On July 25, 2009, about 80 young Africans and people interested in Africa met in Washington, DC for BarCamp Diaspora ’09 to exchange ideas on entrepreneurship, innovation and development under the theme “Investing our talent where it counts”. This summer, the conversations continue again in Washington, DC, bringing together the African Diaspora to exchange ideas on doing business in Africa.
When: July 24, 2010 from 9am – 6pm
Where: Kenney Auditorium, School of Advanced International Studies – Johns Hopkins
1740 Massachusetts Ave., NW
This year’s theme is: “Financial innovations for African small & medium-scale enterprises.”
Register/RSVP today on the DiasporaCamp DC ’10 Eventbrite page: http://diasporacampdc10.eventbrite.com/
You can also visit the Diaspora Camp website: http://diasporacamp.org/
You may participate online at the conference website if you are not close to the Washington DC area.
About Diaspora Camp
DiasporaCamp is a BarCamp with a focus on African Diaspora, primarily African affairs and issues. A BarCamp is an ad-hoc gathering where attendees meet for discussions, demos and networking. Unlike a typical conference, at a BarCamp everyone is both a speaker and a participant. The content is provided by all attendees based on their interests, unified under the theme.
DiasporaCamp DC ’10 is a FREE event for anyone who is interested in using their skills, talent, and resources to benefit Africa. It will provide a great opportunity for the African Diaspora to network and collaborate on projects.
In the video below, Akua Nkrumah speaks about Barcamp Diaspora ’09[pro-player width=’440′ height=’320′ type=’video’ image=’http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/yy74/celebratingprogressafrica/diaspora-1.jpg’]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsiav7BuLbE&feature=player_embedded[/pro-player]
BarCamp Diaspora Testimonial – Aida Manu
A friend dragged me to BarCamp Diaspora 2009, an event I was sure would be no different from the numerous African networking events held in the Washington DC metropolitan area. I was pleased to find out that my assumptions were wrong. With an atmosphere between that of a happy hour and a conference, BarCamp provided the perfect setting for lively conversations on issues of concern to anyone interested in Africa.
One such conversation was focussed on the dismal state of the Ghanaian health-care system. Medical and business students, introverts and experienced public speakers, Ghanaians and non-Ghanaians, working professionals, the unemployed and everyone in between, all sat in a circle and shared ideas on how to improve the system. We realized that by being based in the Diaspora and surrounded by resources and opportunities not available in Ghana, we were in a great position to make a difference back home. By the end of the event, we were inspired to make action out of all that talk and went on to form REACH Ghana, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to tackling the problems we discussed. Members of REACH share a vision that one day, all Ghanaians will have equal access to quality and affordable health-care.
As Dr. Molefi Asante famously said, “with an Afrocentric spirit, all things can be made to happen”, and I am eagerly looking forward to the next BarCamp Diaspora so that we can once again join forces to create the changes we want to see in Africa.
Organic growth like that of REACH is the goal of the DiasporaCamp. We hope to see more organizations like REACH born out of DiasporaCamp DC
See you there!