According to Github reports earlier this year, A certain number of African countries have been listed amount top contributors to open source and also users of Github. Countries like, Nigeria, Morocco, Ghana were all listed. In this talk, I'll talk about how open source is shaping the future of software development in Africa, very important communities supporting open source in Africa, and key players supporting open source in Africa. I'll also suggest better ways companies in more developed countries around the globe can support Open Source development and Software in Africa.
Africa is a continent in the
world with various countries in
Africa is populated by
1.216 billion people as at
Africa's major resource is
talent, we have various
Github State of The Octoverse 2019
Github State of The Octoverse 2019
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OSCA is a community of creative minds
driving the open source movement in
It was created to encourage more African
developers to contribute to open source
projects and advocate for open source
movement in Africa. Its main goal is to
ensure Africans not only use software
and hardware, but are creators of these
OPEN SOURCE FESTIVAL
An annual open source
gathering of OSS enthusiasts
and contributors from around
Africa and other parts of the
WOMEN OF OSCA
A joint effort with She Code
Africa to introduce and train
more women and girls into
OSCA X OPEN
A collaboration with Open
Collective to introduce more
people into open source by
paying contributors to fix bugs
on Open Collective Projects.
OPEN SOURCE DESIGN
This is an effort by the design
team of OSCA to help
designers also get started with
contributing to OSS.
Connecting with OSCA
Some Key Players
In Africa's OSS
Hi, !I’m Samson, a software developer
who believes in changing the world. I’m
an open source advocate, primarily
maintaining Sugar Labs while also serving
on the board of directors, and
sustaining Open Source Collective as a
board member. I also co-founded Open
Source Community Africa, a movement
that promotes and educates everything
open source within Africa ". I’m
currently consulting with the African
Union, International Telecommunication
Union, and UN Women to bring more
women into technology.
Ada Nduka Oyom is the founder of She Code
Africa and Co-Founder of Open Source
She plays an active role in building new and
integrating existing, Open Source communities in
the African ecosystem as well, creating more
gender diversity & advocacy in OSS via the
“Women of OSCA (WOSCA)” initiative.
In February 2020, she and her team organized and
hosted 1000+ African developers to the largest
Open Source conference for OSS developers in
Africa, tagged “Open Source Festival 2020”
Prosper Otemuyia is an Open Source
Advocate, Evangelist and CTO at Eden
Life inc. He is one of the pioneers of the
open source movement in Africa. He is a
regular speaker at developer events
around the world.
In 2016 prosper beat out top companies
like facebook to trend number 2 on
Github, Only Google was above him on
the list of Trending Developers.
Abigail is a Product Designer and Open
Source Design "Avocado" !.She has over 3
years of combined experience in technology;
focusing on web and product design.
Abigail loves open source and is passionate
about helping people learn how to grow as
open source contributors. She is a member
of the Open Source Community Africa
(OSCA), a community of creative minds
driving the open source movement in Africa.
She was a Google Code-In 2019 mentor for
Anita B.org, a community that encourages
the participation of all women involved in
technology and open source.
Marlene is a Zimbabwean explorer,
speaker and cucumber enthusiast based in
the city of Harare. I'm an advocate
for using science and technology for social
good and increasing diversity in these
fields. She is a director and vice-chair for
the Python Software Foundation, and the
chair of PyCon Africa. I'm also currently
pursuing a computer science degree with
the University of London.
Segun Adebayo is a seasoned User Interface
Engineer with a passion for design systems,
accessibility, and product design.
He's the creator of Chakra UI, a popular React
component library that helps you create accessible
websites and apps with speed.
Segun is the Design Engineering Manager at
http://Tradeling.com. He also co-founded
CareerLyft, an online resume builder to help job
seekers in Africa create compelling resumes.
Open Source Community Africa
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The Free Software and Open Source
Foundation for Africa
How to Provide Better
Support for OSS in Africa
• Sponsor OSS Events.
• Provide OSS learning Support.
• Establish OSS Initiatives.
• Provide a voice for African OSS creators and contributors.
• Hire more folks from Africa.
• Promote OSS from Africa.