Grant Proposal: Perl Camp in Democratic Republic of Congo

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The Grants Committee has received the following grant proposal for the January/February round. Before the Committee members vote, we would like to solicit feedback from the Perl community on the proposal.

Review the proposal below and please comment here by February 20th, 2018. The Committee members will start the voting process following that and the conclusion will be announced the last week of February.

Please note that this particular request was submitted during the last round of 2017 when we had already exhausted our funding; so unfortunately, the dates on the proposal have already passed.

Perl Camp in Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Name:

    Narcisse Mbunzama

  • Amount Requested:

    USD 4,000


Perl Camp in Democratic Republic of Congo

20-21 December 2017


We aim to organize a first nationwide Perl Camp in democratic republic of congo. During 2 days in Kinshasa, the capital city of the democratic republic of Congo, students, IT managers and developers will come together to learn, share ideas, discuss issues related to Perl finally to build their capacity in Perl and to cultivate an active Perl developer community in democratic republic of Congo.

The first Perl Camp in the democratic republic of Congo will consist in a series of activities including (courses on Perl programming, debates and discussions, hackhaton, and leadership programs, etc) to allow participants to develop their skills and knowledge on Perl and leadership programme to enable participants to be able to lead a Perl community in their specific regions. Indeed, at the moment there is not an active Perl community in democratic republic and only few than 10 people know about Perl in the country and use Perl when it comes to choose the programming language, while Perl has several and great advantages.

We plan through the first Perl Camp in democratic republic of Congo to bring around 150 participants coming from across the country to build their capacity on Perl and to create an active Perl community in the democratic republic of Congo.


The consultation is lead by Narcisse Mbunzama, an experimented Software developer with strong background in Perl. Narcisse Mbunzama, is a dual citizen of DRCongo and Sweden. He holds a master in computer science from Umea University in Sweden. He's a serial winning tech innovator, and the executive manager of DRCongo developer association. Prior to that, he served as central africa coordinator for Africa environment outlook for youth at the United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP) and as fellow of the International Telecommunication Union. I'm fluent in English, French and Swedish.

As, Software developer, He organize a series of programming trainings for developers, students and IT managers in democratic republic of Congo in regularly basis since 2014 in democratic republic of Congo. Participants are developers, students and IT managers, they come to build their skills on Perl programming. Since 2014, he have trained more than 100 people in different countries. The training will be conduct by Narcisse Mbunzama with 2 other people, they participate also as trainers and mentors during the Perl trainings.

The trainers team are : - Ms.Lucie Rushimande, Master in Computer science from University of Kinshasa - Mr. Glodie Mbanzulu, Master in Mechaniclzl Law from University of Kinshasa. She teach participants in the training the issues related to privacy, law and freedom expression.


Perl Camp in democratic republic of Congo is targeting developers, students, and IT managers from public and private organizations from across the democratic republic of Congo. Female and youth participation in the Perl Camp in democratic republic of Congo will be encouraged.


150 participants from across the democratic republic of Congo among which - 120 participants living outside the capital city of Kinshasa will receive travel and accomodation supports to to participate in the event in kinshasa and 30 participants will be from kinshasa and around Kinshasa


20-21 December 2017


University of Kinshasa, the democratic republic of Congo


To promote the program to the local community and to reach a larger audience of people, we will organize a strong marketing campaigns before, during and after the Perl Camp in democratic republic of DRCongo on Perl and related activities through :

    - Media presence on TV, Radio, newspapers
    - Social Media : Facebook page, Youtube, Twitter, blogs, etc.
    - Face to face campaigns, PR, etc
    - Presence in major IT events in the democratic republic of Congo


December 9, 2017 : Open call for application to participate in Perl in DRCongo

December 15, 2017 : Selection of participants

December 20, 2017 : Opening ceremony of Perl Camp in DRCongo 8:00 - 18:00 : (Training and courses on Perl, workshops, debates, etc)

December 21, 2017 8:00 - 18:00 : (Hackhaton, Leadership skills, networking, etc) End of the program.

January 5, 2018 : Final report send to the Grant donors.


Location of Event room : 250$ x 2 = 500$ Equipement and Materials (prints, flyers, pencils, etc) : 500$ Communication/internet : 100$ Transport and accomodation of: 2000$ Food and drinks of participants during 2 days : 800$ Administrative cost : 100$



Africa Park Aventure, a DRCongo based toursim company will give us 150 computers to use during the Perl Camp in democratic republic of Congo.


If selected for funding, we will provide a bank account to wire the funds.

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According to this timeline, the event already took place. (December 21, 2017)

If this group wants to run another event in 2018, I encourage them to reach out to TPF's conferences committee, who may be able to provide additional resources.

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