AITI-KACE To Launch AITI-Hackerspace in Accra, Ghana on 28th June 2013
The Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT (AITI-KACE), with support from partners, is to launch the AITI-Hackerspace to provide computing resources to help grow Ghana’s tech community and ecosystems. This initiative is part of the Centre’s Innovation hub project and also in line with AITI-KACE’s capacity-buliding mandate.
The Hackerspaces code-named AITI Hub-Space is an online community space where people with common interests, often in computers, technology, science, among others, can meet, socialise and/or collaborate. The AITI Hub-Space provides an online peering and development platform for developers, start-ups and other interest groups to interact, pitch, share and develop innovative ideas to help solve social challenges.
Membership will be open to all vetted developers who will be required to work with other members to develop community-driven open standards as well as public Application Programming Interfaces (API’s) which would in turn churn out public services such as payment gateways thereby creating the framework and environment for local innovations and viable business models.
Members of the innovation hub will have access to the Online Knowledge Centre, Code hosting facilities for collaborative development, Online test tools, Online Simulators, Test Web services or API hosting and access to the vast resources of scientific and business information located within the AITI Knowledge Management system. The AITI Hackerspace will also host periodic events including seminars, hackerthons and hackerfests.
MainOne Cable company a key partner in the Hackerspace project, has provided 10 mbps dedicated bandwidth essential for driving an efficient innovation hub and hackerspace.
The Director-General of AITI-KACE, Dorothy K. Gordon has stated in an interview, “Our main goal is to help develop a critical mass of developers and hackers to feed the growing technology innovation sector and deal with some of the ICT challenges that confront us in Ghana and the sub-region. We will be curbing the problems associated with ‘bandwith refugees’, developers who have relocated in search of higher bandwith”
Funke Opeke CEO of MainOne Cable company, expressed their …
“This is exciting times for developers in Ghana and the sub region. Simply gives us unlimited opportunities.