Friday, November 12, 2010

Local Content Dev't + Networking = BarCamp-Takoradi 2010

While organizing the very first Barcamp Ghana in December 2008, Dorothy Gordon, the CEO of Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT (Accra), encouraged to take the barcamp event to other places in Ghana. We made that promise to ourselves. Two years on, the dream is materializing. We've had an actual Barcamp Accra in October and before we've had Barcamp Kumasi. This November, we'd have Barcamp Takoradi on November 27, 2010 at Takoradi Technical Institute (TTI), . And we won't stop till we have Barcamps in Tuabodom, Tain and (Cape) Three Points. VIM! Tsooboi!

Leading & Enterprising in an Oil & Technology Fueled Economy. #bctdi
BarCamp Takoradi 2010, an ad-hoc gathering where attendees will meet for discussions, demos and networking, will take place on November 27, 2010 at the Takoradi Technical Institute (TTI), campus in Takoradi, Ghana. The theme will be “Leading & Enterprising in an Oil & Technology Fueled Economy”. BarCamp Takoradi is building on the success of Ghanaian BarCamp events to ignite Sekondi/Takoradi & Western Region's focused discussions and actions in order to bring about much-needed change. It is being organized by the BarCamp Takoradi team which is convened under the GhanaThink Foundation. It has the experience of successfully organizing four BarCamps in Ghana: Barcamp Ghana 08 and 09, Barcamp Kumasi 2010 and Barcamp Accra 2010.

The BarCamp Ghana team which is convened under the GhanaThink Foundation has successfully organized four BarCamps in Ghana. Barcamp Ghana 2008 at the Kofi Annan Centre for Excellence in IT (KACE-AITI) on December 22, 2008; Barcamp Ghana 2009 at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology in East Legon in Accra on December 21, 2009; Barcamp Kumasi 2010 at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology on September 18, 2010 and BarCamp Accra 2010 at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology in East Legon in Accra on October 2, 2010. The events have brought together over a thousand leaders and change makers.

Barcamp Takoradi’s goals include facilitating organic networking and help attendees identify business partners for future projects and ventures. It will also offer local businessmen and women the chance to promote and get feedback on their entreprises and ventures. It will also help build a local community and network of Entrepreneurs, Leaders and Businessmen after the Barcamp. The event will also identify business opportunities in the oil and gas industry with attendant opportunities for a growing local economy.

BarCamps all over the world have brought together individuals and organizations to collaborate on various projects and businesses. BarCamp Takoradi ’10 is a FREE event for anyone who is interested in using their skills, talent, and resources to benefit Ghana and Africa as a whole. This year, the focus is on discussing how important collaboration between different industries, business, academia and public institutions is key for opportunity and development.

Takoradi Technical Institute is the only school in West Africa to have a fab lab (fabrication laboratory). The Fab Lab program was started at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). There will be an exhibition of work from the Takoradi Fab Lab. The speakers will include Nana Kobina Nketsia V; (Paramount Chief of Essikado Traditional Area; Sekondi), Wilson Arthur (CEO - Skyy Digital), Amos Anyimadu (Africa Talks Initiatives), amongst others.
Nana Kobina Nketsia V. Paramount Chief of Essikado

Register/RSVP today at the BarCamp Takoradi eventbrite website. If you are interested in organizing a breakout session or promoting a business or venture, let us know, especially if you have special needs. You may also contact the BarCamp Takoradi team through this website for sponsorship opportunities. BarCamp Takoradi 2010 is sponsored by the Takoradi Technical Institute (TTI), Google Ghana, GhanaThink Foundation, Fie.nipa, etc.

Hope to see you there!
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