Lighting up Faces. A group of young pupils get their first peek at the world of computers and the internet. Thanks to John Uwaeke’s two step charity, children in rural Nigeria receive basic training and some of these receive further support to become a trainer themselves. The charity Catalyst4Change also supplies laptops. Want to know more?
CHF 2000 was transferred to Catalyst4Change this week. IM alumnus John Uwaeke’s charity aims to significantly improve opportunities for children in rural Nigeria by supplying laptops and training in basic IT*. The IM Alumni Association held a charity auction, Bid for a Boss, in April to support this initiative.
Just over CHF 3000 was raised at the auction where 15 bosses offered an amazing range of opportunities. (We’ll keep reporting on those redeemed bids.)
The remainder of the funds will cover other association events and the IM Alumni Graduation Prize which recognizes the social contributions to the IM community. IM bachelor students in their 3rd year are currently nominating fellow students who have helped their class, students or the school over the years. The prize is announced and awarded at Graduation (which will be on 6 October this year).
- If you missed out on the event but want to donate to this good cause you can deposit money in account number 40-000061-4, Basler Kantonalbank, 4002 Basel. IBAN CH11 0077 0253 5963 8200 1 770. Aternatively, if you have laptops still in good working order and are willing to donate these, contact John directly.
From left Prof Dr Nikolina Fuduric who offered the outing to winners Enzo Scannella, a visiting professor from University of Palermo and two visiting students from Mexico Diego Aguilar Ortega and Juan Arellano Mendoza.
A boat ride, sunshine, wine and chatting about marketing – Prof Dr Nikolina Fuduric’s offer at the Bid for a Boss was actually auctioned off twice and raised CHF 440 for C4C. “Winners” were visiting professor Enzo Scannella from partner University of Palermo and then visiting students Diego Aguilar Ortega and Juan Arellano Mendoza from Mexico.
The foursome all reported having a wonderful afternoon with the boat ride, wine, coffee and cake forming a great background to lively and interesting discussion. The offer was one of 15 up for auction at the Bid for a Boss 2017 event which raised over CHF 3000 for both the C4C charity set up by alumnus John Uwaeke to support children’s education in rual Nigeria and for the IM Alumni Graduation prize.
(In case you were wondering – we hope to forward the funds to C4C within the next days – we were waiting for all the bids made to be paid into our account.)
Over CHF 3 000 was raised for disadvantaged youth in rural Nigeria and for the IM Alumni graduation prize at the Bid for a Boss event on Thursday 27 April. Fifteen bosses, all offering unique opportunities, went under the hammer with most of the proceeds going to a charity set up by alumnus John Uwaeke. Apart from the entertaining auction (thank you, Robert) there was time to network and have fun.
Supporting this event were loads of others: Pernod Ricard sponsored with a great bar and mixologist, and food (soups, ice cream, nibbles) were offered. Student volunteers manned the bar. And two photographers (Corinne Köpfli and Kierin Mulholland) documented it all.
We’ll be posting more soon to give you the details of the fundraising and what happened next when the “winners” called in their bids. There were also separate donations of money and laptops to C4C, some bosses offered a second service and there are more pix in the pipeline – so there’s loads to still let you know about. Meanwhile, all we can say, is a very big thank you to all of you.
So here’s the full catalogue: 15 bosses offering unique oppotunities. Highlights include: personal consulting from an SRF economics reporter including a visit to a TVshow such as Arena or Sportpanorama, a 2-day excursion to Brussels (flights and accommodation included) to sit in on a workshop on Swiss-EU relations, a day in a communications agency, behind the scenes at a hotel including learning how to make ice-cream, joining a CEO on a visit to Europe’s largest tradeshow in Nürnberg…..
2017 Bid for a Boss Event_programme and auction catalogue
For those of you who can’t make it but would love to win one of these opportunities: mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up phone bidding on the night.
Bid for a Boss, 27 April from 1830. Register here or on Facebook
Kelechi Madu. Paying forward.
This is Kelechi Madu. He is 17 years old and comes from a humble family in a rural community in eastern Nigeria. Normally, he would have completed primary school and probably become a child labourer. Secondary school or university would have been very difficult if not impossible. John Uwaeke heard about the bright young man and sponsored him through secondary school. This year he will sit his final examinations. Kelechi hopes to study Electrical Engineering or Civil Engineering at university.
It takes more than this diploma though: Kelechi received the opportunity to do a computer course and through the Buddy2Buddy (B2B) initiative he was then given a laptop and trained as a trainer. He is now one of 2 pioneer instructors who are a vital link in the Catalyst4Change programme. It is not enough to simply collect or buy second-hand laptops and donate these to remote and poor communities and schools in eastern Nigeria: the children need to be taught how to use them.
Without B2B or C4C, Kelechi would not have been able to develop his tenacity for learning and his innate leadership abilities. Without a laptop, or computer skills, he would have little chance of competing for a place at university. His self-esteem has blossomed, he is training other young people in IT and through that more youngsters will have better chances to succeed at school but also to have options to stay and work in their communities and not join the many who are forced to seek work in the cities.
Bid for a Boss. 27 April. Register now. And bid generously.
Free entry. Bar (including a mixologist) and soup from the Suppenstube at reasonable prices. Nibbles and ice-cream for free.
Register here or on Facebook
Melanie Auer, Head of Controlling at Roche Pharma
Melanie Auer is Head of Controlling at Roche Pharma. And she’s our Boss#2. She’s been with Roche since graduating from BSc IM in 2011 – including six months in India helping to establish the controlling unit there.
Bid for her on 27 April #BidforaBoss and get individual time with her to talk about controlling, networking and planning your development. Drinks in the Pebbles Bar – that’s the one at the top of the Roche tower – are included.
Sign up here or on Facebook
By the way – there will be something pretty special to eat and drink on the night – we’ll tell you more next week
Over the next weeks, we’ll be introducing a few of the many bosses up for auction at the Bid for a Boss event on 27 April. Don’t forget to register either here or on Facebook
Boss # 1: Monika Blaser, Head of the Innovation Lab at PostFinance
Monika offers a tour of the innovation lab to get insights into the innovation process and the toolbox PostFinance uses. The highest bidder can “participate in a workshop for a current innovation project to check out how we foster innovation. Depending on interests you can also participate in a pitching event, get feedback from the audience for your own business idea or go to the pitching clinic to improve your own pitching skills. ½ a day, lunch/Apéro included.”
And even if you don’t win the bid, you can meet Monika during networking activities.
It’s back. An evening of catching up with former classmates, networking with other alumni, and having a pop at winning exclusive time with an interesting “boss” who will inspire, advise or coach you. And if you don’t win – well, there’s a chance to get to know them during speed-networking or networking bingo. Yah.
We have 15 amazing high-flyers offering unique opportunities (see auction catalogue). And remember- this is for charity. This time we’re paying forward by sponsoring alumnus John Uwaeke’s Catalyst4Change which aims to empower children in rural Nigeria by providing laptops and IT training. Have a look at the video and you’ll see the need for this.
Sign up using the contact form below or go to our Facebook page and sign up for the event there.
Big for a Boss: 7pm – 10.30 pm, Thursday 27 April, Atrium B, Campus OVR in Olten (bar opens from 6.30 pm)
Vinzent Batt is an IM alumnus of the first generation and someone who’s always stayed in touch with the programme (and especially the student seminars) and was brave enough this year to stand for auction as a boss. Asja Hot (currently in the MSc IM) and Kim Hunziker (about to graduate from BSc IM) shared Vinzenz’s interest and passion for NGO activities and projects and “won” him for half a day at May’s Auction. Vinzent is Vice-Director at Sandon – a company which manages and supports organisations and associations. Smiles all around – thanks for keeping us posted.
“Boss” Vinzenz Batt during the encounter with Asja Hot (middle ) and Kim Hunziker
Roll the drums folks, we raised roughly 4000 Swiss francs by successfully auctioning bosses to the IM Alumna on the 16th of May. Thank you people! Now that your job’s completed, ours has just started. We’re currently still in the process of collecting all the money, so if you’re one of the lucky devils who won a boss then please be reminded to pay your bill as soon as possible. Timely payment will facilitate our job and the money can be transferred to where it really belongs. As you were informed on the night of the event, we will donate a major amount of the proceeds to the “Swiss Support Foundation”, an NGO co-founded by former IM student Andrew Frei. The organization aims to improve the standards of living in the villages of Napantao, Southern Leyte in the Philippines.
With the remaining amount of money we will also finance this year’s graduation prize, which will pay tribute to the one student who contributed most to the IM community during the last three years and will hopefully continue to do so in the future!
And finally, of course, we also need to make sure that all the event costs are covered. This is what the last bit of money will be used for. We’ll post more information when the accounting process has been completed.
More photos of this event can be found online at Kierin Mulholland Photography page – Kierin Mulholland is an IM student and photographer.