Saturday, October 13, 2012

Bar Camp Malawi 2012 - Day One

Developers and ICT enthusiasts from across Lilongwe had to brave the hot October sun, miss the breath taking match between Malawi and Ghana, and gathered for the annual BarCamp Malawi workshop.

BarCamp Malawi is international network of user-generated conferences (or unconferences). They are open, participatory, workshop events whose content is provided by participants.

This year's event has been sponsored by Google Technologies, Skyband Malawi, Baobab Health, Ultinets, DataCom and ITS Enterprises; and will run up to 14th October 2012.

As an ICT passionate blogger i managed to capture some interesting moments:

the venue, Sunbird Capital Hotel, Mulanje Room

One of the Software Developers, Kondwani Chimatiro, making a presentation on ICT incubation. Kondwani is the co-founder of Ctech and is also behind a Malawian search engine,cfinder.

'i think.....' Moderator, Precious and Lorraine sharing ideas at tea break.

Fresh from the UK, Elizabeth Kalitsiro shares what she learnt after taking part in the Velocity Conference 2012. She also took time to inspire girls to take software development seriously. Eliza also facilitated the start of ladies in tech group to start meeting shortly.

Training, training and more training!! Patricia Malunga from TechnoBrain New Horizon making a presentation on the courses they offer.

Boster Sibande making a presentation on using bio-registration.

Some of the participants.

There were also presentations from Baobab Health Trust on Touch Screen tool kits presented by Blessings Mhango and IPv6 presentation by Bram Fudzulani. Chimwemwe Kachaje challenged the participants to think of using robotics in his moving presentation on robotics. Yamiko Msosa also discussed about the fastest growing market of Android apps. He even presented figures to challenge developers to try the android apps market.

The highest moment of the workshop came when Bram Fudzulani (the Security Evangelist) led a practical SSL passwords sniffing. Participants were led through a ethical hacking exercise to learn how vulnerable our networks are.

BarCamp Malawi 2012 will continue tommorow from 9am.

You can follow these people on twitter to get real time updates of the workshop: @kristungati, @Loshaq, @ymsosa, @mulita5, @madeinmalawi, @soksmania, @Kalitsiro

You can also search these hashtags on Twitter #BarcampMW2012, #GDGMW