It is comforting to know we have great software craftsmen who are passionate about what they do and are willing to make a change. The Nigerian software sector, though nascent, is slowly growing and gaining momentum. There are developer events, meetups, startups and competitions. However; despite several boot camps, developer meetups, hackathons and several cool products; there has been NO single EVENT to promote open source in Nigeria ( well, I don’t know of any yet… ).
Eek! It makes me cringe that we can’t boast of our own Ubuntu and Ushahidi. Yes! It’s shameful! Africa’s most populous black nation, several world-class software engineers, lots of mobile/web developers and designers and no open-source solution. What’s wrong? Don’t ask me; ask yourself.
How do we expect our ecosystem to develop when we have NOTHING to show off yet? Engaging in a native open-source project will give us the collaborative culture of problem solving and might have implications far outside the realm of software. Isn’t it enough that we are seen as contributing to knowledge and not just consumers? Moreover, it gives us the platform to prove the quality of our software… (no more jobs going to India? :D)
Why don’t we – Nigerian developers – come together and work on an open-source project that’ll provide solutions to some of the major problems Nigerians face? It could be in education, poverty alleviation, health, security or environmental monitoring. A way to authenticate malaria drugs? Great! Education through mobile-social platforms? Lovely!! Some crowdsourcing platform that’ll pay people to answer questions? Marvelous!!!
Revoda worked so we have the skills, the experience and the manpower to develop world-class IT solutions. The only question is “are we willing to make this change?”
Let’s build something great!!! Interested? Start a discussion in the comments. Else, please pass it on to someone who might be interested!
Thank you all for helping.