As I’m writing this, Mozillians extraordinaire Raymond Etornam and Kwamena Appiah-Kubi from Ghana are writing code across the table from me, on a breezy night here in Nairobi. I thought that they’d be ready to call it a night after a grueling flight from Ghana. But no, they’re hacking away well into the night, working on a new JetPack. If that is not passion, i don’t know what is.
We’re in Kenya this week representing Mozilla for the second edition of Maker Faire Africa. MFA is a large two-day event celebrating African ingenuity, innovation and invention, gathering inventors, makers and entrepreneurs from the four corners of the country. Alex Wafula, Nairobi-based Mozilla student rep will be joining us for the event, flanking Ray, Kwame and myself during the different Mozilla workshops we’ll be leading.
MFA is a unique opportunity for Mozilla to reach out to Africans from all ages and from all backgrounds, all driven by a passion to invent and innovate. We hope we’ll spur a lot of interest in the Mozilla Project and recruit lots of new contributors from a region of the world brimming with ingenuity and talent, but where Mozilla has, until now, been relatively absent.
Things kick off tomorrow at 10am, so stay tuned for photos and video clips of what promises to be a seminal event.
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