George Boateng, ’16, Thayer ’17 Creates Project iSWEST

Project iSWEST is a 3-week intensive innovation boot camp for high school students in Ghana.

In 2013, George Boateng '16 Th'17 created an abbreviated version of Thayer School’s signature introductory engineering course—ENGS 21—for high school students in his home country of Ghana. He called it Project iSWEST (Innovating Solutions with Engineering, Science & Technology) and founded a non-profit, Nsesa Foundation, with six Ghanaian friends to run the program—a three-week summer intensive innovation bootcamp. The pilot was successful enough to attract funding from Thayer as well as from Dartmouth’s Institute for Security, Technology and Society (ISTS)and Neukom Institute.

In 2018, Boateng was named a Processing Foundation Fellow for his work with the Nsesa Foundation and its SuaCode program. SuaCode aims to close Africa's digital gap by utilizing smartphones to teach high school and college students in Ghana how to code. He was also honored by Dartmouth with its Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Award for Emerging Leadership.

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