21 Days of Yello Care: The Y’ello Career Day crowns the programme

The closing ceremony of the 12th edition of the MTN Cameroon 21 Days of Yello Care programme took place on Thursday, 21 June at the amphitheater of the Faculty of Industrial Engineering of the University of Douala situated at the PK 16 neighborhood. For 21 days, MTNers realized 3 projects to enable them to offer a bright future to Cameroonian youths, by providing them tools that can ease their insertion in the professional world and digital economy under the theme “Youth Empowerment”.

On 21 June, close to 2000 young learners and lecturers converged to participate at the first ever Y’ello Career Day organized by MTN. The event provided the Company an opportunity to present the various trades in the digital world that students can aspire to once they finish their studies. The eager crowd was also privileged to have very rich exchanges with experts and professionals who, in addition to showcasing various career opportunities in the Information and Communications Technology space, shared their rich experience in various domains of activity.

Talking during the event, MTN Cameroon’s General Manager Human Resources, Victor Oben, stated that “The problem of employment and academic orientation of the youths is increasing in Cameroon. We do not in any way claim, through organizing this forum, to solve these issues. Our objective is to concretize our willingness and engagement for the youths by providing them with the keys to build their future.  This, because we are aware of the indispensable role of the private sector in the development process of Cameroon. For you, the youths, this Day is an unprecedented opportunity to discover the possibilities which the trades of the telecoms sector offer in this era of digital economy and digitalization.  Our objective is to provide you with the keys that will enable you to open the doors to your future as employees or entrepreneurs in the new digital world. The various sessions, workshops and stands will enable you to live the reality of the trades offered by the telecoms sector, their evolution and ongoing transformations. Therefore, classical marketing is henceforth intuitive and smart thanks to digitalization; telecoms and networks engineering trades are disruptive, to align with the speed of transformation; e-commerce and online payments are providing new employment opportunities, and clients, at the center of our activity, lead us to be more innovative and creative to the highest extent possible”.

The Regional Delegate of the Telecommunications Regulatory Board for Littoral, South West, North & West regions, Mr. Jean-Marie Noah, on his part, in addition to presenting the regulatory framework that governs the sector in Cameroon, enlightened the audience on digital communications Regulatory careers.

Equally, the students learnt that working for an organization like MTN is not the only career option they have upon graduation; it is possible to create a successful start-up and become a digital entrepreneur like Nino NJOKPOU, founder of Kerawa.com, who graced the event with his presence. Created in 2009, and merged with Afrimalin S.A. (a pan-African group based in Luxemburg) in 2018, Kerawa.com has +450.000 announcements on the site, +1/2 million visitors monthly and +50.000 downloads on Google Playstore.

Another key take-away for the students from this interactive conversation was the importance of being an avid learner if you want to have a successful career in the ever-evolving digital space. This was explicitly demonstrated by several MTNers from different functions who presented on how the needs of customers can be transformed into products, technological evolutions and how they affect the way we make money and sell.

 

A hero’s welcome for the Faculty of Industrial Engineering’s Hackathon Representatives

The team of five young developers from the Faculty of Industrial Engineering of the University of Douala who came second in the #YelloCare Hackathon that took place from 16-17 June at GICAM were presented to their schoolmates, lecturers and other students during the Y’ello Career Day. Their project: payment of toll gate charges with Mobile Money, aims at reducing the time spent by drivers at the toll gates throughout the country, securitizing revenue and ensuring its traceability in real time was applauded. Another specificity of the project by this Faculty is that, other types of activities can function on their platform.

 

A Job Fair to Showcase Telecoms Specialities

The objective of the “Y’ello Career Day” was to present students with the various employment opportunities offered by the telecoms sector. This, the Company did successfully.

In addition to rich exposés and exchanges, MTN departmental and partner stands on the Job Fair grounds at the University of Douala enabled to learners to translate theory they learnt in the amphitheatre into practice. MTNers happily introduced them to different specialities such as Information Technologies, Information Systems, Human Resources, Telecoms Networks, Marketing, Customer Relations, etc. Live demos and information on Huawei and MTN products and services were also readily available.

 

Telecommunications Equipment to translate theory into reality

On the sideline of the Y’ello Career Day, MTN Cameroon handed over a significant donation of telecommunications equipment to several university institutions such as the Faculty of Industrial Engineering (FGI) of the University of Douala, The University Institute of Technology (UIT) of Maroua, and the National Advanced School of Posts, Telecommunications and Information and Communication Technologies (SUP’PTIC), Yaounde. These equipment (Base Station Controllers, Mobile Switching Centers, Mobile Switching Servers/Media Gateways, and other technical equipment) withdrawn from the workshops of MTN Cameroon and assessed at hundreds of millions of francs CFA, to enable the beneficiary students to better familiarize with the realities of telecoms trades beyond theoretical lessons.

MTNC’s GM Human Resources symbolically handed over the material destined to the Faculty of Industrial Engineering to Prof. Ndinda Joseph, Technical Advisor to the Rector of the University of Douala and the Dean of the Faculty, Prof. Robert Nzengwa, in presence of administrative authorities and teaching staff.

Prior to this handover ceremony, University students were trained on 20 June 2018 on the use of the donated equipment by MTNers to ensure that they benefit fully from this donation.

 

A mini-concert to end the day in style

The Y’ello Career Day ended on a high note. For several hours, young artists such as DJ Bobby, Switt, Bradley Elame and Samantha, Featurist, and Monny Eka thrilled the youth and showcased their talent.

 

Y’ello Career Day: MTN Cameroon presents new digital trades to students

MTN is organizing the very first edition of Y’ello Career Day in Cameroon on 21 June 2018 at the Faculty of Industrial Engineering of the University of Douala at PK 16. This is an initiative of the MTN Group under the 21 Days of Y’ello Care, voluntary programme of employees launched on 1 June 2018 in all the operations of the Group.

MTN Y’ello Career Day forms part of our efforts to support the empowerment of young people in the markets in which we operate. As an organisation committed to digital innovation, we are acutely aware of the way in which technological advancements have influenced traditional notions of the workplace and created new opportunities in the digital economy. Through this initiative, we want to create a platform for young people to see what the future of work may look like and empower them with tools, ideas and access to mentors who can prepare them for the future” explained Felleng Sekha, MTN Group Chief Regulatory and Corporate Affairs Officer. For the first time in the history of Y’ello Care, all the Operations of the MTN Group will carry out the same programme on same day with same objectives.

In Cameroon, youths will have the opportunity of visiting a job fare where MTN and its partners will present on the multiple organisations and specialities such as Information Technologies, Information Systems, Human Resources, Telecoms Networks, Marketing, Customer Relations, etc. Several international experts shall also advise the youths and guide them on the choices which will determine their future professional careers in the new digital world.

On the sideline of the Y’ello Career Day, MTN Cameroon will hand over a significant donation of telecommunications equipment to several university institutions such as the Faculty of Industrial Engineering (FGI) of the University of Douala, The University Institute of Technology (UIT) of Maroua, and the National Advanced School of Posts, Telecommunications and Information and Communication Technologies (SUP’PTIC), Yaounde. These equipment (Base Station Controllers, Mobile Switching Centers, Mobile Switching Servers/Media Gateways, and other technical equipment) withdrawn from the workshops of MTN Cameroon and assessed at hundreds of millions of francs CFA, will enable the beneficiary students to better familiarise with the realities of telecoms trades beyond theoretical lessons.

The Y’ello Career Day closes three weeks of intense voluntary activities carried out by employees of MTN Cameroon who sought to bridge the digital gap and improve the skills of youths who make up MTN’s human capital.

#YelloCare Hackathon: And the winner is…

Sunday, 17 June 2018 was particularly charged with energy and anticipation. Students from seven universities and institutions of higher learning, namely, the Faculty of Industrial Engineering (University of Douala), ISEM- IBCG Akwa-Douala, “Institut Universitaire de la Côte”, Logbessou-Douala, “Institut Universitaire du Golfe”, Akwa-Douala, University Institute of Technology, University of Douala, College of Technology, University of Buea, and National Advanced School of Posts, Telecommunications and Information and Communication Technologies (SUP’PTIC), Yaounde, had the arduous task of presenting their work to the MTN Cameroon 2018 #YelloCare Hackathon jury. This, after several hours of teamwork with little sleep and coaching from their designated professional mentors.

Each team had just 15 minutes to convince the 6-person jury that their prototype deserved to win the first prize. Composed of 5 competitors each, they were assessed on the technical feasibility, economic viability and customer experience of the proposed solution which is supposed to ease the integration of payments via Mobile Money on websites.

Interesting, captivating and varied presentations from young Cameroonian developers showcased the potential and untapped talent that exists within the country to thrust the digital economy to the next level. The work by the students covered a range of services such as the facilitation of the payment of toll gate by road users, event management, garbage management, e-commerce, easy payment of registration, tuition and examination fees, sale of academic papers online, and the facilitation of medical consultations by patients.

Following their deliberations, the judges crowned the College of Technology, University of Buea students as winners of this innovative developer challenge for their registration, tuition and fees payment solution. Their award was handed over to them by MTN Cameroon’s Chief Information Officer, Shoyinka Shodunke to a thundering round of applause and standing ovation from everyone present for this monumental event.

The second prize went to the Faculty of Industrial Engineering (University of Douala) for their toll gate solution and the third prize was awarded to the National Advanced School of Posts, Telecommunications and Information and Communication Technologies (SUP’PTIC), Yaounde for their e-commerce solution. Each of the 35 contestants received a personalized certificate of participation from MTN Cameroon.

#YelloCare H@ckathon: Youth empowerment through education

From 16-17 June, MTN Cameroon is gathering 35 young developers representing 7 Universities and institutions of higher learning from the cities of Buea, Douala and Yaounde, around a hackathon under the theme “Integration of mobile payments in applications” at GICAM (Cameroon Employers Union) in Douala.

Launching the event on 16 June, MTN Cameroon’s Chief Information Officer (CIO), Shoyinka Shodunke, stated that he was excited to see what the students would role out using the Mobile Money API. He also encouraged them to make the best of the opportunity and benefit from the expertise of those present to mentor them throughout the 2-day programme. The young developers were invited to think out of the box, be creative, have an open and positive attitude as they delve into MTN Cameroon’s digital world and discover the opportunities that exist for their personal growth and empowerment.

Before the competition commenced, the students were drilled on the importance of integrating the highest levels of security protocols into their work and the impact of security breeches to them as developers, but also to those who would use their applications.

The winners will be known on 17 June following presentations by the various teams to members of the jury of their prototypes to ease the integration of payments through Mobile Money on websites.

Together, we are creating a brighter future!

Programme of activities Nationwide: 14-19 June 2018

MTNC #yellocare website link: https://yellocare.mtn.cm/
Material Support: Donation of educational material (Books):

·         Telco E-Library Manuals (Digital)

·         Telecom sector books

MoMo Contribution (minimum XAF 5000) to be sent to No.: (237) 651 591 735 to support school fees of physically challenged Telecoms Learners
Thursday 14 June 2018
Enterprise Business Unit 21 Days MoMo Followers at Ndogpassi Chefferie XIVe
Marketing
Saturday 16 June 2018
 

 

 

 

 

Douala

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7:00am & 9:00am

·         Departure from Head Office to PK16

 

9:00am

·         Digital Check in on site

·         Installation of working equipment

·         Painting of walls at the Faculty of Industrial Engineering, University of Douala

 

11:00am & 1:00pm

·         21 Days MoMo Followers at PK17 Chefferie

 

2:00pm

·         Return from PK16 & PK17 to Head Office

Yaounde

 

7:30am

·         Departure from Regional Head Office to the National Advanced School of Posts, Telecommunications and Information and Communication Technologies (SUP’PTIC), Yaounde

 

8:30am

·         Donation of available equipment to the Advanced School of Posts and Telecommunications

·         My 21 Days MoMo Followers at Nsimbog

Maroua

 

 

 

 

7 :30am

·         Cleaning of the Department of Computer Sciences and Telecommunications, Advanced School of Engineering, Maroua

 

·         My 21 Days MoMo Followers:

o    Driving School Monitors

o    Sare Tabita (in charge of the training young mothers for their social insertion)

 

Kousseri/Ngaoundere/ Buea/Kumba/ Bafoussam 8:30am

·         My 21 Days MoMo Followers

 

Bamenda 8:30am

·         My 21 Days MoMo Followers with Teachers’ Sports Club Bamenda

 

Saturday and Sunday 16 & 17 June 2018
Douala #YelloCare Hackathon under the theme “Integration of mobile payments in applications” at GICAM (Cameroon Employers Union), with 7 teams of 5 persons each (35 competitors) from:

 

1.         The Faculty of Industrial Engineering (University of Douala),

2.         ISEM- IBCG Akwa-Douala,

3.         “Institut Universitaire de la Côte”, Logbessou-Douala,

4.         “Institut Universitaire du Golfe”, Akwa-Douala,

5.         University Institute of Technology, University of Douala,

6.         College of Technology, University of Buea,

7.         the National Advanced School of Posts, Telecommunications and Information and Communication Technologies (SUP’PTIC), Yaounde.

 

Monday 18 June 2018
Networks 2:30pm

·         My 21 Days MoMo Followers at Ndogbong IUT in Douala

 

Tuesday 19 June 2018
Douala-based MTNers 2:30pm

·         My 21 Days MoMo Followers at Foyer Bamenda Nkololoun

 

Garoua ·         My 21 Days MoMo Followers with

o    The Association of Motorcycle riders

§  Sensitization on safe driving practices

§  MoMo Awareness and advantages

§  Quiz

#YelloCare H@ckathon to boost innovation by the youths

On June 16 and 17, MTN Cameroon will gather at GICAM (Cameroon Employers Union), young developers around a hackathon which seeks to identify talents and promote innovation through the conception of bright ideas and showcasing their skills.

This hackathon which falls under the 21 Days of Y’ello Care programme with the theme “Creating a Brighter Future”, sheds light on the capacity building of youths in the new digital world. Overall, 7 teams of 5 persons each shall participate in the competition deployed under the theme “Integration of mobile payments in applications”. For two days, participants will carry out mobile money coding. They shall be technically managed by 7 mentors, who will assist them throughout the challenge. This will be an opportunity for them to live the reality of Mobile Money, innovative service highly appreciated by MTN subscribers. After the exercises, each team will present to members of the jury a prototype to ease the integration of payments via Mobile Money on websites. Thereafter, the candidates shall be assessed on the technical feasibility, economic viability and customer experience of the proposed solution.

Prior to the competition, the hackathon terms and rules were presented to the 35 competitors, all from universities and higher institutions of learning in the cities of Douala, Yaounde and Buea notably:

1. The Faculty of Industrial Engineering (University of Douala),
2. ISEM- IBCG Akwa-Douala,
3. “Institut Universitaire de la Côte”, Logbessou-Douala,
4. “Institut Universitaire du Golfe”, Akwa-Douala,
5. University Institute of Technology, University of Douala,
6. College of Technology, University of Buea,
7. The National Advanced School of Posts, Telecommunications and Information and Communication Technologies (SUP’PTIC), Yaounde.

The MTN head office hosted the meeting between the participants, project team and organisation committee of the 21 Days of Y’ello Care programme. The interactive discussions testified the enthusiasm and excitement of the young developers to illustrate their genius.

Through this initiative, MTN Cameroon indicates its determination to affirm itself in the new digital world, and remain resilient in this world of full technological transformation.

The project retained after the hackathon shall be nurtured in the subsequent months through customized support. Once this phase is completed, the company could adopt the solution.

The dice is cast.
Innovate/Create /Develop… May the best team win!!!

MTN Cameroon staff mobilized for the second weekend of 21 Days of Y’ello Care

Kribi, Maroua, Kousséri, Buea, Bamenda, Bertoua, Douala, Yaounde…in all the regions of the country, MTNers once more massively showcased their solidarity with the communities. Resolutely engaged to empower the youths and democratize the new digital world, they did not spare any physical, material or financial effort to assist people of all walks of life.

Fetching of water, sweeping and shampooing of the floor, cleaning of walls, brushing of pavements, clearing of grass with cutlasses and mowers, My 21 Days MoMo followers with Women’s Associations, commercial motorbike riders, in markets, neighbourhoods…, everyone chose their activity, joined a team and in their respective regions, invested for the welfare of communities. At the Faculty of Industrial Engineering of the University of Douala and Advanced School of Posts and Telecommunications, there was the need to clean the exterior and interior of these establishments in order to prepare the installation of equipment MTN will offer them. MTN Cameroon’s CEO, Saim Yaksan, answered present to the call in Douala, and in a relaxed mood alongside employees, contributed to accomplish the tasks planned.

MTNers have once more proven that, Y’ello Care is in their DNA as testified by their joy and determination to cater for the population. Until 21 June, employees will continue to speak with their hearts and do what they do best: Care for their communities!

Programme of activities: Saturday 9 June 2018, Nationwide

MTNC #yellocare website link: https://yellocare.mtn.cm/
Material Support: Donation of educational materials (Books):

·         Telco E-Library Manuals (Digital)

·         Telecoms sector books

MoMo Contribution (minimum XAF 5000) to be sent to No.: (237) 651 591 735 to support school fees of physically challenged Telecoms Learners
9 June 2018
Douala “PK16” neighborhood

Faculty of Industrial Engineering

7:00am & 9:00am

Departure from Head Office to “PK16” neighborhood

9:00am

·         Fetching of water

·         Sweeping of the floor

·         Cleaning of walls

·         Brushing of pavements

·         Shampooing of the floor

·         Clearing of grass with cutlasses and mowers

·         My 21 Days MoMo Followers at PK14

·         My 21 Days MoMo Followers at PK15

·         My 21 Days MoMo Followers at PK16

·         My 21 Days MoMo Followers at PK17

 

12:00 & 2:00pm

Return from PK16 to Head Office

 

 

 

Yaounde

7:30am

Departure from Regional Head Office to the Advanced School of Posts and Telecommunications

 

 

8:30am

·         Cleaning of the Laboratories of the Advanced School of Posts and Telecommunications

 

·         My 21 Days MoMo Followers

 

Maroua 9:00 am

 

·         My 21 Days MoMo Followers with

o    Driving code refresher for commercial bikers

o    Cleaning the head office of  HAUT-NKAM Association (in Charge of the youth education and social reinsertion)

 

 

Kousseri/Garoua/Ngaoundere

 

 

 

8:00am

My 21 Days MoMo Followers

 

Buea/Kumba

Bafoussam/Dschang

Bamenda/Kumbo

Programme of activities: 1-2 June 2018 Nationwide

Programme of activities: 1-2 June 2018 Nationwide
MTNC #yellocare website link: https://yellocare.mtn.cm/

 

Material Support: Donation of educational material (Books):

·         Telco E-Library Manuals (Digital)

·         Telecom sector books

MoMo Contribution (minimum XAF 5000) to be sent to No.: (237) 651 591 735 to support school fees of physically challenged Telecoms Learners
1 June 2018
Douala Official Launch

11:00am: Cleaning of Racks at Switch

2 June 2018
Douala 7:00am & 9:00am

Departure from Head Office to PK16

9:00am

·  Cleaning of the workshop of the Faculty of Industrial Engineering of the University of Douala at PK16

·  MoMo Onboarding (My 21 Days MoMo Followers)

12:00pm & 2:00pm

Return from PK16 to Head Office

*Location plan available on #yellocare website: https://yellocare.mtn.cm/

 

 

Yaounde

7:30am

Departure from Regional Head Office to the Advanced School of Posts and Telecommunications

 8:30am

·  Cleaning of the 08 Laboratories of the Advanced School of Posts and Telecommunications

·  MoMo Onboarding (My 21 Days MoMo Followers)

 Kousseri/Maroua/Garoua/Ngaoundere 8:00am

MoMo Onboarding (My 21 Days MoMo Followers)

Buea/Kumba
Bafoussam/Dschang

Bamenda/Kumbo