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JUG-AFRICA Promotes Continent-Wide Collaboration

Posted by editor on March 2, 2010 at 5:44 AM PST

Yesterday and today, I've featured the first two blog posts by Jean-Francois Bonbhel on the home page. Jean-Francois is the founder of JUG-AFRICA, an umbrella for Java User Groups located in Africa. The objective behind JUG-AFRICA is to help African JUGs "collaborate globally in ways that will ultimately benefit Java developer communities locally."

As he says in his latest post, "Did you say JUG ? Java User ... What ?", Jean-Francois is a relative newcomer to Java User Groups:

Is it still possible to ask this question in 2010? Isn’t the answer obvious? Well no! It was the question I was asking myself three years ago, even though I had been working as a consultant and Java trainer for seven years. In 2007, my ex-colleague Éric Marcoux (Oracle ACE Director) suggested I join JUG Québec (Canada). I said JUG ? Java User…What?

But, after attending JavaOne in 2008, he quickly recognized the benefits of the type of interaction and collaboration that Java user groups facilitate:

Several months later, I went to JavaOne 2008 and when I saw so many developers, architects, engineers from so many countries and so many amazing projects... and heard Matt Thompson (ex-SUN) and nearly 40 JUG Leaders talk about importance of the Java community at «Think Globally and Act Locally» session and met Micheal Levin the co-founder of the impressive West African JUG in Senegal, the question wasn’t «What’s a JUG?» anymore but rather «How can a sense of community and belonging be fostered among Java developper in Africa ?». For me the need of JUG-AFRICA became evident.

All African JUGs are invited to participate in JUG-AFRICA. To stay in touch with JUG-AFRICA happenings, all that's necessary is to subscribe to one or both of the JUG-AFRICA mailing lists.

JUG-AFRICA is off to an impressive start. Already, 12 African JUGs are affiliated with JUG-AFRICA:

Country JUG JUG-AFRICA Contact
Country JUG JUG-AFRICA Contact
 Nigeria  AbujaJug  Bulama Yusuf
 Congo (Kinshasa)  RDC-JUG
 Popol Kayembe
 Togo  TogoJUG  Bertin Abiassi
 Egypt  MUFIX  Hamada Zahera
 Congo (Brazzaville)    CongoJUG   Jean-François Bonbhel  
 Cameroun  CamerJUG
 Georges Youmbi
 Tunisia  TnJUG  Fadj Zayen
 Egypt  EGJUG  Ahmed Hashim
 Malia  MaliJUG  Issa Douroure
 Senegal(West Africa)  The West African Java User's Group  Lamine Ba and Michael Levin
 Angola  Guj-Ang  Josemar Magalhàes
 Marocco  MaroccanJUG  Moncef Fadal

Jean-Francois concludes his Did you say JUG? post with:

After talking with Java developpers across Africa, I think JUG-AFRICA could help address

  • How to take part in international and regional events ?
  • How to increase the visibility of the communities accross the word ?
  • How to create link with Java communities across the word ?

As lukman_jaji says in his comment to the post, JUG-AFRICA is a "wonderful idea."

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