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Friday, February 21

10:35am WAT

Effective Documentation: The Key to Open Source Growth

When developers use and contribute to open source projects, effective documentation can make all the difference between a positive experience or a negative experience. Providing effective documentation can build healthy and inclusive communities, thereby increasing the usability and retention rate of your product/ project, but most often, open source creators produce ineffective documentation.

In this talk, Bolaji will introduce you to unique documentation strategies that will enable you to create good, timely, useful, accurate and sustainable documentation alongside explaining the benefits of these strategies, and how you can build a documentation community around your contributors.

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Bolaji Ayodeji

Developer Advocate, Commerce Layer
Bolaji is a Software Engineer, Content Creator, and Community Engineer who currently works as a Developer Advocate at Commerce Layer. He's passionate about sharing knowledge, learning, teaching, building communities, web engineering, documentation, Jamstack, headless commerce, open-source... Read More →

Friday February 21, 2020 10:35am - 10:55am WAT
Lagos Zone Tech Park, Plot 9 Gbagada Industrial Scheme, Beside UPS, Gbagada Expressway

10:55am WAT

Opportunities for Mixed Reality in Africa

Being a consumer of AR & VR products in the past and currently having the opportunity to work in Mixed Reality has made me discover endless possibilities for the application of this technology in Africa.
As we have seen with solutions from technology companies, the world is changing due to innovations in Perception, Mixed Reality and Artificial Intelligence. In this session, I would highlight a couple of mixed reality solutions that are changing the world and talk about the current trends. I would also talk about: - Existing open source projects in Perception, Mixed Reality and Artificial Intelligence, - How collaborations in these projects are bringing amazing things to life - How teamwork can help us build Mixed Reality Solutions that can creatively solve some of Africa’s problems - Basic things we can do to get to the point of building valuable Mixed Reality solutions for the region in fields other than gaming.

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Adora Nwodo

Software Engineer, Microsoft
Adora is a Software Engineer currently building Mixed Reality on the Cloud at Microsoft. She is also the Author of the popular book "Cloud Engineering for Beginners". This book is currently helping a lot of people start their career as Cloud Engineers. Adora is also a Digital Creator... Read More →

Friday February 21, 2020 10:55am - 11:10am WAT
Lagos Zone Tech Park, Plot 9 Gbagada Industrial Scheme, Beside UPS, Gbagada Expressway

11:10am WAT

A look into Open Source in Nigeria - Made in Nigeria Projects

Using a listing of open source projects built by Nigerians for the world over the years with hundreds of projects which provides an insight into the current state of open source in Nigeria, this talk is going to go over some data insights that we can get from this list and what we can do about it.
This talk would go over the demographics of contributors, languages, types of projects and also people actively building stuff. It’d also shed some light on areas that we need to take note of including inclusion in open source.

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Abati Adewale

Senior Developer Advocate, CodeSandbox
Abati Adewale, also known as Ace is a Web Developer from Lagos, Nigeria currently working as Developer Advocate at Flutterwave. Ace is extremely passionate about Open Source and community building, an avid gamer and shares his developer experience through his social media, YouTube... Read More →

Friday February 21, 2020 11:10am - 11:25am WAT
Lagos Zone Tech Park, Plot 9 Gbagada Industrial Scheme, Beside UPS, Gbagada Expressway

11:50am WAT

Celo - Building a Full-stack Cryptocurrency

Currently, the world’s financial system excludes roughly 1 in 3 adults. At the same time, 6 billion smartphones will be connected by 2020. Cryptocurrencies accessible on mobile phones hold great promise in bringing financial inclusion to the world’s underbanked.

Celo is an open platform that makes financial tools accessible to anyone with a mobile phone. To deliver on this goal, Celo takes a full-stack approach developing both the platform and the end-user mobile application together in a tightly coupled manner. By doing so, we surfaced a number of unique and interesting technical problems for achieving a great mobile experience.

In this talk, we will cover some of the technical innovations that power the Celo Platform as well as share some exciting updates about how to build your first financial applications on the Celo Open Source Project and Protocol.


Friday February 21, 2020 11:50am - 12:20pm WAT
Lagos Zone Tech Park, Plot 9 Gbagada Industrial Scheme, Beside UPS, Gbagada Expressway

12:40pm WAT

Demystifying Machine Learning on the Web with TensorflowJS

This talk would give a little background into what machine learning is, and an introduction to TensorFlowJS. We would talk briefly about the benefits of machine learning on the browser and show some practical applications. We’d also look into the different methods, and platforms in which it can be used and some demos on how it can be used.

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Shedrack Akintayo

Developer Relations Engineer, Platform.sh
Shedrack Akintayo is a Developer Relations Professional and Technical Writer with over 5+ years of experience in Technology and a track record in Web Engineering, Community Management, and Developer Relations on a global scale. He has given talks/workshops at developer conferences... Read More →

Friday February 21, 2020 12:40pm - 12:50pm WAT
Lagos Zone Tech Park, Plot 9 Gbagada Industrial Scheme, Beside UPS, Gbagada Expressway

12:40pm WAT

Serverless computing: building for the next billion users

Recently, serverless computing has become a topic that has continued to garner increasing public interest. Beyond the hype around serverless computing, this talk would focus on demystifying this interesting technology, and the immense benefits it offers.

In this talk, we would go over a high-level overview of serverless computing to give everyone a good foundation of what the technology is all about and the problem it solves. Then we would go into more details on how to implement this to build a simple API, the money savings, and the benefits in scaling real-world applications for the next billion users.

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Fredrick Mgbeoma

Software Engineer

Friday February 21, 2020 12:40pm - 12:50pm WAT
Addis Ababa Zone Tech Park

12:50pm WAT

Building a Mood Detector App with Python and OpenCV on Azure

My talk would walk the audience through building an AI-powered web app using Python and Flask running on Microsoft Azure. This web app analyses faces using AI and stores information about the emotion of faces in the image, notifying the user if it detects sad faces multiple times. The web app also serves up a simple HTML page showing the data captured.

How would this work?
Once a picture has been successfully taken, a Web API - built in Python - will receive the picture, and analyze it using the Azure Face API (an AI service that can recognize faces in images, as well as estimating the age of the face, if the person is smiling amongst other things) from Azure Cognitive Services.

The Web API will use this cognitive service to detect the emotion of all the faces, which will in turn be saved into a database called CosmosDB - a document database. These documents contain key/value pairs of data stored in a format called JSON. The API would also return a count of emotions, which the python app would use in asking wether the user is 'Okay' when the number of sad faces is greater than or equal to 3. This is a simple illustration around how this technology could be used as a self care app.

This is certainly going to be a fun learning experience :)

PS: It is pertinent to note that this is NOT a workshop, just an insight into what's possible with Azure's Face API. A proper workshop on this subject topic would take 3+ hours, which we - obviously - don't have.

This talk is an insight into what's possible with Azure's Face API (a member of the Azure Cognitive Services family). A workshop on this project is publicly-available, here: https://github.com/microsoft/hackwithazure

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Korede Bashir

Software Engineer, Bute Systems Limited
A result-driven software engineer with an expertise in community building. Skilled in Community Building, Software Engineering, JavaScript, and Python Programming. Writes about Azure on dev.to, and on http://azure.bashirk.tech. Never lost to anyone in a game of PES, yeah.

Friday February 21, 2020 12:50pm - 1:00pm WAT
Lagos Zone Tech Park, Plot 9 Gbagada Industrial Scheme, Beside UPS, Gbagada Expressway

12:50pm WAT

Open Source contribution with Crowdsource

Google Crowdsource application makes available with a variety of simple tasks like Image Label Verification, Sentiment Evaluation, Handwriting Recognition, Translation, Translation Validation, Image Capture and many more. By Contributing to these tasks, the user provides valuable data to Google through which they can improve services such as Google Maps, Google Translate, Google Photos, Google Lens and many more.

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Tabitha Kavyu

Developer Students Club Lead, University of Nairobi
I am motivated by a desire to give back to the community, use my skills, to meet with like-minded people and have fun while doing so.I believe there is nothing more satisfying than giving my precious time to others and I have a keen interest in JavaScript . So let us talk about communities... Read More →

Friday February 21, 2020 12:50pm - 1:00pm WAT
Addis Ababa Zone Tech Park

1:00pm WAT

In search of a faster web

Creating platforms for the web has shifted from the traditional monolithic stacks and moved to something more interesting. A new way of creating awesome platforms that almost seems impossible. Well, the word says ( I’m possible ) drum rolls The JAMstack!! An awesome land filled with awesome.

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Obinna Ekwuno

Developer Advocate, Cloudflare
Obinna Ekwuno is a human before anything else. He mostly works on the web and loves to teach concepts in JavaScript while advocating for web accessibility. He does this through speaking, live streams, and technical articles. Occasionally he is a poet, and he believes that wider conversations... Read More →

Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 1:10pm WAT
Lagos Zone Tech Park, Plot 9 Gbagada Industrial Scheme, Beside UPS, Gbagada Expressway

1:00pm WAT

The bridge of bones over the Atlantic: The Conduit for collaboration in the new millennium

The Information Technology Age is belatedly embracing the African continent in an unprecedented fashion. Hundreds of technical and innovation hubs are springing up in this digital transformation. Major multinational corporations are taking a new look at sub-Saharan Africa. So why is the IMF and the World Bank cutting their 2019 economic growth projections for the region? Nothing will counterbalance this perceived sluggishness swifter than the advent of a Tech Generation pioneering an “expert skills revolution,” and the vast potential of the continent with the World’s youngest populace.
This discussion focuses on the perceptions to overcome in this Post-Colonial and Post Jim Crow Millennium. The barriers haven’t dissipated only morphed. There is so much to glean from the experience of those whose coming before paved the path. Let’s explore it. There is great value in the synergy of a shared cultural identity and the empowerment of collaboration across the great Atlantic. So, let’s consider how to embrace it like an ‘Africentric’ version of the Chinese guanxi. Experience matters and enthusiasm matters, let’s bring the convergence into reality together.

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Donald Wilson

Senior Software Engineer, SAP Concur
My career had humble origins as a Computer Operator on IBM 370 MVS Mainframes. By the early 1980s, I transitioned into Data & Voice Communications. In this capacity, I engineered the installation of one of the first Fiber Optic Networks in the Southern California region. Eventually... Read More →

Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 1:10pm WAT
Addis Ababa Zone Tech Park

1:10pm WAT

Open Source and Linux: The Journey Then And Now

The speaker will describe the start of the Linux journey as it began with Linus and delve into the background status of how the technology developed over the years with open source as the backbone. 

The focus of the talk would not be technical but rather align on Open Source and Linux, along with the disruptions in the technical space that have come about from collaborations of people across licenses denoted for such purposes. 

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Bakare Emmanuel

DevOps Engineer, DEIMOS

Friday February 21, 2020 1:10pm - 1:20pm WAT
Addis Ababa Zone Tech Park

3:20pm WAT

Open Source: 0% Benefits, 100% Beneficial

This talk is to discourage folks who get into opensource for self-beneficial purposes.
People fail to understand (especially new folks) that opensource is a selfless service: you do it for the community and the love for the project, not the self-glorifications and travel funds.

This is a reason why most individuals pop-up the questions at the end of most opensource events “what are the benefits of contributing?”
The talk aims to impact the granular understanding of opensource being 100% Beneficial with 0 Benefits; not as a reward for participation, collaboration or contributions, but gratitude for selfless service.
Opensource has zero (0) spelled out Benefits for you (the collaborator), You (the collaborator) make your contributions count which in return becomes Beneficial to you (the collaborator).


Abraham Jr. Agiri

Lead, Node.js Africa

Friday February 21, 2020 3:20pm - 3:30pm WAT
Addis Ababa Zone Tech Park

3:20pm WAT

Open Sourcing for Growth

When talking about Growth in tech we often emphasize the aspect of constantly learning, which is essential for growth. When you observe closely, not every beginner out there or even existing developers have resources and tools at their disposal that can facilitate their learning. Most times, resources obtained by starters or existing developers are not always sufficient to bring them to a point they are conversant with industrial practices and skills that makes a pro developer or even hireable.
In this talk we will observe closely how being engaged in open source can sporadically improve a developer’s growth and also how developers can leverage on Open source tools and resources that can help develop skills that are relevant.
This talk is going to cater to both starters and already established developers who desire growth in their field. I will be sharing some of my personal experiences in some of these areas and how I’ve been impacted through Open Source, not limited to how open source is changing what’s possible generally around the world.
A basic outline of what will be covered in this talk includes:
  • How the Open source is rich for different levels of learning.
  • Utilizing the things Open source offer
  • How contributing to Open Source can help in Developing your problem-solving skills
  • Opportunities available in Open Source
    • Google Summer of Codes
    • Google CodeIn
    • Outreachy Programs
    • GitHub Student Pack
    • Other opportunities.
  • Open Source as a means of Feedbacks on your work through sharing
  • Aligning the things available in open source for your growth.
  • How can you get started? - This is definitely going to be the most important part of the talk as I want to ensure all the audience, for the ones who don’t know where to start, have a practical experience of how they can get started in Open Sourcing - both sharing and contributing.
  • Questions and Answers.

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Olatunbosun Egberinde

Software Engineer

Friday February 21, 2020 3:20pm - 3:30pm WAT
Lagos Zone Tech Park, Plot 9 Gbagada Industrial Scheme, Beside UPS, Gbagada Expressway

3:30pm WAT

An android app for the blind using machine learning

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Olaonipekun Olanrewaju

Android developer, Lagos State University
Android development and machine learning engineer.I am plain and simple.

Friday February 21, 2020 3:30pm - 3:40pm WAT
Lagos Zone Tech Park, Plot 9 Gbagada Industrial Scheme, Beside UPS, Gbagada Expressway

3:30pm WAT

Opensourcing Your Experience to Grow the Ecosystem

There has been an accelerated growth in the number of software engineers in Africa with varying degrees of experience. My talk will highlight some of the ways software engineers can open source their experience through various channels like writing or virtual mentorship to help young developers grow.
Open source has opened so many doors and lowered the entry barrier to becoming a successful programmer but becoming a world class software engineer requires a lot more than knowing how to write code. This is where experience comes in. Sadly, the majority of the growing community of software engineers have limited access to opportunities that can accelerate their growth to becoming world class. There are fewer internship opportunities, startups are not patient enough, agile teams are fast paced and experienced developers are too busy. This talk seeks to highlight various ways software engineers and tech enthusiasts can leverage on available digital channels to share their hard earned experiences by way of peer-to-peer mentorship, virtual mentorship, delivering lightning talks, supporting tech-based user groups, sharing of post or articles to grow the tech ecosystem by educating more developers on none technical topics like Time Management, Work Ethic, Finances, and other soft skills

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David Inyang-Etoh

CEO, Jiggle

Friday February 21, 2020 3:30pm - 3:40pm WAT
Addis Ababa Zone Tech Park

3:40pm WAT

Best Practices For Engineer Growth & Evaluation

Africa is home to a very young population now actively pursuing careers in tech.

While online content and developer communities abound, there’s been little success around catalysing the growth of our mostly junior engineer population, and enabling robust self, peer, and corporate evaluation for engineers as they acquire new skills and build proficiency.

This talk focuses on lessons, best practices, tools, and a methodology on how to harness ecosystem levers, all of which aims to ultimately drive high speed growth for African engineers across competence levels.

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Odili Charles Opute

Snr Technical Program Manager, Andela
I am a mostly self taught software engineer and I have spent the last 5+ years, including my roles at Andela, designing and leading programs that scalably empower developers to acquire the right skills in critical areas and grow towards technical leadership.I am passionate about the... Read More →

Friday February 21, 2020 3:40pm - 3:50pm WAT
Addis Ababa Zone Tech Park

3:40pm WAT

What AI means to us in Africa

The talk would explore a basic introduction to AI as an industry, impressive results around the world and Africa’s involvement. The vision of AI Saturdays communities would also be presented and specifically our involvement in the industry through inspecting efforts of AI Saturdays Lagos so far. 
We would explore:
  • Some Interesting Applications and Successes of AI in the world so far.
  • Specific applications in Africa.
  • Issues and Challenges.
  • How AI Saturdays communities are getting involved.

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Femi Azeez

Research Engineer, Instadeep
Femi is a Research Engineer at Instadeep where He leads the team in Nigeria. He is interested in scalable machine learning and reinforcement learning research projects. He also cofounded AI Saturdays Lagos and Kigali with the focus of helping others learn AI through community study... Read More →

Friday February 21, 2020 3:40pm - 3:50pm WAT
Lagos Zone Tech Park, Plot 9 Gbagada Industrial Scheme, Beside UPS, Gbagada Expressway

3:50pm WAT

The ethics behind your IoT

Internet of Things (IoT) devices are part of the future we were promised. Armed with phones, we control everything including cars and toasters. IoT bring us ethical quandaries. We must consider the implicates of the things we’re building and ask ourselves how they are being used for good and evil.

In this session, I will share personal anecdotes and well researched statistics relating to IoT devices. These will be used to examine the way that IoT devices are used outside of their intended purposes, and what that means for us as a society. I will point out ethical threats we’re facing when building IoT devices, and look at the kinds of things we can do to do better.


Molly de Blanc

President of the Board of Directors, Open Source Inittiative
Molly de Blanc is the president of the Open Source Initiative Board of Directors. The OSI is a non-profit focused on supporting the open source community, providing education on open source related issues, advocating for open source, and maintaining the canonical list of open source... Read More →

Friday February 21, 2020 3:50pm - 4:00pm WAT
Lagos Zone Tech Park, Plot 9 Gbagada Industrial Scheme, Beside UPS, Gbagada Expressway
Saturday, February 22

2:55pm WAT

Ten lessons I learned working with open source communities


Rachel Lawson

Community Liaison, Drupal Association

Saturday February 22, 2020 2:55pm - 3:10pm WAT
Lagos Zone Tech Park, Plot 9 Gbagada Industrial Scheme, Beside UPS, Gbagada Expressway