Category Archives: Step_Up Juba Media Lab

Mapping Refugee Culture and Innovation Sites in Uganda

Since mid-2016 r0g_agency has become increasingly active with its partners on peacebuilding and open tech innovation at a number of South Sudanese refugee settlements in Uganda, primarily in the regions of Arua, Adjumani and Bweyale. Beginning with the first pilot trainings using the #ASKotec kit as part of the 2016 jHUB community development workshops at the Panyadoli Self-Help Secondary School (Kirandongo refugee settlement) r0g_agency began to conduct outreach and training at numerous sites as part of the #defyhatenow initiative in 2017 as well.
IMG_20171217_113926Given that project partners who had formerly been active in South Sudan had to flee or support relatives at these sites, activities continued and expanded in these new contexts reaching more communities who were both affected by conflict as well as actively engaged in peacebuilding. In doing so the projects also increasingly came into contact with further local initiatives and NGOs working to train and empower local youths, working to bring new perspectives to young people for a life beyond conflict. Precisely locating and identifying the broad range of activities that these organisations are involved in and getting a sense – not only of their physical location – but also of their missions, communities, resources etc., r0g_agency introduced the #ojoVoz community documentation and witnessing tool to begin plotting a user driven map of the region.
The first test nodes for an ASKnet map of South Sudan refugee innovation nodes in Uganda, focusing on training, innovation or points of cultural action, as well as local support infrastructure were generated as part of a preliminary mapping exercise in December 2017. As the local teams, including partners such as YSAT (Youth Social Advocacy Team) and CTEN (Community Technology Empowerment Network) working in Rhino Camp and Bidi Bidi settlements, along with Adjumani based YEF (Youth Empowerment Foundation) build up their activities, visit and interact with other groups and initiatives the ASKnet map (Access to Skill and Knowledge network map) should become a resource useful to anyone interested in supporting youth skills training, empowerment and peacebuilding activities.
IMG_20171215_162400If you would like to contribute to the mapping effort, please contact You can learn about and download the free and open source ojoVoz Android app here, as well as learn about the Sauti ya Wakulima project by Eugenio Tisselli that led to the development of the app.

#ASKotec – A field kit for Open Tech

#ASKotec dust proof case
#ASKotec dust proof case – cc-by-sa 4.0

The #ASKotec (also called #ASKotek) is a kit designed to work as a mobile trainer‘s set to tackle basic field challenges when it comes to Open Tech and Open Source Hardware innovation, education and repairing wherever needed. Providing »Access to Skills and Knowledge« as an multi-functional »Open Tech Emergency Case« gives rural and urban innovators a new point of entrance.

A dust proof case with basic tools and materials to distribute knowledge and product development. As well as up-cycling old material to new #open innovation …anywhere!

The set contains

  • basic electronics and connections

  • soldering and cutting tools

  • mechanical and measurement tools

  • Guides and additional things (ex. adapters, first aid kit and additional things)

  • (optional) A Linux computer and documentation content

As a follow-up on the #OLG- Open Learning Guide it was developed alongside the recently published #OHG – Open Hardware Guide with the motivation of local people from South Sudan and Uganda in Pioneering for Open Tech Innovation. #POTI #opentech4all

For more detailed information and further development you can use the OER ASKotec document (incl. content list) created under open source license cc-by-sa 4.0. Also the packing guide created by the local people from South Sudan might come in handy. ¹

Feel free to contribute or support us for extended research.

¹ if you need any editable OER material let us know

Access to Skills (ASK) through local training
Access to Skills (ASK) through local training – cc-by-sa 4.0

Open Hardware Guide (#OHG) out!

The South Sudan Open Knowledge and Innovation Hub

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Following up on the 2016 “Let’s Go jHUB” programme, the OPEN HARDWARE GUIDE or #OHG is an outcome of the Open Tech and Repair Skills workshop led by Timm Wille and hosted by the Hive Colab innovation hub in Kampala.


As a follow-up to the first Open Learning Guide (#OLG) the Open Hardware Guide gives examples of hands-on skills possibilities and projects applying open hardware methodologies. Acting as an introduction to resources and as a tangible tool in the form of a rugged A1 poster for trainers, tinkerers and facilitators, the #OHG is ready for distribution to anyone interested in exploring open technologies in a very practical way.
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The #OHG content was developed by the workshop participants based on their designs and documented steps in test workshops held with students at the Panyadoli Self-Help Secondary School in Bweyale, Uganda. Alongside the #OHG, the participants helped develop and test #ASKotek, the ‘Access to Skills and Knowledge – open tech emergency kit‘ a field-trainers resource tool-kit for repairing, building and learning about practical electronics including small scale solar power.


The Let’s Go jHUB (#LGJ) project, in collaboration with icebauhaus e.V. (Weimar), KAPITAL / jHUB (Juba) and r0g_agency for open culture gGmbH (Berlin), was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through its programme of “Support for Media, Access to Information and Freedom of Expression”. Given the violence that broke out in Juba, South Sudan’s capital, in the summer of 2016, the programme was implemented though the generous support and cooperation of GIG partner organisations iceaddis in Addis Ababa, mLAB and iHUB in Nairobi, kLAB in Kigali and Hive Colab in Kampala.

Contact us for a full A1 poster size version, or download a PDF version of the Open Hardware Guide here!


Open Hardware Guide v.1 is free and open for use, modification and sharing by anyone!
CC-BY-SA 2017
(corrections and suggestions for amendments are also very welcome!)

Out now – the documentation booklet of the Step-Up Juba Media Lab 2015


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an initiative by r0g_agency and icebauhaus supporting the implementation of a community-based media training centre in Juba, South Sudan. The idea to create a media lab has its roots in the Kapital Movie Industry Corporation (KMIC) collective, an independent group of young designers, film makers, IT professionals and artists who came together to help solve the acute post-independence social, political, educational and environmental challenges which arose through the long-lasting conflicts in South Sudan.


The “Step-Up Juba Media Lab” project is a collaboration between icebauhaus, Kapital Movie Industry Corporation (Juba) and r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation gGmbH (Berlin), funded by the German Federal Ministry of International Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through it’s programme “Support for Media, Access to Information and Freedom of Expression”.

Step-Up Juba Media Lab

r0g_agency and icebauhaus support the implementation of a community-based media training centre in Juba, South Sudan in a common project since August of 2015. The initiative to create a media lab or hub stems from the Kapital Movie Industry Corporation (KMIC) collective, an independent group of young designers, film makers, IT professionals and artists who have come together to help solve the acute post-independence social, political, educational and environmental challenges arising from 21 years of fought civil war.


Already constituted as the ad-hoc ‘Kapital Virtual Academy’ which focuses on self-directed training in film and video production, use of software and related technical systems and methodologies, the initial focus is now on knowledge development through the creation of professional capacity building workshops and hands-on production. Addressing themes that define specific challenges, such as post-conflict national transformation and the building of an open, democratic, and socially just South Sudan, J-HUB’s mission will also be, through seminar and debates, to provide an open forum to discuss, identify and develop solutions to these challenges.


One result of the initiative is the Juba_Open Learning Guide:




Juba_Open Learning Guide


this project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through it’s programme “Support for Media, Access to Information and Freedom of Expression”.