Hey! Abel from Ethiopia here. I’m a Power engineering student, a UI & UX artist and designer, educator, enthusiast and hobbyist. I first came to know about Processing when I was in grade 12 (back in 2014) and I’ve since fallen in love with it. You’ll know how easy it is to get started with Processing because I came to create my first ‘desktop app’ just after 2 days of reading and working with Daniel Shiffman’s book (Learning Processing) while only being a beginner in C++ by then.
Since then, I’ve not only came to make many other apps for desktop, but also did for Android. Created games, tools, Embedded Systems, animations, hacks, … with it. And even helped those overseas with their projects. But above all, I took it my life’s mission to spread the word about Processing to whomever I came to talk code about.
Over the years, I’ve had the wonderful privilege of teaching highschool and preparatory school students about Programming and Embedded systems (4 years now) at a STEM center where I live called Foka STEM. I’ve met brilliant minds longing to create apps, systems, games, … for their projects in the yearly held local and national science fair. Of course, I’ve recommended no other than the wonderful Processing for them to work with.
I am also a member and lead organizer of a tech team called Kekros in AASTU, through which we as a team given many notable tutorials about programming and held different seminars about tech as a whole to students in the university. We’ve used Processing as a tool together with Arduino to help out student’s thesis projects (Polytechnic, BSc & MSc) over the years and we’re proud we used it.
We also created the Ethiopian version of Processing Community (t.me/ProcessingCommunity) to help spread and help those with questions about Processing and programming in general in the university and those interested in Ethiopia or elsewhere as a well. As we were starting out used to award active members every month and are currently working on to sustain that trend.
The love for Processing urged me to participate and talk about UI & UX on a festival by the Google Developers Group in Addis, GDGAddis.
Together with friends and Team Kekros, we are setting things up for holding #PCD Ethiopia 2019 in Debre Zeit 9th of this February. We’ve partnered with Foka STEM Center and have all sorts of engaging and fun ideas for the event.
We’d love to hear your thoughts.