AfricAHackTrip

Nairobi / Kenya

AfricaHackTrip

Kampala / Uganda

Kigali / Rwanda

@africahacktrip #aht13

Dar es Salaam ...
Who has heard of AfricaHackTrip? How?
Who knows developers from other countries, other continents?
Are you collaborating? ...
bbc.co.uk/news (07/2012)
…
in the past two years there has been an interesting phenomenon in
Africa - the proliferation of...
9 Hackers from Europe
!

5 weeks: Sep – Oct 2013
!

Capitals of Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania
!

explore the local tech ...
Agenda
1. Facts
2. JavaScript?
3. Conclusions
4. Outlook
5. Discussion
First, some impressions

http://vimeo.com/76040355
1:01 - 3:38
Who?
Alex
Berlin
Runs a web dev company
Runs co.up (coworking
space, host of countless
community activities)
Active in the Ruby...
Martin
Berlin
JavaScript apps
freelancer
BerlinJS community
Organizer and coach at
OpenTechSchool
Vicy
Berlin
Knows shit about
Africa and people
Blogs for eufrica.org
Is not a hacker
Jan
Munich
Open-source designer
Data privacy activist
Creator of JavaScript user
groups
Basti
nomad
Co-founder of 5apps (HTML5 app deployment)
Open-source,

web platform,

bitcoin enthusiast
Ruby community
Gregor
Zurich
Not a designer, not a
developer, JavaScript and
web enthusiast
Creates… #hoodie,
#aht13, #nobackend…
Tobi
Berlin
Software developer
Backend, mobile,
languages…
iOS/Mac dev community
Emi
Krakow
UX and graphic designer
Co-founder of web dev
company
#WomenInTech
@WebMuses
Bumi
Cologne
Runs web dev company
Runs coworking space
Ruby and coworking
community
KLab, Kigali, Rwanda
2009: submarine fibre-optic internet connection
for East Africa
!

From no net to mobile net in four years
!

50 tech hubs,...
Nairobi / KeNya
24 SEPTEMBER – 1 OCTOBER

KAMPALA / UGANDA
2 OCTOBER – 8 OCTOBER

KIGALI / RWANDA
9 OCTOBER – 15 OCTOBER

...
Centered around Nairobi
•

iHub

•

DEMO Africa

!

Nairobi / KeNya
24 SEPTEMBER – 1 OCTOBER

KAMPALA / UGANDA
2 OCTOBER –...
just go there!
Goals
to exchange, to get to know each other,

to learn from each other
!

to connect communities
!

to share our experien...
Fears
there are no like-minded hackers
!

to be misunderstood
(as random visitors)
(as people that want to "help")
(as peo...
What did we do?
Hacker stuff!
Hack-a-thons!

Barcamps!

Visit tech spaces
!

Interview people
!

Party machen!
Two full-day events in each city
•

Barcamp to get to know each other

•

Hack-a-thon to hack with each other

•

About 50...
How did we do that, we are just a bunch of hackers?
Self-organized
Self-funded
•

Finding sponsors is a lot of work

•

GitHub paid for event catering

!

That's it…
?
!
Community
!

Where I come from
!

Share experience
!
HTML5 as app platform
!

Firefox OS
!

Android -> HTML5
http://vimeo.com/76040355
3:39 - 4:25
!
Grow and strengthen global community
!

Connect local communities
http://youtu.be/3HseW4CoHiU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roxjaDKFmzQ
Questions?
What's next?
How was it?
What did people expect from you?
How are the African hackers?

How was DEMO Africa?
Money transfe...
Infrastructure
Five weeks!? And you didn't kill each other?
africahacktrip.org
@africahacktrip #aht13
AfricaHackTrip
groups/africahacktrip
africahacktrip.tumblr.com
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  1. 1. AfricAHackTrip Nairobi / Kenya AfricaHackTrip Kampala / Uganda Kigali / Rwanda @africahacktrip #aht13 Dar es Salaam / Tanzania africahacktrip.org
  2. 2. Who has heard of AfricaHackTrip? How? Who knows developers from other countries, other continents? Are you collaborating? Benefitting? From Africa? Why not?
  3. 3. bbc.co.uk/news (07/2012) … in the past two years there has been an interesting phenomenon in Africa - the proliferation of tech hubs and incubators. … There are now more than 50 tech hubs, labs, incubators and accelerators in Africa, covering more than 20 countries. In Nairobi, we have six. … four years ago we had an idea and built a space that now has more than 8,000 members and holds approximately 120 events per year. … The tech hubs in Africa provide a home for those with new and innovative ideas, create an atmosphere where they are encouraged to try new things, and most importantly are able to meet like-minded individuals they can grow with. … http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-18878585
  4. 4. 9 Hackers from Europe ! 5 weeks: Sep – Oct 2013 ! Capitals of Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania ! explore the local tech scenes, to exchange and collaborate with designers and developers ! #community #opensource #webapps #ux #mobile…
  5. 5. Agenda 1. Facts 2. JavaScript? 3. Conclusions 4. Outlook 5. Discussion
  6. 6. First, some impressions http://vimeo.com/76040355 1:01 - 3:38
  7. 7. Who?
  8. 8. Alex Berlin Runs a web dev company Runs co.up (coworking space, host of countless community activities) Active in the Ruby community
  9. 9. Martin Berlin JavaScript apps freelancer BerlinJS community Organizer and coach at OpenTechSchool
  10. 10. Vicy Berlin Knows shit about Africa and people Blogs for eufrica.org Is not a hacker
  11. 11. Jan Munich Open-source designer Data privacy activist Creator of JavaScript user groups
  12. 12. Basti nomad Co-founder of 5apps (HTML5 app deployment) Open-source,
 web platform,
 bitcoin enthusiast Ruby community
  13. 13. Gregor Zurich Not a designer, not a developer, JavaScript and web enthusiast Creates… #hoodie, #aht13, #nobackend…
  14. 14. Tobi Berlin Software developer Backend, mobile, languages… iOS/Mac dev community
  15. 15. Emi Krakow UX and graphic designer Co-founder of web dev company #WomenInTech @WebMuses
  16. 16. Bumi Cologne Runs web dev company Runs coworking space Ruby and coworking community
  17. 17. KLab, Kigali, Rwanda
  18. 18. 2009: submarine fibre-optic internet connection for East Africa ! From no net to mobile net in four years ! 50 tech hubs, labs, incubators and accelerators in 20 countries ! Median age under 20 years
  19. 19. Nairobi / KeNya 24 SEPTEMBER – 1 OCTOBER KAMPALA / UGANDA 2 OCTOBER – 8 OCTOBER KIGALI / RWANDA 9 OCTOBER – 15 OCTOBER DAR ES SALAAM / TANZANIA 16 OCTOBER – 23 OCTOBER
  20. 20. Centered around Nairobi • iHub • DEMO Africa ! Nairobi / KeNya 24 SEPTEMBER – 1 OCTOBER KAMPALA / UGANDA 2 OCTOBER – 8 OCTOBER East African Community • Visa and stuff ! Traveling by plane
 (and by bus for fun) KIGALI / RWANDA 9 OCTOBER – 15 OCTOBER DAR ES SALAAM / TANZANIA 16 OCTOBER – 23 OCTOBER
  21. 21. just go there!
  22. 22. Goals to exchange, to get to know each other,
 to learn from each other ! to connect communities ! to share our experiences with the world ! to travel, to learn, to have fun
  23. 23. Fears there are no like-minded hackers ! to be misunderstood (as random visitors) (as people that want to "help") (as people with business interest)
  24. 24. What did we do?
  25. 25. Hacker stuff! Hack-a-thons! Barcamps! Visit tech spaces ! Interview people ! Party machen!
  26. 26. Two full-day events in each city • Barcamp to get to know each other • Hack-a-thon to hack with each other • About 50 participants each event ! ! #webapps #ux #mobile #html5 #opensource #design #communities #firefoxos #openhardware
  27. 27. How did we do that, we are just a bunch of hackers?
  28. 28. Self-organized Self-funded • Finding sponsors is a lot of work • GitHub paid for event catering ! That's it…
  29. 29. ?
  30. 30. ! Community ! Where I come from ! Share experience
  31. 31. ! HTML5 as app platform ! Firefox OS ! Android -> HTML5
  32. 32. http://vimeo.com/76040355 3:39 - 4:25
  33. 33. ! Grow and strengthen global community ! Connect local communities
  34. 34. http://youtu.be/3HseW4CoHiU
  35. 35. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roxjaDKFmzQ
  36. 36. Questions?
  37. 37. What's next? How was it? What did people expect from you? How are the African hackers? How was DEMO Africa? Money transfer You briefly visited? How do you know? Tell us more about the
 Mozilla community there. Did you meet your goals? What are the results? Infrastructure? EuroHackTrip How do African freelancers make money?
  38. 38. Infrastructure
  39. 39. Five weeks!? And you didn't kill each other?
  40. 40. africahacktrip.org @africahacktrip #aht13 AfricaHackTrip groups/africahacktrip africahacktrip.tumblr.com

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