The Turing Trust is delighted to be the official charity partner of Turing Fest for 2017. We had a fantastic time last year and it was a great opportunity to learn and to connect with people. This year promises to be even bigger and better with four tracks (Product People, Strategy, Full stack Marketing and Software Engineering) and a fantastic speaker lineup. We can’t wait to see you there!
The Turing Trust is proud to announce the launch of Turing Talks, an exciting one day conference bringing together technology and development.
We have an impressive line up of speakers and will be covering a wide range of topics, from energy to education and finance to health, with technology at their core and with inspiration from space and beyond. Tickets are on sale now – join us in Edinburgh on Tuesday 13th June at the National Museum of Scotland for an unmissable event.
E-learning workshops in Ghana.
We are delighted to announce that through the Innovation Initiative Grant programme from the Edinburgh Fund at the University of Edinburgh, we will be bringing a series of workshops to our partner schools, the ICCES, in Ghana!
The project will set up a series of workshops on the uses and reparability of the equipment we’ve previously shipped to Ghana. Looking at the e-learning materials we’ve previously distributed in Ghana, we will help to promote sustainable development within Ghana and demonstrate the value and affordability of ICT resources in sub-Saharan Africa. The workshops will provide practical, hands-on lessons for ICCES instructors.
One of the most exciting aspects of the workshops will be in combining the PhD research of James Turing, who is currently studying at the University of Edinburgh. Building on his earlier work in Kenya, we will be bringing some of the University of Edinburgh’s MOOCs to our offline classrooms. Moreover this will help develop a long-term training partnership between ICCES and the University of Edinburgh, since we believe that this will create high-quality teaching opportunities for staff & students.
This project was supported by an Innovation Initiative Grant from the Edinburgh Fund at the University of Edinburgh.
Pictured above: Dr Rashik Parmar, IBM; Dr Guruduth Banavar, IBM; Dr. Watson, IET; Dr Turing, the Turing Trust
It was great to be invited to attend the annual Turing lecture and to be able to present the work of the Turing Trust. But it was even better to have the privilege of hearing such a thought provoking lecture from Dr Guruduth Banavar, IBM Vice-President of Cognitive Computing and leader of the worldwide team creating Watson. The breadth of vision about how the technology could be used to benefit society, but also the deep understanding of the need to address the ethical issues that arise was inspirational. The lecture was recorded and so if you weren’t able to attend, you can catch up here.
The questions following the lecture were also stimulating. For example, and perhaps of particular relevance to those interested in computing in environments without easy access to electricity, there was a question comparing the energy consumption of the human brain with that of a supercomputer!
We are delighted to have received these fantastic donations which are all helping us achieve further shipments to Malawi within the next few months. It isn’t just PCs that we need – accessories are just as important – and this includes even the humble network, VGA and power cables! Thank you so much for your ongoing support – it makes a real difference!
A fantastic team of volunteers braved near freezing temperatures, sleet and snow to load our container to Ghana. Despite the adverse conditions (and re-invigorated by hot food and drinks) the container was loaded in under 4 hours. In total we shipped over 400 computers, monitors, mice and keyboards, 46 printers and 18 boxes of books and catering equipment. Here are some of the highlights.
A massive thanks to all our donors, supporters and volunteers who made all this possible.
We couldn’t have done this without you.
You might also like to check out our video of the day – and think about joining us for our next shipment going to Malawi soon.
We would like to wish all our friends and supporters a Very Happy New Year.
With your support we look forward to achieving even more in 2017!
One of the tasks for January is shipping a container to Ghana – filled with your donations. We have plenty of ICT equipment ready to go and some other donations such as some hoodies and T-shirts kindly donated by Link Community Development (and modelled here by one of our shipping volunteers).
Thank you so much to all those who have been involved in the work of the Turing Trust over the last year. It has been an amazing year and you can read about some of the highlights in our recent newsletter.
Seasons Greetings from one of the great ICT teachers in Ghana – many thanks to Enoch Otabil from Tetrefu ICCES for sharing this short video! We really enjoy working with you.
The Turing Trust also wishes all its partners in Ghana, Malawi and Kenya our very best wishes for a Happy New Year.
James Gondwe and his team from CYD have started setting up computer labs in schools. So far they have already set up 8 schools with 20 computers per school – that is 160 computers already delivered and installed.
You can see from these photos taken at Lidoma private school how delighted the staff were to see their computer lab being set up. What a great Christmas present!
This is a great achievement in the very short space of time since the container arrived in Mzuzu. Congratulations to James and his fantastic team.
Our first shipment to Malawi has arrived safely after 2 months in transit by sea and by land. Over 500 computers are being unpacked and tested and the first schools will receive computers before Christmas. What a fantastic achievement and a real credit to Andrew Clark, Brian Ferguson and the rest of the team in Edinburgh.
Checking the computers and other IT equipment in Mzuzu, Malawi.
There were plenty of smiles to go round when we saw this video of James Gondwe and his great team, from Centre for Youth and Development (CYD).
Happy New Year!
2017 is going to be a fantastic year for the Turing Trust and CYD in Malawi.