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CODELAGOS: AMBODE APPROVES PHASE III

… 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