Barcamp Accra was held by the GhanaThink Foundation after a 2-year gap brought on by COVID-19 delays and other disruptions. The event took place last Saturday, December 17 at the Volta Hall Dining Hall in Accra, Ghana — under the theme “Finance, Personal Development and Innovation.”
The gathering is a free networking event organized primarily by the GhanaThink Foundation, an organization based both in Ghana and the USA, which has successfully organized 114 BarCamps in Ghana as part of its Barcamp Ghana program.
Held annually, it promotes an objective of driving personal development in Ghanaian youths, through a gathering where they can learn, share, network, and receive mentoring from a pool of entrepreneurs and change-makers.
“Barcamp Ghana is building a network of changemakers, doers and entrepreneurs. BarCamp Accra 2022 will be the umpteenth of its kind and it will drive the personal development of many youth in Ghana,” said the organisers in a pre-event conversation with the TheAfricanDream.net.
The event’s organizing team is made up of Leonard Hagan (Barcamp Ghana Logistics Lead), Patrick Keli Atitsogbui (Barcamp Ghana Marketing Lead), Bright Atsu K. Agbetsise (Barcamp Accra Logistics Lead), and Enoch Appiah Junior (Barcamp Accra Marketing Lead). Supporting partners include: Achieve by Petra, Hubtel, DigiExt, Spera Foods, Mobile Web Ghana, Handy Tradie, Built Financial Technologies, and Guinness Ghana.
It began with a speed mentoring session that helped participants gain insights and answers to questions. The session was an eight-minute discussion with a mentor where participants tried to get as much information as possible. It also created room for sharing ideas and contacts.
The mentors at the session include: David Nikoi, Sarfowaa Duncan, Alex Offei Lartey, Isaac Osei, David Kwaku Sakyi, Nana Akua Ankomah-Asare, Felix Siaw-Yeboah, Thomas Tagoe, Sarah Apenkroh, Jesse Gyau Kusi, Ohenewaa Brown, Emmanuel Mumuni and Seth Koomson.
Youth attendees were also taken through networking with like-minded individuals so they could find potential business or project partners. At the gathering, some of the best Ghanaian and diasporan personalities were celebrated as a means to inspire participants.
One of the attendees, Bright Atsu K. Agbetsise mentioned that “Barcamps offers great learning opportunities, gives you room to meet the right Mentors and more importantly; network with people from diverse backgrounds. I don’t miss Barcamps for anything because the experience has a way of living with me throughout the year and urging on with full vim.”
The GhanaThink Foundation is a social enterprise that mobilizes and organizes talent for the primary benefit of Ghana. The GhanaThink Foundation is registered in Ghana and the USA.
Their vision is to build a critical mass of patriotic, passionate, positive, proactive, progressive, and productive young Ghanaian people. We work in the youth empowerment space and we run mentoring, networking, volunteering and training programs.
The foundation runs four programs that include: Barcamp Ghana, Junior Camp Ghana (JCG), Ghana Volunteer Program (GVP) and Ghana Youth Social Entrepreneurship Program (GYSEP) – Komseko.