Project iSWEST (Innovating Solutions with Engineering, Science and Technology) is a 3-week intensive innovation Bootcamp for high school students in Ghana held every year in August. Participants are given practical and hands-on training in Computer Programming, Arduino, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
During the Bootcamp, participants are grouped in teams and are tasked with identifying a problem and developing a prototype to the problem using knowledge and skills they acquired during the Bootcamp. They present their projects to a panel of judges on the final day called the Pitch Day. Since 2013 Project iSWEST has been held each year except for 2016.
This year, Project iSWEST is being held from August 7th to August 26th at the University of Ghana, Legon.
Twenty-seven (27) students, comprising of 17 boys and 11 girls from different high schools across the country are participating in this year’s edition. This year’s edition has also seen the most number of girls participating in the Bootcamp. There are fourteen (14) volunteers also contributing in various capacities to make the Bootcamp a success.’
Project iSWEST 2017 is in two parts, namely the workshop phase and the innovation phase. The climax of Project iSWEST will be the final day dubbed “The Pitch Day” when students will present the solutions they worked on during the innovation phase to a panel of judges, High School officials, venture capitalists, policy makers and other dignitaries. Teams will be assessed on the impact, sustainability, feasibility and business viability of their projects. Winning teams will be rewarded and the most viable projects will be supported to develop into start-ups.
The Pitch Day will be held at the Impact Hub, Accra on Saturday, 26th August 2017 from 4 pm to 7 pm. People can register online to attend The Pitch Day latest by Thursday 24th August 2017. The registration link is http://bit.ly/thepitchday
WRITER: Kwesi Otoo
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