Somalia Dojo

Making open-source more accessible.
1. Resources with links:

a) Somali Open Source Community - A group of Somali tech enthusiasts who aim to promote the use and development of open-source technology in Somalia. They have a Telegram channel where they share news, updates, and resources related to open-source technology.

b) Open Source Initiative - The Open Source Initiative is a global non-profit organization that promotes and protects the use and development of open-source software, including in Africa. They have a website that provides information about open-source software and licenses.

c) GitHub - GitHub is a platform for developers to share and collaborate on open-source projects. There are several Somali developers on GitHub who have shared their open-source projects, including Abdisamad Ali, Abdifatah Mohamed, and Ali Abdullahi.

  1. Notable technologists from Somalia throughout history:

a) Dr. Abdiqadir Jibril - Dr. Jibril was a Somali engineer and inventor who is best known for developing the “Jibril Radio Transmitter,” which was used to broadcast Radio Mogadishu in the 1960s and 1970s.

b) Ahmed Jama - Ahmed Jama is a Somali entrepreneur who founded the world’s first solar-powered ISP in Somalia, in 2014. His company, iRise, provides internet access to communities in rural Somalia, using solar power and open-source software.

c) Hibo Bile - Hibo Bile is a Somali engineer who has been working on developing a low-cost 3D printer that can be used to produce prosthetic limbs for people in need. Her work has been recognized by the World Economic Forum.

In conclusion, learning about open-source tech in Somalia requires an understanding of the country’s unique history, culture, and context. By exploring resources and the work of notable Somali technologists, one can gain insights into the challenges and opportunities for open-source technology in Somalia.

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