BarCamp Takoradi 2012 will be a networking event to bring people together for a day of discussion, demos and dialogue about Takoradi, Ghana and beyond. It hopes to assemble Western Regional stakeholders to network, build a supportive enterprising community and initiate partnerships for sustainable development. BarCamp Takoradi 2012 will take place on March 3, 2012 at the Takoradi Polytechnic. The theme is “Empowering the emerging middle class in a budding oil-fuelled economy: efficient use of technology”. This is a FREE event for anyone who is interested in using their skills, talent, and resources to benefit Takoradi, Ghana and Africa as a whole.
The BarCamp Ghana team has successfully organized 11 BarCamps in Ghana – in Accra, Kumasi, Takoradi, Cape Coast, Tamale and Ho. Barcamp Ghana is a project being run by the GhanaThink Foundation, an NGO based both in Ghana and the USA. The events have brought together over a thousand leaders and change makers. Barcamp Takoradi 2012 builds upon Barcamp Takoradi 2010 which was held at the Takoradi Technical Institute under the theme “Leading & Entreprising in an Oil & Technology Fuelled Economy”. on November 27, 2010. The event showcased Ghanaian ingenuity through the MIT fabrication lab (fab-lab), sharing of ideas, and had presentations and panels on how to leverage the burgeoning oil industry.
This year’s edition will be organized in conjunction with local groups at the Takoradi Polytechnic. By partnering with these groups, this Barcamp will focus on engaging youth in Takoradi – especially students – on how to create more value for and within their respective localities and ultimately helping shape the development agenda in this election year. Barcamp Takoradi 2012 will also be a medium for building up the community from 2010’s event, taking stock of what’s happened so far and proposing measures for continued engagement in the Western Region.
Barcamp Takoradi 2012 will feature multiple sessions on technology tools and products, with a special session on using technology for the Ghanaian elections in 2012. There shall also be a speed mentoring session where participants get some efficient quality time with selected mentors and resource personnel. Like all Barcamps, there will be user-generated sessions and discussions where attendees get to set the agenda and topics for the day. Local experts will share knowledge on different technologies and successful entrepreneurs and innovators will share their stories to serve as models for participants.
Registration for BarCamp Takoradi is through the eventbrite website. Publicity will be done through email, social media, press releases, posters and radio. Speakers will be invited as well as mentors for our mentoring session. BarCamp Takoradi 2012 is sponsored by the Takoradi Polytechnic,GhanaThink Foundation, Fienipa Group, etc. Our media partners are ModernGhana.com and Melody FM.
http://barcampghana.org/contact or barcamp at ghanathink.org