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.
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,
VP Operations & Co-founder