DSC: Developer Student Club ATBU

The Developer Student Clubs (DSC) programme is a grassroots channel through which we provide mobile and web development skills for students, towards employability.

In addition to workshops, it also provides an opportunity for students to apply their newly gained skills to develop solutions for local businesses, and then provide visibility via showcases.

Why DSC?
The club enables students learn new skills as well as solve common problems using technology. It aims to inspire students to become developers and change-makers.

Developer Student Club, ATBU was launched on the 13th October 2018. The Club, an initiative of Google, focuses at bringing together students with interest in Android, web development, and the likes, training them to improve their programing skills as well as make them become more employable.

The Launching was HUGE as Special guests from various ecosystem were present, in attendance were: Abubakar Sadiqq Ango (Support Engineer: GitLab), Motunrayo Alake (Lead: Co-Lead Tech Women), Fidelis Okafor (Lead: Developer Circles Bauchi), Victor Abel (NorthEastern Lead: Google Digital Skills) and Abubakar Sadiq (Lead: Atlassian User Group, Jos) and many others.

Mr. Abubakar Siddiq Ango of Uplift Nigeria, who also doubles as a GitLab Support engineer as well as GDG Cloud Bauchi Lead, came out to support the launching of this new community.

He spoke to the students about how they could develop other skills through the new community without allowing it affect their studies. Then he went ahead to share categories of many other things they could learn and contribute to without ever writing a single line of code.

Mr Ango explained that even as a writer, the knowledge of basic programming could do a lot of good, as there could be a chance of becoming a technical writer for a company with just the idea of basics in computer programming languages.

The support of the GDG Bauchi and GCDC Bauchi helped greatly in making the event not only amazing but also very educative for both the students of ATBU and every other person present.

Next on stage was Motunrayo Alake Olasupo, a staff of Uplift Nigeria and Fidelity Bank Plc.
Her main focus was the ladies present at the event, and she took the time to encourage them to also learn and not be left out of development. Urging them to never restrict themselves to only acquiring the basic school education.

She spoke on how they could build themselves as ladies in tech and still do other things. “Women,” she said “are doing great in this country, Africa and the whole world in general.”

Motunrayo went ahead to share her experience at the GDG Summit 2018 held in Nairobi last month. Stating how was inspired she was by the many women involved in tech all around the world. She encouraged ladies at the event to do what every man can do in tech without having fears.

Also, Victor Abel the Google Digital Skill Coordinator for North-East zone, was around to teach the participants how they could use Google Digital Skills to improve in their small businesses as student entrepreneurs.