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Take Our Online Course Without Internet

We started TekZone Academy to deliver rich content to young Africans in urban and rural areas. But we are also aware that the Internet is not always available. When it is, it might not be as reliable. To help with this challenge, we have designed TekZone Academy so that you can connect, download your courses to your phone or tablet, then go through the course offline including taking the quizzes. The next time you connect to the Internet, it will synchronize with your account.

To get started with your mobile app, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Install the Moodle app from the play store. See the screenshot below.

install moodle app

Step 2: Connect the app to TekZone Academy. When you open the app, it will ask you for the URL to the web site. put it www.tek.zone/academy

Configure Moodle app

Step 3: Login to the App. When the app connects successfully to the TekZone Academy platform, you’ll see the logo and name appear. You will also be prompted to login. Put in your username and password and click “Log In”

login to app

Step 4: You’re all done. If you followed these steps, you should now be logged in to the app (see image below). You will only be asked to login this once. The next time you launch the app, it will directly open in your dashboard.

app dashabord

Watch the video below to see how easy it is to interact with the application.

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NI LabVIEW is now Free

Hello TekZone Community. In 2015 we launched a Robotics Course designed to expose young Africans to robotics. This course covers topics such as sensors, actuators, and controls algorithms. To make this course accessible to all, we partnered with National Instruments to leverage LabVIEW Home edition which is a version of LabVIEW designed to work with Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Beaglebone Black. This was ideal because LabVIEW is graphical and easier for newbies to pick up. They could focus on building their robots rather than learning text-based programming. You can see some pictures from that class below.

Unfortunately, LabVIEW Home edition was discontinued by National Instruments. The change eliminated this option for many. It seems that we were not the only people needing this because National Instrument just announced the introduction of a new NI LabVIEW Community Edition which does the same thing and is completely free. See the official launch video below.

TekZone Robotics Course will return

We will revamp the Introduction to Robotics course using this new Community edition and make it available to the public. Stay tuned.

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Hippolyte & Nervis Win

Join us in congratulating Hippolyte and Nervis for being selected as the winners of the first African Leadership Bridge scholarship for the TekZone Leadership Development Program. They each will receive the equivalent of $6600 (3.300.000 Fcfa) in leadership development program over the 24 months duration of the program. This includes possibly a trip to the USA to further enhance skills and knowledge.

Leave Hippolyte and Nervis a congratulatory comment below.

About the TekZone Leadership Development Program

At TekZone, we believe that Africa will be lifted into the status of a world leader through its dynamic, innovative and entrepreneurial youth. This program is designed to help young Africans turn these qualities into tangible results

About The African Leadership Bridge

The African Leadership Bridge is championing the next generation of African leaders through sustainable scholarships and a strong support network to provide the tools and experience needed to drive change in the African continent. Established in 2006, African Leadership Bridge has worked with the African Leadership Academy to identify promising African students with a strong entrepreneurial drive and a dedication to the transformation of the African continent through hard work and leadership.

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Top 3 ALB scholarship finalists selected for the TekZone Leadership Development Program

Here are the finalists ALB Fellows for the TekZone Leadership Development Program. 152 showed strong interest, 10% attempted the challenging vetting process. Nervis, Bony and Hippolyte came out on top through their collective vision and their ability to have a positive impact in their community. Join us to congratulate them for this achievement.

As a next step, TekZone and The African Leadership Bridge will collaborate to select the winner(s) for this round of scholarships.

To learn more about this program, visit the following announcement page.

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Build professional website in just 1 week

Our goal at TekZone is to make it easier for you to create and market your solutions to local problems. This includes building a professional web presence similar to our own. The course titled “Build Quick and beautiful WordPress sites” available on TekZone Academy (www.tek.zone/academy) will teach how to do that in just 1 week.

Here is a screenshot of a website created by one of the participants.

Sample site from a course participant. You can visit it at
http://student.tek.zone/learnerhub/
Participants in action

Overview of the course

This course is a Web Site course using WordPress.

WordPress is a widely-known platform used by 31% of all websites on the internet! There are so many ways to approach using WordPress that it can be hard to know where to start.

This course will take you on a clear and easy journey through installationcustomization, and launch of a WordPress site (without writing a line of back-end code!) so that you can get great-looking websites up and running quickly, whether it’s for a client request or for your own use.

Visit the following page right now to get started with this course: https://www.tek.zone/wp/tekzone-wordpress-training

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Announcing TekZone Leadership Development Program

In Partnership with The African Leadership Bridge TekZone is launching a Leadership Development Program tailor-made for young Africans.

Program Overview

At TekZone, we believe that Africa will be lifted into the status of a world leader through its dynamic, innovative and entrepreneurial youth. This program is designed to help young Africans turn these qualities into tangible results. This is achieved through the following 3 steps:

  • Step 1: set a SMART 2-year goal with measurable impact.
  • Step 2: create a precise development plan with milestones and assign an experienced accountability mentor to help ensure we remain on track.
  • Step 3: execute on the development plan through a variety of activities including courses, assignments, discussions, events, book groups and others. This includes the possibility of a 1-week trip to the USA for further development.

Watch the video below for more information:

TekZone Leadership Development Program Overview

Program Qualification

This program is designed for young Africans living in Sub-Saharan Africa. Here are some high-level qualifications:

  • Have a great idea that can result in the creation of jobs, improve work environment or a positive impact in your community.
  • Be a resident of one of the participating countries*
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 35 when applying, although exceptional applicants outside of this age range will be considered
  • Proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking English is preferred but not required.
  • Fully commit to the program if selected. This include making time for your development and the requirement to reside in Africa for the full length of the program.

Selection Process

If you are interested and meet the qualification criteria, here is how you can get selected for this program:

  • Option 1: Signup and take the Leadership Fitness Test on TekZone Academy. We will reach out to you if you are selected after taking the test. Here is how you can take the test
    • Step 1: create an account at TekZone Academy. Go to
      http://tek.zone/academy/ and click on “login” at the top-right of the page. Then click on “Create New Account.”
    • Step 2: login to TekZone Academy and signup for the Leadership Fitness Class.
    • Step 3: use the key below to access the test without paying: “tekzoneldp”.
  • Option 2: current staff or alumni or TekZone or one of the participating partners and sponsors can nominate you.
  • Option 3: signup for classes at TekZone. This allows our team to get to know you better and increases your chances of being selected.

About African Leadership Bridge

The African Leadership Bridge is championing the next generation of African leaders through sustainable scholarships and a strong support network to provide the tools and experience needed to drive change in the African continent. Established in 2006, African Leadership Bridge has worked with the African Leadership Academy to identify promising African students with a strong entrepreneurial drive and a dedication to the transformation of the African continent through hard work and leadership.

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TekZone launches Lego Programming for all in Douala

What is Lego Robotics?

LEGO Robotics is a hands on, multidisciplinary, collaborative, authentic learning experience, and TekZone wants you to give it a try. In this program, you will learn how to use sensors such as sound , color and touch to have a robot identify different sounds, color and obstacles. You will learn how to make a robot move in various directions and how to measure those moves. You will learn advanced programming techniques that will allow you to build a program autonomous robots able to move and avoid obstacles. Watch the video below for what’s possible after this training:

Who can attend this session?

Anyone passionate about Robotics can attend this session. Below is a copy of the syllabus for this training (French and English).

TekZone Lego Robotics -Course-Syllabus-FR

TekZone Lego Robotics -Course-Syllabus-EN

When are the sessions?

The sessions are a month long and there is a session every month. You can apply to get the exact date for the session that works best for you. Follow the link below to apply:

How can I apply?

Follow this link to apply: https://www.tek.zone/wp/lego-robotics-class-reservation/ 

Photos of the setup

See pictures below that show the setup for the course.

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First TekZone Center Opens Doors in Douala

Snapshot of some of the equipment available at the center

On June 17, Group TekZone’s founder and CEO Serges Lemo made the trip to personally witness the opening of the first TekZone Center in Douala. Located at Rond Point Maeture in Bonamoussadi, this center is equipped with 3D printer, laser engraver, robotics kits such as Lego EV3, measurement tools such as National Instruments’ MyDAQ . The main objective of this center is to equip local talent to solve problems locally by lowering barrier of access to necessary technologies.

Here are some comments from those present that day:

  • “I came just by curiosity because my friend told me. I am staying because of what I saw”
  • “It exceeded my wildest expectations”
  • “Now I know that I can”

This last comment came from a senior electrical engineering student from a local university. June 17 was the first time in his life that he could touch and experiment with tools he had only learned about in books or simulated in computers. With unprecedented access to tools at the TekZone center, he can now prototype his ideas and create products to solve local problems; now he CAN.

Group TekZone comes with a unique approach in an ecosystem that provides local talent with all the tools necessary to innovate. This ecosystem includes:

An open e-learning platform centered around hands-on and project-based learning. With such an open platform, local entrepreneurs, professors, professionals are encouraged to create and post classes on this platform.

Each class posted on this platform is required to be between 50% and 100% practical. Therefore, student will need access to tools for the lessons. For those who cannot afford the tools, they can access to the tools in their TekZone center.

A network of professional mentors locally, in US and Europe to help guide the participants by sharing best practices and lessons learned from experiences in industry.

Business Services which include project assistance to help get to the first prototype, collaboration with incubation houses to help start a company, investor-project matching.

A network of corporate partners including non-profit organizations that can help by sponsoring various projects.

With this comprehensive approach, local talent in Cameroon can now turn their ideas into solutions and start contributing to the growing list of African innovations impacting the world.

Group TekZone’s goal plans to increase the number of TekZone Centers across Cameroon and Sub-Saharan Africa to help expand coverage of this unique access to technology. If you are interested in joining this movement, contact us.