2017 Academic Programme

The academic programme for the 2017 pilot is presented below.

Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4
Introduction & African Opportunities
3-4 July

Instructor: Arun Sharma

Content Description:
• Data-driven views of challenges and opportunities in Africa
• Role of builders in global development
• Africa and the 4th Industrial Revolution and role of young Africans in this revolution
• Role of technology as an accelerator.
Design Thinking and Making
10-14 July

Instructor: DK Osseo-Asare

Content Description:
• Introduction to Teamwork
• Introduction to Creativity
• Introduction to Design Thinking
• Introduction to Problem Spaces, Problem Space Mapping
• Role Playing Exercise
• (Re)Framing/Design Thinking
• Analysis Frameworks
• Introduction to Ideation
• Introduction to Disney’s Three Rooms (D3R)
• Introduction to Storytelling + Pitching
Innovation Prize for Africa 2017 Workshop
18 July

Content Description:
in an Agriculture workshop at the Innovation
Prize for Africa 2017 Forum organized by the Africa
Innovation Foundation.
Entrepreneurship and Business Management
24-27 July

Instructors: Sena Agyepong & Anthony Spio

Content Description:
• Business planning for projects
• Basic organizational design
• Startup finances/budgeting
• Marketing
• Project Management
• Branding

Planning out your Career and Impact (Countries of the Future)
5-6 July

Instructor: Charlotte de Ridder

Content Description:
• Reaching your maximum potential across your life.
• Going from ideas to action.
• Taking the first steps - starting your idea and finding a team
Big Data
13-15 July

Instructor: Yabebal Fantaye

Content Description:
Introduction to Big Data
• Characteristics-The Four ‘V’s of Big Data (Volume, Velocity, Variety, Veracity)
• Bid Data Use Cases (Sources of Big Data in Africa and Opportunities for Africa in Big Data Analysis?)
• The secret of Big Data
• Big Data Infrastructure Requirements

Data Mining
• Attributes of Data/Features
• Data sets and Formats
• Data sources
• Data processing
• Data Integration and Aggregation
• Data Mapping
• Data Sampling
• Dimension Reduction
• Discretization and Binarization
Coding and Commercial Software Development
(It takes more than two to agile!)
17, 19-22 July

Instructor: Manny Acquah

Content Description:
Agile methodology is a form of software methodology
that seeks an end to traditional (old school?) methodologies such as
the waterfall method and helps teams execute changes incrementally
and iteratively.
The aim of this course is to take the students through a well-structured
typical week in a startup heavily revolved around the agile setup.

The course is aimed at
practicality and running
the students through a single cycle of an agile team: sprint planning, execution,
daily standups, sprint deliverable and sprint retrospective.
Project launches
28 July
Communication Campaigns for Impact
7 July

Instructor: Charlotte de Ridder

Content Description: Developing video campaigns to communicate problems as ‘your big idea’
AI and Machine Learning
20,21 July

Instructor: Ayorkor Korsah

Content Description:
Participants got an introduction
to machine learning
with focus on the two main problems with machine learning. Participants
learned about Deep Learning
and its uses; Deep learning frameworks; and the integration of deep learning frameworks
with other
machine learning methods.

Instructors Profiles

Arun Sharma: Social Challenges in Africa and Some Potential Routes to Solve Them

Arun founded Infinite Potential Consulting GmbH (IPC) in 2013 to build on his extensive global experience including work in the education, enterprise development, entrepreneurship, social enterprise and IT sectors.  He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo (Canada) and a Master’s in Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge (UK).

Charlotte de Ridder: Planning out your career and impact

 Charlotte is the Co-founder of Yusudi, an experiential life skills development organization that has most of its impact in Kenya. She is a graduate in Management and also a certified New Ventures Leader from MIT and has taught herself how to code, design, sell, and lead teams.

DK Osseo-Asare: Design Thinking and Making

DK Osseo-Asare is the founding principal at Low Design Office (LOWDO), an architecture studio based in Austin, Texas  and Tema, Ghana. He is a Fulbright scholar, TED global fellow, design fellow at the Kokrobitey Institute and director of makerspace at Impact Hub Accra. He is also a lecturer in design at Ashesi University’s department of engineering. He received a bachelor’s degree in engineering design and a master’s degree in architecture from Harvard University for work in kinetic systems and network power.

 Yabebal Fantaye (PhD): Big Data

 Yabebal is the ARETE´ Junior Research Chair in Applied Statistical Methods, Cosmology and Big Data at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) Research Center in South Africa. Dr Fantaye did a BSc degree in Physics and Mathematics at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, completed his Honours and Master’s degree at the University of Cape Town and for his PhD he went to the school for advanced studies (SISSA) in Trieste, Italy.

Manny Acquah: Coding and commercial software development

 Manny is a seasoned software developer and technology enthusiast. He is currently CTO at 360Living in Berlin and is also the organizer of A-Better-Africa-With-Tech (ABAWT) in Berlin. Manny has a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from Ashesi University and a Master’s in Information Technology Management form the University of Bradford.

Ayorkor Korsah (PhD):  AI and Machine Learning

Ayorkor is currently the Head of Computer Science Department at Ashesi University. Her academic interests are related to the intersection of algorithm design, artificial intelligence, and robotics. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science modified with Engineering and Bachelor of Engineering  from Dartmouth College, USA

As well as a Ph.D. in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence from Carnegie Mellon University, USA.

Sena Agyepong (PhD): Entrepreneurship and Business Management

 Sena Agbodjah Agyepong is currently a faculty member at the Business Administration Department of  Ashesi  University. With a background in Construction Management, Sena has in   the past 4 years been engaged at different points teaching and training entrepreneurs. Sena holds a Ph.D. in Building Technology from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.

 Anthony Spio: Entrepreneurship and Business Management

 Anthony Spio is a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Business Administration Department at Ashesi University.  He has over 20 years of progressive and responsible business management, marketing strategy development, brand management and brand communication development experience in industry and holds an MSc. International Marketing, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland.