Last Saturday 11 July, I had the pleasure of sharing some of the projects under WikiAfrica at the Mhub, Malawi’s innovation and technology hub located in Lilongwe. With 9 techprenuers in attendance, it was quite a pleasant chat with lots of insights shared.
I highlighted the Share Your Knowledge project, initiated last year with funding from Prince Claus Fund in Malawi and Ethiopia. A subproject of WikiAfrica, it is focused on creating/improving African content on Wikimedia Foundation’s sites (especially articles on Wikipedia) with the involvement of research and documentation centres, institutions for international cooperation and archives. Key partners in Malawi include the National Archives of Malawi and Society of Malawi, Historical and Scientific. We are currently looking for more funding to continue with the programme.
I also shared how under SYK the plan is to coordinate with the Museums of Malawi to add Quick Response (QR) codes to articles and artefacts in Museums across the country with the aim of enhancing user experience. Also, to work with the Ministry of Information, Tourism & Culture to use Wiki Voyage to promote Malawi as a tourist destination
Another project I highlighted was Wiki Loves Africa, an annual contest where people across Africa can contribute media (photographs, video and audio) about their environment on Wikimedia Commons for use on Wikipedia and other project websites of the Wikimedia Foundation.
Overall, it was a very fruitful afternoon with the techies expressing interest in contributing towards Wiki Africa projects.