ATU, GDG partner to host 2022 DevFest in Accra

 The Accra Technical University (ATU) Library over the weekend partnered the Accra chapter of the Google Develop­ers Group (GDG) to host this year’s Developers Festival (DevFest) which brought together about 500 partici­pants in Accra.

DevFest is an annual, free decentralised tech conference by GDG across the globe which allows developers to connect lo­cally, learn and build google tools to generate social and economic impact.

Dr Florence Plockey, librarian, ATU, in a speech read on her behalf by the Head of Research at the Library, Donus W. Buadi, said that the library was en­thused about new technologies and took advantage of them to support the teaching, learning, and research mandate of the university.

She indicated for instance that the library was using a platform that allowed for stu­dent-supervisor interaction in a manner that students’ project works were uploaded with­out the library having to do the uploads individually for the over 5,000 final year students they had.

“We are currently using You­tube for most of our tutorials and I dare say that ATU Library Youtube Channel has the most academic library subscriber base in the sub-region. So, you can tell that we are indeed very much interested in technology and obvi­ously excited that DevFest found in us a worthy partner,” she added.

Dr Plockey said that the event was the third in a series of tech events the library had hosted, adding that “we are excited because we believe we can use this platform to shop for new technologies.

We will like to see innovative technologies emerge, following this event, that are tailored towards the library’s activities.”

Pro Vice-Chancellor, ATU, Prof. Amevi Acakpovi, said partnering to host the event was to afford students the opportunity to tap into the ben­efits of developing google tools and making money out of them.

He emphasised that the university deemed it necessary to sandwich its Information Technology (IT) pro­grammes with soft skills and certifi­cations that were globally recognised, such as Microsoft and google.

“This will take employability to a higher level and will make our stu­dents ready for a career in the field,” he added.

Prof. Acakpovi said the university would welcome more of such col­laborations going forward and urged the students and other stakeholders to take the event seriously and be committed as they would benefit a lot from it.

Shadrack Inusah, GDG Accra Lead, said that they partnered the library due to its social visibility and vast usage of new technologies.


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