Wikimedia Tech Safari Program

Hey there, are you an African tech enthusiast? Here is all you need to know about a tech program that seeks to engage, inform, and train participants on how to navigate some cool trends in the world of tech. 

Reflecting on the recently concluded Wikimedia Tech Safari Program has been nothing short of amazing.

It felt like embarking on a grand tour of tech innovation and teamwork. The African Wikimedia Tech Safari program is an initiative by the African Wikimedia Technical community which is managed by Open Foundation West Africa.

During the session, we got to hang out with brilliant minds, dive into the coolest tech trends, and make some awesome international connections. The wealth of data we gathered stands as a testament to the boundless potential within the Wikimedia ecosystem.

The program was led and moderated by Joris Quarshie. 

One notable session during the program was "Charting Your Course with Kiwix Development & Localization," led by Stephane Coillet-Matillon.

He provided insights into navigating the intricate landscape of Kiwix development and localization. Participants were encouraged to contribute to Kiwix by adding more educational content and translating content to local languages for better comprehension. Stephane engaged creative directors and graphic designers on how they can improve Kiwix with their innovative ideas.

Then there was Lucas Werkmeister's session on "Building Bridges with Code: Contribute to Wikifunctions and Connect the World." Lucas focused on how coding can make a huge difference in connecting people worldwide. Every little code tweak counts!

And who could forget Raymond Ndibe's "Toolforge Pass Deep Dive"? We got to uncover the secrets of deploying code on Toolforge and create some cool tools for Wikimedia projects. It was like unlocking a whole new level of tech wizardry!

But wait, there's more! Gopa Vasanth and Sohom Datta showed us how to get creative with "Cut, Craft, Captivate: Building the Future of Wiki Videos with VideoCutTool." We learned how to jazz up our videos with awesome overlays and transitions – talk about making Wiki videos pop!

And let's not leave out Nicolas Raoul's "Akwaaba to Commons for Android." We got a sneak peek into the world of coding apps for Wikimedia Commons, which was eye-opening.

Oh, and did I mention Andrew McAllister and Will Yoshida's session on "Type, Translate, Transform: Unlock Languages with Scribe's Code Magic"? We learned how coding can break down language barriers and make communication a breeze for everyone.

And that's not even half of it! Seyram Komla Sapaty took us on a "Cloud Code Conquest," showing us the endless possibilities of Wikimedia Cloud Services. James Forrester wrapped it all up with "Code the Next Wave: Building Wikifunctions with WikiLambda's Power," where we got a glimpse into the future of coding.

In a nutshell, the Wikimedia Tech Safari Program was a whirlwind of discovery, learning, and teamwork. We're so grateful for this amazing experience and can't wait to put our newfound knowledge to work in the Wikimedia community!

Shared Experiences 

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  • March 19, 2024