Last year (2020) around July, the announcement was made public that I'm now a Grantfortheweb grantee, the first in Nigeria. Earlier before this, I've been interested in the whole concept of web monetization. This was supposed to be a 6-months program but it's been over a year and there's still so much to do. I guess if you like and understand something, you're not bound by time-frames.
My key goal was to put the word "Web monetization" on the lips of as many people in Africa as possible. And yes we did that. Either through conferences, interviews, tweets, short workshops or even Question and Answer sessions online.
When you love something, no amount of talking is too much, A recap of few of the major conferences where we had conversations about Web monetization and what it means to be web monetized as a web user:
An interesting session hosted by Amber Case where we discussed about the future of micropayment in relation to web monetization.
The tech ecosystem in Kenya is one the fastest growing in Africa, filled with thousands of young engineering talents, we had an introduction to web monetization for the university students of the Google Developers Student Club and the Angular Community in Kenya.
The unstack Conference is an annual tech conference that holds in Nigeria, it was remotely handled this year with close to 3000 attendees, we had an introduction to web monetization session where attendees get to ask questions about web monetization as a source of revenue and also as a technology system.
Hashnode is one of the leading developer blogging system on the internet, featuring alot of community exposure to tech contents, I had a web monetization AMA on Hashnode where we went over various topics concerning web monetization in general, the adoption here in Africa and how it's helping with privacy protection on the web.
In Streaming Color is a 25-hour live streaming event to help raise donations for minority charitable organizations through the talents of content curators, world-class speakers and instructors, and storytellers. I spoke about web monetization, touching points on revenue generation, differences with ads and subscription models and how easy individuals and platform can adopt this technology.
The developer student club in Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria is one of the latest student body in technology in Nigeria, we held a session to introduce students to the concept of web monetization, both as a means to generate revenue and also opening their eyes to the difference between web monetization and other models such as ads and subscription based model.
StartConFest20 is a hybrid(Onsite +Online) conference that took place in roothub Uyo. I spoke to the attendees about the idea and applications of web monetization.
A Q & A panel session with other tech experts in the African tech ecosystem to discuss the growth of technology adoption on the continent. A python Conference popularly known as Pycon is one of the largest gathering of Python developers in the continent.
The adoption of web monetization in Africa would not become mainstream in a day, continuous and active education is needed, at this time the goal is to continue the advocacy and create resources around these, give more talks and organise more hackathons. We do hope to have the Hashnode + Web monetization hackathon for technical writers soon.
We would also be encouraging folks on the continent to build products around the web monetization ecosystem, help youtube and twitch content creators add web monetization to their channels and bring in the local news outlets on.
And a final update to DevCareer would be pushed out very soon.