elvin Umechukwu is a young Nigerian business developer, programme manager, and robotics expert with experience spanning over four years in tech-community management. He currently serves as the Programme Manager at TechQuest STEM Academy, a non-profit organization, whose objective is to empower young Africans with practical skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics to solve complex problems in the society. Kelvin handles all processes involved in the design and implementation of programs, develops contents for training manuals, manages sponsorships and partnerships, and liaises with other organizations connected with TechQuest.
A quick learner, when he arrived at TechQuest in 2018, Kelvin hit the ground running. Barely a few months on the job, he initiated an instructional programme dubbed ‘TeachAKid2Code’, and drafted a plan that won a sponsorship from Google Africa, RemitaNet and Africa Code Week to train and expose over 5,000 children to the basics of digital programming in seven different states in Nigeria. With the supervision and guidance of the firm’s Founder and Director, Charles Emembolu, an astute businessman and project manager, he spearheaded strategies that established branches for the firm in about twelve states, and increased the workforce and impacts. Previously, Kelvin had worked as the Community Manager in the same firm where he recruited other developers and volunteers, conducted trainings for volunteer educators, and traveled to several communities to deliver projects on digital education.
Kelvin’s professional engagement with the technology industry began in 2018 when he briefly served as Business Developer with HostCabal, an online web-hosting platform providing clients with secure hosting services. The next six months of business in the company witnessed remarkable growths in profits and patronage, thanks in large part to Kelvin’s direct contributions. This was between January and July when simultaneously he was also serving as the Community Relations Manager for Ingressive.
Kelvin’s technological and management talents were already apparent in his undergraduate days and were already attracting attention. His ‘Cloudshot Technology Limited’, an online community of certified and in-training engineers he founded in 2013, provided a platform for sharing, troubleshooting, and solving technological issues. Similarly, Kelvin and his team built Voissapp in their undergraduate days, an application for students and lecturers that had over 2,500 users in Obafemi Awolowo University. Not surprisingly, Kelvin became highly sought after by fellow students seeking guidance and knowledge in technology, robotics and application development. Motivated by this development, in 2017, the whizz kid of technological innovations came up with ‘Consonance Club’ as a community to train, educate and empower tech enthusiasts. With Consonance Club, Kelvin successfully organized an innovation conference for students at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in partnership with the Andela Student Ambassador Programme. These experiences have been critical to the development of Kelvin’s career as a technology expert.
Kelvin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife and has to his credit a number of certifications that include Monitoring & Evaluation (Piston & Fusion), Data Analysis with Spreadsheet (DataCamp), and Data Science with Python (DataCamp) among others.
His mission is to help people and businesses achieve their greatest potentials and achieve scalable growth through Community Development and Business Development initiatives. He seeks to build a better ecosystem for the next generation of innovators and inventors through his work with TechQuest STEM Academy and Consonance Club in the #NextMillionBuilders campaign.