Adebisi Oje: Mentor
What do you currently do? Developer Relations – I work with Microsoft Partners and help them understand how they can be successful on Microsoft’s Cloud (Azure).
What are some of your interests/hobbies? I enjoy outdoor activities like CrossFit, kayaking, hiking, etc.
What first got you interested in tech? My cousin and Uncle were already in Tech and so I got introduced to computers at a young age. I learnt to type before I went to secondary school and consistently did well in my computer classes while I was in secondary school. Choosing computer science in college became a natural fit for me..
Have you built anything (product/project) interesting? I work on a couple of cool projects at work. I am currently working on an IOT projects that monitors devices in a room. For instance, I can switch up the lights in a room from a different location – cool huh?
What value have you derived from being a member of the Africode community? The network. I have met people I never knew I’ll meet through this network. I have met both old friends (like people I knew when I was 6 years old and reconnected with them on Africode) and new friends that’s have helped me in my career or on projects.
How would you like to use your skills to contribute to Africa development? Africode is my contribution. I want to impact every African student thinking of studying computer science and support them till they graduate from college with a degree.
Are there any African tech developments/news that you find exciting/interesting? I am excited to see how far e-commerce will get in Africa. I think we have a long way to go – but I am excited about the development.
Daniel Elendu: Mentee
What you currently do? I am a sophomore at Vassar College majoring in Computer Science. I might also double major in Science, Technology, and Society (STS) or get a minor in Mathematics..
What are some of your interests/hobbies? I enjoy studying Languages (French and Haitian Creole presently), playing FIFA, soccer, drawing, biking.
What first got you interested in tech? My dad got me a computer when I was really young and so I played a lot of games on it and later on learned about its other functionalities. In my teenage years, other forms of tech such as phones, video game consoles, and other devices interested me so I read about them and followed pages that had news about such. I had taken Computer Science and Data Processing as high school courses and I enjoyed them as classes but I had no interest in pursuing a Computer Science degree till I took Intro to CS here at Vassar and realized coding was not what I thought it was. I had a really good professor even though I didn’t really enjoy coding, but it was challenging and rewarding
Have you built anything (product/project) interesting during college/professional career? I am currently working on the frontend (and soon the backend) of an Android app for an Urban Enrichment Club on my campus. It is the first project I have been involved in and I have been learning a lot while working on my parts of the project.
What value have you derived from being a member of the Africode community? I have been motivated by people ahead and learning how they navigated through college successfully. I have also received professional advice on things like my resume and academic advice (which is really valuable due to similar experiences and also new ones that one can learn from). I feel the mentorships and relationships built here are also important beyond just completing majors or getting jobs.
How would you like to use your skills to contribute to development in Africa? Right now, I am uncertain of a specific field I will work in, but wherever ‘the code’ can do good things, I will be there..
Are there any African tech developments/news that you find exciting/interesting? I think e-commerce is the biggest thing right now and things are looking good in that industry. I hope that soon, huge companies /tech brands that can compete globally with the big guns in the tech industry will emerge.