Code4Impact (C4i) is a hands-on learning program building digital literacy skills, especially coding and analytical skills in young girls and young women. The C4i program encourages, trains and mentors young girls in secondary schools (aged 10-17) and young women in tertiary institutions (aged 18-25) to choose STEM careers. The main objectives of the of the project are:
- To build the capacity of 2,000 young women age 18-25 in 4 technology tracks, web application development, mobile application development, microelectronics and game development over a period of 5 years.
- To support 2,000 Young women to use skills gained to develop SDGs-focused solutions
- To train 5,000 young girls age 10-17 on basic digital and coding skills
- To increase female involvement in technology in Nigeria by mentoring young girls in secondary school to pursue careers in STEM
A core component of the C4i Program is the C4i Bootcamp.
The C4i Bootcamp
The C4i Bootcamp is a 12-week training camp at the end of which participants develop community-impact solution addressing the global goals. The key components of the C4i boot camp are:
- Stakeholder Engagement and Advocacy: Through community awareness, the C4i bootcamp engages communities to foster ownership of projects and ensure sustainability of projects. Key stakeholders such as partners, community influencers and key state actors are actively engaged in the design and implementation of projects. Social and traditional media houses and personalities are also engaged to promote key messages to a wider target audience.
- Selection of Bootcamp Beneficiaries: applications for the C4i Bootcamp are web-based and are opened for about a month. Interested participants are requested to write essays which are scored and ranked and the highest ranking applications are shortlisted for interviews. After the interviews, participants are selected for the training.
- C4i Launch and Pre-Training Conference: The Pre-Training Press Conference is designed to foster investment in increasing participation of more women in technology. Beneficiaries, partners and mentors and other invited guests are provided an opportunity to network. The C4i beneficiaries also receive study materials to prepare them for the training.
- Training program: beneficiaries are intensively trained on the four technology tracks in the objectives over a 12-week period.
- Hackathon: At the end of the training period, a 24-hour hackathon is held for the completion of the projects. The facilitators and trainers provide guidance and assistance to the 10 groups on their SDG focused solutions.