Samson Goddy

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Nigeria Nigeria

I’m Samson, a software developer who believes in changing the world. I’m an open source advocate, primarily maintaining Sugar Desktop while also serving on the board of directors with Sugar Labs, and sustaining Open Source Collective as a board member. I also co-founded Open Source Community Africa, a movement that promotes and educates everything open source within Africa . I’m currently consulting with the African Union, the International Telecommunication Union, and UN Women to bring more women into technology.

Community Contributions

Video/Podcast / 09-17-2021

E72 Experience panel: Kickstarting an international tech career from Nigeria

Gaining skills with computers and technology has been an attractive path for recent generations to gain access to international career opportunities and generate income. In this episode, we talk with three rising stars who have developed great careers as tech leaders, advocates, and teachers, and they've done so while living in Africa (Nigeria). What about these people's stories is common to everyone working in tech? And what parts of their experience might be unique to being Nigerian? Also, what is the tech scene in Nigeria like, overall?
Speaking (conference/usergroups) / 11-13-2019

Github Universe 2019

I lead the panel session for last year's Github Universe on the state of open source in Africa in general. How can open source be a transformative force for growing economies? This panel brings together open source maintainers and advocates from across the African continent, to share stories about how open source software is creating new opportunities across the commercial and government sectors, and generally bringing about positive change for the continent and beyond.
Speaking (conference/usergroups) / 10-30-2019

Open Source Summit Europe

Open Source Community Africa (O.S.C.A) is for open source lovers, enthusiasts, advocates and experts within and across Africa with the sole aim of increasing the rate of credible contributions by African software developers, designers, writers and everyone involved in the sphere of technology to open source projects both locally and globally, changing the perception of Africans from just billion users to the NEXT BILLION CREATORS. The community support OSCA Chapters; The chapter is to bring people together to discuss how open source can help their communities, personal development and how they can give back to the community. This is the heart of OSCA as it helps foster advocates which will eventually become leads for their cities. Allowing monthly meetups, were members can meet to promote educational materials to enable beginners or enthusiasts to understand how open source culture works.