Eko-Konnect To Celebrate Software Freedom Day In LASU: “Why Crack When It's Free"

Eko-Konnect will join the world in the celebration of Software Freedom Day taking place on the 15th September 2018 at the Moot Court, Otunba Ajayi Okunnuga Hall. Faculty of Law, Lagos State University Ojo campus with the aim of increasing awareness of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), and encouraging its use among university students.

The one-day event themed “ Software Freedom Day: “Why Crack When It's Free" will feature a description from a university student about how FOSS has changed her perception about the technology and how she uses FOSS every day in her work. Also, there will be a demonstration of the Installation of the Linux operating system and its environment and the GitLab.

This event will also showcase the use of Python programming for physical computing projects and the GitLab as demonstrations of how FOSS tools are being used in programming and code collaboration and management. Participants interested in installing the Linux OS will have the opportunity to join our Linux Installfest for our LASU Campus Technology Program Interns that will take place after SFD.

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EKO-KONNECT SEEKS RESEARCH FELLOW

Eko-Konnect Research and Education Initiative is seeking a qualified, self-sufficient, and thorough researcher for immediate employment. The successful candidate will coordinate and facilitate the research activities of Eko-Konnect in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) areas as well as research into the use of library and repository tools to promote information management and open science to enhance the development of National and Regional Research and Education Networks.
You would be tasked with the research-related activities including developing questionnaires, launching them, collecting data, analysis, producing reports and preparation of papers and presentations of research outputs at local and international conferences.

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EKO-KONNECT CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL GIRLS IN ICT DAY 2018 THEMED “DECODING MY FUTURE - CODE IN MY FUTURE”

Eko-konnect joined International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to celebrate the International girls in ICT day on Thursday, 26th April 2018. The event themed “Decoding my Future – The Code in my Future” was aimed at encouraging secondary school girls to pursue ICT related careers by exposing them to new trends in technologies that can be applied in various industry sectors. The event was held at the Department of Computer Science, University of Lagos.

Pupils from various secondary schools (Mbari Mbayo Secondary School, Reagan Memorial Baptist College, Yaba College of Technology Secondary School, St. Timothy’s College and Federal Science and Technical College Yaba) came with their ICT teachers to the event.

Guest speakers included Dr Florence Oladeji, from the Department of Computer Science, University of Lagos, Aisha Bello (Django Girls Lagos) and, Dr Olamma Iheanetu, Department of Computer Science, Covenant University. Each speaker relayed their experiences as female professionals in ICT and the impact that emerging technologies will have in different sectors of the society now and in the near future.

Demonstrations by Imisi3D showed how virtual reality using headsets can be used in education while Eko-konnect staffs, Kafayat Adeoye and Uffa Modey demonstrated how voice recognition software using Amazon’s Echo Dot was engineered. The girls were introduced to Raspberry Pis and a demonstration of how Raspberry Pi's can control a Finch Robot with Python code was shown. In addition the girls saw how raspberry pi's could be used as a voice recognition device after integration with Google assistant voice SDK.

Goodness Agboh, Programs Officer Eko-konnect closed the event by promising the girls present that Eko-Konnect woud liaise with their schools to continue activities to help them and learn more about ICT in innovative ways through the Eko-Konnect ICT Girls Club.

Eko-Konnect Girls In ICT Community Day Wraps Up Women In WACREN Event

The Eko-Konnect Girls In ICT Community Day took place on Saturday 27th January 2018 as the finale to the Women in WACREN Workshop . The community brought together students, lecturers and the women in wacren workshop participants to a day of women's advocacy and activism aimed at encouraging women to take up careers in STEM subjects and looking at ways of overcoming the challenges facing female gender pursuing academic and commercial careers in STEM.

Guest speakers including Mandeep Saini, Head of Software Development, GEANT, Jane Egerton-Idehen, Country Manager, Avanti Satellite Systems and Founder of Women and Career and Ifee Kojo, Country Lead, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Nigeria, spoke to the different issues facing women and girls in STEM education and careers. The speakers touched on different areas including cultural factors affecting female participation in software development, how women should make strategic choices in building ideal skill sets for the 21st century and how girls can take of advantage of being mentored by other skilled and successful women from STEM academia and industry.

In a vibrant question and answers session between the guest speakers and the attendees, varying subject areas affecting women in pursuit of their education and careers in STEM disciplines were discussed in an open and frank manner. The attendees of the community day were inspired and the guest speakers spoke of how touched they were at being present and their optimism of far reaching impact of the community day and workshop for greater female gender participation in STEM related academia, industry and careers for girls.

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