart.

Me dier, the long and short is that, we should hang out sometime so we get to know each other. Been longing to share my ambitions and passion with someone but I have searched and searched saa, whooteee!! It was good you wrote that post. Anyway, I hope you like jollof? If you don’t like it kraa the aroma of my jollof will make you taste and taste and lick your fingers. Yes you will lick your fingers!! Oh yeah, I cook, so prepare yourself well-well.

My lyrics all finish!! Accra Aca did not help me in that ‘sector’, but I know you will make things happen.

By Mutombo

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