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Today's winner:Binance to train 1,000 African developers in Q1 2021, continuing its crypto education efforts - Daily Post NigeriaDaily Post Staff
Binance, the world’s leading cryptocurrency exchange, via its Binance Masterclass education series, plans to equip up to 1000 African blockchain developers with the right tools and skills to build their first DApps on the Binance Smart Chain (BSC) network within the first quarter of 2021.
From January 31, 2021, beginning with a two-hour Binance Masterclass – Developers’ Edition on ‘Careers in Blockchain Technology’, Binance CEO, Changpeng Zhao (CZ) will introduce the program. The Binance Smart Chain (BSC) and Binance Africa teams will host an 8-week program under the theme Rebuilding Financial Systems on Blockchain.
The BSC and Binance Africa teams aim to show the multitude of career options in the crypto and blockchain space – beyond crypto trading. The program will be coordinated by crypto industry thought leaders from ChainIDE, Xend, Bundle, as well as the BSC team.
Location: Zoom (first 1000 attendees) & YouTube Date and Time: 31st January 2021, 4pm WAT, 5pm SAST, 6pm EAT Register now at: https://www.binance.com/en/event/masterclass_jan
The Binance Masterclass series is an ongoing monthly FREE crypto education webinar hosted by the Binance Africa team. In 2020, Binance Africa successfully educated over 70,000 Africans about crypto fundamentals, practical tutorials on how to set up an account – and buy & sell crypto, technical analysis and crypto trading.
As of December 2020, the Binance Africa team has organized more than 400+ free events in 2020, getting attendees across 40+ countries (mostly African) online and offline.
Binance continues to expand its crypto education efforts on the continent in 2021, starting with the Binance Masterclass – Developers‘ Edition: ‘Careers in Blockchain Technology’.
In addition to Binance CEO’s keynote speech, this edition of Binance Masterclass will include two key sessions: Careers in Blockchain Technology (led by Chuta Chimezie), and Becoming a Blockchain Developer (led by BSC team lead).
The masterclass on January 31 aims to increase product awareness for blockchain development within Africa using BSC.
Attendees will: Acquire high income development skills; Learn blockchain development with Binance for FREE; Receive a certificate of participation issued on BSC (for those that complete the 8-weeks course)
Binance Masterclass will also be giving away $1000 worth of crypto during the event.
The 8-week program on Rebuilding Financial systems on Blockchain begins on February 1st. The schedule below:
Week 1: Blockchain: Technology, Innovation, and Thinking
A brief conception of blockchain; History with blockchain (whitepaper\1.0); Possible future of blockchain
(Speaker: Xiao Wu – CEO, WhiteMatrix).
Week 2: Financial Service and Cryptocurrency On Blockchain
Overview of cryptocurrencies; Overview of traditional financial services; Impact of crypto on financial services.
(Speaker: Samy K – Ecosystem Development, BSC)
Week 3: Dapp development with ChainIDE
Make an introduction about Chainide, about the feature and function; Bring engineers go through with the whole process of compile\deploy\interaction.
(Speaker: Tim Zhang – CTO, WhiteMatrix)
Week 4: How solidity works in a smart contract?
Make an introduction of smart contracts and talk about the internal connection with block chain; Introduce the smart contract programming language – solidity (ie. Solidity Grammar/ function/.sol file structure/memory storage).
(Speaker: Prophet – Community Supervisor, WhiteMatrix)
Week 5: What is DeFi? Make one yourself
Make a definition of DeFi. How is it different from traditional finance? Are there any advantages?; Take a few look at DeFi projects, like Uniswap/AAVE/YFI, etc.; What will we build? A system includes staking and reward.
Week 6: Let’s follow DeFi to go further
How to use another contract in the smart contract? The implementation of staking and rewarding; What else can we do? (Lending/ Aggregator).
Week 7: Interact with a smart contract by yourself, from start to finish
Week 8: DeFi Case Study/Inside out
Panel: How to build a successful DeFi project?
(Speaker: Ugochukwu Aronu – CEO, Xend; Yele Bademosi – CEO, Bundle)
Week 9 (Optional): Frontier blockchain technology outlook
Pick 5 best projects from Masterclass students for a demo. Every team has 15 minutes to present their idea.
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The Muhammad Sanusi II Sustainable Development Goals Challenge (MSII SDG Challenge) is a project committed to empowering highly competent and enterprising education change makers who are taking action to develop learning outcomes in their communities; especially for girls and women.
Last year, following the announcement of the MSII SDG Challenge, which is in partnership with 1 Million Teachers (1MT) – a social enterprise that provides access to high-quality teacher education to underserved communities around the world, over 225 applications with 902 team members from 9 countries within Sub-Saharan Africa were received.
After a thorough review process – the highly awaited top 10 finalists which form Cohort 1 of the challenge were announced and onboarded earlier this January 2021.
With its stated objective to fuel innovation, inspire, and catalyze innovative community development activities that support the achievement of the SDGs, particularly quality education and gender equality – The MSII SDG challenge aims to support the educational projects of the selected changemakers which cut across various communities in Africa.
The 10 finalists were selected based on the inventiveness and originality of their ideas. They are; Jane Chikapa (Bloomers Learning Initiative), Mahfuz Alabidun (Inmates Educational Foundation), Anita Nchat Kevin (Amina Dyslexia Center), Olufemi Folaponmile (Learning To Learn), Adejoh Idoko (Girls For Tech Innovators Competition), Rasheedat Sadiq (The Reading Room), Olusegun Ilori (Unusual School), Yemisi Jetoluwa (The Workbook), Ajibola Mujidat Oladejo (SEIS/Susty Ed), Habiba Abdul Rabiu (The Arty Makers).
The finalists will each receive a five hundred dollar grant which will be used to fund their individual educational project, with a goal of incubating and scaling up 150 projects over the next 10 years.
Giving the keynote speech during the virtual orientation program, Muhammad Sanusi II, UN SDG Advocate and Chairman, Board of 1Million Teachers, emphasized that the importance of the challenge was to implement the core of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goal 4 (achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls) and SDG 5 (achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls)
“I’m very delighted to receive our 10 cohorts who are the winners of the SDG challenge. The 10 of you are part of history by taking action to solve very crucial gaps in the educational system in Africa. Through the 1MT initiative; our objective to provide equitable and gender-responsive education through innovative solutions is one step closer to becoming a reality.
“This dynamic selection of these awardees is evidence that the implementation of SDG 4 and 5 in Africa is attainable. I would like to encourage you to take an active part in the structured programs we have planned for you and optimize all the opportunities we will be providing.” Sanusi said.
Other speakers were Shari Hughson – HH MSII SDG Trustee, Director of Masters in Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program at Smith School of Business, Queen’s University, Kingston Canada; Prof Jane Chin – HH MSII Trustee, representing the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University; Dipo Faulkner, General Manager IBM West Africa; Prof Nomunua MNgoma, 1MT Lead researcher; Andrew Nevin, Partner, PWC West Africa, and Chief Economist of PWC Nigeria; Andrew Moss, Coach and Advisor, Master of Management Innovation & Entrepreneurship.
One of the finalists from Malawi, Jane Chikapa, spoke about her project, Bloomers Learning Initiative: “The problem being solved is lack of literacy skills. According to the UNESCO Institute of statistics, Malawi has an adult literacy rate of 62.14%, (69.7% males and 55.2% females), 130 in ranking in comparison with other countries.
“The goal of Bloomers learning initiative is to enhance reading and writing among 500 primary and secondary school students, vulnerable, exposed to illiteracy, recurrent COVID-19 educational shocks; through physical and online learning by 2021 in Malawi. We want to directly impact 500 people, (150) boys and (350) girls by 2022.”
Were reckless driving and road accidents what came to mind when you heard the word, “motorcycle” before 2015? Perhaps your mind may have additionally conjured up unkempt-looking motorcyclists driving like they had nine lives to this list. Yeah, quite the throwback right?
This not-so-pretty narrative is what on-demand mobility startup, MAX NG has been determined to change in the sub-saharan transportation scene since its inception in 2015.
This is evidently why today, if a person thought of “motorcycle”, words like logistics, mobile app, cool bikes, and faster transportation would easily make it to top 10 on the list. A definite growth scale on both the perception and reality of commercial motorcycles in Nigeria and Africa.
MAX NG has since its inception, put together resources into making transportation of people and goods easier, more efficient, safer, and innovative for Nigerians and Africans. Has this worked? How has the journey been so far? Is there more to be done in the transportation industry of Africa? What could this on-demand mobility company be up to recently? This article provides answers.
WHAT 2020 LOOKED LIKE FOR MAX NG
For companies globally, the word, “sudden” and “change” might well summarize a major part of the year 2020. The coronavirus pandemic took a lot of businesses by surprise and MAX NG was no exception.
“2020 was quite an eventful year for MAX NG”, Tayo Bamiduro, Co-Founder of MAX NG summarized. The on-demand mobility startup kicked off the year strong but faced headwinds when, in Q1, a ban of okadas (motorcycles) was issued in Lagos, their biggest market at the time.
The firm focused on other areas of operations such as logistics in Lagos. Before fully recovering from the blow of the ban, COVID struck and the country had to shut down. The nature of the virus, and the lockdown regulation meant the start up could no longer cater to the needs of persons needing in-person transportation services. But the logistics arm carried on.
Further to this, towards the end of Q2, MAX NG doubled down on accelerating its presence in other cities where they were already available, especially in cities like Ibadan (where operations had kicked off in February of 2020), Kano, and Akure – where the tech start-up deployed a lot of drivers. In addition to this, MAX NG drove hard on its electricity mobility project.
By Q3, the start-up was gradually navigating its way to pre-pandemic levels. MAX NG successfully closed a bond program which would help provide the financing drivers would need to maintain their vehicles – one of a kind initiative for the transportation scene in Nigeria.
By Q4, the country was rocked with activities of the #ENDSARS movement and protests. On its part, the MAX team continued to improve on safety, enabling its drivers, scaling up partnerships with state governments in south-western Nigeria on formalizing and digitizing public transportation.
FUND-RAISING PARTNERSHIP WITH DLM
Explaining why MAX NG partnered with DLM on the fund-raising project, Bamiduro said: “For any business, access to credit or funding is very critical for any government as well especially when driving development agenda or objectives. Whether it is traders or transport operators. Credit is a very scarce commodity to come up with in a country like Nigeria especially for persons without assets or collateral, land etc.
“This project is one of it’s kind as it allows informal operators to gain access to high-quality brand new vehicles without coming up with any collateral. This marks a significant achievement in providing access to under-served communities by creating that bridge they need to start generating income for themselves. This is the most exciting part of this project.”
On the strategy deployed in the fund-raising partnership, Bamiduro continued: “We went about this partnership in a creative way; we partnered with DLM, Shell and a bunch of other investors. These investors looked at MAX NG’s track record over the last 3 to 5 years to understand how we operate, the technologies we’ve built, and the systems we’ve created to allow us to be able to take this kind of risk.”
Once the start-up deployed this strategy, they were confident of creating a trustworthy business which could allow informal transport operators access vehicles without any form of collateral – a significant milestone for MQX NG in terms of pushing forward the agenda of extending access to credit and funding to people who otherwise would never have had access to such.
TECHNOLOGIES AND INNOVATIONS BUILT BY MAX NG
In terms of the roles that technology plays in the transport sector, MAX NG has built a number of elaborate technologies. The first is the digital market links connecting drivers to commuters in real time, as well as anyone needing access to transportation and delivery. This technology enables persons to get their transportation needs met at the click of a button, hence, providing commuters access to move around with safe drivers,
The second category of technology deals with capture such as the speed and distance covered. This enables the start-up to ensure that maintenance routines are carried out properly, drivers aren’t breaking speed limits, vehicles are being used the right way, and the life-time of the assets are being prolonged.
MAX NG has also deployed technology to keep vehicles and customers safe. The technology around digital payment was designed to ease the flow of money from customers to drivers, and to financing partners. This transparent gateway ensures transparency, zero wastage, and full accountability for every single transaction carried out on the MAX NG platform.
The third category is the bespoke electric motorcycles specifically designed for Nigeria and Africa. This took the tech mobility start-up 2 years to achieve and the company is proud to unveil the M3 – a state-of-the-art electric motorcycle designed for both private and commercial use in sub-saharan Africa.
WHAT DOES 2021 LOOK LIKE FOR MAX NG?
2021 for MAX NG will be driven by expanding on already existing products and technologies. Nigerians and other Africans should expect exciting news, anticipate new cities where MAX NG services will be launched, new products, as well as new scale-up in terms of people empowered by the platform.
There will be more MAX NG partnerships, with local and foreign governments, on transportation space transformation, new products, fund-raising and MAX NG impact in Africa.
Bamiduro added: “One of the key things MAX NG prides itself in is our people because everything we achieve is made possible by the people. A very critical aspect of our next phase is giving our people a lot more opportunities to continue to deliver at scale and also bringing onboard people who are excited about transportation and mobility in Nigeria, who’d love to achieve the impossible, do extraordinary things in the development of transportation of Nigeria and Africa. If you’re a genius out there, interested in transforming mobility in Africa, we’d love to talk to you.”
Visit MAX NG now – https://max.ng/
by:Daily Post Staff