BarCampEthiopia: Day 2

Habtom giving his presentation

Another good day at the conference, today things seemed a little more organised, it seems that people had got used to the idea of how the event should be running – the sessions ran a little more smoothly (timings and room bookings etc)

Again there was a really wide variety of topics being presented – but I stuck to going to the more techie ones. First session I attended was about OpenStreetMap (OSM) in Ethiopia. Addis is now quite well mapped out, a company (AddisMap) has been putting a lot of effort into getting the city well mapped on OSM and I think they are hoping to make some money from advertising on their site. They’ve been lending GPS units to taxi drivers to help collect all the data. They also wanted to be able to produce (and sell) printed maps, but are being limited as they can’t yet get a license from the Ethiopian Mapping Agency to print maps any larger than A4.

Early in the afternoon I ran a session on Open Educational Resources – I did a demo of how to download some resources from the internet and get them uploaded onto a local Moodle server – fortunately the internet was working well enough for this as I didn’t have much of a backup plan.

Habtom from Mekelle Uni ICT gave a presentation about localisation and globalisation, discussing how localisation was more than just about having software translated into another language. I found the other day that Moodle has been translated into Amharic and Tigrinya, it’s only for Moodle 2 and there are several sections not yet fully translated – but hopefully more progress will be made soon.

The final session I attended was a live video presentation from Michele Suhlmann, a phd student at University of Groningen – so fairly ambitious to run a presentation in this way I thought, but it worked well. She was talking about the research she has been doing on the social and psychological effects of personal laptop schemes. Interestingly her data was based on interviews with the children at the school in Mekelle where they are running the One Laptop per Child project.

In the evening there was a final party and a local band providing the entertainment. The team from ECBP must be really pleased how well the whole event worked out, the variety of sessions and the enthusiasm of everyone who attended. Hope there’ll be another one next year – or even sooner 😉

One Comment

  1. markos says:

    It actually exceeded my expectations. at first, i was a bit worried that things won’t go the way intended – in many ways. besides, i swing between the idea of many people will come and get chaotic or only few people come. it was fairly good number of people came and things went so smoothly. I was participating in one of your presentations. It was very interesting to hear how you made the labs in mekelle and how cost effective it is. Thanks for your good blog as well

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