Kwarabuild Tech Conference 2019: A huge success.

Kwarabuild is the team of tech enthusiasts and professionals building the largest Tech ecosystem in the North Central part of Nigeria.

Having gathered the largest crowd in their first ever tech Conference with little resources and a huge last minute challenge, the expectation of all and sundry has been raised as to what the second edition of the Kwarabuild Tech Conference will like, that’s if there’ll be any.

However, the second edition of the Kwarabuild Tech Conference was a huge success as a lot of improvement was made and the logistics and planning made alot of improvement.

Once again over 1300 people register to show interest in the event from across the country as 16 speakers were lined up to speak at the event which was tagged the future of a smart city.

In the end, over 500 people attended the events with over 50 volunteers and organizers on ground to make the event seamless and remarkable.

The welcome address by the team lead Kamaldeen Yusuf and the ice break by the codeghost Ibrahim Zulkifli got the audience started after the electric MC had raised their curiosity for the event.

The first speaker Deji Komolafe @dejify who represented out gold sponsor at the event spoke in-depth on the opportunities for the youth in the virtualize Africa program which is a VMWare initiative to raise intelligent Africa to fill vacant positions in the ongoing 4th revolution which is mainly IT based.

Dr Mrs Yemisi Adeyeye who’s the MD and founder of Lifefount Hospital spoke about Technology and health and emphasized that while technology is an enabler, it has it’s side effects and prescribe methods of lowering the dangerous side effects of technology.

The Kwarabuild women in tech meetup came up to enlighten the ladies that there are several opportunities for ladies in the tech world and they shouldn’t assume that Tech is meant for the guys only and introduced their various programs to them.

The first panel session was anchored by Abiodun Okunade @fiiwasewa and featured panelists from across the nation. The focus of the panel session was how to use technology to solve local problems while the panelists did justice to the subject matter the highlight of the session was the unveiling of the Octobot159 which was an education robot designed and developed by one of the panelists to solve the many challenges facing out education sector.

The event also featured sessions sponsored by the revolutionary smart city ride company Opay and some questions and answer session.

The second panel session featured the MD of Amugold group of companies and the founder of Tamirah as they discussed the future of work and they made it clear that in as much as robots are coming and may take some kind, there are still jobs that only humans can handle and that skills set will play a large role in employment in the nearest future.

The conference ended with the founder of Throne of Gamers coming to do an exhibition and small talk about AR/VR and how it can affect our future.

The attendees were treated to a nice your of what the future will look like and how they can align to the waves and currents of opportunity that will be coming in the nearest future, therefore get them prepped for the future

There were other side attraction like yye red carpet, food vendors and giveaway by the Opay representatives present at the event.

The event ended but the organizers weren’t done yet so they met at the prestigious Noktel Hotel and Resorts to have a nice evening after party to cool off and as well celebrated Zulkifli who’s birthday was on the day of the event.

It was a time to relax, rejoice, review and reshoot in order to win always!

Don’t worry, if you missed this year’s conference, another one is just on its way but the issue is that, it may be the one that’ll hold in Silicon valley so get your passports and Visa ready cause we’re going international.

To get the pictures of the event visit but.ly/kb19photos.

Kwarabuild is the team of tech enthusiasts and professionals building the largest Tech ecosystem in the North Central part of Nigeria.

Having gathered the largest crowd in their first ever tech Conference with little resources and a huge last minute challenge, the expectation of all and sundry has been raised as to what the second edition of the Kwarabuild Tech Conference will look like, that’s if there’ll be any.

However, the second edition of the Kwarabuild Tech Conference was a huge success as a lot of improvement was made and the logistics and planning made alot of advancements.

Once again over 1300 people registered to show interest in the event from across the country as 16 speakers were lined up to speak at the event which was tagged The Future of a Smart City.

In the end, over 500 people attended the events with over 50 volunteers and organizers on ground to make the event seamless and remarkable.

The welcome address by the team lead Kamaldeen Yusuf and the ice break by the codeghost Ibrahim Zulkifli got the audience started after the electric MC had raised their curiosity for the event.

The first speaker Deji Komolafe @dejify who represented our Gold sponsor at the event spoke in-depth on the opportunities for the youth in the virtualize Africa program which is a VMWare initiative to raise intelligent Africans to fill vacant positions in the ongoing 4th revolution which is mainly IT based.

Dr Mrs Yemisi Adeyeye who’s the MD and founder of Lifefount Hospital spoke about Technology and health and emphasized that while technology is an enabler, it has it’s side effects and prescribe methods of lowering the dangerous side effects of technology.

The Kwarabuild women in tech meetup came up to enlighten the ladies that there are several opportunities for ladies in the tech world and they shouldn’t assume that Tech is meant for the guys only and introduced their various programs to them.

The first panel session was anchored by Abiodun Okunade @fiiwasewa and featured panelists from across the nation. The focus of the panel session was how to use technology to solve local problems whilst the panelists did justice to the subject matter the highlight of the session was the unveiling of the Octobot159 which was an education robot designed and developed by one of the panelists to solve the many challenges facing our education sector.

The event also featured sessions sponsored by the revolutionary smart city ride company Opay and some questions and answer session.

The second panel session featured the MD of Amugold group of companies and the founder of Tamirah as they discussed the future of work and made it clear that in as much as robots are coming and may take some jobs, there are still jobs that only humans can handle and that skills set will play a pivotal role in employment in the nearest future.

The conference ended with the founder of Throne of Gamers coming to do an exhibition and small talk about AR/VR and how it can affect our future.

The attendees were treated to a nice tour of what the future will look like and how they can align to the waves and currents of opportunity that will be coming in the nearest future, therefore get them prepped up for the future

There were other side attraction like the red carpet, food vendors and giveaway by the Opay representatives present at the event.

The event ended but the organizers weren’t done yet so they met at the prestigious Noktel Hotel and Resorts to have a nice Evening After Party to cool off and as well celebrated Zulkifli who’s birthday was on the day of the event.

It was a time to relax, rejoice, review and reshoot in order to win always!

Don’t worry, if you missed this year’s conference, another one is just on its way but the issue is that, it may be the one that’ll hold in Silicon valley so get your passports and Visa ready cause we’re going international.

To get the pictures of the event visit bit.ly/kb19photos.

Kwarapoly Ingressive Campus Meetup

February 3, 2018 was a great day at Mal Hub, a pleasant day to always remember in the history of Kwaran students, the day developers from various campuses united to learn how to write code to solve problems at scale using the mighty GitHub tools.

Meet the youngest developer at the event

The event was a great success, with over 40 developers from different institutions across Kwara State in attendance including students of @Unilorin. it was highly impactful with lot of motivational speech from speakers who talked on various topics to improve their coding skills. The settings was cool, registrations was well conducted by the volunteers and participants received GitHub Swags without no stress.

Kamaldeen speaking on the importance of GitHub and the great job Ingressive tech community is doing to assist developers in Africa

Kamaldeen Yusuf kick start the event by introducing members to the importance of GitHub and the great job Ingressive tech community is doing to assist developers in Africa. He also emphasize on the roles of Ingressive Campus Ambassadors and why developers should leverage on GitHub to build amazing projects that can meet up with the global standard.

AJALA ABDULSAMII speaking on Enhancing your workflow using GitHub

Ajala Abdulsamii sensitized participants with a very beautiful presentation, taking them through various ways of enhancing their workflow using GitHub,at the end of his presentation, various questions were answered by the tech evangelist which gives participants broad ideas about how GitHub works in real live projects. He also asked some various code questions from participants, given them the chance to redeem the GitHub t-shirt if questions were answered correctly.

Olabamiji Ibrahim speaking on determination is a strong weapon to achieve all in tech ecosystem

Olabamiji Ibrahim, the CEO of robust technology spoke on determination as a strong weapon to achieve all in tech ecosystem. He made us realize that one needs to be determined and be submissive in other to achieve something great in life. He said that determination could be a topic on its own if vividly studied because being determined is said to have a potential power that kills other obstacles that wants to find its way to ruin the dream you are chasing. He cited an example about his late friend who was always determined to achieve something in life.

Abdullateef Bolaji speaking on knowing your limit isn’t crime, it’s a crime when you stop dreaming

Abdullateef Bolaji, the CEO Iqra Books Limited spoke on knowing your limit isn’t crime, it’s a crime when you stop dreaming. In his presentation, he focus more on how to dream big. Everyone dreams but not everyone put it into action. How to attain such dream is quite easy and he discuss some of the ways to attain it. Idea is a powerful weapon when it comes to basic strategies to attain one’s dream.

He quotes that “if your idea is not stupid, then you haven’t provided a great idea yet”.

Nature is Beautiful

Naturally occurring things are beautiful and cannot be compared to anything artificial; the more you behold nature the more you did love it. Nature makes you feel better and happy, its soften your heart, it makes you realize how it is important to love and show compassion to humanity. Indeed, nothing can be compared to nature’s beauty. It brings us to the realization of that eternal Being who crafted it all

The more you explore nature, the more you have insight about your existence in this world. Nature is science, a general term that explains the essence of our being. Nature, in its splendor, is also an art that we cannot do without.

Humans are often understood as a distinct category of this natural phenomena and our ability to touch and feel, on the whole, helps us appreciate nature. Nature is us and we are nature, living or non-living. Certainly, nature is beautiful, we all love it…

Photo credit: LascotPhotography

Story of a Smart and Passionate 10 year Old Boy who Loves Coding

Most people react strangely to children learning to code in the digital skill’s field. They tend to harbour the belief that coding is a too complex thing for kids to comprehend, and that learning it will never impact on them, seeing it rather as a waste of time and effort. There are, however, a few who feel otherwise, believing that it’s a great skill that kids can latch upon, as soon as they can; opining that it did be a great impetus for them to succeed and be relevant in this dynamic world of innovation. Micheal Jackson, who happened to be the youngest of the Jackson Five, started off early in his musical career, ended up been the best in later years. The Williams sisters, Serena and Venus, are also clear examples in the tennis world. Bill Joy and Bill Gates are clear examples of youths who started off relatively young in the digital world and today history accords them a pride of place in that field. The dictum, therefore, should be, ‘catch them young’. At the MAL Hub, Nigeria, we believe and support the ideas of teaching kids to code because of the numerous benefits kids can get from learning to code at an early age. This belief inspires me to write a story about a 10 years boy who found coding a hobby and aims to one day build a special application for his school.

Ojeniyi Ramadan was born on the 12th of October, 2007. He is a native of Lagos state, Nigeria. For his pre-primary schooling he attended Addoshom and Flowyemo in Lagos from 2008–2009. In the same year, 2009, he began his primary education at Everlead school in Lagos. His favorite food is rice and chicken, while his favourite wears are his red jacket and a smart trouser. He also loves to read books and play football. Ramadan is already showing of qualities of a good leader at early age which had earned him the position of a class captain and his school’s head boy. He is very passionate young man and always eager to acquire new knowledge.

The Journey to becoming a world class young programmer started during his short term holiday on the 19th of December, 2017, when he enrolled for a basic course in computer skills acquisition programme at the MAL Hub. In no time, he had mastered the computer typing skills and by the first week of his training, he was on to the HTML 5 of the training. By the second week of his training he had started writing his first line of code. He was just too excited and happy with his first output: “Hello World” statement was displayed on the local browser. He is a quite focused and determined to feature it on the world wide web where the world can access it.

At the relatively young age of ten, he knows how important coding is in the 21st century and already believes that coding will prepare him ahead, for future challenges. As we cannot do away with technology in every day life, in this modern world, Ramadan believes learning how to code at an early age will certainly help to develop his thinking faculty and more over, his level of creativity. This course he believes has helped to improve his logical reasoning process. At the end of his short term break on 5th January 2018, he had developed his portfolio page using just HTML 5. On the page, Ramadan starred three inspiring quotes for the world to ponder on, he said:

“I would like other children to explore and travel through the digital world and have greater access to web development technology and better myself in the art and science of programming.”

“As I dream of creating a personal Web app for my school, you too can achieve it. Initially, it was my thought to become a successful doctor, but fate bestow on me the privilege and opportunity to reprogram myself towards becoming a programmer. Thanks to my parents and MAL Hub for giving me that singular opportunity”

“Everyone can become successful but the only difference is that whosoever wants to achieve it will have to think, read, learn and ask questions from those who can make them successful.”

I am so inspired by this three quotes, it made me ponder about the future of technology considering the rate at which kids of today are becoming more technology savvy. For Ojeniyi Ramadan, I believe he is taking a step in the right direction. Assuredly, a true motivator in his own right, I believe his family will have every course to be proud of him now and in the future.

Many a parent need to learn from this example and also seek to inspire their wards to pick up programming at an early age; not only will it help develop their ability in the logical reasoning process, but it will also, inevitably, help broaden their horizons in technological areas that are essential to their existence on this planet.

Ramadan’s HTML 5 portfolio page: https://malhub.com.ng/ramadan.

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Developing The Tech Ecosystem in Kwara State

Kwara State is gradually becoming a home for technology innovation, considering the rate at which youths are embracing the digital skills and striving to make impact in the global economy.

Few years ago, only but a few youths in Kwara state were into the tech field, unlike Lagos state that had gone far ahead of any other state in developing the tech ecosystem in Nigeria. However, a lot has certainly changed within short span in Kwara State which is now endowed with a new crop of talented youths who are employing the use of digital skills to solve social problems locally and effectively competing globally.

In a process of developing the tech ecosystem in Kwara State, the good work of Honourable Justice Mustapha Akanbi Rtd (CFR, PCA) cannot be overlooked; in his benevolent attitude, he founded a tech hub where youths can collaborate and share ideas on how to use digital skills/technology to propound veritable solutions to social problems. Other notable tech platforms in Kwara are the Femtech tech company which is contributing immensely in Empowering youths with digital skills. Also in this realm is the Founders Hub established by Mr Adeyinka Adekeye. His outfit is a place for technologists, entrepreneurs, business owners to collaborate and share innovative ideas. All these innovation have been a great development and offers hope for the future of the tech ecosystem in Kwara State.

The tech hubs frequently organize events, Seminars, Meetups to educate youths on new digital innovation, a lot of tech groups such as Gdg Unilorin, Women Techmakers Ilorin , Django girls Ilorin, Code Squad, Free code camp Ilorin. Specifically, MAL Hub Tech Community are doing a very good job to share resources among members.

The future of tech ecosystem in Kwara State is bright; MAL Hub, as a leader in the field, is positioned to help anyone willing to acquire the best of digital knowledge. Please join hands with us!

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