Thursday April 11, at Nairobi’s Incubation Lab, Nailab, the public looks at how local software developers can help Kenya realize the Silicon Savanah vision with a focus on the role of local software developers trained under the Chipuka program could play.
The Chipuka Software Developer Certification developed by the Carnegie Mellon University and the Kenya ICT Board was launched in February 2012 in a move to up the skills of our local developers.
The panel will also look at the contributions the program has had on programming skills of entry-level software developers and if they are employable or have the right skills needed to develop what Kenyans have been calling a Silicon Savannah.
Chipuka tests an individual’s ability to perform tasks that entry-level developers routinely encounter on the job. Test takers write, compile, debug, and test real software to demonstrate their abilities in a secure, proctored exam.
The event will investigate and identify strategies to strengthen and promote excellence in software development in the country and see what role should the government, private sector, universities and the local software developer community should play to ensure Kenya is recognized and celebrated for software excellence.
The Keynote speaker will be Dr Philip Miller, Carnegie Mellon University and Andrew Lewela, Kenya ICT Board will be the moderator. Dr. Miller co-founded iCarnegie Inc. along with Dr. Allan Fisher in July 1998.
Follow the event on Twitter by using the #chipuka hashtag.