During the GDG Buea Barcamp held on Saturday the 27th of September 2014, I was present. I witnessed everything, as a host, a partner to the event and the MC; so trust me, I am your best source of info.
You would never know what could happen during a tech event. Plans are made, a of list items are put on an agenda, Item 11 is bolded, people are invited and the famous cliche of ‘Retournez S’il Vous Plait’ is abbreviated, posted and ignored. Event organizers work hard improvising skills in arts, logistics, electronics and public speaking, while MCs and guests of honor ‘suit-up’ – in unstarched jeans and tech-branded t-shirts prepared for any photographs to be taken during the event. All these is to make sure the event is predictably successful.
The first thing is, it began like 15 minutes late. I didn’t like that, but after it began, every other thing was so beautiful. It was like a Tech-Disneyland: The GDG Buea Manager was present, the 2013 – 2014 Star GSA (Google Student Ambassador) for Africa; who is a student in the University of Buea was serving Power Malt and Orange juice to code newbies and astonished guests, and the Executive Director of ActivSpaces sat at angle, perplexed with smiles of hope because:
– IReport could be the next Twitter mixed with HARO
During the event, so many things happened, the climax of which was the presentation of the AAC (Africa Android Challenge) 2014 National Award by Isaac Kamga, the GDG Buea Manager to Larry Akah, the winner. Larry talked about 4 of his other apps, made a presentation of the ‘why and how’ of his winning app – IReport and decided to register as a Startup Member which is one the ActivSpaces Membership Programs. He still has a few things to figure out with the app’s model especially about verifying the authenticity of anonymous journalism.
However, I figured that IReport, a simple app had a good blend of Twitter, Secret, and HARO (Help A Reporter Out). The App’s name is identical to CNN IReport – maybe he will change the name, maybe he plans to sell to CNN or maybe he is just prepared to meet CNN in court. There is so much fun in all three options. The thing is, investors who miss out will mourn on that IReport big day.
– An Official Hand-Over and Presentation of Awards
There was more than just a presentation of Larry Akah’s winning app. The former GSA (Google Student Ambassador) for the University of Buea had been earlier awarded as the Star GSA for Africa in Ghana. His awarded was presented to the Tech Community for the first time during the event. Immediately after that, there was a hand-over handshake between the out-going GSA (Nyah Check) and the incoming GSA Tekang Check. …and, Yes! they are brothers. Cedric said a few things on why he would focus on the marketing aspects of technology products during his 1 year tenure.
After the GSA/Check family drama, Isaac Kamga called on Larry Akah and presented his prize of $200 and an Android phone.
– Buea Techosystem decided to build a #CommunityThatCodes with the help of ActivSpaces
At the end of the event, we all came to one conclusion. We love the direction and we want to build a #CommunityThatCodes. We will build it through effort and mentorship, and the only way we can do have a coder in every house in every street in Buea is to code every day and to inspire every other person to learn how to code.
The event ended with everyone feeling like a winner, whereas only Larry Akah took some award cash home.