OSCALokoja Meetup Recap — The Open Source Way

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Open Source Community Africa is a community for open-source lovers, enthusiasts, advocates and experts within and across Africa with the sole aim of increasing the rate of credible contributions by African software developers, designers, writers and everyone involved in the sphere of technology to open source projects both locally and globally, changing the perception of Africans from just the billion users to the NEXT BILLION CREATORS.

On Friday, March 8th 2019, we held the first-ever OSCALokoja meetup from 10:00 AM till 2:00 PM. The meetup was tagged: The Open Source Way. We had amazing speakers who talked on several Open Source related topics and demystified several concepts.

How did it go?

We had four sessions which featured amazing speakers who covered the important aspects of Open Source, Version Control, Data Algorithm, Google Code-in and Google Summer of Code.

Keynote Speech

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Our Chapter Lead, Bolaji Ayodeji Introduced the audience to Open Source Community Africa, Who we are, what we do and why we do them.

Introduction to Open Source

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The first session ought to be taken by one of our speakers Ilemona Ajimugu who was unavoidably absent due to a little health challenge. He was represented by Bolaji Ayodeji who introduced the audience to Open Source, what it really means and how it works. He also talked about to make your first contribution to an open-source project and some few Open source projects and communities.

Introduction to Version Control with Git

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The second session was led by Bolaji Ayodeji. He introduced the audience to the history of version control, benefits of version, Introduction to Git as a Distributed Version Control System and he demystified some basic Git concepts. The session ended with a practical guide where we used what we learnt on Git to contribute to an Open Sourced project on GitHub.

Data Algorithm in the Open Source World

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The third session was led by Dr Emeka Ogbuju. He introduced the audience to how Data works in the Open Source world. He introduced us to Open Source APIs and how to effectively deploy data products.

Introducing Google Code-in and Google Summer of Code

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The fourth session was led by Bolaji Ayodeji. He introduced the audience to Google Code-in and Google Summer of Code. He also gave them an extensive guide to preparing and applying for any of the programs. At the end of this section, a large number of the audience were interested in the Google Summer of Code and set out to begin applications.

Event conclusion

The event ended with a Question and Answers session where attendees asked questions related to all talks led in the meetup. We also had an OS Idea session where attendees shared brilliant and innovative ideas they had to be turned into an Open Sourced project.

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Link to speakers slides and resources

  • Version Control with Git
  • Data Algorithm in the Open Source World
  • Introducing Google Code-in and Google Summer of Code.

Highlights and Attendee Feedback

Thank you so much for coming up with an event like this, I must confess, all that was discussed today, I’ve never heard of them in my entire life and I’m graduating from the university soon. Thank you so much for sharing all this with us. —Feedback from an Attendee.


Thanks to all our sponsors, speakers and Attendees

Thanks to all our amazing speakers, our sponsors, volunteers and everyone who attended this meetup. Special thanks Adewale Wilson Ibitoye, Samson Goddy, Ada Nduka Oyom, Peace Ojemeh (Perrie), Yoma Okobiah and everyone who supports and backs Open Source Community Africa.

If you want to support or back OSCA, please check out our Open collective and help us reach our annual budget, link here .

All photos from the event can be found here:

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Changing the perception of Africans from just the billion users to the NEXT BILLION CREATORS.

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