The much anticipated convocation of tech enthusiasts, web developers, and industry stakeholders finally kicked off on Friday, 6 April 2018 at the College of Science TF1 Auditorium with an Opening Ceremony amidst speeches and presentations.

Registration

The event started off with registration of the various participants. People arrived as early as 9am, but the registration began at 12:30pm. Participants engaged in various forms of networking just before the day’s session began.

 

The Master of Ceremony, Yaw Bossman commenced the event by getting interactive with the various participants. There were a number of first time attendees, who expressed high anticipation about this year’s event.

Presentations

The team at Hacklab took turns to present/launch their Hacklab Connect and Hacklab Inclusion by Norris Boateng (IT Lead, Hacklab) and Brenda Awullety (Project Lead, Hacklab Foundation), respectively.

 

Panel Discussions

Two panel sessions took place to discuss the theme of this year’s hackathon, in sub topics.

The panelists for the first session themed “Should Africa engage in the global competition of catching up in the Fourth Industrial Revoolution” were Albert Seshie, IT Security Consultant, Kwabena Danso, CEO, Boomers International, and Edward Aikins, Head of Products and Propositions, Vodafone Business Solutions.

 

A short 15 minutes’ break was observed and the second panel session was underway. Panelists; Bernard Acquah, Head IT Vodafone, Yaw Adu-Gyamfi, Centre for Social Innovation, Jeffery Dagadu, Data Analyst, Stanbic Bank, Angela Mensah-Poku, Director, Enterprise Business Unit, Vodafone, discussed the topic “” for a period of 45 minutes amidst some interesting Q&A session.

President of Hacklab Foundation, Foster Akugri With a Brief Presentation

Moments after the panel sessions were over, President of Hacklab Foundation, Foster Akugri was invited to the stage to deliver a brief address. “The hacklab Annual hackathon which commenced in 2016 to drive innovation through technology has evolved on its journey to preparing the youth for future jobs. Here gathered again, we will be witnessing yet another year of exciting projects”, he said.

On why the team chose the theme “Building Fourth Industrial Cities; Are We Ready”, Foster who has led the team for a third year running explained that “We chose to engage on theme Building Fourth Industrial Cities; Are you ready? Because there’s a tide coming, with will endanger the 2 billion population of Africa by 2030 if we do act today. The rise of entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems have been a sign that, we are conscious of the problems that need to be solved and most of all, requires skills and expertise.”

Head of Department at the Computer Engineering Department, KNUST expressed his delight in seeing the audience and participants enthused about the major event and wished all participants the best of luck. “We thank you all for coming, and our department is always open for events like this. We also encourage all participants to make full use of this event, and we wish you all the very best”, he said.

Workshops

Following the panel discussions were workshops on the topics Designing with Great User Experience and Exploring IoT Technologies facilitated by Joshua Cleopas, CEO of VOME, and Isaac Sesi, CEO of Invent Technologies, respectively.

At exactly 10pm, after meals have been provided and participants have recessed, the participating teams were ushered into the main event, the hackathon. A moment of mass creative exploration and lines of codes, scripts and algorithms. And with that, activities for the day were closed, at least for us. For the next 24-30 hours, the various teams will write their best of codes to compete for the grand prize.

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