Wednesday, 31 December 2014

My 2014, What and What?

Finally, I've put a post together for 2014. To cut long story short 2014 was a year of happiness and sadness, failure and success. It was a year of mixed feelings. But no hope lost we say #MoreVIM
Mixed feelings..... © progressinlending
In this post I'll like is to share some moments in 2014 with you.

I believe in networking and meeting new people and sharing ideas, that's why am a BarCamper.  I can't see the year pass without attending one, I was able to attend only 2 BarCamps this year BarCamp Tema and BarCamp Kumasi (First time in Kumasi :)) and it was worth it. Thanks to GhanaThink Foundation. You should also watch out for the next BarCamp near you in 2015.
Speed Mentoring at BarCamp Kumasi © Wikimedia Commons
Volunteering on the internet has always been awesome, it's fun for me contributing to Open Source and free projects. One of the projects I got addicted to this year OpenStreetMap.  I love maps. Remote mapping; I've contributed to HOT tasks, Mapping Ebola affected areas for use by MSF / Red Cross and other humanitarian groups. I take note of POIs (Points Of Interests) along roads whenever I visit somewhere / in a trotro (cab) plus GPS traces. The interesting part is Ghana now has street names and OSM needs this data too. You can get involved too. Also visit OSMGhana for more information. Stay tuned for more about OSM in Ghana.
JOSM - Powerful OpenStreetMap editor
Other projects I contributed to were Google Maps, Mapillary, Wikimedia Foundation projects (Wikipedia, etc).

Being a Wikipedian, I had the opportunity to attend Wiki Indaba conference, the first ever gathering of African Wikimedians and other open knowledge volunteers who are aligned to Wikimedia Foundation's mission in Johannesburg. It was fun and educative. Meeting new people is always something I love.
Wiki Indaba participants © Wikimedia Commons
I was at Edit Ghana Wikipedia Edit-a-thon session at iSpace as part of NVDay 14 activities, met a lot interesting people, Mabel, Prince, can't mention all you know :).
Edit Ghana Wikipedia Edith-a-thon participants ©Wikimedia Commons

Being part of National Volunteer Day 2014 team also gave the opportunity to learn lot of stuffs and I also did my best as a team member. Volunteering is the heart of community development. There is a lot to offer and learn as volunteer. If you've never volunteered, then you're missing something GREAT. Follow Ghana Volunteer Program for updates on volunteer opportunities in Ghana and stay tuned for NVDay 2015.

Made lot of friends at Peace Corps, Ghana through volunteering and I was glad attending Peace Corps Hack Malaria hackathon at Mobile Web Ghana.

Relating to education I got admission into University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa, it was not easy getting in there. But thanks be to God Almighty first semester has ended. At UMaT I met a lot of new, nice and funny friends. In CE 1 class, we're family. Everyone is funny, serious and affected with the 'un' word.
Un :) © Enock Seth Nyamador
Staying in Gold Refinery Hall is one experience you can't forget because of these steps! Everybody love it :)
  Gold Hall steps © Enock Seth Nyamador
  Bing image and OSM data of steps (with arrow heads). © OSM Contributors
Tried polishing my photography skills. I found interest in the sun, clouds and Ariel view.
Clouds in Tarkwa © Enock Seth Nyamador
Osu ariel view from iSpace © Enock Seth Nyamador
Sunset at Gold Hall, Tarkwa © Enock Seth Nyamador 
Talking about some things I've failed / wasn't able to do: becoming a lazy blogger (here and other blogs such as unixmen and others). Not much improvement in programming languages I've chosen to learn and code in.

Now what for 2015?

Want to do more than in 2014. Help others in learning something new. Start something new or improve upon old ones. More codes and hacks! Meet more people, grow my network :D!

And not to forget one of my goals in 2015 is get a gear (may be a gift from someone, I don't know how. :)) and improve upon my photography skills, I wanna be a pro someday. :)

I fell in love with the gear below long before using that of Missy (D3200). Nice meeting Missy too in Ghana ;).
Dream gear! :) © Wikimedia Commons
Looking forward to a great 2015 thanks for passing by and see you in 2015. Wishing you a Happy New Year 2015.

Cheers! Merci! Thanks! Danke!

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.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Register and Attend BarCamp Ho 2014 #BCHo

Barcamp Ho 2014 is a free networking forum bringing people together for a day of discussion, demos and dialogue on Ho, Ghana and beyond. It will take place on October 25, 2014 at the University of Health and Allied Sciences Campus (UHAS), Ho. The theme for this year is "Re-educating ourselves for the new entrepreneurial world". This Barcamp hopes to assemble stakeholders to network, build a supportive enterprising community and partner to build together.

The Barcamp will feature multiple user-generated breakout sessions about business, social entrepreneurship, technology and development, alongside topics relevant to the Volta Region and beyond. There will be a speed mentoring session where mentors will give insights and answers to questions from attendees. Confirmed resource personnels would be communicated as soon as possible.

Register/RSVP at the BarCamp Ho eventbrite website ( or text "Barcamp Ho [full name] [email address] to 1945 through any mobile network. You may also contact the BarCamp Ho 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 Ho 2014 is sponsored by UHAS, Ho Polytechnic SRC, Nandimobile, etc. Our media partners is Spy Ghana. Join us to move the Volta Region and Ghana forward.

Stay tuned to BarCamp Ho social media accounts and pages for updates!

Also help spread BarCamp Ho 2014 by sharing with your friends, the image below:

Monday, 22 September 2014

Getting to UMaT, Tarkwa

Hello Guys,

Is being longest time. Thanks be to God I got admission into the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) to study Bsc. Computer Science and Engineering. Today is  9 days I  arrived in Tarkwa.

It was a very long journey travelling from Aflao to Accra, then to Tarkwa. I enjoyed it though since I like to travel for long hours! :)

I arrived in Tarkwa very late with a student I traveled in the same car with not knowing he was coming to UMaT too, now my room mate :).

Going up and down to get registered made me missed a scheduled twitter debate on that day about National Volunteer Day 2014. More about NVDay can be found on almost all social media sites via the hashtag #NVDay14

After registering at the administration block my new friend (Martin) and I with the help Felix (Ketasco classmate) and Courage (Ketasco senior) we got our bags into a Taxi which took us to our hall of residence (Gold Refinery Hall) which is a few metres away from the school.

Gold Refinery Hall on the hill :) 
Soon on that we got our third room mate (Adams) and the last but not the least (Combert) on the next day.

For the first week in Tarkwa it's a post on its own that I will write about next.

Below is a picture I took from the back of Gold Hall:

I really love Tarkwa but there is a lot to share from here. Stay tuned for more stories and pictures from UMaT, Tarkwa and the Western Region of Ghana.