CodeBus hits the streets of SouthAfrica

CodeBus Africa is a 100-day adventure into creative technology and youth empowerment.The South African-leg of CodeBus Africa will run creative coding workshops for youths in Johannesburg, Tshwane, Kimberley and Cape Town.
This is the word from organizers of the tour, which has arrived in SA and sees the country join the list of African nations to host CodeBus Africa.

CodeBus bring together African and Finnish innovators in tech and education to organize creative coding workshops for youth in 10 African countries in February–May 2017. Through the project, they hope to inspire youth to discover and make use of technology in their lives. We target especially girls, empowering them to explore technology’s possibilities for their future.

The CodeBus Africa journey, which has been running since February of this year, will span ten countries in total – Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.The South African tour of CodeBus Africa will be organized by Finland’s Aalto University and local tech start-up accelerator mLab, with the support of the Embassy of Finland in Pretoria.

In addition to the Finnish partners Aalto University, Aalto Global Impact, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, mehackit and Nokia, we collaborate with multiple tech hubs and educational institutes in 10 African countries.

Learners will pair up to produce their own song with the open-source programming platform Sonic Pi – a tried-and-true curriculum developed by a Finnish technology education company and project partner Mehackit.

The project, which is sponsored by the Finnish global telecom leader Nokia, will place special emphasis on involving girls who remain underrepresented among the users and creators of technology.With its focus firmly on the young, this innovative activity will consist of creative coding workshops, most of which will be run in township communities.

“We are proud of every opportunity to show our capacity in shaping the future of technology, which transforms the human experience,” says Deon Geyser, Head of Sub-Region Southern Africa at Nokia. “The CodeBus initiative is an occasion to witness leading African and Finnish innovators joining forces, empowering Africa’s youth, allowing them to explore and experience innovation transforming their lives.”


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