Member Profile: Afefa Akoumany and Emmanuel Bissafi

Over the next few months, we are going to profile current and former FSE students who are using their knowledge and skills to do great things. Full Stack Embedded has been around for 5 years, has held dozens of workshops in West and Central Africa, and has fostered hundreds of students in learning robotics and related technologies. In this series, we will take a look at what some of our strongest students have been up to.

For this Member Profile, we are going to take a look at two FSE members, Afefa Akoumany (also known as Marvelous) and Emmanuel Bissafi, and their project: the automatic labor detector for pregnant women. Afefa and Emmanuel have both been part of FSE at the Accra Institue of Technology since our first workshops there in 2016, and both are set to graduate this summer with degrees in Electronic and Electrical Engineering.

Their project, the Automatic Woman Labor Detector, was developed to address a very serious problem: In Ghana and other parts of sub-Saharan Africa, the rate of maternal mortality is much higher than in other parts of the world, and progress to reduce mortality has been slow. One major factor that contributes to a safe, successful birth for both mother and child is birth preparedness, according to an article in the Journal of Midwifery and Reproductive Health. The Labor Detector developed by Emmanuel and Afefa contributes to birth preparedness by monitoring the woman’s body.

received_2098823077081077~2Sensors determine the frequency and intensity of contractions, which can be monitored via a mobile phone app.  The app also determines the mother’s location and sends that information to a chosen set of contacts, such as her partner or doctor, once labor has begun. With this information, women in labor can receive care faster. This can save women’s and infants’ lives.

In an interview, Afefa credited FSE with inspiring the idea for the Labor Detector. She says that when she and Emmanuel were introduced to ultrasonic sensors during FSE workshops in 2016 and 2017, it made them wonder what other kinds of sensors they could program, and what practical applications they might have. They were also able to use the skills they learned in the workshops to program the microcontroller which runs the system, and the app which provides the information.

Afefa and Emmanuel are driven and talented students who are using their knowledge and skills to make a better world for themselves and their communities. We are proud to have them on our team, and we wish them all the best for their graduations this summer!

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FSE 2019 Photo Album

Full Stack Embedded had an amazing run of workshops in Togo, Ghana, and Congo this year, and we’ve got photos to prove it!

If you’d like to see more of the awesomeness (and maybe find pictures of yourself!), check out the Highlights of 2019 photo album. You can also find the photos on our media page.

FSE Member Profile: Sidibe Mohamed

Over the next few months, we are going to profile current and former FSE students who are using their knowledge and skills to do great things. Full Stack Embedded has been around for 5 years, has held dozens of workshops in West and Central Africa, and has fostered hundreds of students in learning robotics and related technologies. In this series, we will take a look at what some of our strongest students have been up to!  Continue reading “FSE Member Profile: Sidibe Mohamed”

FSE Project 2019: Basura Smart Trash Can

The European members of Full Stack Embedded have once again joined their colleagues in Africa! Together, they will be putting on workshops at different universities to introduce and teach the 2019 FSE project: The Basura Smart Trash Can system.

Basura smart trash cans monitor how full they are, and can report when they need to be emptied. They can also be networked to allow for monitoring of a street, a neighborhood, or theoretically, a whole city. This project covers not only technical elements on a variety of devices, but will also give students experience in project planning, execution, and varification.

We are especially excited to be working on this project, because it was the participants of the FSE Workshops in 2017 in Accra who came up with the idea. We are also proud to say that some of those same men and women who were then learning and brainstorming students have now become the teachers of some of this year’s round of workshops.

Our Spanish speaking readers may also have noticed our clever name: “Basura” means “trash” in Spanish 😉

We hope you can make it to this year’s workshops! FSE will not only be at the universities we’ve visited in the past, namely in Accra, Ghana, and Lome, Togo: this year we will also be in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire, Congo. We hope to see you there!

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FSE Students win prize for Most Outstanding Student in Engineering!

Congratulations to Nilson Mabika (@nilmab) and Luvick Otoka (@otokaluvick), who won the Ghana Tertiary Awards 2018 in the category of Engineering! Luvick and Nil were recognized for creating the noninvasive Glucometer and Pulse Oximeter.46523976_1924179147695289_7637527011451207680_n

The Ghana Tertiary Awards are given to university students with the potential to impact and change Ghana and its society for the better. We at FSE are honored to be working with Nil, Luvick, and many other driven, intelligent, and creative students who are using their skills and knowledge to create a better world.

Excellent job, guys! We are proud of you!

2 FSE members nominated for Most Outstanding Students in Engineering

We are so excited and proud to share that two students at the Accra Institute of Technology, who have been involved in FSE from the beginning, have been nominated by the Ghana Teriary Award in the category of Most Outstanding Students in Engineering! Nilson Mabika (@nilmab) and Luvick Otoka (@otokaluvick) have been recognized amongst thousands of students at Ghanain universities for their work  creating the noninvasive Glucometer and Pulse Oximeter. Screenshot_20181023-190657~3.png

The aim of the Ghana Teriary Award is to support students whose work has the potential to impact and change Ghana and its society. According to the GTA critera, each nominee has proven to be “a significant achievement holder, a change maker and one that demonstrates ethical and socially accepted principles.” We think that’s a pretty accurate description of Nil and Luvick, and we are so honored to be working with them!

They got to the nomination level with their hard work, but you can help them to win the award for Most Outstanding Students in Engineering! To cast your vote for Nil and Luvick, just text GTL18 to 1736!

 

AIT Robotics Club workshop at Pinnacle College

The AIT Robotics Club is at it again! After a successful seminar at Pinnacle College in Achimota on 9 July, 2018, the founder of the university was so impressed that called the Robotics Club members to come back to do a workshop with Pinnacle students on 14 July.

The Robotics Club members introduced the Parking Distance Controller system, also known as PDC, to the 10 students. During the workshop the students learned:

  • The basics of python programming and Arduino microcontroller
  • How to program the Ultrasound Sensor using Raspberry Pi and Arduino microcontroller
  • How to program RGB LED using Raspberry Pi and Arduino microcontroller
  • How to program the buzzer using Raspberry Pi and Arduino microcontroller
  • How to program the PDC system using Raspberry Pi and Arduino microcontroller

The workshop participants were amazed to be able to program the various components! Students asked a lot of relevant questions that created a great dialog between the Robotics Club members and the workshop participants. We can’t wait to see what the Robotics Club will be up to next!

Here are some pictures of the workshop for you to enjoy. The whole album can be found here.

Expanding our FSE team in Europe

Full Stack Embedded is growing!

Thanks to our dedicated, ambitious team in Africa, FSE has not only been active in Ghana and Togo, but has even started to expand into new countries. This growth means that we will need some more members in our European team to keep up!

With that goal in mind, we’ve set up a group on Meetup.com to try to find like-minded people who are excited about the opportunities that modern tech offers to the world. Anyone who is interested in helping us with communications, planning, sponsorship, hacking, or teaching, or just wants to learn more about the work that FSE is doing, is welcome to join us. We’ll meet every two weeks to have some drinks and work on helping FSE expand and thrive. We hope to be introducing some new members of our team soon!

AIT Robotics Club July Seminar

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It’s been a busy year for the Robotics Club at Accra Institute of Technology! After successful robotics seminars at both the Sea View and Catonment campuses of AIT, the Club members have now reached out to work with students at a new university: Pinnacle College in Achimota.

The Robotics Club members introduced Full Stack Embedded’s Raspberry Pi Autonomous Car, also known affectionately as Alfred, to 30 students plus lecturers at Pinnacle College on 9 July. During the seminar, the students and lecturers:

  • Learned the basics of the Raspberry Pi microprocessor and how to use it
  • Learned about the RPi customer board and its various integrated circuits
  • Tested the ultrasound sensor by measuring distance
  • Controlled Alfred themselves on their phones

The seminar participants were amazed to be able to run a robot right from their phones! Both students and lecturers asked a lot of relevant questions that created a great dialog between the Robotics Club members and the seminar participants.

We at Full Stack Embedded are proud and excited to see the AIT Robotics Club taking agency over the skills they learned during our workshops last year, and bringing those skills to others in West Africa. Keep up the awesome work!

Here are some pictures of the seminar for you to enjoy: