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Friday, March 10, 2017

Dear Hruy

thank you for your mail on goals/actions ethiopias leading youth hubs want to linkin- as you may know ethiopia is the largest diaspora group in the region i live in

do you actually have any experts in blockchain since that is the most valuable area any youth can socially innovate sustainability goals with

- if i understand you are correctly very interested in makers movements - to make progress there you really need to find something that is a win-win with jose who demonstrates fablabs all round the world when he's not making his next hugee tech innovation out of new york city with leading engineeriung schoosl such as MIT

myself i have no tech expertise but understand the way we design media is coming to a teminal tipping point- i have studied that for 45 years now- i am not joking when i ask people to assume there is only 1461 days to get to a different level of collaboration around youths livelihoods http://1461.world


ONE OF MY WAYS OF MAPPING FUTURE -of course other people may have better ways but this si what i search 
supercity of youth jobs depend on 2 types of hubs-
-brilliant tech hubs that incliude blockchain experiened people
-deepest end poverty permission working in the communities
a city isnt sustainable until both types of hubs totally help each other and understand that in many senses they are the missing parts of the education system if youth are ever to have any jobs

what i would love to see happen is twin best hubs per city in africa and in other cities i travel through collaborate in alm the huge things that the under 35s generation need to solve through open technologies nd apps designed to sustain communities

I dont have any funds to help with this but i do know who is trying to do what

firstly the nearest great end poverty hub to where i live in washington dc is in baltimore- my understanding is that juxtopia/jayfus links in his worldwide tech groups there; however what makes the hub really great is that it is rebuilding baltimore inner city around the poorest who have always lived there and it has 125 year history - its where the greatest black supreme court justice loved- if you want to know the black history and future side of this talk to king; equally this is one of the very hubs in america currently experiementing with rachel which i believe is pivotal to noah's work too; there ere very kind people in new york who for years now World Possible  have been collecting all open learning curricula and who also are the market for missing curricula we need to make open




because of all these things anyone who visits washington dc from china , aboraod or another city starts in baltimore if they wish to understand who i trust more in terms of real solutions in ending inequity in america and liberating all youths greatest purposes

at the same time i have many more tech friends in new york and they link through most of the world top engineering universities and after 2 years of work chinese students have recently made sure their connections with china's g20 commitments are second to none too- 

jose for example is a world connector of fanlabs and 3d printing; miko's husband is the world's main originator of etextiles; baltimore's main corporate depends on sports and textiles; chinas jack ma is the main sponsor of the olymlpics in japan 2020 Jack Ma's pick of future industries: Happiness Industry and Health Industry ;  amy is a chiense student interconnecting all of above wherever china youth can most collaboratively linkin




prita is connecting nanotecholgy and other solutions for the poorest out of her home town kerala the home of amma.org - again her career is in elearning at the world bank

many of these people are known to ranga and noah - i am a little bit confused a to what needs to happen to get collaborative actions linked in;  but then unlike asia where most of my working life has been spent, i have very little experience of africa and that whih i had was 30 years ago

nonethless it is mathematically clear to me: anyone concerned with the future of africa would be wise to assume that increasingly china is the main long-term investor on a lot of things - does icog have any chiuense youth relationships -
after all china is building 2 world trade routes (rail and maritme) connecting the east and which effectively linkin at djiboout with the newly opened rail to addis

if there is some way i can help demonstrate the huge youth win-wins in more specifiuc detail please tell me - or chat more to some of the people i have  mentioned - or tell me what question you want me to ask them as i suppose most people know i try and track down answers to any question i can understand

i do need to be clear, transparent on something - about 10 huge connections are spending a week long brainstorming in nairobi early may; this is being convened by the educationcommisison of 30 national leaders including 2 african billionnaires - if we havent worked out who is to connect youth hubs at that session in way that helps all of us then there may be little else i can do for people in east africa in this year as i have so many urgent locational releationships where i know what people want youth to do next with them. I am leaving aside south africa where i have hugely diferent set of connectors; also there are 3 biggest open education summits i attend a year and sometimes they start new leads - ten days ago at wise@madrid i met a lady at a morrocan university who wants hundreds of her students to go to china- thats something i am always trying to help build the right trust flows round

thanks chris




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From: HT <dearfriend32@gmail.com>
To: christopher macrae <chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk> 
Sent: Friday, 10 March 2017, 2:03
Subject: Collaboration request for iCog Makers Intiative

Dear Christopher,
My Name is Hruy Tsegaye and I work for a company called iCog Labs. I believe we were e-introduced by Dr S Rangarajan. We (iCog and Dr Rangarajan) were discussing about the possibilities of collaborating on the Juxtopia project
iCog Labs, since 2012, is a private AI and Robotics research and development company in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We have been the first company to engage in the business of AI in East Africa and probably we are still the only native company engaged in the business of AI and Robotics in the region. 

For the past few years, we have been working with oversea companies such as Novamente LLC, Hanson Robotics, OpenCog Foundation, and Hong Kong Poly-tech University mainly on R&D projects . 

Starting from last year, we have launched local projects under an initiative called iCog Makers Initiative. Our main focus for this local project is the education sector and as of writing, we have 22 partner universities from Ethiopia and we are dealing with 4 Nigerian and 2 Kenyan Universities. Right now, we have two projects with the novel aim to cover all levels of the educational system in Ethiopia. (i.e Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary (Universities and Other higher institutes). The specific projects under this move are iCog Anyone Can Code (for primary and Secondary schools) and iCog Makers (for the higher education institutions) respectively.

iCog Anyone Can Code (ACC) is an initiative that aims to introduce the basics of computer software and programing for elementary and high school students. It plans to cover all the high schools in Ethiopia in the coming five years and the remaining elementary schools in the following ten years. 

Yet, I am writing this letter on the matter of  iCog Makers, which is an initiative that aims to deliver the basics of AI and Robotics to university students. It plans to accomplish that through educational competitions which spurs the creativity of Ethiopian University students. 

Here is the project out look:

The project, in addition to guiding and training university students, it will also aim to link Ethiopian and other African universities, create a tech savvy community of Ethiopian and as well African Students, facilitate the publication and sharing of academic journals and articles (on AI and Robotics), teach the science of Artificial Intelligence via robotics, organize an annual event where professors and lecturers from several Ethiopian and African Universities gather around and share their views, their professional writings and research papers in African Union Hall (Addis Ababa), and other related activities.

iCog Makers Initiative delivers the above goals through educational competitions (intra/inter universities) that focuses on the development and hacking of software/hardware which are implemented in the realms of emerging technologies. 
The Steps we have been doing so far to achieve this goal is as follows
  • We will Sign an MoU with the universities (at the time of writing we have a signed agreement with 22 Ethiopian universities and we are negotiating with 4 Nigerian and 2 Kenyan universities.  
  • The partner University will announce the competition to its student.
  • Through a face to face session, the student counsel, or our online support staffs, we will register students grouped in teams that will represent their respective university.
  • We will give a 5 day free seminar in person or via Skype to empower the students with the preliminary knowledge
  • The university will assign 2 volunteer lecturers as team advisers to each team.
  • We will integrate the competing teams (of student and their advisers) on our online platform
  • They will find a guideline to write their proposal on that platform and once they submit their proposal, we will filter it and pass it to their respective university.
  • Based on their proposal, the university will supply the teams the hardware components.
  • After they are equipped with the hardware, a 5-6 month development period will be granted; a time for the students to build their software and hack the hardware
  • The actual match between the universities will be held at several events and then the top two will represent their university for the competition between Ethiopian universities (National Tournament) and finally the top university will represent the country (in the international tournament)
  • The African Robo Soccer cup will be held in AU (African Union). 
  •  Professors and Lecturers from the competing Universities (Ethiopian, Kenyan Nigerian and other invited guests) will present academic journals etc etc
  • We will also help to establish maker spaces in these partner universities   
Yet, things are not that easy, you can imagine all the wrong notions about emerging technologies while dealing with all the crises which by default are attributed to any third world country :) despite our effort-- we have organized the training workshops in 16 universities and and formed teams in 8 of them-- for the first annual tournament, we end up only with two universities. (Addis Ababa University and Mekelle University). The main problem was securing the hardware. 1) Our universities are still oblivious to the fact that the era of technology is upon us and 2) those who know the new age of technology has already begin face another problem, the nightmare of all third world universities aka budget! 

So we are now trying to get the hardware via donations. (It can be used or it can be new) and once we get this hardware we will distribute them to our partner universities. I had been fallowing your email threads and you seem like a genuine man concerned with education. Do you think you can help the iCog makers Initiative? 

We will be very thankful if you can find a ground to be one of our collaborators for this project and I am open for any kind of discuss about the possibilities.

P.S Our Projects had been filmed by a Dutch TV called Vipro and as soon as they release the documentaries, I will forward you the links.  

P..S.S If I am not demanding too much, please confirm that you have received this email. 
Sincerely,
Hruy Tsegaye
Project Manger, iCog Makers Makers Initiative
+251911753490 (Mobile)
+251118625074 (office)
P.O Box 9434, Addis Ababa Ethiopia

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