As Kenya celebrates 50 years of independence this year, the tech community believes it has a unique and enviable opportunity to dream and contemplate what the next 50 years would look like and what role technology ought to play play. Thinkers, technologists in various sectors, and citizens of Kenya see the BarCamp as the start of the process of visualizing the future and shaping it by discussing technology solutions to challenges such as access to healthcare, quality and equitable education, food security among others.
BarCamp, an international network of user-generated unconferences primarily focused around technology and the Web is set to be held in Nairobi August 24 to discuss where tech in Kenya will be in the next 50 years.
Themed “The Next 50” BarCamp Nairobi 2013 will be held jointly at the iHub, NaiLab and mLab located at the Bishop Magua Centre off Ngong Road, Opposite Uchumi Hyper.
BarCamps are open, participatory workshop-events, the content of which is provided by participants. The first BarCamps focused on early-stage web applications, and were related to open source technologies, social software, and open data formats. An unconference is a participant-driven meeting that tries to avoid one or more aspects of a conventional conference, such as high fees, sponsored presentations, and top-down organization.