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Andela Is Accepting Applications To Its Paid 4-Year Fellowship Class in Lagos

Andela, the talent accelerator that trains software developers and matches them with global employers has begun accepting applications to its paid, four-year, 8th fellowship class in Lagos, Nigeria.

The class which helps applicants, mostly graduates, to master the craft of professional software development while working for leading technology companies around the globe, is a free, two-week-long Boot Camp led by senior developers from some of the world’s top engineering schools.

Described as one of the most rigorous software development training experiences in the world, successful applicants upon their invitation to become an Andela Fellow will receive at least 1000-hours of hands-on training on HTML, CSS, JavaScript and other web and mobile software development skills.

The four-year Andela Fellowship begins with an intensive paid three-month-long immersion training programme that culminates with the opportunity to work on client projects with top technology companies as an Andela Fellow.

After the four-year programme, Andela Fellows would be expected to start technology companies, work directly with client companies as employees or continue to help train more competent software engineers at Andela.

The application deadline is April 19th and shortlisted candidates will be notified by April 20th. Apply here.

ITU Opens Applications For 2015 Young Innovation Competition


The Young Innovation Competition, an annual event of the ITU Telecom, has opened for applications.

ITU Telecom, the arm of ITU that organizes event and competitions, announced in a post on its website, that it is looking for young social entrepreneurs who can use technology creatively to solve a range of real-time developmental challenges.

“The challenge will give room to young people around the world to self-empower people in their communities through entrepreneurship.” says ITU Telecom.

Entry is exclusive to individuals from ITU member states; pretty much every country in the world. They must be between ages 18 and 30, currently running a startup or have a concept/ idea for one yet unborn.

Two winners will be invited to join in ITU Telecom World 2015 in Budapest, Hungary in October, a higher platform where they will pitch their ideas, participate in workshops, receive seed funding, and benefit from a year of ongoing mentorship.

Applications close, May 7th 2015. Apply here.

Registration Opens for NASA’s Space App Challenge in Lagos, Calabar and Ilorin


NASA has opened applications for Space Apps Nigeria 2015, its hackathon designed to bring together innovators from all backgrounds to proffer solutions to earth/space challenges. The event is scheduled to hold in Nigeria from April 16-19, 2015; in Lagos, Calabar and Ilorin.

The international space apps challenge is an event that embraces collaborative problem solving with the goal of producing relevant open-source solutions to address global needs that are applicable to life on earth and in space.

“The idea of a Challenge is so compelling because it acknowledges the fact that the world is facing serious challenges – and that we all have to work together to approach them. While there local hosts may offer prizes and the global award includes an opportunity to attend a NASA launch, the main challenge we focus on is enabling 48 hours of highly engaged collaboration- and discovering what we can create when that happens,” NASA says on its website.

This year’s event presents 25 challenges that focus on areas such as earth, outer space, humans and robotics; the event will also also draw in on Women-in-Technology.

Potential applicants may apply here
  or get more information about the event from their official website.