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Ethiopia gets academy for coding, robotics for the youth

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A new academy that aims to equip Ethiopian youths with programming, coding and robotic skills has been launched in Addis Ababa today. The academy, dubbed iCog- Lab’s Anyone Can Code (ACC), is a new collaboration of iCog- Labs and an ambitious first year engineering student at the Addis Ababa Institute of Technology.

“Our focus in artificial intelligence which is becoming a new sphere of exploration across the world,” said Getnet Aseffa, Chief Executive Officer of iCog- Labs. “We need a great deal of support both from governmental and non- governmental institutions so as to develop this field. We need to catch up with the rest of the world on this and everyone should know that it’s no more a luxury.”

iCog Labs was established in 2013 with a startup capital of 50,000 dollars. It has conducted various research works for global multi- national corporations and currently has clients in America, China, Hong Kong and Germany.

It has been announced during the launching of the academy at the Marriot Executive Apartments that up to 30 young students between the ages of six and eleven will be enrolled in the academy that is in part supported by the U.S Embassy in Addis Ababa and Camara Education Ethiopia. Studies suggest that previously held workshops on programming, coding and robotics only attained minimal impact hence necessitated the establishment of the academy.

So far, iCog- ACC has created awareness for more than 5,000 students about the subject matter. Industry experts agree that coding skills foster problem solving capability and improve logical and critical thinking.