CAMRI’s Winston Mano at Mozfest 2023 in Kenya
MozFest is a multifaceted annual event committed to fighting for a “better internet for all”. This year’s annual meeting, with Mozilla celebrating 25 years, was held in the Kenyan city of Nairobi. It was described by the organisers as a unique blend of art, tech and society “convening, part maker festival, and the premiere gathering for activists”. It brought together those committed to fighting for a humane digital world. The main aim of the meeting was to confront pressing realities at the intersection of emerging technology and the African continent, such as digital extractivism and AI governance. Speakers included CEO Michell Baker, VP of Global Programmes J. Bob Alotta and Chenai Chair, a Senior Programme Officer for Mozilla Africa Innovation/Africa Mrad. Other speakers at MozFest House in Kenya included Kathleen Siminyu, Britone Mwasaru, Rebecca ryakitimbo, Rutendo Chabikwa, Kofi Yeboah, Diana Bichanga and katie Moyer and Daniel Motaung, a pioneering advocate in ethical tech activist: https://www.mozillafestival.org/en/. Mano participated as an an awardee of the Mozilla Common Voice funded Wezesha nakabambe team, building a chatbot for rural women farmers in Kenya: https://www.westminster.ac.uk/news/university-of-westminster-contributes-to-east-african-voice-technology-project-funded-by-mozilla
The main Mozfest 2023 meeting was held at Nairobi’s Shamba House Café in Nairobi, Kenya from 21 – 22 September, 2023.
Photo by Winston Mano