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The Chronicles of Open Source Festival 2022

The Chronicles of Open Source Festival 2022

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Bolaji Ayodeji
·Jun 2, 2022·

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Table of contents

  • Day 1 [Thursday, March 24, 2022]
  • Sustain Africa [Thursday, March 24, 2022]
  • Day 2 [Friday, March 25, 2022]
  • Day 3 [Saturday, March 26, 2022]
  • Community & Partnerships
  • Event Feedback
  • Media
  • Special Thanks
  • What’s Next?

March 24th-26th, 2022, brought together, again, the largest gathering of open-source stakeholders — contributors, creators, experts, enthusiasts, etc. — from across Africa.

OSCAFEST is an annual technical gathering for Africans in open-source. The first edition took place in 2020, recording the attendance of over 1000 people from 5+ African countries. Like every developer event, OSCAFEST is usually marked by multiple learning activities, including keynote sessions from renowned technical speakers.

This year’s edition ran as a hybrid event with ninety-six (96) sessions and ninety-two (92) speakers. With an attendance of over 1400 participants from multiple countries, alongside multiple community feedback here, we can confidently say that the event was a success.

Here’s a summary of how OSCAFEST 2022 went.

Day 1 [Thursday, March 24, 2022]

The festival kicked off with the registration session, after which we launched into a series of workshops. The workshops ran in different halls simultaneously to enable people to participate in workshops they were more interested in.

Workshops

Solomon Esenyi giving his presentation

A shot from Tayo Madein's session

Ruth Ikegah's workshop

A photo collage from some of the workshops

Sustain Africa [Thursday, March 24, 2022]

Sustain Africa Summit was also held on the same day at a different location. Sustain Africa is an invite-only event focused on creating more sustainability in open source, this time focused on the African OSS ecosystem. Read Sustain Africa 2022 event summary here.

Day 2 [Friday, March 25, 2022]

The amazing duo, Adaora Nwodo, and Karen Amari were the hosts for day 2 of the conference. It was no less engaging and interesting than day 1, as there was an interesting lineup of workshops and talks on different fields, including open-source internships, growing in open source, mobile development, graphics design, product management, payment structures, web3, and many more. We also listened to keynote speeches from Odunayo Eweniyi, Stephan Thomas, and other incredible speakers. View all speakers and sessions for OSCAFEST 2022 here.

A photo collage from day 2

Day 3 [Saturday, March 26, 2022]

You know what they say about the end of a thing being the best part, right? Festival Day 3 was a mix of different awesome things: great talks and keynote speeches, good food, bonding and interaction, pictures, and many more.

We listened to different speakers shed light on technical writing, Google Season of Docs, designing for kids, thriving in open-source, etc. Ada Nduka Oyom and Samson Goddy, in the OSCA Keynote Speech, highlighted the milestones OSCA had reached so far, the target, and the plans to expand the community. They explained extensively what OSCA stands for and the practical steps that have been and will be taken to reach the end goal.

Images from day 3

Images from day 3

Community & Partnerships

OSCA and the She Code Africa (SCA) community have a long-standing partnership aimed at ensuring diversity among participants. They do this by providing 100% discounted tickets to SCA community members.

We're also grateful to our community partner TalentQL who provided us with their beautiful office space for the event. TalentQL is building world-class engineering teams with vetted software developers. They also offer engineering and product certification training via AltSchoolAfrica.

Event Feedback

Tales of great networking, diversity, inspired careers, beautiful swags, etc., were part of the feedback we got from attendees, speakers, and sponsors via the official hashtag, #OSCAFEST22. View some of them from Olamide Aboyeji, Anjana Vakil, and Stephen Tony.

Media

To see images and video highlights of this year’s festival and stay updated with news from OSCA, you can check out the event gallery and our YouTube channel.

Special Thanks

None of these would have been a reality without the immense efforts of our incredible core team, organising team, the plethora of sponsors and amazing event volunteers. Special thanks to the sponsors for contributing to the success of the event.

OSCAFEST 2022 Sponsors

What’s Next?

In the next year, we plan to continue our goal of reaching as many people as we can with the gospel of open source, providing them with a headstart needed to launch a successful career in the field, while also providing more community programs and initiatives within open source to our community members.

Indeed, the future is open.

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Written by Ada Nduka Oyom on behalf of the OSCAFEST 2022 organising team.

 
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