Potenco at BarCampAfrica 2008

Barcamp Africa Logo

On Saturday, Mike, Jess and I spent the day at BarCampAfrica, an event bringing together a very interesting group of people with varied histories and interests, to talk and learn about Africa.

Google graciously hosted the event (and hopefully didn’t mind that we sampled a fair amount of their free food ; ) )

I believe there were 175 people in attendance and while the majority of attendees were US citizens (CA an MN seemed to be well represented), I think the list of African nationalities represented was pretty comprehensive.  I personally talked to folks from Ghana, Nigeria, S. Africa, Uganda, Rwanda, & Senegal.

Details of the day can be found on the BarCampAfrica site,  & by checking out postings on Twitter (#barcampafrica).

Big thanks to Ellen Lease & her team of volunteers for pulling the great day together.  Thanks as well to all the participants for making it such an interesting & rewarding event.  

We at Potenco are very much looking forward to the day when we can travel and see both the impact we’ve had (creating power entrepreneurs, helping find alternatives to kerosene lighting, etc) as well as signs that the community fostered at BCA (of social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, activists & technologists) has inspired and contributed to the growth of new institutions and practices improving the lives of people across Africa.

All the best,

Brian Warshawsky
VP Operations & Co-founder
Potenco Inc.

Some initial Potenco related photos:
by Erica M. Lee, on Flickr

by Erica M. Lee, on Flickr

Miquel Hudin testing Potenco
Miquel Hudin testing Potenco by Maneno.org, on Flickr