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Oracle Academy Partners in Kenya Hold Knowledge-Building Events for Students

Jane Richardson
Senior Director, EMEA

It’s been a busy time for Oracle Academy partners in Kenya, which held several events to share a passion for programming with students.

Public School Students Introduced to Programming using Oracle Technologies

The Global Peace Foundation, in partnership with Oracle Academy and the Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA), held a one-day coding event boot camp at CEMASTEA and Kenya Science. The objective was to promote a passion for ICT and innovation in students, while sharing the latest technologies with educators.

The boot camp was attended by 97 students and 17 teachers from 10 public secondary schools in four different counties in Machakos, Nairobi, and Kajiado. Participating schools included:

  • BuruBuru Girls’ School
  • Machakos School
  • Jamhuri High School
  • Kariobangi North Girls’ School
  • Rombo Secondary,
  • Ole Kajiado Secondary
  • Precious Blood Riruta, Moi Forces Academy
  • Mary Leakey Girls’ School
  • Maina Wanjigi Secondary School

“I think it is time as a country that we recognize and understand the fourth industrial  revolution that is coming is anchored on technology and innovation,” said Mr. Njoroge, Director, CEMASTEA. “That is why it is important for students to learn these skills at an early age and apply them not only after school but also to solve problems at school, and in the community and the country at large.”

Students were encouraged to keep learning, and Oracle Academy provided the teachers with curriculum and software for continued use in their classrooms.

We thank our partners for joining us in our mission to increase diversity, knowledge and skills in computing fields.

Oracle Academy Students Shine at Kenya Student Hackathon Using Oracle Cloud

At the end of March 2019, students from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology beat 100 students from 18 universities to pick up top awards at the Oracle Academy Student Hackathon 1.0, held at Strathmore University in Nairobi.

​Competing against other developers, Phillip Oyier, Mercy Jillo, Keith Kinyua Machina, and Kennedy Kamande Wangari won the top spot in various categories of the two-day event, sponsored by iLab Africa, Moringa School, and Oracle Academy. The high stress content environment tested the students’ self-expression, unfolding creativity and innovation through mastering of technology, effective collaboration, and teamwork skills.

The students focused on four thematic areas including:

  • Internet of Things
  • Application Programming
  • Data Science
  • Information Security

They spent 48 hours collaboratively identifying problems facing their community in a real world set-up, and then developed innovative solutions to solve the problems identified.

Before the event, all students from universities and colleges were invited to take part in various activities that took place in February, and participants were then subjected to a pre-qualification stage. This required them to describe projects or problems they had tackled and solved before.

Congratulations to our innovative hackathon winners!

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