Showing posts with label BarCamp. Show all posts
Showing posts with label BarCamp. Show all posts

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Report on Wikipedia Breakout Session @ BarCamp Takoradi 2015

BarCamp Takoradi 2015 took place at the SSNIT Hall on August 23, 2015 in Takoradi. Participants were youths from the working class to students from  tertiary institutions.

During this event there was speed mentoring; where participants meet mentors for say 5 minutes something like speed dating. I've been to more that 5 BarCamps in the past and organised breakout sessions on my own and some supported by the Wikimedia Foundation through TPS.


I co-hosted a breakout session with Reuben; a volunteer cyclist who cycled across Ghana to raise funds for The Cleft Foundation.

The session saw had 5 participants. Since Wikipedians are Volunteers, we first started by talking about what volunteering means. As a volunteer myself, volunteering means a lot to me. This world can be made better only through volunteerism. If you use an open source software, of which am a great advocate for, then know some volunteer developer somewhere is commiting time to make life easier for you. Am very much sure you're reading this with Firefox; one great example. Same is Wikipedia. 10000+ of volunteers like you and I dedicate their time to make it a better one every second.

Almost everyone present at my breakout session knows and have used Wikipedia, and one of them was a beginner contributor. But as usual the Wikimedia and Wikipedia confusion with people who don't know about is normal. Wikimedia is a global movement whose mission is to bring free educational content to the world. And Wikipedia is one of Wikimedia's projects. I took the time to explain this to participants. Well if you don't get the differences then visit this page for all you need to know. I also talked about other Wikimedia Foundation projects that can be contributed to, read more about all Wikimedia Foundation's projects here.


There was nothing practical. I was able to display Wikipedia and some of the stuffs that goes on behind scene such as; Wiki Mark up, recent chages, and discussions on talk pages. Takoradi is noted for entertainment, but was very shameful to see no information on it's Wikipedia article. So at the end of the session we decided to work together to improve the coverage of entertainment including but not limited to notable musicians from takoradi. (Of which am still working on..)

There is one thing I will like to share from this breakout session and previous sessions I've organised in such away to sell Wikimedia Foundation's projects to volunteers. Most of the people I've met were students and youths, students espeically knows how to copy Wikipedia but not how to add to it. Most people are looking for some quick fix or let me say magic to grasp how everyting on Wikipedia within very short period of time in order to give back, which is not feasible to me. Looking at the interest of students bringing Wikipedia Ghanaian classrooms especially in the tertiary institutions through Wikipedia Education Program could be a great success. One thing am still looking at at myself but not now.

Thanks for reading.

PS: I've been in touch with few of them and hope to retain them.  Though this post is very late. I must, as part of Wikimedia Grants I applied for, and also be eligible to apply for future grants.
                        

Friday, 14 November 2014

Wikipedia Breakout Session At BarCamp Kumasi 2014

Barcamp Kumasi 2014 was a free networking forum bringing people together for a day of discussion, demos and dialogue on Kumasi, Ghana and beyond. It took place on November 1, 2014 at the College of Science of Auditorium, KNUST. The theme was "Youth Entrepreneurship: Celebrating Our Heroes".

It gave youths the opportunity to meet other youths in their fields of interest for mentorship which is called Speed mentoring,
Speed mentoring in progress
There were mentors from fields such as; Technology, Entrepreneurship, Sanitation, Medicine and others.

I was at BarCamp Kumasi as a bar-camper and a Wikipedian. I had a breakout session on introduction to Wikipedia and what it takes to become a contributor to Wikipedia, first of all anyone, yes YOU can also contribute to Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopaedia.
Wikipedia session in progress......
The breakout session's main purpose was to present how the Wikipedia community works. I was glad I could answer a lot of questions from participants, making it very interactive.

One thing that came up was Kejetia Market and Kumasi Central Market was taken as one market on Wikipedia whiles in reality it's not. And it was an interesting argument...

Thanks Sean, for the mention:
Not to forget, some people (Wikipedia readers) are scared of hitting the [Edit] button on Wikipedia. They're not the first though, I was too :). But it's fun and interesting when you know.

At the end of I session distributed some Wikipedia swags; tags, pens, markers and stickers sent by Rexford. Thanks for sending them Rex.
Participants posing for a group photo with their Wiki swags :)
Everyone was willing to share their knowledge with the whole world through Wikipedia. I was glad when all decided to sign up and join the Wikimedia Ghana UG community, and have followed up already.

Cheers and thanks for passing.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

BarCamp Tema 2014, Register NOW!


BarCamp Tema 2014 is a free networking forum bringing people together for a day of discussion, demos and dialogue on Tema, Ghana and beyond. It takes place on March 22, 2014 at the Rotary Centre (Club House) in Tema. The theme is “Building People of Excellence”.

This Barcamp will be the 29th organized by the GhanaThink Foundation as it builds a network of young change makers, doers and entrepreneurs in Ghana. It's being organized in conjunction with the Rotaract Club of Tema.

The Barcamp will feature multiple user-generated breakout sessions about business, social entrepreneurship, technology and development, alongside topics relevant to the Greater Accra Region and beyond. There will be a speed mentoring session where mentors will give insights and answers to questions from attendees. Various Tema leaders will be on a panel that will center on the theme.

Register/RSVP at the BarCamp Tema eventbrite website (barcamptema14.eventbrite.com) or text "Barcamp Tema [name] [email address]" to 1945 through any mobile network. You may also contact the BarCamp Tema team through the eventbrite page for sponsorship opportunities. If you are interested in organizing a breakout session, let us know, especially if you have special needs.

BarCamp Tema 2014 is sponsored by GhanaThink Foundation, Rotaract Club of Tema, Nandimobile, etc. Join us to move the Greater Accra Region and Ghana forward.
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See you there......

Via: BarCamp Tema 2014 Eventbrite page

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

After #BCAccra - X'mas #VIM Walk to 37 Military Hosp.


After BarCamp Accra, it was time to go home. But Accra and traffic during the festive seasons won't permit some of us to just enter a trotro and get home, So we decided to keep going with our natural trotros. lol!

+Nathaniel ALPHA said we will walk to 37 Military Hospital but we all shouted. Hohooo! Ah! is too far!!. Too far? no it was too near instead.

Then the squad +Felix Nartey+Omane Ossei-Poku+Senam Aseye Bridget +Frank Bruce Seyram and +Enock Seth Nyamador (myself), started walking, come and see walking-discussion.

We were discussing a lot better things oo. One was, if we had trains in Ghana will things be like this?

We also talked about what if Accra was having free Wi-Fi hotspots. It will be good but hey, the Torrents, and others. The Wi-Fi hotspots money can be used for something better and other interesting ones.
I learn't something new also from +Frank Bruce and +Felix Nartey when I asked Felix to show me the Canadian Embassy High Commission in Accra. Thanks guys for that lecture.

Soon we were at the Flagstaff house and the #VIM was growing. Some of the vehicles we saw at The World Bank office were far behind us.
Finally we arrived at 37 Military Hospital Nat and Seyram dropped first, next was Frank, I was still moving with Tema folks (Senam, Felix nad Omane).
Said bye bye to Tema folks too. Am the only one left now. Quickly I found my way out. Before I realized Frank was sitting directly in front of me in the same trotro.

It was awesome, :-)

BarCamp Accra 2013 - More Than Awesome #BCAccra

By now I know my readers know what BarCamps in Ghana are like and some of you had the opportunity to attend, if you still don't know, this this will help you out.

Thanks to +Google Maps and my Google Map Maker boss +Felix Nartey no problem locating the venue this time. I found myself at The World Bank (Head Office) as directed. 

Hehe! The World Bank doesn't share money oo! Like someone was thinking. I love the place 99.9 % I will use the 0.01% for Lotto :-D.

The theme was "Exercising Ethics to Engineer Excellence" and the panel discussion for BarCamp was all about how we can deal with corruption in the Ghanaian community. 

As usual there was Speed mentoring session, which is like speed dating but you learnt via +Kuukuwa Manful

During the speed mentoring session, the rest of us in the conference room led by +Mac-Jordan Degadjor witnessed an awesome game known as "Chinese Whispers" you wanna what it is? Next time make it to nearest BarCamp, Ok? But I will tell you. 

Someone whispers something to you and you also whisper to someone till the last person. The last person will let everyone know what was whispered, afterwards the one who commenced will tell us all the right word. It was fun. The word that started was "Photowalk" but +Donald Ward  changed it to ... guess it.. are you correct? #Tonga. lol!  #tonga did not reach the last person. It was fun. :-). The last person's answers were funny. You just can't laugh. The reaction when someone whispers to you..... lol!


Breakout sessions were organised, was in  +Planning Wikimedia Ghana's Content Creation (Wikipedia) session organised by +Enock Seth Nyamador (myself) and +Felix Nartey. You can read about this session soon on PWMGH's blog.
 I also joined the Creative Writing breakout session led by +Kinna Likimani
BarCamp Ghana: Matching Twitter handles to faces via +Delalorm Semabia. So new and old faces met. I met +Doris Anson-Yevu +Felix Nartey +Sena Quashie +Senam Aseye Bridget +Roger Gaisie +Omane Ossei-Poku +oliver akindes  +nathaniel ALPHA +Akua Akyaa Nkrumah  +Kwabena Akuamoah-Boateng +Edmund Laryea and etc. Hey! wait +Ela Asare  .. just can't complete.

BarCamp Accra Accra ended with the Ghana National Anthem, Yen Ara Ase se ne, and Arise Ghana Youth. You can read a full recap of Barcamp Accra by +Mighty African here . Hope to see you at next BarCamp.

Monday, 9 December 2013

BarCamp Accra 2013, Register NOW!


BarCamp Accra 2013 is a free networking event to bring people together for a day of discussion, demos and dialogue about Accra, Ghana and beyond. The event shall be held on December 23 at the World Bank office. The theme is “Exercising Ethics to Engineer Excellence”. This Barcamp hopes to assemble stakeholders to network, build a supportive enterprising community and partner to build together.

The GhanaThink Foundation has successfully organized 27 BarCamps in Ghana as part of its Barcamp Ghana program which is building a network of change makers, doers and entrepreneurs. BarCamp Accra 2013 will be the 7th Barcamp in Accra. It will focus on corruption and ethics. It would highlight ethical leaders and ethics in every sphere of Ghanaian life.

We'd have some interactive panel sessions about corruption and ethics with various speakers. We will have the popular speed mentoring sessions with various young Ghanaian achievers. Selected resource personnel will be sharing and leading discussions on the theme. The Barcamp will feature multiple user-generated breakout sessions about business, social entrepreneurship, technology and development, alongside topics relevant to the Greater Accra region and beyond.

Register at http://barcampaccra13.eventbrite.com/. You can also register by sending “Barcamp Accra, Your Name, Your Email Address” to 1945 on all mobile networks. See you there! You may contact the BarCamp Accra organising team through this website for sponsorship opportunities. If you are interested in organizing a breakout session, let us know, especially if you have special needs.

BarCamp Accra 2013 is sponsored by GhanaThink Foundation, World Bank Ghana, Google Ghana, DKT International, and Nandimobile. Our media partners are SpyGhana. Get additional info at: http://barcampghana.org/contact or email, barcamp at ghanathink.org

#bcaccra  

Friday, 1 November 2013

BarCamp Ho 2013 and The New Style

BarCamp Ho 2013 took place in the Ho Polytechnic SRC JCR on Saturday October 26th 2013.

BarCamp Ho 2013 saw many mentors and barcampers, some of these mentors include Leila Djansi the director of the Sinking Sands movie and others. If you missed BarCamp Ho, then you didn't just missed something but alot you can't imagine.

In this post I will tell you what the "New Style" is. For all the BarCamps I've been to, I've never seen one thing that happened in Ho.


There was speed mentoring as usual. Had my one and only speed mentoring with David Kotei Nikoi which was all about Tourism in Ghana. What Tourism actually mean, how we have not taken full advantage of tourism yet and how we can make it a better one. I really enjoyed this speed mentoring and was willing to go continue since speed mentoring is only 10 minutes interaction.



Then something happened. The "New Style" Speed Mentoring now Breakout or Group Mentoring. I don't know how to even put it ;-). Time was allocated immediately after the one-on-one speed mentoring for this:


So I have to go back to my favorite "Tourism" again and it was great. I've learnt a lot.

Also, I organised a breakout session on putting Ghanaian contents on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. As we know most tertiary students especially those in the universities make good use of Wikipedia but none is ever ready to add to it. Read more about this breakout session on Planning Wikimedia Ghana's blog.



Since BarCamps are networking forums, I can't leave without meeting both new and old folks ;-), never!. The networking even starts before you get to the venue of the event. ;-) Here are some tweets for you:











Not forgetting, I also saw some old and present Ketasco (alma mater) students at BarCamp Ho and was very glad they also learnt a lot and networked. #Dzolali

And finally, what have you about this question:
One of the best answers I've taken seriously:

Hope you gonna make it to the next BarCamp. Follow GhanaThink Foundation for updates.

Friday, 3 May 2013

BarCamp Kasoa 2013

Source: Barcamp Kasoa Facebook page
I was at BarCamp Kasoa 2013 on Saturday 27th April, 2013 at the ICGC Transformation Temple in Kasoa. Although that was my first time of going to Kasoa I got a very simple direction from Elorm Billy-Awittor. I experienced some jerky traffic jam on the way. I thought it was going to be serious as people used to say about the Kasoa road. I spend about some few minutes in the traffic jam. Finally alighted at the last stop since I took a trotro. Looked for the traffic light to my right, took a taxi and told the driver immediately that I will be alighting at the MTN office as directed. Within 10 minutes I found my way to ICGC Transformation Temple. The theme for BarCamp Kasoa 2013 was "Making an enterprising environment for an emerging market".

All started as it used to be at BarCamps I've attended previously,  I had two speed mentoring sessions, first  with Emmanuel Okeyere of Hatua Solutions and Hutspace, where I learnt more about some programming languages and the way they are growing in the global village.
 then with Dr. Naa Mills, Medical Superintendent of Kasoa Polyclinic, where I learnt more about the risks associated with skipping breakfast. If you are used to skipping breakfast like I've been doing you better stop because it's so dangerous. I also learnt about self discipline, this is relating things we do. We all know that we have to do some physical exercise but we lack the discipline to wake up at dawn and have some jogging.

After the speed mentoring comes the panel of discussion involving Mr. Jerry Smith, Mrs. Heleen Hagan,  Dr. Naa Asunkwa Mills (Medical Superintendent of Kasoa Polyclinic,)  and Adams Nuhu (MCE, Kasoa Awutu Senya East Municipal). A lot was said about the development and way forward for Kasoa.

It was time for lunch and had some "waakye", while lunch was in progress there was a presentation from Daniel Arthur-Baidoo about how he turned what is commonly known in Ghana as "pure water"  sachets into a centre table and the image of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. You can visit his blog for more about his works.

Picture by  Komla the Ɔdadeɛ

Picture by Philip Adzanoukpe
Breakout sessions: there were five breakout sessions at Barcamp Kasoa 2013,

But I only joined one which which was led by Sandister Tei and Myself.


Which was about getting Ghanaian contents on Wikipedia, the Kasoa article on Wikipedia was also edited during the session. We had two elderly persons from the community whose presence counted in editing the article. Some other members of this session were Walter E. ADAMAHAto Ulzen-Appiah and  Barima Kwadwo Berchie Achamfour.
You can visit Planning Wikimedia Ghana's Meta page, like on Facebook and follow on Twitter. Let's help provide more Ghanaian contents on Wikipedia.

BarCamp Kasoa 2013 got interesting when Lawrencia introduced a game.

The rules of the game were, to survive you must have three different candies, while everyone was given two candies of the same type but in all there were three different brands of candies.  I gave out mine since everyone can't survive. If you were there how will you survive?

BarCamp Kasoa ended with the Ghana National Anthem. You can read more about BarCamp Kasoa by searching for #BCKasoa on Twitter

Had much fun on my way back with Walter E. ADAMAH and Sandister Tei.

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Junior Camp Ketasco


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Junior Camp Ketasco which was organized by the Keta Senior High Technical School, (Ketasco) SRC in collaboration with Ghana Think Foundation, took place on Wednesday 30th January, 2013 at the assembly ground of  Keta Senior High Technical School, (Ketasco) in Keta, Volta Region .
The Theme for Junior Camp Ketasco was " Living Tomorrow's Career Today.". During the event students dressed up in attires of their various future careers. The interesting part was when I saw most of the girls dressed up as engineers with their helmet neatly placed on their heads and putting on Wellington boots.

Jennifer(left) and her friends

Eyram and Mary
This was the first kind of Junior Camp (BarCamp) to be organized in a Senior High School since BarCamp started in Ghana in 2008. 
As it used to be for all BarCamps, Junior Camp Ketasco commenced with a speech from the guest speaker Mrs. Eunice Ogbugo C.E.O of Eugo Terrano.
She talked about how she made it to the top. And advised students on how to eliminate the fear for certain subjects. She said as a Science student during her Senior Secondary school days, she used to have problems with certain subjects especially Elective Mathematics, Physics and Biology. She also talked about the need to choose the right program to offer in the university, by saying, no one should force students to pursue courses which is not of their interest.
Even though she had some problems with Mathematics and Physics in her early Secondary School days she was able to make it to Civil Engineering, even when the mother was wondering if she can. But through self-determination she was able to make it.


Speed mentoring and Breakout sessions.

Due to the large number of the students Speed Mentoring was merged into Breakout Sessions where the mentors took a number of students at ago. There were breakout sessions for Fashion, Game and Software Development, Public speaking, Entrepreneurship and others. Some of the mentors present at Junior camp Ketasco were Eyram Tawia of Leti Games, Ato Ulzen Appiah, Nehemiah Attigah, Mr. Joel Degue, Yayra Tay, Donald Wards, Makafui Nyamadi CEO of GCOM Pre-University College, and others.
I was with Eyram Tawia of Leti Games in the Ketasco Computer laboratory for the breakout session on Game and Software Development. Due to large number of students who were willing to join this session, we divided the students in to two groups. Eyram told the students about how started his career. He was born and bred on KNUST, campus as young boy. His determination then was to design super heroes. Long ago before one of his brothers introduced him to how to program. Students also asked interesting questions while they were given the various tips involved in getting started. Eyram introduced students to a word which they must always add to their queries when using search engines especially Google for informations as beginners. That's “Dummies”.
 

Launch.

It was some few minutes past 12 noon, when we had jollof rice for launch. Well not bad.

Breakout Sessions Resume.

After launch, the breakout sessions resumed. But for this time it was solely meant for questions and answers. Some of the previous sessions were merged to form a session due to things they had in common.
For this time I joined Gameli Adjaho for the session on Digital Literacy once again in the computer laboratory.
Gameli answered series of questions from the students and introduced them to websites such as Khanacademy, and some Google search tips: E.g. how compute simple mathematics using Google, this then led to  the display of the embedded calculator that Google has. This is simply done by typing a mathematical expression into Google's search box. E.g. 5+6, he also introduced students to a powerful search engine known as Wolframalpha which I have never heard of. He continued by encouraging students to be abreast with digital literacy.

Closing.


Cross-section of mentors and volunteers at JuniorCamp Ketasco
The second breakout (Q&A) sessions were over and everyone was once gathered at the assembly ground. Students were given the opportunity to share what they have learnt in their various breakout sessions with their friends who joined other sessions as well. All that they shared were very interesting. What I learnt from those who went to the Fashion Breakout session was, make ups are not for students (girls).  I also learnt that actors do apply make ups when the need arises. This makes them look  some how better on stage.
As BarCamps normally end with patriotic songs. Junior Camp Ketasco ended with the School's Anthem (Once to everyman and Nation), God Bless Our Homeland Ghana, and Miadenyigba lonlonla.

Saturday, 29 December 2012

BarCamp Accra 2012 (More Than Expected)

I guess most of you might be thinking of the “Bar” well if you are baffled by the word check out this interesting post by Nutakor Eldad about BarCampHo on skouleye.


Bar Camp is actually a free networking program for the youth organized by the Ghana Think Foundation.

Who is a BarCamper?
BarCamper is simply someone who goes for BarCamps. Contribute and get the best out of the BarCamps and makes it a success.

What Happens at BarCamps?
As a normal routine for BarCamps, there is always a talk from someone(mentor), followed by Speed Mentoring and Breakout sessions.

BarCamp Accra 2012.
BarCamp Accra 2012 took place on Saturday the 22nd day of December, 2012 at the Methodist University College (MDUG), Accra, from 8:00AM to 4:00PM.
The theme for Bar Camp Accra 2012 was “Removing fear of failure as a start of success”
BarCamp Accra 2012 commenced with a talk from Mrs. Ellen M. Hagan Chief Executive of L’AINE SERVICES LIMITED, a leading HR(Human Resource)  Company in Ghana. She also Champions the publishing of the HR Focus Magazine, the first and only Human Resource magazine in Ghana. She has also written two books:  “SOFT SKILLS: What Gives One Jobseeker an Edge over Another” and “ALL ABOUT JOB INTERVIEWS"
HR FOCUS Magazine Cover

Speed Mentoring
As it used to be for all BarCamps organized by The Ghana Think Foundation, Speed Mentoring is the time that most BarCampers I guess can’t wait for. This is the time you have to interact with some mentors of your interest face-a-face. Chat, ask questions and get the right approach to them.
For Bar Camp Accra 2012 some of the mentors present were  Eyra Tawia of Leti Games (IT), Mac-Jordan (Social Media), Ayoko Korsah (Robotics), Farida (Software Engineering), Fred (Fashion), Rodney Quarcoo (Photography)  and others.

I had the chance to talk to three of these mentors; Mac-Jordan, Eyram Tawia and Farida Bedwei.

Eldad with mentor Eyram Tawia during speed mentoring

Success Sessions
Since the theme of Bar Camp Accra 2012 was “Removing the of failure as a start of success”
We had different groups with people who have been able to make it even though they encountered failures on their quest for success. They shared their success stories with us. I was in the Success session for IT which was led Mr. Herman Chinnery-Hesse, Co-founded the SOFTtribe limited, one of the leading software houses in Ghana and West Africa.
We discussed almost everything about the various major programming languages such as C++(C Plus Plus), C#(C Sharp), Python, HTML, PHP, JavaScript, Pearl, and the rest I can’t mention.
We also learned about the relationships that must exist between the Boss and the Workers not only in the IT sector. In fact in his case everyone must know some business even if you are a medical officer, software engineer or whatever.
He also added that since we are Human beings we must network(interact) with others, be honest and above all have the "I can do it" attitude. Our Ghanaian culture doesn’t encourage networking especially in terms of the ladies.
In fact we learned a lot from him and he also learned from us since BarCamp is not always learning from others  but vice versa as well.
And one thing that Mr. Herman Chinnery-Hesse  said and I rated it to five stars is “You can influence the Judge in the law court but you can't bribe the Compiler

IT Success session with Mr. Herman of SOFTtribe

Break Out Sessions
After the success sessions we had another Session known as the Break out Session.We had more than five breakout sessions. I was able to join three.But one took most of my time that is the Break out session on Putting Ghanaian and African contents online through wikimedia organized by Planning Wikimedia Ghana. This Break out session educated us on how to put Ghanaian articles about our culture and others for worldwide consumption and to make research easy for others. We were briefed by Sandister Tei and Co.
So when you contribute to Wikimedia then you become a ‘Wikimedian’. Some members of this breakout session were Royal Senam AseyeKobe Subramaniam, Dieu-Donné Gamel , Felix Nartey  and others.


Various Breakout Sessions
Chop Time No Friend
You know that the master guy of the human digestive system is food. So for lunch everyone had a nice “Wakyee” from “Auntie Munie” which arrived very early using the back door. And I enjoyed it.
BarCamp Accra 2012 ended with two patriotic songs one sang in more than five languages they were “God Bless Our Home Land Ghana” “Yen Ara asa se ni” “Miadenyigba lonlonla” led  by @gamelmag @Enock4seth @Abocco the rest I can’t tell now and “Arise Ghana Youth for Your  Country”.

Enock and Gameli. Singing Miadenyigba lonlonla
Finally I will to encourage you to be on your guards for the next BarCamp in town don’t miss it.