Last week I was flown to Nairobi for an Open Source Software Workshop. Very interesting time! For most of you I won’t bore you with the things that we discussed, but I met a lot of interesting people from all over Africa. Here are a couple of pictures from the conference.
Here I’m “SpeedGeeking”. If any of you have heard of SpeedDating (click on the link to Wikipedia for more info) it’s based on that. 7 attendees volunteered to talk about their project. They all sat at different tables and then the rest of the attendees divided up amongst the seven tables. Each presenter had 7 minutes to present. At the end of 7 minutes everyone rotated and it started all over. At the last minute I decided to present the SmartQuiz HIV/AIDS application we wrote. It gets your presentation skills honed real quick to present something 7 times in one hour. Anyway people liked the application and several asked to use it for other projects in their countries.
Below is a group shot of almost all of the attendees from the conference. There were folks from South Africa, U.S.A, Uganda, Kenya, and Ghana. Here’s a quick list of some of the best things from the conference:
- Learning about sustainable Open Source Business models. Basically we talked about how can you make money with Open Source Software.
- Meeting all of these interesting people and the projects they are working on
- Interesting ideas for Africa: Mobile Development Platform for all of Africa and Open Source Software Development for African developers
Anyway, that’s all for now.