1. Tell Us a bit about yourself and what you are currently involved in.
My name is Isaac Attuah and I am 19 years old. Reading articles, listening to podcasts and playing classical music are some of my hobbies. I have always had a knack for learning about different topics and disciplines in science and business. However, computer science has always peaked my interest the most. For my undergraduate degree, I am currently pursuing a computer science course at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
2. What motivated you to apply for Project iSWEST?
In 2016, I and my best friend, Raymond Obu started a blog (www.penswype.wordpress.com) which was our first foray into a new world of digital publishing. Unfortunately, as the months passed and our WASSCE exam drew closer, we completely lost interest and with the dwindling number of daily visitors, we had to scrap the project.
After secondary school, we decided to work on a new idea, but with our previous experience, it was very necessary that we got some technology-centered business training to avoid repeating the same mistakes. So after making a few inquiries and searching Google, I stumbled upon Project iSWEST and I didn’t hesitate to sign up with Raymond and some other friends.
3. Share some the experiences you had at Project iSWEST.
At Project iSWEST, I was plunged into a whole new universe of technology and business-oriented learning. I learnt how to program more efficiently using the Processing programming language and I gained some new knowledge about embedded systems through our Arduino classes.
Aside from this, the innovation and entrepreneurship sessions helped me learn skills on how to start and maintain a profitable startup especially in Agricultural related areas.
4. How has attending Project iSWEST impacted you?
Project iSWEST has enabled me to think about problem-solving a little differently. Instead of rushing to create a “phenomenal” product at one go, I now have the skills to break down problems into their bare basics and solve them in little chunks until I can build a final product that is not only profitable but efficient in use.
5. What are your best memories from Project iSWEST?
The demo day pitch training sessions were probably some of my best memories throughout the boot camp. We had to occasionally group ourselves and look for solutions to particular agricultural problems around us. After this, we presented our ideas to our facilitators who advised and constructively critiqued them until we made the necessary changes. This all proved helpful when we presented our final project during the Pitch Day Finale.
6. What advice would you give to anyone who wants to consider applying for Project iSWEST?
I’d borrow a quote from the Disney animation Meet The Robinsons which is “Keep Moving Forward”. No matter what expertise you have or don’t have in computers, don’t characterize yourself by your current abilities but go on and apply. You’re bound to learn something new.