The growth of Jerry Family is now spreading to Algeria. We are pleased to welcome a new branch on the family tree: Salam Alikoum =)
Thanks to the precious help of JerryClan members of Shellmates & OpenMindsClub, we are launching Jerry School : 5 days of workshop during which volunteers make Jerrys to install free & open source softwares. These Jerry will give access to IT services for non-profit purpose.
We came to Algeria to facilitate the making of several Jerry by its future users.
During one week, we met students at Ecole Supérieure d’Informatique and Université des Sciences et de la Technologie Houari Boumediene to present them Jerry-School and issues about digital divide. We wanted to raise aweraness about the great potential given by their studies in computer science.
As most of us, they understand the impact of technologies on how we interact with the world and its people. But these tools are not yet thought for general interest. Students understand well they have a central role to build a fair digital society, but there are only a few inclusive tech projects lead by hacker ethic… Lets challenge this status quo together =)
That’s why we asked them how they would use a Jerry to help their clubs or to launch an innovative project. We are exploring together how to design ICT systems to sustain cultural and economic development.
The event preparation was organized on facebook & eventbrite. We didnt buy any electronics, only reuse brought by contributions, from Jerry Makers or from small business in Algiers.
First, makers discover how it is easy to self-manage their Jerry production thanks to SCRUM methodology. Features of the desired Jerry are declined into tasks. Each couple of person is responsible for the task. Each project owner present its vision of the future Jerry before launching the Sprints. At the end of each Sprint, the team checks the tasks done and learn how to progress faster for the next Sprint. It works way better than you can imagine. ;)
More news of this collective adventure very soon!
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