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Python African Tour

posted Jan 15, 2011, 1:51 PM by Jojoo Imbeah
Contact: PAT(Ghana) Organising Team



Advancing Open Source Technologies for Development

Python African Tour is an exciting African open source technology initiative aimed at
promoting agile programming languages, mainly Python, among Africa's tech communities.
The Tour, which has successfully been executed in Senegal, Nigeria and Morocco is
run by a group of nomadic volunteer Python developers and evangelists, backed by the
generous contributions of various organisations and individuals. With the support of, Ghana
Google Technology User Group (Ghana GTUG), Fedora Linux Foundation, Hutspace, local
developers, entrepreneurs, bloggers and open source fans, the PAT train will make a stop in
Accra Ghana from 18th to 22nd January, 2011. It will be jointly hosted by African University
College of Communications (AUCC) and Ghana Telecom University College (GTUC).

The tour was highly successful in the three countries where it has been held so far, and this
has greatly increased interest in Python as a programming language to be reckoned with. The
overall goal is to boost development in Africa through Python and allied technologies; this will
be achieved by empowering young Ghanaian students, developers and entrepreneurs with
quality skills to tackle local problems. It is also the objective of the Tour to inspire and build
conversations among local developers, creating an ecosystem of cooperation, idea-sharing,
collaboration and creativity.

Python African Tour takes a different approach from other tech-related conferences that
have been held in Ghana due to its focus on hands-on Python training and skills transfer,
an opportunity local developers have been yearning for. The training format adopted is
particularly suited for people who have already started Python programming or at least know
how to program in another language. The agenda is as follows:

Day 1: Introduction to Python
Day 2: Introduction to Python (cont.)
Day 3: Introduction to Web Development with Python (particularly with Django)
Day 4: Python Sprint/Hackathon
Day 5: Python Sprint/Hackathon (cont.)

Such a well-orchestrated training regimen is focused on developing a problem-solving
approach to programming among attendees. The experience and expertise of the

international team of trainers drawn from the PAT, Fedora Linux Project, Ghana GTUG and
Hutspace will guide the participants to come out more quality and useful apps, some of which
would have business potential.

Google, BECATEC, Ageliaco and Python Software Foundation are proud sponsors of the
tour. There are sponsorship opportunites available for workshop sponsorship, hackathon
sponsorship and individual sponsorship. If you are interested in sponsoring, supporting the
training team or helping out in any way, please send an email to
Contact the PAT team and get your organisation to be part of this exciting initiative.

To participate in the Python African Tour (PAT) Ghana workshop, please fill out the
registration form at the PAT website now.

See you there!


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