Reporting back from Barcamp Cameroon 2013 Buea
Buea, the South West Regional headquarters of Cameroon is known for its touristic sites in particular and the giant view of mount Cameroon in general. During weekends, folks go climbing the mountain to appreciate the volcanic remains on one hand and the neighboring Nigeria on the other. Last Saturday I was invited to Buea, not to climb the mountain but to present one of our major projects for 2013 “Preventiontalk, demonstrating the power of the web2.0 in the prevention of social crisis. I took the golden opportunity to talk about Netsquared and Techsoup and the great services they offer including:
· Connecting people and projects,
· Donations of softwares and ICT resources etc.
Later in the afternoon, I visited AGRO-HUB, an NGO owned by Valery Kolong, one of first members of Netsquared Cameroon. We exchanged many good things together, but what actually drew my attention was the giant 11Kg yam I found in his Agro Mart.
The Open Source Technology plays a vital role in Agro-Hub in terms point of sales, accounting etc.
What is BarCamp Cameroon?
BarCamp Cameroon is one of the annual gathering of passionate individuals from all fields of the digital and technology society: entrepreneurs, enthusiasts, bloggers, journalists, activists and students. It’s a meeting of forward-thinking minds coming together to discuss the myriad opportunities and challenges we face in this technological era.
BarCamp is dubbed a “non-conference” because of its informal format and on-the-spot scheduling. Still, quality discussions, stimulating interaction and a trade fair-like atmosphere are some of its hallmarks. We see BarCamp as a combining platform between Cameroon’s tech and civil society, geared at addressing grand issues of the day.
We believe that it’s time to showcase all the great and innovative projects that have been developed in Cameroon. We want to break down the barriers between the tech community and the general public. This BarCamp will be dedicated to putting all of Cameroon’s best startups on the map, creating discussions for new projects and just spreading the do-it-yourself spirit of entrepreneurship.
The theme: “Made in Cameroon”
"Made In Cameroon" doesn't only speak of the projects that have been developed within the nation, but is also a reference to the African-in-miniature values that went into the creation of these initiatives. Collaboration, community and openness will be buzzwords that will come up constantly at this year's BarCamp Cameroon edition.
The projects presented fall in one of the following domains:
Techpreneurship, Open Collaboration, Creative Industries and Freebies