Bridge the tech gap using Python

Ngazetungue Muheue (~ngazetungue)


Description:

As a developing country, Namibia depends on open and user-friendly technology. Increasing community engagement and teaching Python have transformative power for both the country and its citizens. You too could help decrease inequality that way in your local community!

In the past seven years, we’ve been spearheading the transition to Python from Java and other heavy-weight technologies. Come hear me talk about bridging the tech gap among high-schoolers, community members to allow them to participate in the global tech community.

I will be covering things like increasing community engagement, how to lead discussions that build community curiosity, how to find the right space for your outreach, and share some “do’s” and “don’ts”.

OUTLINE OF THE PROPOSED TALK:

[5 MINUTES] INTRO

  • My unknown Python journey.

[9 MINUTES] BIRTH AND RISE OF PYTHON IN NAMIBIA

  • [3m] Namibia as a developing country: challenges with the tech gap and inequality
  • [3m] Betting on the open: establishing a tech community around Python
  • [3m] Challenges and successes

[5 MINUTES] BATTLEFIELD: HIGH SCHOOL

  • [2m] High school as the most impactful area of influence
  • [2m] Forms of engagement: Outreach, talks, User Groups
  • [1m] How to interest people in technology

[5 MINUTES] EXAMPLES OF SUCCESSFUL INITIATIVES

  • PyCon NA, PyData, PyNam Scholars, PyNam Clubs, PyNam AI

Prerequisites:

This is a community talk and there are no strict requirements. This talk is targeted at two audiences:

  1. First, to people who are interested in how developing countries are building their future based on open source technology.
  2. More importantly, to anybody interested in using Python to bridge the tech gap in their own local community.

Speaker Info:

I am a co-founder of the Python Software Society of Namibia which is a group that organizes all Python activities of the community in Namibia and Python Software Foundation Fellow. Today I represent my community both at local and international levels.

I play a major role in advocating for the usage of Python in Namibia and Africa, especially at the university- and high school levels. I’ve found tutoring Python especially rewarding. On the leadership level, I am the founder of the Django framework community in Namibia, the leader of the Python Software Society of Namibia, and a Board member of PyCon Africa. Since 2016 I’m the organizer of PyCon Namibia as well as other local Python activities.

My unique experience from working with people of all backgrounds motivates me to share my knowledge with others.

Speaker Links:

He can be reached at his Twitter handle:@muheuenga

Section: Culture and society
Type: Talks
Target Audience: Intermediate
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