Africa is underrepresented at Scratch conferences. At Scratch2013BCN we had Dorsaf Benna from Tunisia presenting a poster, at Scratch2015AMS we had an ignite presentation on Moroccan Cod Cod Codet program. We hope this year will bring much more. African Scratchers use offline version, so are underrepresented in the online Scratch community. During 2016 we heard some amazing stories of African Scratchers.

Taryn Basel from South Africa created new ways of Scratch usage while making movies with her peers. Check her out on Scratch or see how she joined Mitch Resnick on ScratchMIT2016 stage.

We learned about Mercy Ngoiri of Nairobi. Her crowdfunding campaign for Scratch-n-sketch didn’t made it. That wondered me as it was an interesting yet affordable extension for Scratch. What wondered me even more was that the persevered and made the product anyway. I’m pretty sure Mercy has some relevant stories to share with us.

There’s more from Africa that we could learn from like TED talk of Kwabena Boahen: Making a computer that works like the brain in which he suggests to bring more Africa into the computer.

We could have chosen to invite the mentioned people as speakers for plenary sessions, but as many more people were suggested we chose to facilitate a meeting where the Africans can work out themselves how they would like to participate in the Bordeaux conference.

April 28 & 29 there will be a small Scratch conference in Nairobi, Kenya. A pan-African Scratch educators meetup with the following goals (in order):

  1. have fun while exchanging stories and tinker with code and hardware
  2. come up with a plan for Bordeaux conference how to facilitate the African voice to be heard
  3. sow some seeds for strengthening Scratch family on African continent

Please get in touch if you want to connect with that meeting.