Six hundred and fifty students from various tertiaries participate in  DevFest

Six hundred and fifty students from various tertiaries participate in  DevFest

About 650 students from the various tertiary universities have participated in a Developers Festival(DevFest), to connect lo­cally, learn and build Google tools to generate social and economic impact.

The annual event was organised by Accra chapter of the Google Develop­ers Group (GDG), and partnered with the Accra Technical University (ATU) Library.

It brought together students from the ATU, University of Ghana, University of Cape Coast, University of Education, Winneba, Methodist University Colledge, Jayee University Colledge, and Koforidua Technical University among others.

The University Librarian for ATU, Dr Florence Plockey, in an interviewed with the Spectatoronline last week Saturday in Accra, said, the events were to allow the students to equip themselves with ICT skills through the supervision of industry giants.

She noted that participants were students pursuing various programmes in the university, and that the events were not only necessarily targeting students studying ICT programmes at the tertiary levels.

Dr Plockey explained that the events was to allow participants to connect lo­cally, learn, and build Google tools to generate social and economic impact, as most students lack the opportunity to use ICT to develop their careers and generate income.

She said this was the fourth in a series of tech events the library had hosted, adding that “we are excited because we believe we can use this platform to shop for new technologies.

She indicated for instance that, the library was using a platform that allowed for stu­dent-supervisor interaction in a manner that students’ project works were uploaded, without the library having to do the uploads individually for the over 5,000 final-year students they had.

Dr Plockey said, she believes students could use this opportunity to shop for new technologies that would help them in their various programmes, stressing that,
“We would like to see innovative technologies emerge, following this event, that are tailored towards the library’s activities”

She, however, called on the government to revamp the various community libraries with ICT tools to encourage to students learn and read wide, since most students could not afford some books but had to depend on these libraries for their research work.

Pro Vice-Chancellor of ATU, Professor Amevi Acakpovi, said, partnering to host the event was to allow students to tap into the benefits of developing Google tools and making money out of them.

“ATU has recognized the potential benefit that this programme holds for the youth in building capacity, especially for “techpreneurship”.

As an academic institution and the premier technical university, whose mandate is to develop middle to top-level manpower in the engineering, science, and technology-based disciplines, we are very much interested in such events, which we believe can be useful to our students and open networking opportunities for them” he said.

Professor Acakpovi called for a stronger alliance with GDG to hone the practical skills of the University’s computer science and engineering students to position them well for the job market.

BY BERNARD BENGHAN

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