After four weeks of going through the Pre-Learning phase, completing the required number of courses on IBM Digital Nation platform, 50 ladies were shortlisted for the Pre-Mest training program. On Friday, 30th November the ladies converged at Soronko Academy and began their journey on becoming junior full-stack web developers with an orientation session. The program started with an introductory message from the CEO of Soronko Academy Mrs. Regina Honu. She introduced herself and spoke about what Soronko Academy stands for and the goal of the academy to train and equip young people especially women with relevant tech skills for the job market. She later handed over to the Mest Team virtually, which was led by Mrs Liana Tamakloe. Mrs Liana introduced the Mest Team and mentioned every individual’s name and their various roles. Later, the Director of training, Mr Femi Adewumi, explained the various programs offered by Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) and the goal of each programme. Mr Femi Adewumi handed over to the Soronko Team to also introduce themselves. Afterwards, there was an ice breaker activity called “the two truths, one lie” to help the ladies familiarize with each other and to know themselves better. This activity was very interactive and fun to watch. Mrs Liana Tamakloe then took the participants through the course outline, what is expected of them as students throughout the entire training process. She later introduced the trainers and added a brief background of the trainers for the training. There were questions and answers sessions where the ladies asked questions about the program, the soft skills session and the entire selection process. The session ended with the participants signing a commitment form and splitting themselves into two batches to allow room for social distancing as per the COVID19 regulations and precautions. We keenly look forward to the amazing projects that would yield from this 4-weeks training program.