On the 21st of September, 2013, the Google Students Club of Regent University had a National Volunteer Day event dubbed EmpowerU at iSpace in Osu. The proggramme was to commemorate the National Volunteers Day which falls on September 21 or Founder’s Day. The day, set apart by the African Union, is to commemorate the birth day of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and other founders of Ghana. Ghana’s founders served Ghana very well and hence the call on September 21 for Ghanaians to do some volunteer work to serve their country.
The event featured technology talks on Google, the Google Student Ambassador Programme, Robotics, Entrepreneurship and Talent Development. The main objectives of the event were to encourage as many people as possible to do some volunteer work, teach people about the usefulness of the internet technology, entrepreneurship and how to nurture talents to become useful members of society. Simply put, the event was to serve one main purpose; empower the youth in Ghana and world over.
Some of the resource persons who spoke at the event were; Mr. Nelson Amo (President, Innobub Ghana), Mr. Josiah Eyison Co-Founder, iSpace Foundation, Mr. Benjamin Nortey (Metro Institute of Technology), and our very own Google Student Ambassador, Michael Mettle-Nunoo.
The entire event was streamed live over the internet for people from all over the world to join. Although there had been very little time to promote the event, over 50 viewers watched from around the world (including viewers from the U.S.A and UK). Fifteen (15) volunteers from Regent University and neighbouring communities participated in the programme. Furthermore, the social media advertisements announcing the event reached a total of 13,110 people. The recorded footage of the event is still available to watch on YouTube.