Start of the First Mobile Entrepreneurship Training in Ghana

So today, I started the Mobile Web Entrepreneurship training program at the ICT Directorate of the University of Ghana. I was lucky to be selected among the numbers who applied for the training program being organised by the Mobile Web Ghana, a subsidiary of Web Foundation.

The aim of the 21 day training program is to equip participants with the skills and know-how of developing and deploying mobile applications to meet the demands of the Ghanaian market especially. It involves the training of two categories of persons with respect to expertise and previous knowledge. The first is the Technical aspect which is made up of the tech-savvy guys who have knowledge in web development and software programming. The other aspect is the Business track trainees. They [we-I have no idea of developing] are taught in the handling of the selling of the apps developed by the tech squad.

The instructors are from all over the world and they would be taking their time to teach us a variety of skills that would teach us what all these things are about. I hope to be able to learn as much as I can because it is something I am very passionate about.

The main sponsor is Vodafone. The trainees have been grouped into teams and each is supposed to bring up a possible mobile business idea and then develop it into a viable one. At the end of the training, the team with best mobile application gets whopping GHC 15,000. I say whopping because I can think of a lot of stuff I can do with that much. I pray that I be able to get that [some of that] meat. AMEN.

I partnered with one software developer called Alfred. He is thinking of creating an app that would allow persons in the rural areas to access first-aid services via mobile and I am thinking of integrating the mobile payment systems into online purchases using mobile apps. We are still sorting it out.

Quality IT education in Ghana is quite expensive. You need to be quite loaded when you approach the pace setters in IT education like IPMC and NIIT. The universities don’t give that much in-depth tutorials like these but at the end of the day, it is quite rewarding. The benefit being that I’ve not seen an unemployed IT person [yet] in Ghana.

I’ll keep you posted.

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