Africa OSH Summit

Making / Hacking / Bio-Hacking

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.


Africa OSH Logo


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.

Event Details


The 3-day event, to be held in Kumasi, Ghana, 13th - 15th April, 2018, will include

Practice Areas


Presentations & Working Group Discussions

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

Unconference sessions by Networks, Startups, African and other global South innovators.

Our Partners

The supporting partners of the Africa OScH Summit are APSOHA (Association for the Promotion of Open Science in Haiti and Africa), Kumasi Hive, The Exploratory, Makery 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

Kumasi Hive

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

The Exploratory

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

Global Lab Network

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.

The Exploratory


Makery is an online information media (newsletter, website, social networks) founded by Digital Art International in June 2014. It is led by Anne-Cécile Worms, hosted at Ekluz, 13 rue des Ecluses Saint-Martin, Paris 10th arrondissement. It aims to cover the dynamism and give out information on the emergence of a scene of labs, fablabs (fabrication laboratories, terminology born in the United States within the Medialab of MIT in 2001), hackerspaces (spaces self-managed by people wanting to divert technologies), medialabs, living labs (also known as third places, they encompass industry in processes of innovation and experimentation), biohacklabs (the scientific and bioinformatics version of hacklabs).

It is a media in DiY mode: with its small team, Makery progressively grows in an open, transparent and participative manner, following the principles of digital ethics born by the lab wave.

Global Innovation Gathering (GIG)

Global Innovation Gathering (GIG)

Global Innovation Gathering (GIG) is a vibrant, diverse community of innovation hubs, makerspaces, hackerspaces and other grassroot innovation community spaces and initiatives as well as individual innovators, makers, technologists and changemakers.

GIG is pursuing a new vision for global cooperation based on equality, openness and sharing. We aim to enable more diversity in the production of technology, and global innovation processes and support open and sustainable solutions developed by grassroot innovators.

Gathering for Open Science Hardware (GOSH)

Gathering for Open Science Hardware (GOSH)

The Gathering for Open Science Hardware (GOSH) is a diverse, global community working to enhance the sharing of open, scientific technologies. We first came together in March 2016 at CERN for the first Gathering, which was all about connecting people and sharing stories, creating coherent ideas about what open science hardware is, and dreaming about what it might be. One of the main outcomes was the GOSH Manifesto, a clear statement of our shared values and intention.

The goal of GOSH 2017 is to bring the spirit of our Manifesto to life. This includes concrete outcomes for individual participants, like sharing experiences as users and developers of open science hardware, identifying best practices, collaborating to create opportunities and address failures, and building lasting friendships.

Program Outline

Time Day 0 Day 1 Day 2 Day 3

Morning Plenary
(9:00 - 10:15 am)
Hello World-1
Keynote 1:
Open S/H for Development (SDG)

Hello World
Keynote 2: Critics of Open Science

Hello World

Morning Sessions
(10:30am - 12:45pm)

Panel: Principles of OSH

Panel: How to
/working examples
/ challenges

Africa GOSH Roadmap report back
Roadmap discussion (small group)
Wrap up. Other discussion.
Outstanding ideas

Noon plenary
/ Talk (lunch)
(1 - 2pm)

Introductory Workshops:
(agric, health, education)
GOSH working group

Panel: Intro to GOSH.
Why and what


Afternoon Session
(2:30 - 4:30pm)



Closing Session

After Work

Welcome Reception