AfricaOSH is a gathering for everyone interested in Open Science & Hardware as a means to achieve locally adapted, culturally relevant, technologically and economically feasible production in Africa; as an alternative to traditional Intellectual Property (IP )and closed knowledge systems; and to understand its potential for development and collaboration across Africa, especially by reducing barriers to entry in education, research and manufacturing. Participants will include but are not limited to makers, hackers, practitioners and researchers in science, technology, engineering, government officials, private sector players and civil society across the African continent, the global South and the World.
The first Gathering for Open Science & Hardware (GOSH) was held in March 2016 at CERN, Switzerland. GOSH is a diverse, global community working to enhance the sharing of open, scientific technologies. A key goal of GOSH 2017 was to to create a roadmap to bring together the people, skills and tools needed to make Open Science & Hardware ubiquitous by 2025. This event will provide a forum to examine and provide input for a roadmap in the African context.
The 3-day event, to be held in Kumasi, Ghana, 13th - 15th April, 2018, will include
presentations and working group discussions of the challenges, opportunities and recommendations, to develop a Global Open Science & Hardware Roadmap for Africa by 2025.
Workshops on making, hacking and DIYBio for a wide range of stakeholders to experience the process of design, co-creation, problem solving and to contribute ideas to OScH development.
Unconference sessions by Networks, Startups, African and other global South innovators.
The founding organizers of the Africa OScH Summit are APSOHA (Association for the Promotion of Open Science in Haiti and Africa), Kumasi Hive, The Exploratory, and Global Lab Network;
The Association for the Promotion of Open Science in Haiti and Africa (APSOHA) is a non-profit organization working for the visibility and circulation of knowledge that is produced by local universities and is relevant for local populations. Our strategy is to empower researchers through cognitive justice and the commons.
To do this, we are using the tools of Open Science, Open Access, Open Data and collaborative work; we are also promoting Open Educational Resources, free software and open licences. Our work is embedded in values of openness, sharing, and solidarity. These activities and values that we have been advocating for since the creation of APSOHA are also aligned with OpenCon mission’s.
Kumasi Hive is an innovation hub which provides the platform rapid prototyping of ideas, supporting local Innovations & impact start-up and promoting entrepreneurship. Based in Ghana, the Hive promotes sustainable industrialization by lowering the barriers to creating local small-scale manufacturing businesses for products needed in the community. This hub concept based on a Makerspace is scalable anywhere in the world and we are already starting to collaborate with organisations in Kenya, Myanmar, and Nepal.
The Hive hardware incubator incubate selected promising hardware startups, helping them move from idea stage through prototyping to product-for-market stage with both technical and business development support. Also, the Hive Business accelerator program focus on non-hardware startups program, provides complete startup support services for early stage startups to help achieve growth, contributing to the sustainable socioeconomic growth of Africa.
The Exploratory empowers educators and inspires students to be curious, courageous and community-minded, by making their experience of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) relevant, joyful, collaborative and equitable. We are a non-governmental organization based in Ghana, supported by a group of volunteer educators, scientists and others in the US.
Teachers participate in and contribute to professional development in hands-on learning embedded in gender-sensitive pedagogy, and become users, and eventually, creators of low- to high-tech equipment, materials and resources. Weekly Exploratory clubs provides a space for educators to practice active teaching techniques and practicals in a small group, team-teaching environment, and for students, mostly girls, to gain confidence and experience in problem solving, inquiry and collaboration. Teachers and students of The Exploratory serve as change agents in their schools and communities to elevate STEM education.
Global Lab Network is an open science and innovation community that brings students, educators, innovators, and change makers together, and mobilises them to undertake social impact activities. We aim to foster application of science, technology, and innovation for problem-solving and sustainable development through citizen science research and collaborative social innovation projects. Some of our focus areas are environmental health, digital literacy, and urban sustainability. Our methodologies include projects, capacity building sessions, online mentoring, and public engagement. Global Lab believes that scientific thinking should not be limited to conventional laboratories or to certain professions, and advocates for increased scientific literacy in the general population. In other words, everyone must be a scientist. We fully embrace open source philosophies and tools, including open source hardware, as they enable our core values of learning, friendship, and service.