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SuaCode – Breaking the Coding Barrier in Africa with Smartphones

About SuaCode

SuaCode is a smartphone-based online coding course that aims to teach millions across the African continent how to code! Learners will be introduced to the fundamentals of software programming in the Processing language using their smartphones with the Android Processing Development Environment. Processing is a visual and interactive programming language based on the Java programming language. Because of its graphical and interactive nature, it is an ideal choice of language to teach introductory programming. The only requirements for joining SuaCode are an Android device and a commitment to learning.

Background

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! 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 fundamental programming concepts. Over the course of the months, we hope to reach thousands more Africans, teaching them how to code from their smartphones.

Potential Impact

With the projected 929.9 million smartphones in Africa by the year 2021, we have a grandiose plan to democratize coding education in Africa: teach millions of Africans with no access to computers and limited internet access how to code on smartphones via our project SuaCode. Through SuaCode, we will bring coding skills within arms reach of people across Africa, literally into their palms, thereby breaking the coding barrier in Africa as well as bridging its digital divide!

Support

This year, our cofounder George Boateng has been shortlisted for Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation by the U.K.’s Royal Academy of Engineering for SuaCode. In 2019, we won the 2019 African Union Education Innovation Prize and were a finalist for the 2020 Princeton Africa Summit Venture Competition. We also received a fellowship from the Processing Foundation to launch SuaCode Africa (2019) as we did in 2018 with the first pilot of SuaCode. We also received funding to support the project after being selected as a finalist for the 2017 Milken-Penn Business plan competition which is considered the most prestigious education business plan competition in the United States of America. We also received funding from Dartmouth’s Magnuson Center for Entrepreneurship.

Papers

Recent Press

Partnership

If you are or know any education / EdTech organization or company in Africa interested in having our Kwame AI teaching assistant join their courses and help their students, share this with them, reach out to me or fill this form: bit.ly/sc-kaas

Contact

We are currently looking for partnerships and contacts to publicize SuaCode Africa across the continent.

Email: suacode.app@gmail.com

 

 

 

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