#IOT Exploring Refugee Open Tech Training and Retraining

Uganda is hosting a vast number of refugees from South Sudan that have flowed into the country over the past year as people flee civil war, severe food shortages and the consequent collapse of economy and opportunity for self-determination. A single settlement in the Yumbe district on the South Sudan border is home to nearly 285,000 according to the statistics from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR, August 2016), with the total number of refugees forced to flee their country since the war erupted in 2013 hitting close to two million (this, on top of the many who remain internally displaced). As a result of the conflict, most refugees have lost their sources of income and access to quality education leading to a further break-down of community dynamics, the inability for them to support their families or contribute to the building of the communities hosting them. In 2016, supported by the r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation (Berlin) and icebauhaus (Weimar), a number of young South Sudanese refugees joined a series of Training of Trainers (TOT) workshops in open tech skills and methodologies to explore the basics of electricity, open source, up-cycling and DIY culture. This formed part of an open innovation and skills development strategy begun earlier in Juba which resulted in the forming of the jHUB open knowledge community and initiatives such as the #peacehackcamp in 2015. To strengthen the existing yet fragile systems of education through hands-on capacity building the programme encourages peer-peer training in order to strengthen self-sustainability among the refugee communities. For #IotDay, a group of these jHUB pioneers, along with local peers and colleagues will get together with other refugees at the Rhino Camp settlement in Northern Uganda to introduce the concepts of IoT, inspire young people through the design and building of open technology-based ‘things’ such as DIY solar chargers, and LED lights. Looking to spark discussions around the possibilities and advantages of an Internet of Things (IoT), support access to information and open knowledge the team will deploy these ideas using the tools and resources provided by the #ASKotec (Access to Skill and Knowledge - Open Tech Emergency Case) they helped develop through their TOT training workshops. #ASKotec is 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« with over 40 elements including tools, booklets, electronic materials and a simple Linux laptop #ASKotec is a multi-functional IoT toolkit giving innovators, aspiring makers and entrepreneurs in areas with extremely low infrastructure and technical resources a new point of entrance to valuable life skills. Using #ASKotec on #IotDay for demos, building things, exploring hands-on technology the group hopes not only to share their skills and knowledge but also to connect with and explore the world of IoT that this global event can bring.
Event Date/Time: 
Monday, April 9, 2018 (All day)
info [at] platformafrica.online
Platform Africa
Arua, Uganda
Rhino Camp refugee settlement