Field Notes: CMS Africa Summit 2016

Automatticians, the individuals who construct, take part in occasions and tasks around the globe daily. Periodically, they report again on the thrilling issues they do when not in entrance of a pc.

As we speak I share my experiences assembly and attending to know a few of the most lively members of the open supply group in East Africa through the CMS Africa Summit, held in Kampala, Uganda, earlier this month. I used to be joined by my colleagues Job Thomas, Konstantin Obenland, Matty Cohen, Deborah Beckett, and Gareth Allison

CMS Africa Summit, the place Automattic was a title sponsor, celebrates not solely WordPress however open supply software program normally. The 2-day occasion featured a jam-packed agenda of workshops, breakout periods, keynotes, and even a hackathon, all concentrating on the fast-growing group of builders, enterprise house owners, startup founders, and bloggers in East Africa. Audio system from across the continent (and past) shared their experience on constructing a enterprise based mostly on open supply software program and contributing to the group, to call simply two subjects.

My colleagues and I provided workshops on launching an eCommerce website and utilizing Jetpack to increase WordPress’ performance. Job, Konstantin, and Gareth gave a joint keynote presentation on contributing to the WordPress venture, whereas I provided recommendations on advertising a enterprise each offline and on-line, based mostly on my private experiences operating a profitable startup for a number of years.

Job with fellow speaker Adedayo Ajibike and her family.
From left: Matty, Nelson Kwaje, Gareth (rear), David Wampamba, and Job.
Marjorie with an attendee.
Gareth and Job discussing open source with an attendee.
Yoza app founder Solomon Kitumba excelled as event emcee.
Grace Kokunda loves WordPress.
Matt Mullenweg made a "surprise appearance," too.
Konstantin connects with an attendee.
The registration table.
Deborah chats with an attendee about hiring at Automattic.
Konstantin and attendee David Wampamba.
From left: Oduor Jagero (CMS Africa Summit co-organizer), entrepreneur Solomon Kitumba, and Job.

It was probably the most enjoyable convention I’ve ever attended. What number of tech occasions have you ever ever been to that included an enormous “money field,” a tattoo competitors, or, inexplicably, an unlimited, glowing white orb dotted with the long-lasting W emblem? My favourite a part of all the occasion was operating right into a younger attendee within the ladies’s toilet — she was making use of what seemed to be a pair dozen of the short-term WordPress tattoos we’d introduced alongside as swag giveaways. None of us have been stunned once we discovered that she finally gained the competitors. Clearly, the love for WordPress (and WordPress swag) runs deep right here.

What we took away from the occasion, nevertheless, have been the astounding power, drive, expertise, and intelligence that we witnessed throughout these exceptional two days, and the thirst we noticed for open supply software program and what it might do to rework communities. Africa’s know-how sector is booming, and we’re excited to have met many of its most passionate and galvanizing pioneers.

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