The Entrepreneurs Sprinting in Accra

A spotlight on the 2018 Global Sprint site in Accra, Ghana

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May 2, 2018 · 2 min read

Yannick-Noël Aka has been a Mozillian for four years.

In that time, he’s organized meet-ups and hackathons across West Africa. He’s advocated for open-source products and values. And he’s mentored other coders. Meanwhile, he’s also an Entrepreneur in Training at the Accra, Ghana Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST). And he develops front-end and back-end software for STRATAGEME in Côte d’Ivoire.

But 2018 will be his first Sprint.

Mozilla’s Global Sprint is an annual, distributed event for the open-source community. Hundreds of participants gather online and in physical locations around the world to build and collaborate.

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Technologists at MEST. Photo via Yannick-Noël Aka

One of those spaces will be MEST in Accra. “It’s a Pan-African rigorous training program and incubator for aspiring tech entrepreneurs from across Africa,” Yannick explains.

On May 10 and 11, MEST students like Yannick will gather to work on their own open-source projects, and also contribute to others — some of them oceans away. Those borrowing code and insight from the Accra site are fortunate: “MEST Entrepreneurs-in-Training (EITs) are top graduates from Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and Cote d’Ivoire,” Yannick says.

Although these sprint participants hail from across the continent, they all have something in common: “A healthy internet is our general concern,” Yannick says. “The Sprint is an opportunity for us to help build projects for a healthier internet.”

Learn more about the Global Sprint.

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Technologists at MEST. Photo via Yannick-Noël Aka

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