Month: June 2014

You’re gonna make it

I saw this in a book “The 7 habits of highly effective teens” by sean covey and I’ll love to share with you.

It’s totally normal to feel depressed at times. But there is a big difference between a case of the blues and sustained depression. If life has become a real pain for a long period of time and you can’t seem to shake off that feeling of hopelessness, things are serious. Fortunately, depression is treatable. Don’t hesitate to get help, either from medication or from talking with someone who is trained to deal with these issues.
If you are having thoughts of suicide, please listen closely to what I’m saying. Hold on for dear life. You’re gonna make it. Life will get better…I promise. You are worth millions and you are needed. Bad times will pass…they always do. Someday you will look back on your situation and be glad you held on

You’re gonna make it. Depression is a dream killer and suicide ends it all.
Are you having issues with school?
Are you having issues at home?
Have you gotten yourself into something serious?
Are you always condemned or rejected everywhere you go?
Is everything turning down on you?…and suicidal thoughts creeping in?

Please wait! And have a rethink. You’re gonna get through this. Its the truth. Do not allow this period(Night) prevent you from seeing the next(morning). No matter how long the night is, morning surely comes. Please hold on.

You are special. You have something unique to contribute and the world awaits it. We need you. I know it sounds cliché but this is a fact. I need you…I love you! Its very sad to hear stories of teens across the world take their lives for different reasons. Its starts with accumulated depression and frustration, then the silent thought creeps in and they eventually end their lives….I don’t want your story to end that way. I believe you’re gonna make it. Always remind yourself ” I’m gonna make it “.

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GET IGNITED: ZOE TONGERMAN, 14 year old Tech geek

“Being a tech geek is cool, I should know, I am one.”

14-year-old Zea is building an app to encourage people to recycle more. She explains why being a geek is cool and how tech has changed her ideas about the future
Zea Tongeman wants to encourage girls to think differently about technology.
Before I did a workshop with Little Miss Geek at my school, St Saviours and St Olaves in Elephant and Castle, I didn’t really know anything about IT.

In the workshop, Little Miss Geek brought Francesca Rosella to speak to us and show us some of her work. She is a successful fashion designer who uses technology to create unique and exciting clothes. We had a go using coding to create cool patterns on sunglasses and also put circuits onto t-shirts.

This was really what got me excited about technology because it showed me that you don’t have to be sitting at a computer screen all day typing really fast, you can be creative with it and do anything you want.

Soon after this workshop I was completely inspired and my IT teacher Mr Talbert introduced us to a competition called Apps For Good.I was ready and raring to go and me and my friend Jordan Stirbu designed an app called Jazzy Recycling.

The aim was to create an app that solved a problem and straight away we thought of recycling and how to make it fun and rewarding. As Mary Poppins says: “You find the fun and it becomes a game,” and that is exactly what our app does.

Jazzy Recycling helps you find places to recycle, what you can recycle and then lets you scan, share and get rewards for what you’ve recycled. We believe a social incentive using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram can really help young people like me recycle more.

After the competition Raj Dhonota, who was on the Apprentice and is now a business consultant and an angel investor, approached us to help build the app and mentor us through our journey. We are very excited about what is to come and hope to launch it in 2014. To have people actually using our app and to know we have made a difference would be incredible, so fingers crossed it all goes to plan.

I used to think technology was just fixing computers and saying thing like: “have you tried turning it on and off again?” like in The I.T Crowd. But I have discovered another side to it and that you can make tech your own.

Technology is in everything now, you can do whatever you like with it. I am typing this on a computer and will send it via the internet.

So to all the girls who think tech is for boys in their bedrooms who can’t get girlfriends, we are the new generation and we can use technology as a tool to do all sorts of different things. So thank you Little Miss Geek, I’ve realised being a geek is cool!

Source: The guardian

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GET IGNITED: Kelvin Doe, 18 year old self taught Engineer



Kelvin Doe (born 26 October 1996 in Freetown), also known as DJ Focus, is a Sierra Leonean engineer. He is known for teaching himself engineering at the age of 13 and building his own radio station in Sierra Leone, where he plays music and broadcasts news under the name “DJ Focus”. He was one of the finalists in GMin’s Innovate Salone idea competition, in which Doe built a generator from scrap metals. Doe would constantly use discarded pieces of scrap to build transmitters, generators, and batteries, as well.

As a result of his accomplishment, he received an invitation to the US and subsequently became the youngest person to participate in the “Visiting Practitioner’s Program” at MIT. His accomplishments were documented by and presented on their corporate YouTube channel. When the video went viral, the story was picked up by CNN, NBC News, and The Huffington Post.

Doe subsequently was a speaker at TEDxTeen and lectured to undergraduate engineering students at Harvard College. In May 2013, Doe signed a $100,000 solar project pact with Canadian High Speed Service Provider Sierra WiFi.

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