On 28 - 30 September 2017, Open Foundation West Africa will hold the first ever Summer Open School in the Sub Sahara African Region in Accra, Ghana at the Lancaster University. The Summer Open School seeks to bring together open advocates, tech enthusiasts and people with the desire to know more about Open resources under one roof, to afford these participants the opportunity to learn about the different open resources and to possibly become contributors and avid users of such resources. Again this will help participants and trainers alike to discuss critical issues, network and be abreast with the new trends within the Open movement. There will be different trainers who will lead different trainings, breakout out sessions and talks all aimed at promoting education, culture and heritage information and information and technology in Ghana through the use of free and accessible open source softwares.
The Summer Open School will take participants through sessions on Wikipedia and other sister projects (Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons, etc), Creative Commons, Open Street Maps (OSM) and Mozilla. Developers or people desirous of knowing more about developer contributions to the open movement will be introduced to the software that holds various WikiProjects, MediaWiki. There will also be a session on Cryptocurrency specifically dedicated to PIVX to expose people to trends in cryptocurrencies, how enthusiasts could start mining and will be given a startup booster with a complimentary wallet.
It is heartwarming to know that in pursuance of the mission of the open movement to making knowledge about open resources free and accessible to all, this event is going to be free to participants. There are however limited seats available and therefore participation is strictly by registration which is also subject to the approval by the organizing Team based on merits.