“French Digital June”: Digitization meets the French Language in the Hackathon challenge
From the 1st to the 6th of June, the « French Digital June », consisting of several events devoted to digitization, was co-organized by the French Embassy, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry France Ghana (CCIFG) and the Alliance Française, with support from Lucas College.
French DJ: French Digital June was divided into three sections with different dimensions beginning with the Hackathon as the background event and the educational part. The Hackathon challenge, which took place on 1st and 2nd June at Lucas College, was created to improve and modernize the learning of French in Ghana through the design of a useful application for learners in order to promote a more dynamic image of French. It also sought to sensitize teachers on digital tools and on diverse teaching practices. At the end of the competition, 8 participating teams made presentations of their projects before a jury constituted of French language and digitization experts.
During a cocktail event at Alliance Française on the 6th of June, the top three teams were awarded various prizes, the first team taking home 3000 GHS, as well as a possibility of developing the app (possible support from Ghanaian/French companies). It happened that the team from Ashesi University, designers of the ‘VOYAGE’ learning application, received the coveted grand prize from the French ambassador, whilst the C CHAUD and VOILA applications came in second and third place respectively. In a complementary competition known as the ‘Facebook challenge’, the teams were urged to publicize a summary of their projects on Facebook. It is the team presenting the "Botlyna" project that won this contest, with 413 likes.
The cocktail also featured the opening of the ‘French Touch of web creation’ digital exhibition at the multimedia library of the Alliance Française. There was a private viewing session for invited guests, after which the exhibition would be open to the public on the 8th and 9th of June.
Earlier on in the day, a digital forum bringing together stakeholders in the digital economy had been held under the high patronage of the Ambassador France to Ghana, H.E. Francois Pujolas. The agenda focused on providing an outlook of the Ghanaian digital economy, with emphasis made on key digital platforms in the Ghanaian industry. The event gave opportunity for a series of workshops facilitated by key players such as KPMG, Tonaton, Société Générale, JUMP-Busy Internet and Chalkboard.
As the "French Digital June" illustrates, the desire of the French Embassy in Ghana is to bring the dynamics of our two countries together, particularly in terms of digital innovation.