Rwanda Summer 2011 Blog

Kigali Institute of Science and Technology
June 13, 2011 to July 22, 2011

And we're off!

Christina Riechers

June 27, 2011

Last Friday marked the end of Week 2, and the launch of the project phase of the course! We asked the students to self-identify into the area the felt strongest - programming, business acumen, or communication. After the students divided themselves into the different corners of the room, their fearless instructors tagged them with color-coded stickers. (In case you're curious, our own self-identification put me, Christina in the business corner, Zach in the programming corner, and Will in the communication corner - no big surprises there!). Then we sent them on their way, releasing them from their corners to form complimentary groups of 4, mandating only that each team have at least one person from each strength area. And after 15 minutes of interactions that ranged from looking like coy flirtation tactics to intense bartering, AITI Rwanda 2011 teams were formed!

Only 48 hours later we started our formal team office hours. Weekend team meetings and office hours had begun. Starting last night teams met with us to share their top 3 - 5 business ideas and receive feedback on the business and technical feasibility of their ideas. Having met with 5 of the groups last night, we're excited by the ideas the teams are proposing and their enthusiasm for these businesses that they believe will change how Rwandans engage with each other, with healthcare, the education system, transportation and more.  

An Update from Rwanda!

William Miraval Morejón

June 22, 2011

Hello from Rwanda!!!! The AITI team is currently in week 2 of the course. Please excuse us for not blogging sooner, but there has been a lot going on here in Rwanda. We are taking on a group of 46 students and have been making ourselves as available as we possibly can. We are progressing well through the Python curriculum (today we went over Data Structures) and we are starting to think of ways to incorporate the upcoming Django curriculum into the course material. The entrepreneurship portion of the course is moving along just fine. Christina really got the group engaged last friday with an exercise called "Design a Wallet". The students made some great creations afterwards (it takes a bit of time to upload pictures or I would). This week we are finishing up with functions and then we want to make sure that we have teams formed so that they are able to meet and discuss potential ideas over the weekend! We are also hoping that we can make it out to Akagera National Park for a Safari this weekend. We'll keep you updated! :)