CoronaVirus Response

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Responding to the impact of CoronaVirus on higher education in Africa, 10 Academy is launching a special online-only training course: 50x 4th year undergraduate students will receive 3 months of online training providing them with the full range of competencies required to become a job ready data scientist.

This competitive program will provide the top 5 learners with a 6-week custom incubation program to support them to pick up additional skills commensurate with their drive to go beyond job-ready to having 10x impact. All learners will receive training in career pathways including freelancing. Training is 100% free for learners.

Training Outputs

10 Academy will select 100 exceptionally talented 4th year university students in STEM fields in Africa and provide each of them with the skills, ideas and knowledge to make them job-ready for data science. Each will be competent in the following 10 areas:

-Python programming

-SQL programming

-Statistics

-Data acquisition and cleaning

-Data analysis and value extraction

-Data visualization

-Launching and maintaining a production environment

-Using data science to answer business questions

-Launching your career

-Being a 10x contributor

Learners

Our target group is 4th year students at universities in our target countries (Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia) in STEM intensive subjects (Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Engineering, others). Through a combination of reaching out to contacts at top universities in these countries and an open call for applicants, 10 Academy will aim to select 100 learners with the motivation of becoming a job-ready data scientist within 3 months of training.

Learners will be expected to have access to a laptop with an internet connection solid enough to facilitate a good chat connection and the ability to run Google Colab, download materials, surf the internet and use chat communications such as Slack. To enable a compressed training, only learners that meet specific competence prerequisites in Python programming, Python libraries and Statistics will be admitted (details to be released).Users will be encouraged to stick with the training through to completion through:

-Dedicated online support through an online community including a paid community manager, including a focus on using community chat as a central place to discuss assignments and materials.

-Feedback on performance through points and a leaderboard system, with differentiated results for top users.

-Recognition that training leads to a comprehensive/complete training to produce job-ready talent

Training approach

Learning will be done using a flipped classroom approach with an emphasis on projects of increasing difficulty – learners will be able to use these projects as part of their profile to showcase their skills. Each week, learners will receive a set of learning outcomes for the week, links to content to self-learn and a set of data with a set of exercises to undertake – 4 ‘simple’ questions and a weekend challenge which requires involved analysis.

-Leaderboards will be updated daily, reflecting progress among users and publicly showcasing who is leading. The emphasis will be on celebrating progress and group-support instead of competition.

-An online community will be provided through full-time support from 10 Academy team members.

-Guest faculty will be drawn upon to create a set of relevant, challenging and demonstrative content.

Post-training and Job Placement

The goal of this training is to reach 100% of users to be job-ready by the end of the training. Our target is to place the top 5 users into full-time paid data-science jobs. The rest of the users will be informally supported in their job-search (or freelancing-search) process. Training is free-of-charge for all users; learners that match into a job via 10 Academy will be asked to contribute upto 100USD/month for 12 months (max total of 1200USD).

All users that complete the training will have:

-A portfolio of projects which they are able to share publicly (including a GitHub repository)

-A certificate from 10 Academy outlining completion and highlighting what was covered in the course

Our value proposition

The core aspect of 10 Academy is the ability to identify exceptionally talented young Africans and provide them with the necessary support, training and connections to take up a job with 10x impact.

In the current Corona environment, this must be done in a fully online environment and will be done in a compressed timeframe.

The unique value proposition for learners is called the 6C model.

-Connections to real jobs for top performers and all learners provided with resources to enable them to find jobs or freelancing gigs.

-Curated Content – All learners have access to vetted content that has been verified by experts and which can be accessed without payment.

-Community – Fellow learners, experts and tutors create a community of learners.  10 Academy staff act as curators and conveners.  Culture and inspiration to be built, including through guest lectures from leaders in the field.

-Certification – All learners that complete the course will receive certification of what was completed and assignments designed to create a shareable portfolio to demonstrate expertise.

Completeness – All learners that complete the course secure and can demonstrate the complete range of skills needed for real data science jobs being hired for.

-Cost – free until a paying job, then target refunding 100US/month for 12 months.

Past Fellows

Mulung, Bibi Rawiyah

Mauritius

Field of work

Electrical Design Engineer

Educational background

Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical & Electronics Engineering. Institut Teknologi Brunei

Akinseinde, Samuel

Nigeria

Engineering - Computer Engineering

Educational background

Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering – Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria
Diploma in Leadership Development – African Leadership Development Centre, Nigeria

Notes

First Class Honors Award - Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria

Conteh, Suricia Yatiana Esther

Sierra Leone

Professional Experience

Part-time Junior Secondary School Teacher – The International School Ltd
Part-Time Lecturer – Fourah Bay College
Contributing Writer and Editor – African Young Voices Newspaper
Creative Editor and Editor – Virtuous Woman Leader Magazine

Field

English Language and Literature
Educational background
B.A. (Honours), English Language and Literature – Fouray Bay College, Sierra Leone

Notes

Member of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) network

Iddrisu, Fatimatu

Ghana

Field of work

Geological Engineering

Educational background

Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering - University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa, Ghana

Dzoro, Joylene Tinaye

Zimbabwe

Field of work

Social Work

Educational background

Bachelor of Social Sciences Honours Degree in Social Work – Bindura University of Science Education, Zimbabwe

Manko, Emmanuel Morris

Tanzania

Field of work

Architecture

Educational background

Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture - University of Tlemcen, Tlemcen, Algeria

Quote/ Testimony

If I were a sleepy person, 10 academy was like a throwing cold water on my face.

Olting’idi, Damaris Silantoi

Kenya

Field of work

Sales operations/ FinTech/ Data Analysis

Educational background

B.Sc. Business Administration - Ashesi University College, Ghana

Quote/ Testimony

My 10 Academy experience exposed me to the world of data and helped me ascertain my interest in the field of business analytics. My job involves working with high volumes of organic data that help management make crucial decisions, fix problems in our markets and improve processes. Blending my 10 Academy experience and my business background has been very instrumental in my work.I love that I am able to actively make a difference every day and I am forever indebted to 10 Academy for the amazing experience and networks.

Sowe, Mamadou K.

Gambia

Field of work

Software developer

Educational background

BSc. Computer Science - Ashesi University College, Ghana

Adotey, Sampson Kofi

Ghana

Field of work

Communications Management and Knowledge Brokering

Educational Background

B.A, Integrated Development Studies – University for Development Studies, Ghana

Quote/ Testimony

10 Academy was an amazing experience for me. I enjoyed studying the modules, the interactions, and group activities as well as the friendships. I am grateful to have been part of the first cohort and I encourage the upcoming fellows to seize the opportunity to learn, engage and aspire to put in their best in the entire process of the fellowship from application, pre-selection, selection to post training or internship

Agbenyegah, Judy Edinam Ajoa

Ghana

Field

Engineering – Geological Engineering

Educational Background

Bachelors’ Degree, Geological Engineering - Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana

Quote/ testimony

“ It was an impactful networking experience for me. The diversity of cultures and the well of knowledge imparted by our Professors was exceptional.”

Eelu, Hilja Hambeleleni

Namibia

Field of work

Academia (Health Professional Education)

Educational background

Bachelor of Science Honours , Molecular and Cell Biology- University of Cape Town, South Africa
Bachelor of Science, Human Genetics – University of Pretoria, South Africa

Quote/ Testimony

As much as there were practical skills learnt at 10x academy, some of which I apply in my current work and study, the most invaluable resource has been the network of young individuals seeking to build the African continent. 10x Academy has left me with the impression that Africa’s large, complex problems can be solved. With a team of 10xbuilders across the continent we will solve them.

Mhlanga, Fezile Faith

Swaziland

Educational background </strong

B.Sc. Conservation Ecology – Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Mboungou, Paulcy Desmerveilles

Republic of Congo

Field of work

Communications

Educational background

BSc. Computer Science (Statistics)

Quote/ Testimony

“Being at 10Academy gives you an incredible opportunity to join a group of highest potential young people whose core mission and passion are not only to have fun while learning, but more importantly use the power of technology to make a 10x impact across Africa.

Bahri, Nada

Tunisia

Educational background

License in Private law - Faculty of Law and Political science, Tunisia

Angula, Tuhafeni

Namibia

Field of work

Engineering - Civil Engineering

Educational background

B.Sc. Civil Engineering (Honours) – University of Namibia, Namibia

Quote/ Testimony

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” - Leonardo da Vinci

Ngabonziza, Iradukunda Benitha

Rwanda

Educational background

B.Sc. Land Survey - INES-Ruhengeri/ Land Survey Department, Ao, Rwanda

Sekyi, Emmanuel

Ghana

Field of work

AI, Software

Educational background

BSc Chemical Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Adalet, Rabiaa

Tunisia

Field of work

Communications, Engineering,software design, Business Development

Educational background

Engineering degree with honors – Faculty of Sciences of Tunis, Tunis, Tunisia

Quote/ Testimony

My favourite “internal coaching” is this miracle quote: Keep going it will make sense soon enough. The beginning of a professional career is, in most cases, not easy and full of challenges. You may find yourself questioning your choice, but it wouldn’t be amazing if your goals are finally achieved despite all the obstacles!

Aubeeluck, Muzammil Bin Anwar

Mauritius

Educational background

B.Sc. (Hons) Computer Science - University of Mauritius, Mauritius

Baye, Gaspard

Cameroon

Field of work

Software, especially AI

Educational background

BSc Information and communication technology (ICT) (Hon) from ICT-University, Yaoundé

Quote/ Testimony

“Don’t let small minds convince you that your dreams are too big”.
“Magic happens when you don’t give up, even though you want to.
The universe always fall in love with stubborn heart.”

Muli, Joy Mueni

Kenya

Educational background

Bachelor of Arts in Design - University of Nairobi, Kenya

Viayinon, Jean-Hénock

Benin

Educational background

BSc. Agronimic Sciences, University of Abomey Calavi, Benin
BSc. Economics, University of Abomey Calavi, Benin
MSc Statistics, University of Abomey Calavi, Benin