We are super excited to announce that our Co-founder and President, George Boateng has been selected as part of the 2018 cohort of 9 Processing Foundation Fellows out of a pool of 138 applications from 27 countries on 6 continents!!

As an organization with software literacy at the core of its mission, the Processing Foundation seeks to promote software literacy within the visual arts, and visual literacy within technology-related fields — and to make these fields accessible to diverse communities.

Our president being selected as part of the fellowship was as a result of our ambitious project, SuaCode.  SuaCode is a mobile coding course where participants will be introduced to basic coding in the Processing language using their smartphones.

Processing is a visual and interactive programming language based on Java. Because of its graphical and interactive nature, it is an ideal choice of language to teach introductory programming.

SuaCode was a truly accidental project that was born out of our need to innovate around the lack of laptops at our 4th annual Project iSWEST in 2017, leading us to introduce students to coding with smartphones – a first of its kind in Ghana!

The Processing Foundation believes that our project ties in with their mission and will be providing support in the form of a grant, technical and advisory support to help us run SuaCode.

With this support, over the next 3 months, working with High Schools Society, we will pilot Nsesa‘s ambitious project SuaCode, a smartphone-based online coding course to teach millions of people across the African continent how to code!

Starting from April 2018, we will pilot SuaCode with an initial cohort of 30 students, teaching a basic coding course in the Processing language.

Most recently, we’ve published a paper of our work showing that with access to only a smartphone, a computer isn’t needed to introduce Ghanaian high school students to core programming concepts. Over the course of the months, we hope to reach thousands more Africans, teaching them how to code from their smartphones.

We are honoured and privileged to have a member of our team join such an inspiring group of achievers and to receive support from the processing foundation. The fellowship will definitely go a long way to help us with our vision of creating an “Innovation Revolution“ in Africa.

We can’t wait to get started.

Read about the other members of the cohort here