The name alludes to the discriminatory racial policies used to restrict black people in the past however today we use it to mean coding with the benefit of black people in mind.
Who Are We?
Kemeware©™is an Unincorporated Association of IT professionals dedicated to the study information technology. Our overall mission is to promote innovation in the areas of commerce, economics, art & education .
What Is Our Goal?
Our immediate goal is to raise $50,000 (in 2 rounds of Crowd Funding) to develop black owned digital applications in the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. Our intent is to work with developers on the continent (Africa) while leveraging the capital resources available to those of us in the diaspora and the United States (US). Our Total Funding Goal is to raise $50,000 to fund the following #BlackCode applications:
ROUND 1 OF FUNDING: $10,000 - $15,000
Adinkramat is a program used to visualize relationships between sub-atomic particles within the field of theoretical physics. The program was developed in part, with the help of Dr Sylvester James Gates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It derives its name from the Adinkra symbols of Ghana which represent concepts and aphorisms within the Akan culture. The program was developed in 2011 but has since been decommissioned and is no longer available for download.
However the code is Open Source and is available for public use .
We intent to reinitialize the program making it available on both PC and OSX platforms. We feel the use of African symbols as a filter to interpret and understand physics is an important tool particularly for young African-American students of the sciences.
Mandombe (Word Game)
Mandombe is a 3 dimensional African language script developed in the Congo by Professor David Wabeladio Payi in 1978 .It was first used to transcribe African languages such as Kikongo, Lingala, Tshiluba and Swahili and has since been adapted to accommodate multiple languages.
Each of the "letters" of the language script can be flipped and rotated to create new sounds allowing the user to generate new word combinations.
Mandombe is a word game (similar to Wordle or Hangman) that is fun to play while teaching the basic tenets of the language script. Like Adinkramat Mandombe transmits a body of scientific knowledge (basic elements, vibration, duality, complementarity etc.) via a symbolic framework that is uniquely African. It is our belief that the script can be used as a scientific teaching tool acutely adapted to black African students worldwide.
ROUND 2 OF FUNDING: $20,000 - $25,000
Mandombe 3D PattLock
The Mandombe 3D PattLock application is a security program similar to the Android Pattern Lock program with the exception that it has multiple layers. Ideally the user will trace a pattern, then hold on one point (e.g. 2 seconds) and be presented with a menu allowing them to choose an angle along the Z axis [i.e. 45, 90, 135]. Once the angle is selected the user can then trace another pattern in the next layer. The user will be allowed to choose the amount of "Layers" they use for their Pattern Lock (2,3,,4 etc.) adding additional layers of security.
What Have We Done So Far?
We are currently in contact with skilled coders across the continent specifically within the regions of Nigeria, Uganda and Kenya. We have secured estimates ranging from $10,000 to $15,000 each to complete both the Mandombe (Word Game) and Mandombe 3D PattLock applications. We are also in the process of securing Letters of Intent (Promissory Notes) to develop these apps upon successful completion of our crowd funding campaign. We believe the project goals are both attainable and beneficial and that the #BlackCode project has the potential to enhance STEM comprehension and utilization within the Black Diasporian community worldwide.
Other Ways To Support?
Join Us! If you are a BlackCoder with experience coding in C, C++, Arduino, Mobile App Development (Android/IOS) we want to hear from you! Contact Us . We have several project ideas in the works and need your help in making them a reality.
Promote us! Post a link to our campaign on social media using #BlackCode, #BlackCoders, #BlackCodeProject, #Kemware