Nerding in Nairobi

A few months travelling, living and hacking in Kenya

Coders4Africa Talk

I had the opportunity to give a guest talk and sit in on a Coders4Africa Project Based Training class at Strathmore University. The 3 month class is offered free to a group of about 30 accepted developers and seeks to teach entrepreneurship skills through a combination of lectures and a large software project.

They’re trying to break from the traditional teacher-centric Kenyan model and let students learn by doing. It felt like a big step in the right direction and the students I talked to seemed quite informed and engaged. My only critique is that the students and material skew technical and don’t fully address business execution – only so much you can do in 3 months!

I gave a short talk on patterns I see in good code and architecture (they are covering design/architecture patterns next week). I also talked a little bit about my startup experiences and product management. In hindsight I should have dedicated much more time to this.

Thanks to Conrad and Cynthia for letting me join in!