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Submission no. 032
Title of the submission
Growing a community of developers to ensure adequate technical support for projects on the continent
Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, birds of a feather discussion)

Lightning talk

Author of the submission

Felix Nartey, Alangi Derick

Language of presentation


E-mail address

flixtey(_AT_)gmail.com, alangiderick(_AT_)gmail.com

Flixtey, Alangi Derick
Country of origin
Ghana, Cameroon
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Open Foundation West Africa (OFWA)
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

Africa Wikimedia Developers Project (AWMD) was started to train and recruit volunteer developers to develop (on MediaWiki) for Wikimedia Foundation Projects and support the larger movement. The inaugural training took place in Accra, Ghana, with a follow-up event in Cameroon and plans are far advanced to replicate similar training in other West African countries and on the continent at large.

The project has recorded active participation from at least 6 countries with a community even though we have formally had training in only 2 countries. There is a growing interest in open source development in Africa which informs our decision to extend our training and reach for the Wikimedia Movement. It's however crucial that we share our experiences, plans and mode of partnership with present affiliates at Wiki Indaba to ensure the growth of more communities through our affiliate network and to better support technical issues in the movement from the continent.

What will attendees take away from this session?

The participant will understand what the project stands for and what it hopes to achieve. Participants will learn about how to start a community of developers in their country and the essence of growing the developer pool for the continent.

Theme of presentation
Sister Projects
For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?


Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
25 minutes
Will you attend WikiIndaba if your submission is not accepted?
Slides or further information (optional)
Special requests
Is this Submission a Draft or Final?

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  1. Anthere (talk) 00:09, 16 January 2018 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Lionel Scheepmans Contact French native speaker, sorry for my dysorthography 12:56, 31 January 2018 (UTC)[reply]

Committee decision[edit]