Blockchain (beyond Bitcoin): Research Workshop

A blockchain – originally block chain – is a distributed database that maintains a continuously growing list of ordered records called blocks. Each block contains a timestamp and a link to a previous block. By design, blockchains are inherently resistant to modification of the data — once recorded, the data in a block cannot be altered retroactively. Read more.

In Ghana, blockchain is being used by Benben, a lands services company in Ghana. This session will explore the user of block chain in industries other than in digital currency.

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This research workshop brought together faculty and students curious about blockchain technology and the potential of using this technology in creating innovative business solutions.

Idea areas identified for the application of blockchain in Ghana  after the research workshop included:

  • Public sector – Government contracts and tenders
  • Elections – national, institutional
  • Music purchase and copyright
  • Transportation management
  • Counterfeit Food certification – Food and Drugs Board, Ghana


Lead –        Carl Yao Agbenyega


Build an app in 60 sec with with Firebase


With the ever-increasing introduction of new technologies and frameworks, it has become possible to build your very own web or mobile app with little background in web development languages and script (HTML, CSS and JavaScript). Firebase is one of such platforms which we will be exploring! This session, led by Nii Apa Abbey ’15 and Carl Agbenyega ’15, taught the use of the Firebase platform for building a simple web application.

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Global Game Jam ’17 @ Ashesi

From the 20th to the 22nd of January, freshman Kevin Kwasi de Youngster led the Global Game Jam 2017 event at Ashesi. The Global Game Jam is an international event and by far the largest, where game enthusiasts come together to develop a game over a weekend. To make things more interesting, participants had to make the game based on a theme that was disclosed at the start of the event. This year’s theme was ‘waves’. The Ashesi team worked on an arcade game, Tagetti. Download and play Tagetti here.