“We rise by lifting others.” – Robert Ingersoll
They say a candle never loses anything by lighting another candle. One of Namibia’s brightest candles is Lameck Mbangula Amugongo, the man behind a Windhoek-based Facebook Developer Circle programme.
This man has gone above and beyond to use his “candle” to light up his part of the world. Let us tell you a bit more about him.
His program, the developer circle, is a community-driven IT programme that is free to any developer to share knowledge and build new ideas about the latest technology from Facebook. Sounds cool, doesn’t it?
Well, the programme empowers a diverse range of technical talent to improve their skills and access the information they need from Facebook and also fostering stronger communication to create more technical awareness.
Lameck is one of youngest IT innovators from Africa and currently heading the local Google Developers Group (GDG) in Windhoek, organising technology-oriented talks, and training sessions that encourage knowledge skills and networking.
Lameck holds a Bachelor of IT in Software Engineering, an Honours Degree in Computer Science (Cum Laude) and a Masters degree in Computer Science.
At the age of 23, Lameck was selected as one of the hundred Brightest Young Minds and awarded the Youth Innovation Award.
With all that he has achieved, he is already working to impart the good skills and knowledge to the youth empowering others to code and equipping them with skills to create solutions that make a difference in his community.
When a community is empowered, it feels the need to act within the society and at the same time associate a sense of belonging to it.
Lameck currently works as a PhD student in a group of Prof Marcel van Herk, investigating methods of identifying different modes of lung cancer tumour changes, either elastic or inelastic, i.e. shrinkage or erosion.
This information has the potential to personalise a patients radiotherapy treatment. Lameck also has an interest in Artificial Intelligence, Open Data, Software Engineering, Machine Language, Natural Language Processing.
His most recent project was the ‘Open data portal for Namibia.’ Open data is increasingly becoming a global phenomenon, attracting interests from many governments, such as the United States of America, Germany, United Kingdom, Canada and Kenya to mention a few.
These portals not only enable citizens to access a wide variety of datasets but through APIs allow citizens to transform the data into innovative applications or solutions that solve local challenges and societal problems, thus, improve quality of life for citizens!
In short, Lameck is one of those using his wealth of information and education to positively impact his community. Thing is, people will not only remember you for what you have done for them, but for what you have taught them too.
Upskilling yourself academically is the first step. Think of all the challenges in your own community and visualise what changes need to be made. BU is one institution that not only endeavors to give you the facts and theories, but we go beyond education with our students and help to equip them to light up their own communities after they graduate.
Light your own candle today and start working towards illuminating your community. An online degree such as a Bachelor of Science Honours in Network Security and Computer Forensics can helo you make that start.
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