… Says N2m Prize For Winners Of First CodeLagos Contest

In an effort to build on the milestones recorded by the CodeLagos initiative since its inception in 2017, the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has approved the expansion of the project to increase access for more Lagos residents, saying that Phase III will be targeted at increasing the reach and scope of the project by setting up more coding centres across the State.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh, who disclosed this on Tuesday while announcing the commencement of the new session of CodeLagos in Primary and Secondary schools, said the CodeLagos In-School programme for the new session has started in 648 schools across the six Educational Districts in the State.

According to a statement issued by the Special Adviser, “More than 60,000 Lagos residents from different parts of the State have been trained through the In-school and Out-of-School pathways of CodeLagos. For this new academic term, we have increased our In-School centres from 337 to 648”.

“In a bid to expand the programme, we have also reached out to NGOs and religious organisations to partner with the State Government to establish coding centres by opening their facilities for coding classes. We have received good feedback from many organisations and we will commence training in these centres soon,” he said.

The Special Adviser emphasised that ‘CodeLagos’ classes are totally free, and that the programme will continue to focus on training students in Scratch, Python, Mobile App development, Oracle’s Alice and Greenfoot, as well as Blockchain Technology, depending on their level.

Bank-Olemoh added that 563 new ‘CodeLagos’ facilitators were recently trained in preparation for the new term and have been deployed to the various coding centres, totalling 1,005 facilitators so far trained and deployed since the inception of the programme in 2017.

He also revealed that plans are at an advanced stage to host the first ever ‘CodeLagos Hackathon’ finale on 1st of November 2018, saying the month-long competition, which had commenced on October 2nd, is open to all computer programmers in the State and was designed to encourage Lagosians to solve everyday problem through the use of technology. 

“We’re inviting contestants to provide solutions to problems in these areas: Health, Transport, Environment, Energy, Education, Fintech/Finance as well as Environment. At the grand finale scheduled to hold on the 1st of November, 2018, 10 teams of programmers will slog it out for the grand prize of two million Naira”, the Special Adviser stated. 

He said the progress of the CodeLagos programme can be tracked on www.codelagos.org

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