I am excited to introduce the African Wikimedia Developers Project (AWMD)
AWMD is a project that focuses on recruiting volunteer African Developers
for the benefit of the WIkimedia Movement. This idea was inspired by a
conversation with Quim Gil at Wikimania Esino Lario in 2016, and was
followed through to Wiki Indaba <http://2017.wikiindaba.net/> where talks
was concluded on how to further put this to work.
The project's main goal is to increase the number of volunteer developers
who can solve related Wikimedia issues on the continent and in the movement
at large. We intend to equip prospective volunteers through trainings and
the creation of a community of developers. We will work closely with
affiliate groups (user groups, chapters and thematic organisations) and
other aligned developer groups (GDG, Linux user groups, mozilla groups,
etc.) to push this agenda.
To ensure scalability of the program we intend to start our first training
in Ghana where we are adequately equipped to closely monitor and create a
useful learning pattern that may be applied to future events. We intend to
have this event from the 23 - 24 June, 2017 and we’ll closely monitor for
about 2 months before planning the next place of training. The next phase
of the project will involve moving to different countries and trying to
emulate the success of the project there. We encourage you to visit and
endorse the grant proposal
of our first training in Ghana here.
All interested in developing and/or wish to share ideas on projects are
invited to join the mailing list
our social media outfit (facebook
<https://www.facebook.com/AfricanWikimediaDevelopers/> and twitter
<https://twitter.com/AfricanWikiDev>) or learn more via the MediaWiki page
the project. We encourage all to share this within their
communities and to others who may be interested.
Stay tuned for more updates soon!
*Cofounder/Director Finance & Admin*
*Open Foundation West Africa <https://openfoundationwestafrica.org/>*
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 - https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/African_Wikimedia_Developers_Project
 - https://www.facebook.com/AfricanWikimediaDevelopers/
 - https://twitter.com/AfricanWikiDev