After a successful Blockchain Summer Bootcamp for teenagers in Ghana in 2021, the Africa Blockchain Institute has once again, concluded an impactful second edition in partnership with Solana Foundation.
Organized in a similar format to the first edition, this year’s bootcamp was open to all Africans aged 13 – 19 and was held at the Adore Addis Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from the 1st – 5th of August 2022.
The program was an intensive and activity-packed 5-day session covering blockchain fundamentals, the Rust programming language, and Solana smart contract programming.
In the introductory session, the teenagers were taught amongst other things: blockchain terminologies, its components, mode of disruption, mining, the advantages and disadvantages of the technology, and how to create wallets on the likes of Metamask, Phantom, and Celo.
This was all with the aim of building financial literacy among teenagers especially as it relates to the growth of emerging technologies.
Following this session, to lay a foundation for the teenagers to build decentralized applications on the Solana network, the basics of coding using the Rust programming language as well as how to create and deploy smart contracts on the Solana blockchain were also taught.
The instructor guided them in creating GitHub profiles, installing necessary tools like WSL, Node, Solana, and Git, cloning Solana’s Example-helloworld git repository, and later in deploying the smart contract on the blockchain.
To further aid their practical learning, the teenagers were also opportuned to make excursion visits to Creative Hub, a Local Incubator supporting creatives and entrepreneurs in Addis Ababa, and Kifiya Financial Technology, a digital finance and payment services provider.
During the visit to Kifiya Financial Technology, the participants got to know firsthand the operations of the company, its solutions to improve the financial ecosystem in Ethiopia, and its perspective on adopting blockchain technology in its operations.
At the beginning of the bootcamp, the teenagers were divided into five teams in which they brainstormed and discussed how to harness the economic and social impacts of blockchain technology in Ethiopia.
Each of these teams then presented a blockchain project which they had come up with to solve some of the prevalent problems in Ethiopia, on the last day.
“We were particularly impressed to see projects geared towards food supply chain traceability, authentication of car ownership registration, promotion of sustainability transparency, open contracting, and the incentivisation of waste collection.”
The final session also featured addresses from Kayode Babarinde, the Executive Director of Africa Blockchain Institute, Kume Chibsa the founder of Afro Valley, and Yeabsra Hailu the founder of Adulis.
The trio commended the teenagers for taking the step to be a part of the program and gave insight on the Blockchain space in Ethiopia.
According to UN data, more than 70% of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa are under the age of 30 and it is projected that by 2030, youths in Africa would make up 42% of the world’s youth population.
The Africa Blockchain Institute understands that the youth are key to Africa’s transformation and will continue to take this message to more African countries.
More young Africans need to be brought into the digital fold. Many thanks to the Solana Foundation for its sponsorship toward the success of the program. However, the journey does not end here, this is only the beginning.
The teenagers in this cohort were happy to have this experience and are keen to further their learning. Our team recommended valuable resources to them but we would also like to help these young innovators bring their projects to life.
“Not only do we plan to help them kick the projects off the ground, we plan to create sustainable structures to help encourage their learning.”