Africa-based non-profit tech organisation DevCareer has announced that it has raised $100,000 in grants for the Cohort 3 of its ‘Laptop4Developers’ campaign, according to TechNext.
The campaign, which is focused on supporting entry-level African developers with resources to enhance career growth and improve their skills, has received funding from a variety of organizations including Kuda, Deimos and Doha as stated in an official statement released by the company.
Sultan Akintunde, who is the founder of DevCareer, made a breakdown of the scope of the program, saying that the online training is focused on recruiting 100 participants from five African countries, including Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Zambia and Rwanda evenly split between male and female genders.
“In the last cohort, DevCareer received over 6,000 applications with Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, and Zambia featuring as the top 4 countries. Rwanda is joining the list of countries in cohort 3. The COVID-19 restriction stalled the campaign in 2021, so in 2022, DevCareer plans to groom 100 persons, 50 males and 50 females, into employable African tech talent who can compete on a global stage,” Akintunde said.
“The training is online, and students will be assigned to a tech hub or co-working space near them in groups. They will be able to connect with their tutors online daily for a period of three months,” he further stated.
In the last two cohorts, the program has been made exclusively for programmers in Front End Development, Backend Development and Mobile Applications, however, Cohort 3 is set to take in Product (UI/UX) designers which is a growing aspect of the tech industry.
Application for cohort 3 is free. However, prospective trainees are required to participate in an aptitude test, a coding test and also a physical interview.