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!
Ethiopian NMI signs the CIPM MRA
Inspired by Ethiopia's goal of achieving middle-income status by 2025and encouraged by its decade-long record of above 10 % annual GDP growth,the National Metrology Institute of Ethiopia (NMIE) andits sister National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) institutions are strongly motivated to be recognized contributors to their country's success story.Joining the international metrology system as an Associate of the CGPM with effect from 1 January 2018, the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST),responsible for the NQI in Ethiopia, encouraged NMIE to sign the CIPM MRA as soon as possible after that date.The DG of NMIE, Dr Abdu Abagibe, thus signed the document at the BIPM on the 8 January 2018.
Ethiopia adopted the metric system as the nation's legal system of measurement in all commercial and technical activities in 1963 (Proclamation 208 of 1963) and published the applicable Weights and Measures Regulations in 1967. The responsibility for enforcing and administering the Weights and Measures Proclamation and Regulations was given to the Ethiopian Standards Institution (ESI) in 1972. The SI units were adopted through the approval of relevant Ethiopian Standards and the country officially joined the OIML as a full member in 1974 (OIML Bulletin 54, 1974). In the same article in OIML Bulletin 54, the absence of a National Metrology Laboratory was identified as the major problem impeding the further development of a proper Weights and Measures system in Ethiopia. ESI was later changed into the Ethiopian Authority for Standardization (EAS), mandated for promoting standardization, quality control, quality assurance and certification and metrology, as a sole government organ at the national level. EAS was then further transformed in 1998 into the Quality and Standards Authority of Ethiopia (QSAE) and one of its objectives was stated as establishing "a sound national metrology system as a basic structure for economic development." This objective was the foundation for the establishment of laboratories in the QSAE for keeping the national measurement standards and performing calibrations of other standards and equipment against them.
In a major reform of the National Quality Infrastructure, preceded by the publication of a "Strategy for the Implementation of NQI in Ethiopia" in 2009, QSAE was divided in 2011 into different autonomous entities, including the Ethiopian Standards Agency (ESA), the Ethiopian Conformity Assessment Enterprise (ECAE) and the NMIE. A new Institution, the Ethiopian National Accreditation Office was also created in the process and all four core NQI institutions are now located on a joint campus in Addis Ababa, which was previously occupied by QSAE.
Since its formation in 2011 as a separate NQI Institution, the NMIE has consolidated and expanded its offered services and supplemented them with two mobile calibration laboratories. Many of its key calibration services have already been accredited by the German accreditation body DAkkS. NMIE is also currently benefitting from a World Bank loan taken out by the Ethiopian Government for strengthening and further developing its NQI through a project started in July 2017 and scheduled to continue until June 2022.
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.