Last week, I had the opportunity to attend Tech4Africa in Johannesburg,South Africa Tech4africa was meant to bring together people in tech to learn, meet new people and have lots of fun.
I manned the Mozilla booth, demoed FirefoxOS and answered as many questions as I could from the event attendees.
The event in general went very well except that I was tired most of the time because I had too much coffee which I learned, isn’t good for the body. I met lots of inspirational and talented people from diverse backgrounds. Most of the delegates were familiar with Firefox but not with FirefoxOS. Many web developers in the crowd had heard or read about FirefoxOS but had never really tried it out. Speaking to them helped clear up many misconceptions that they had about the Operating System. I noticed that many people who were somewhat familiar with FirefoxOS were not keen to developing for our platform because they didn’t want to learn a new software stack. By the time they were done talking to me, that had changed of course.
I had a google sheet that I used for interested contributors and others who needed more information about Mozilla. I’ve since emailed them(whew!). Swag was in abundance and I gave it away generously. I enjoyed being part of the tech4africa experience and I hope to go back again next year.
Pictures will always tell a better story than I can: