After many months of negotiations and consultations at the Barcamp group, we have come to the fourth edition of Barcamp Cameroon. The event focuses on the latest innovations in terms of internet applications, free software and social networks in Cameroon and Africa.
This 2012 meeting in Yaounde (Cameroon) was announced since last year’s edition on September 24, 2011 in Douala. In general, a Barcamp is a non-conference, a conference which is not very conventional. It is free and open to the public. Subscription is mainly online and a Barcamp is organized as a participatory workshop-event.
Content (presentations or projects) is provided by participants, who in their own way bring in something new to the Barcamp. Thus, the principle which governs all Barcamp is : "No spectator, all participants. "
Theme : "Valuing Our Culture with ICT"
The theme for this year refers to our intrinsic value. "Remember where you are coming from and you will know where you are heading to." This maxim will guide the non-conference in 2012. This implies valorising Cameroonian and African culture in order to create and act technologically.
For this to be done, we need to know that culture includes so many aspects of social life: techniques used, manners, morals, lifestyles, value of systems, beliefs, religious rites, family organization and village communities, fashion ... It is not hereditary but is transmitted socially.
According to UNESCO, there are three main forms of manifestations of culture: art, language and technology. Thanks to these cultural manifestations, it is possible to think a more thoughtful world, more interesting, thanks to ICT. This is the challenge of this fourth edition of Barcamp Cameroon.
The Barcamp 2012 will take place throughout the day on Saturday, May 19th 2012. The appointment is scheduled to host four sessions:
- 1. Culture&Web
- 2. ITC4D
- 3. Coding Sessions
- 2. Free topics
In order to have an attractive content, the call for proposal submissions is open as well. No need to be a genius or be of a certain social class to speak during the Barcamp.
Send your topic proposals to the following addresses: groups.google.com/group/barcampcameroon and firstname.lastname@example.org
NB: Applications from women, developers or not, are eagerly awaited. Topics on culture (heritage preservation, arts: literature, cinema, music, tourism, national languages, agribusiness ..) will be considered primarily this year.
You can register for this event freely. The principle is simple once you receive a confirmation of your registration; you have to print the ticket sent in your mail box and bring it along during that day.
Do you wish to be a partner or a sponsor in organising this event? It’s so easy, just contact us at : email@example.com.
We will forward the 2012 sponsorship file and remain at your disposal for further inquiry.
1- They have joined us this year : Goethe Institut-Kamerun/ Mosaïques/ CAMAC/ Ingenieris / Dotcom
2- They have already trusted us in 2009,2010, 2011 : Mtn Cameroon, Ringo SA, Google, ActivSpace, Pulse, ZoomOps, Ingenieris, Dotcom, Appstech, Limbelabs, VLP Open source, Altis, 24labs, Afrovision group, IYam.Mobi, Kerawa.com, Koutchoumi, Africa 2.0, OPENSOLUTIONS Cameroun,Africonline, Maneno, Mashable, ReadWriteWeb France, Air France, Mobile Money Cameroun…