WordCamp In Africa – Learning Growing Collaboration

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WordCamp In Africa – Learning Growing Collaboration
William Jackson, M.Ed
WordCamp Organizer, Speaker, KidsCamp Organizer
Past sponsor WordCamp Harare and EdCamp Nigeria

Kids Camp In Africa
Kids Camp In Africa

“In our fast-changing world driven by digital technology,
it is important that every child becomes a creative actor
of localized digital solutions, not its passive consumer”.
@ashuna112 #ACW2019 #AfricaCodeWeek

There is a rapid expansion of WordCamp conferences in Africa,
this magnificent continent of resources both human and
environmental.
WordCamp conferences are seen growing, thriving and
educating people with a passion not just for technology, but
opening doors for business ventures, entrepreneurial opportunities,
unheard of digital collaboration. The opportunities to enable and
empowering African entrepreneurs to share their Brands and find
new Niches and partnerships.

As Blogger, Micro-bloggers, content creator and digital
influencer  for over 15 years, digital impressions expand
based on engagements.  That engagement builds with
the increase of involvement, engagement,
collaboration and sharing content.

WordCamp allows rapid and sustainable growth based on thought
leadership digitally and correspondingly with continued engagement
at MeetUps.  Content creation is only limited by the creative minds that
apply what is learned at WordCamp conferences and the growing number
of KidsCamp and YouthCamp conferences.

WordCamp is a casual and at the same time professional
conference where information is shared related to
WordPress. WP is a free and open source personal publishing
application that powers over 40% of the web.
The immersion of Africa will rapidly increase these numbers and
allow for those African digital innovators to share their talents,
gifts and knowledge.

Africa is expanding the influence of knowledge and applied
knowledge to grow new generations of thought leaders,
digital dreamers, critical thinkers and collaborations that
will take place not just locally, but expand nationally and
across the continent.

Accompanying the traditional WC are KidsCamp and
YouthCamp components that encourage kids from
7yrs to 14yrs and YouthCamp from 15yrs to 17yrs.
There are increased numbers of youth, teens and
young Africans that are starting businesses and
becoming digital innovators, influencers and digital
business owners.

WC conferences build relevant discussions and
information is applicable immediately during
and after the conference. Networking is formidable
because real people with real careers, professions,
businesses, and real dreams are present to share
and help others.

Mentors in multiple areas can be found and the growing
number of Internships helps to provide youth and teens
with real world opportunities to apply and learn skills
to build on.

Meetups allow discussions to be continued and the
building of PLN’s or Professional Learning Networks
that help assist in connections, collaborations
and building networks.

The formats from lectures/presentations, speed talks,
or lightning presentations, panels and interviews.
Presentations are diverse sessions that incorporate slides
and videos that can be accessed from the presenters web
site or through  WordCamp channel on
http://WordPress.tv  after the conference.
The professional development opportunities continue
and can be used at the convenience from home or
through mobile devices.

The building of digital infrastructures that allow
for strong and consistent connections is growing
quickly because of the demands for access.
Access to tech is not a privilege, it has become a right,
as education is a human right, digital access to
educational, business and humanitarian information
is a right of all Africans not matter their educational,
economic, cultural or color. New laws are in place to
make sure access if available and equitable.

As a WordCamp blogger, advocate, speaker, organizer,
volunteer and a the value for the cost of a two day and
the growing three day conference pays for itself.
Africans are seeing that their Brand grows rapidly and
their engagements increase proportionally to following
others on Social Media platforms like Twitter, Instagram
and LinkedIn.

To keep up to date access WordCamp Central and
WordPress TV for relevant and real information.

Resources:
WordCamp Central
https://central.wordcamp.org/

WordPress TV
https://wordpress.tv/

Follow William Jackson and Aida Correa
on the hashtag #thatwordcamplife or #thatwordpresslife

Sharing Ideas to Build African Content Creators

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Sharing Ideas to Build African Content Creators
William Jackson, M.Ed.
The continued growth of African content creators is
being seen in the global expansion of Africans that
are sharing their digital stories.

Whether their stories are personal, professional,
collaborative, political or based on social issues
there are more African bloggers than ever before.
Digital infrastructures are allowing Africans to build
businesses using their cell phones and tablets.
Technology is opening new doors to compete and
collaborate and the world is noticing on Social Media
and digital commerce.

There are many African bloggers not sure how to
start and where to go for help. The availability of
WordCamp conferences and other tech workshops,
meetups and meetings helps tremendously.
Understanding and comprehension of how to apply
content creation is important. Blogging is not and will
not die because of the diversity that is available.

Sharing from my experiences to help bloggers on the
African content are from my experiences as a blogger,
speaker, volunteer, advocate and organizer at WordCamp,
Bar Camp and other tech events.
As a professional educator with a Masters in Technology
with a focus in Educational Technology, Social Media
and STEAM and 30 years of teaching I have seen so much
on the local, national and international levels.

African communities are improving their infrastructures
so the increase is necessary to support the growing number
of users. Resources are valuable to allow for growth
educationally, economically and even socially.



22 Ideas for Growth and Engagement of

African Content Creators
1. Find your calling for content creation, you should
enjoy the process and feel that your accomplishing
something that is coming from your heart and your head.
2. Question your direction in content and where you’re
going. The direction that you are traveling is important
to the stability and growth of your personal and business
life.
3. Use your current skills to build your craft and build
your Brand. Starting is sometimes the hardest part, but
begin and don’t look back.
4. Always participate in learning activities, being a life-long
learner is beneficial because it sets the foundation for
continued learning and growth.
5. Stay true to your Brand, your Brand represents you
and the business you are building.

6. Look at your potential competition as possible future
collaboration. Find common ground to work on and build
a following together. The world is a global economy that
is based on business collaborations.
7. Be proud of who you are and be authentic in your Brand.
8. Don’t be distracted by others and their growth, don’t
imitate others that are growing faster than you, study
their marketing abilities and who is their audience.
9. Embrace your cultural heritage and leverage it to grow,
but always be mindful of the power of embracing diversity.
10. Don’t forget where you came from and how you can
help others grow from their situations and circumstances.
11. Watch your level of articulation and language when
posting content on diverse platforms.
Your words carry power.

12. Be careful how  you share information across cultures,
genders and generations. The language you use can make
or break your Brand and building relationships.
13. Be prepared for trips to libraries for research. Gaining
information to build beyond your opinion, speculation and
perceptions from experiences. 
14. Being involved in Social Media and tech it is important
to always have your devices charged because you never
know when content will be available for your next blog
or video.
15.  Try to put aside your personal ideologies and nuances
that will affect your writing. Distractions must be kept to
a minimum.
16. Write for multiple platforms, diversity helps to bring
about diversity in thinking and looking at things differently.
The TEDTalk “The Danger of a Single Story” is important
to listen to and helps understand potential perceptions.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is an excellent storyteller.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9Ihs241zeg

17. Check to make sure your writing from the heart and that your writing
not just for yourself, but potential readers.
18. Never forget the humanistic and humanity in your storytelling.
You have a voice that has power so make sure there is a purpose.
19. Look at your attire and the perceptions that you create.
Writing changes as you change in maturity, experience and
relationships. Adapting is important and necessary over time.

20. Surround yourself with people that are growing and moving.
Developing and rising take time, but the foundation can be
made by who and whom you hang out with and collaborate with.
21. Guilt by association is very powerful, be aware of your
associations, relationships, and who you’re seen with.
22. Have your “elevator pitch” ready at all times. You may
end up giving it in the bathroom or the most awkward places
and the rewards can be life changing.