George Boateng: Mfanstipim Alumnus Listed On MIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35

George Boateng is the founder of SuaCode.ai smartphone application (Photo Credit: RAEng/GGImages/Francis Kokoroko)

George Boateng, a computer scientist, engineer and social entrepreneur, has been named as a Pioneer in the 2021 MIT Technology Review‘s 35 Innovators Under 35 list.

His venture, SuaCode.ai, emerged largely by accident. In 2013, as an undergraduate at Dartmouth College, he teamed up with a group of friends to launch a summer innovation boot camp for high school students in Ghana.

George Boateng (credit: RAEng/GGImages/FrancisKokoroko)

When the donated laptops they had gotten for the course broke down a few years later, they were in a fix: only a quarter of the students had laptops of their own, and buying more would overwhelm their budget. All the students, however, had smartphonesso Boateng and his colleagues redesigned the coding module to fit a five-inch screen.

The experience went so well that it hatched a spinoff; in 2018, Boateng and cofounder Victor Kumbol ran their first pilot of SuaCode, an eight-week smartphone-­based course. The course, which teaches Processing, a Java-based language, now has more than 600 graduates from two dozen countries.

image via RAEng/GGImages/FrancisKokoroko

Boateng, currently a doctoral candidate in applied machine learning at ETH Zurich, also engineered an English- and French-speaking AI-­powered teaching assistant named Kwamea nod to Ghana’s first president, Kwame Nkrumah. “His pan-­Africanist vision resonates with our goal of empowering youth across the continent,” Boateng says.

His hope is that the automated nature of the course will help it reach far more studentsproviding early exposure to coding that will serve as a bedrock for further education and ultimately help them land well-­paying jobs in tech.

See Also: George Boateng: Developing AI Tools To Revolutionize Education Across Africa

source: MIT Technology Review

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