CcHub, @iLab Africa win Google RISE Awards

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Lagos-based tech incubator Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) and Nairobi research centre @iLab Africa have been named among the winners of this year’s Google RISE awards, which rewards organisations for promoting computer science education and helping minorities overcome socio-economic barriers.

The awards offer grants for organisations across the globe meeting certain criteria, and this year recognised 37 institutions, including four in Africa.

Congratulations to our 2015 RISE Award Recipients,” Google said. “We are excited by the work these 37 organisations are doing to increase access to computer science education.”

@iLabAfrica, which was established in January 2011 to spearhead research, innovation and entrepreneurship, was recognised for leading computer science bootcamps for young women between the ages of 12 and 18, while Co-Creation Hub Nigeria (CcHUB) won the award for its Geeks Club, an after-school computing club for secondary school students in Nigeria.

The other two African winners were Johannesburg-based non-profit Africa Teen Geeks, which provides computer science education in schools and under-served communities, and the Rainbow Gate Foundation Nigeria, which runs the Technovation for Girls (T4Girls) programme to develop a generation of girls in technical careers.

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