GOMYCODE Nigeria, Africa’s leading edtech platform, today, announced that following the successful opening of its first hackerspace in January 2021, its new flagship hackerspace is opening up in a bigger location in Lagos, Nigeria.
The new hackerspace, located at 230 Herbert Macaulay, Alagomeji-Yaba, is a one of a kind architectural model. The new space is remarkable with its unique colors that stand out from the other buildings around it and can accommodate even more students in a more comfortable environment where they can learn.
A change in line with GOMYCODE's ambitions
Comprising 5 floors, the new GOMYCODE hackerspace has a capacity five times larger than the old one (The previous hackerspace could accommodate 120 students simultaneously, this can accommodate up to 600 students!).
GOMYCODE is pushing the limits on students’ experience to the next level with 3 floors of classrooms each dedicated to teaching. The classrooms are equipped with fiber optics and comfortable equipment for the students' success. The new hackerspace has a rest and relaxation room for students to balance learning and leisure time; or simply to continue working on their projects. There is also ample parking space in a dedicated garage for students that ensures easier accessibility to the facility.
The second floor of the hackerspace will be occupied by the educational advisors who now have even more facilities to welcome, inform, guide and support the current and future students.
Lastly, a large conference room, with enough seating for 200 people, allows guests to gather for talks and conferences, giving the setting an even greater range.
“This move signals our intentions for and deep commitment to the Nigerian market. Whilst we provide trainings online through what we call our online 'hackerspace', we know from research and our own experience that students prefer in person classes and what we do is to ensure that these classes take place in the best possible spaces”, says Babatunde Olaifa, General Manager, GOMYCODE Nigeria.
The move from a 3-room training space to a 5-storey center in the heart of Yaba underscores our commitment to providing quality, relevant and affordable digital skills education to any one in Nigeria looking to future-proof their careers. This is just the beginning. We are expanding rapidly and in a few months we will open hackerspaces in multiple locations in Lagos and Abuja”, adds Olaifa.
Yaba, a perfect tech district
In Yaba, resides the heart of marketing and technology professionals in Lagos and this is also the community where GOMYCODE is rooted.
The location of the new hackerspace is also in one of the liveliest areas of Lagos with easy accessibility. The new building is easy to identify with a visible GOMYCODE signage mounted on it. This new space offers more convenience and flexibility to students. With this new space, GOMYCODE will further strengthen its presence and commitment to the greater tech community in Nigeria.
GoMyCode offers quality, affordable and localized training on the most in-demand digital skills through a scalable model. Our blended educational model - combining instructor-facilitated sessions in physical spaces with autonomous learning on our online platform - and project-based approach favor active rather than passive learning, leading our students to be “job-ready” by the end of their educational journey. We then connect them with digital and tech opportunities around the world.
What we have achieved
- 12,000 students trained
- 17 hackerspaces in 7 countries in Africa
- 90% of students develop their tech product at the end of the program
- 85% placement rate within 6 months of graduation for full-time program students
- + 200 corporate partners