Following the success of its first African tech talent meet up in Europe in November 2018, Techpoint Africa has announced plans to make the quarterly meet up a platform that brings together the best of the technology community within Africa and their brothers living beyond the continent.
The quarterly meet up will also serve as meeting point where tech talents from different European countries can hangout and basically have a sense of community as well as discuss ways in which they can contribute to the growth of tech in Africa, by building up upcoming talents in the continent.
The 2018 edition was organised in partnership with American seed accelerator, TechStars and was attended by 24 participants.
Software engineers working in Europe – mostly Berlin, Germany – made up 80 per cent of the participants. “One of the major ways that Africa will participate in the 4th industrial revolution is by providing the world with the finest tech talents,” Adewale Yusuf, CEO of Techpoint said in a statement sent to BusinessDay, “Hence, there is a need to create a community for these African talents even in the diaspora He added that the platform would serve as a channel to discuss ideas and cross border initiatives for the growth of tech in Africa, by building up upcoming talents in the continent. The first quarterly meet up in January will precede the Techpoint Build 2019, one of the largest gatherings of technology startups in Nigeria. The meet up of African tech talents in Europe comes up in Berlin. Subsequent meet ups are being planned for different cities across Europe.
“The aim is to create a social hub where tech talents from different European countries can hangout and basically share a sense of common objective,” Yusuf noted.
Techpoint Build 2019 offers an opportunity for more than 2000 aspiring programmers in West Africa to get the required training as well as give a funding lifeline of $10,000 to an innovative tech startups that wins its Pitch Storm competition.