For many technology in Africa sounds like an oxymoron, but things are happening on the continent peoples! Yes great things are happening and a group of tech-savvy Africans are talking about it on Oct 11th at BarCamp Africa, which is being hosted at the Google headquarters in Silicon Valley. A BarCamp is an international network of user generated conferences — open, participatory workshop-events, whose content is provided by participants — often focusing on early-stage web applications, and related open source technologies, social protocols, and open data formats. According to their mission;
BarCamp Africa brings people, institutions and enterprises interested in Africa – as a topic, an opportunity, or a place of action – together in one location to exchange ideas, build connections, re-frame perceptions and catalyze action that leads to positive involvement and mutual benefit between Silicon Valley and the continent of Africa.
The event has kicked off and is sold out, but that’s no reason not catch a bit of the action. You can follow the event as it streams live on Upstream , Twitter , Flickr and Blogs . Also get more information on the event at the BarCamp Africa website.