Burkina-Faso Dojo

Making open-source more accessible.
To learn more about open-source tech in Burkina-Faso, one can explore the following resources with links:
  1. The Burkina-Faso chapter of the Open Knowledge Foundation, which aims to promote open data and open knowledge in the country: https://okfn.org/network/burkina-faso/

  2. The Burkina-Faso chapter of the OpenStreetMap community, which maps the country using open-source tools and makes the data available for free: https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/Burkina-Faso

  3. The Burkina-Faso chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation, which contributes to the world’s largest open-source knowledge project by creating and sharing free educational content: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_BF

Notable technologists from Burkina-Faso throughout history include:

  1. Joseph Ki-Zerbo (1922-2006), a historian, politician, and pan-Africanist who advocated for the use of science and technology to develop African countries.

  2. Thomas Sankara (1949-1987), a revolutionary leader who emphasized self-reliance, education, and the use of appropriate technology to transform Burkina-Faso.

  3. Ali Drissa Badiel, a software developer and entrepreneur who co-founded Faso Academy, an open-source platform that provides free online education in various subjects.

  4. Norbert Zongo (1949-1998), a journalist and publisher who used open-source tools to report on corruption and human rights abuses in Burkina-Faso.

  5. Valentin Sawadogo, a computer scientist and open-source advocate who co-founded the Burkina-Faso Linux Users Group and promotes the use of open-source software in education and business.

These individuals and organizations have contributed to the development and dissemination of open-source technology in Burkina-Faso, and their work can serve as inspiration and guidance for those interested in this field.

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