Competition Street Cred and financial rewards
Indicators that concern me:
* No Nigerian representative has made it to Round 2 of Google Code Jam, albeit overall number of participants are low. reference.
* In TopCoder's country rankings, Egypt is the only African country among 38 countries.
I think we have peculiar challenges, like a lack of awareness of the existence of Olympiads, lack of training camps, not enough mentors and of course expensive internet issues.
This is not a comprehensive write up, I actually want us to have a conversation on the particular needs of the future Nigerian programmers.
Confession I am part of the statistics of Nigerians that failed to get to round 2 of Google code jam
Coding platforms are also recruitment avenues, and I've been on a couple of platforms that only offer opportunities to residents of the UK, or those that hold a UK visa, residents of some part of the US and residents of India.
Yes I know a trickling of our local talents have opportunities abroad, but maybe we can do more.