My Life in Tech
&
How you can make it
Agana Agana-Nsiire
Intruptiv Technologeis
Google Developer Group
Ghana Developer Com...
It all began here
 1994: Toshiba Satellite, 16MB RAM,200MB
Hard drive, Windows 3.1
 Doom, Prince of Persia, Carmen, Word...
MEST and Beyond
 Learned Technology
 Programming
 Software development Life Cycle
 Project management
 Version contro...
Intruptiv
Technologies
Sir Agana-Nsiire Agana
Sir Nelson Klutse
Sir Eric Hackman
Standards
Impact
Respect
Some of our work
Community Advocacy
Community Advocacy
 Workshops
 Boot camps
 Code labs
 Open discussions
 Hackathons
Opportunity
 Payments
 Online payemnts (Ozimbo Pay, iWallet,
mPawa Payments)
 POS (Square)
 Local content apps
 Trans...
Some Roadblocks
 Payments
 Mobile money – might seem cumbersome, but talk
to Abdul-Latif
 Visa integration
 Third part...
Finding and using resources
 Google Developer Group mailing list
 Ghana Developer Community mailing list
 Hacks Hackers...
Finding and using resources
 Developer.android.com
 Develper.apple.com
 Thenewboston.org
 Techy-africa.com
 Developer...
Why you should compete
 MTNPlay offers a local ECOSYSTEM that
will foster continuous creation and
innovation.
 Immediate...
Winning formula
 Keep it simple (Dropbox)
 Keep it intuitive (Twitter)
 Make it beautiful/delightful (Path)
 Talk to y...
Thank you
Quesitons?
/aganansiire
@AganaAgana nsiire@gmail.com
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MTN Apps Challenge Tamale Roadshow

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MTN Ghana has launched an apps challenge for mobile developers in Ghana. The objective is to get an initial set of high quality mobile apps for their new app store on MTNPlay. I gave this presentation at an event in Tamale to help promote the contest and provide developers with some useful information on how and where to find resources.

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MTN Apps Challenge Tamale Roadshow

  1. 1. My Life in Tech & How you can make it Agana Agana-Nsiire Intruptiv Technologeis Google Developer Group Ghana Developer Community
  2. 2. It all began here  1994: Toshiba Satellite, 16MB RAM,200MB Hard drive, Windows 3.1  Doom, Prince of Persia, Carmen, Word Perfect, DOS  Studied science in Secondary School  Self taught Visual Basic and web design  The Braintlebox  Zoology, University of Ghana  MEST
  3. 3. MEST and Beyond  Learned Technology  Programming  Software development Life Cycle  Project management  Version control (SVN, Git, Mercurial)  Learned business  The power of research (market data)  Customer development  Strategy  Marketing  Customer service  Case studies  Company culture
  4. 4. Intruptiv Technologies Sir Agana-Nsiire Agana Sir Nelson Klutse Sir Eric Hackman Standards Impact Respect
  5. 5. Some of our work
  6. 6. Community Advocacy
  7. 7. Community Advocacy  Workshops  Boot camps  Code labs  Open discussions  Hackathons
  8. 8. Opportunity  Payments  Online payemnts (Ozimbo Pay, iWallet, mPawa Payments)  POS (Square)  Local content apps  Translation software (Kasahorow)  Data journalism  African games (Leti Arts)  eCommerce  MOTI  Ahonya, Tonaton, Google Trader  Social Media  http://youngrf.com
  9. 9. Some Roadblocks  Payments  Mobile money – might seem cumbersome, but talk to Abdul-Latif  Visa integration  Third party payment services  Pay with airtime? Possible on MTNPlay    Public unawareness  Usability education (onboarding, walkthroughs)  Public education (Talk with Kane, GhanaThink)  Varied technical expertise  Join developer communities, share ideas and collaborate on problem solving
  10. 10. Finding and using resources  Google Developer Group mailing list  Ghana Developer Community mailing list  Hacks Hackers (Accra) Start one here?  Ghana Innovation Network for Knowledge Sharing (GINKS) Newsletter  News digests on ICT events and announcements  Blogging Ghana
  11. 11. Finding and using resources  Developer.android.com  Develper.apple.com  Thenewboston.org  Techy-africa.com  Developer.facebook.com  developersinafrica.com
  12. 12. Why you should compete  MTNPlay offers a local ECOSYSTEM that will foster continuous creation and innovation.  Immediate visibility to your market  Payment is sorted out   Hone your tech/product development skills  Learn new things and have fun!
  13. 13. Winning formula  Keep it simple (Dropbox)  Keep it intuitive (Twitter)  Make it beautiful/delightful (Path)  Talk to your users (Dropifi)  Be data informed, not data driven (@andrewchen)  Follow the challenge rules carefully
  14. 14. Thank you Quesitons? /aganansiire @AganaAgana nsiire@gmail.com

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