IOHK Addis Blockchain Developer Training: January 8th - March 24th 2019
Founded in 2015 by Charles Hoskinson and Jeremy Wood, IOHK is a technology company committed to using peer-to-peer innovations to provide financial services to the three billion people who don’t have them. We are an engineering company that builds cryptocurrencies and blockchains for academic institutions, government entities, and corporations.
We are building a team of talented people to develop blockchain applications in Ethiopia and Africa. In partnership with the Ministry of Science and Technology, we will be running a free ten week training course in Addis Ababa to find developers to join our team. From January 8th - March 24th 2019 we will be training 30 developers in the Haskell programming language, with a view to hiring the best trainees as junior software developers for IOHK.
In recognition of the government's efforts to promote gender diversity in technology, the intake for this first course will be all women. Subsequent training courses and job opportunities will be open to all. Trainees will be hired on merit. A high degree of English literacy, a programming background, and accommodation in Addis Ababa are the only other requirements. The training is free, and a per diem will be paid for the duration of the course.
The course is full time and will be taught at the Ministry of Science and Technology. Teaching will be led by Dr. Lars Brunjes (Ph.D Mathematics from Regensburg University), supported by Dr. Polina Vinogradova (Ph.D. Computer Science from Ottawa University), with guest lectures from Dr. Duncan Coutts (Ph.D. Computer Science from Oxford University).
Applications are open now until 17th December. Please make sure that you are available for the dates of the course before applying. To apply follow this link http://hr.gs/addis. Good luck!
Ethiopia and Kingdom of Jordan to start STI collaboration
The newly appointed Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and to the AU, H.E. Dr. Wasfi Ayyad paid a visit to the Ministry on February 21, 2018. H.E Dr. Ing. Getahun Mekuria and expressed his appreciation of the opening of a Jordanian embassy in Addis Ababa and further requested the ambassador to facilitate scientific and technological collaboration between the two countries. The ambassador reiterated his country’s keen interest to work with Ethiopian institutions in areas of science and technology education and research. The two sides agreed to commence partnership in human resource capacity building and technology transfer that specifically focus on higher education and research, staff and student exchange, joint academic programs, technology transfer. The Ministry of Science and Technology will sign memorandum of understanding with the Jordanian Ministry of Higher Education for the successful implementation of the initiatives.
Message from the Minister
H.E. Dr.-Ing. Getahun Mekuria Kuma has been appointed as the new Minister for Science and Technology beginning the 1st of November 2016. The appointment is part of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn's cabinet reshuffle that came in the first week of November.
H.E. Dr.-Ing. Getahun has served the Ministry for the past two years as State Minister and Director General. Previously, H.E. Dr.-Ing. Getahun worked for the Addis Ababa Institute of Technology of Addis Ababa University in different academic and management capacities. He earned his BSc and MSc degrees in Electrical Engineering from Addis Ababa University. He completed his PhD degree in the same field at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. The appointment of H.E. Dr.-Ing. Getahun as the Minister for Science and Technology is expected to galvanize the transformation process that the Ministry has already embarked on.