Who we are
Open-Source Academy is a university focused, student centred academy that supports and advocates the use and development of open technologies in universities and institutes of higher learning.
We have realised that a lot of graduates are not job ready after their graduation. A good number of students attempt to learn technologies they think might be relevant before and after graduation. The essence of Open-Source Academy is to help universities, higher institutions and students expose themselves to latest open source technologies through research and study.
It is empirical to know that the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Etsy, Airbnb and alot of new tech companies and startups were built and are powered by open source technologies. Even proprietory tech companies like Microsoft, Oracle are also advocating the use of open source.
We work with Universities and Institutes of higher learning in setting up and operating Open-Source Outfits on campus. Paramount to our work is in working directly with the industry experts who use these technologies for their work. It is more of bridging the gap between academia and tech by bringing these technologies into the classrom. We will also work with tech industry and Institutes of higher learning to know what is relevant in area of curriculum development in making sure that it is sufficient enough, necessary, important and required in the workplace.
Open-Source Academy operates in partnership with universities, institutions of higher learning and the Industry in fostering the setup and implementation of open source outfits on campuses. Through our programmes focused on exposing universities, institutions of higher learning and their students to: education, new technologies, what real life projects are and what is required in the workplace fulfils Open-Source Academy’s mission.
This mission is one of supportive efforts that promote open source technologies and foster relationships between academia and the workforce. We believe our work is critical in systemic change that improves computer science and engineering curriculum, institutions, students and the workforce. Ultimately, these strengthen communities and foster the successes of institutions and the workforce.
Activities of Open-Source Academy focus on creative and exciting ways of solving real world problems, strong communications between Techturers1 and students (peer-learning), project-based learning, learning how to learn, learning from industry leaders and soft skills. These activities aid learners to utilise their skills to create real life solutions.
Integrity and Accountability: We help universities and institutions of higher learning become more effective in achieving their missions. We believe in developing tomorrow’s workforce from the base and helping Institutions gain more trustworthiness and integrity that earns continuously the public’s high regard for the education sector. These reflect an alignment between what we say, what we do, and how we do it.
Innovation: We believe that we can help make the future brighter through innovation and societal change. This sense of hope leads to creative approaches and new models that work.
Responsible stewardship: We are committed to careful stewardship of all human, natural, and financial resources. This means that we use carefully the time and talents of those working with the Academy. We are environmentally responsible, and we spend wisely the funds invested in us.
Sustainability: We believe that it is important to recognise the value of universities and higher institutions by the caliber of students that graduate from them. These institutions can enhance this by investing in their students and staff. These include providing a platform where students can learn technologies required in the workplace: as well as fostering long term projects where the students can work on, which will be on a continual basis.
It is an approach to the design, development, and distribution offering practical accessibility to a product's source (goods and knowledge)
denoting software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified.
No. This is a common misconception about what "open source" implies. Organizations, Vendors & Engineers can charge money for the open source software they create or to which they contribute. But because most open source licenses require them to release their source code when they sell software to others, many open source software programmers find that charging users money for software services and support (rather than for the software itself) is more lucrative. This way, their software remains free of charge and they make money helping others install, use, maintain and troubleshoot it. A major allure to open source software is to heavily based on customizing that software. Open Source Software is free but the time involved to fully customize it certainly gooes with a cost.