Event Recap: Open Source Festival - Lagos, Nigeria

Olamide Olaoye and Victoria Guido

I first heard of the Open Source Festival from following Angie Jones, VP of Developer Relations at TBD. When she announced she would be a keynote speaker at an event in Lagos, I shared with our thoughtbot team members in the region and encouraged my team members to attend. It’s important to me as a managing director of a remote and globally distributed team that everyone has the opportunity to connect with their local community, get exposed to new ideas, and bring those ideas back into the way we work here at thoughtbot.

Olamide from our Platform Engineering team was able to attend. Here are his main highlights:

  • Meeting new, interesting people was the best
  • Many students were there and had a lot of energy and excitement about open source
  • Good to see introductory talks about Kubernetes and Site Reliability Engineering
  • Although our day to day is more infrastructure, the front end and UI talks were also interesting
  • Chibuike Nwachukwu’s talk on Designing Event Driven, Scalable Serverless Apps With AWS Services was a personal favorite from a Platform Engineering perspective
  • Appreciated the support for and conversations around creating a more inclusive open source comunity

You can view the full schedule of speakers with links to slides on their website. Check out the #oscafest23 hashtag and follow @oscafest on twitter to see photos and updates from other attendees.

More about Open Source Community Africa

“Open Source Community Africa is a community aimed at creating and supporting the open source movement within Africa. As a community, we intend to help integrate the act of open source contribution to African developers whilst strongly advocating the movement of free and open source software.

Open Source Festival is a high profile event that would attract student delegates, developers, designers and corporate organizations on a large scale with series of talks, workshops, and awareness of open-sourced developer tools. The second edition is going to be a forum for networking, discussions and ideas proration around latest happenings in technology as well as the growth of open source in Africa.

Through this festival, we intend to open the eyes of Africans so they can be aware that FUTURE IS OPEN.”