Collaborative Book Writing Event on Arduino to Take Place in Dakar, Senegal


Collaborative Book Writing Event on Arduino to Take Place in Dakar, Senegal 

From October 19th to 23rd, Francophile techies will gather at Kër Thiossane Villa in Dakar, Senegal to create a user-produced manual for the open source Arduino hardware and software. The 5-day event known as a “Book Sprint” is sponsored in part by the French chapter of FLOSS Manuals (, an international organization committed to producing free manuals for free software, and brings together an international group of seven co-authors from different countries who share a common expertise in the Arduino platform. 

This group includes:

*Roland Kossigan Assilevi (Senegal), who is a digital trainer and member of Kër Thiossane;  

* Mamadou Coulibaly (Mali), a digital trainer who is part of the team that drives the Yeta Collectiveand medialab in Bamako, Mali;  

* Donneaud Maurin  (France), who is an Interaction Designer,  physical objects programmer, and lecturer for the Art Sensitif Ressource Center (Cras) and for textile design schools (ENSCI Paris, ENSAAMA Paris, London CSM);

* Cédric Doutriaux (France), multimedia artist and trainer;

* Simon Laroche (Quebec), artist, teacher and interactive designer, specializing in audiovisual equipment and robotics, collaborator (with designer Ying Gao) in design of interactive clothing;

* Florian Pittet (Switzerland), interactive designer and new media teacher at the School of Applied Arts in Lausanne (ECAL);

*Marie-Paul Uwase (Rwanda), university lecturer, Secretary of the African Network of Users of Free Software (RAL), and President of the Rwandan Association for the Promotion of Free Software in Rwanda.

The Book Sprint will be facilitated by Elisa de Castro Guerra, a graphic designer, trained facilitator, and President of FLOSS Manuals France. The event is made possible thanks to the support of the International Organization of la Francophonie in partnership with Kër Thiossane, the Yeta Collective, PiNG, and Mains d'Oeuvres .

Any and all who wish to participate online can do so by joining the #flossmanuals channel of the network from October 20th onwards. 

For more information, see:

Camille E. Acey
+1 (347) 267 2016