“✨Joining OLS mentorship is not just about learning and growing; it’s about being part of a supportive community that empowers you to reach your full potential.✨” Richard Dushime
Hello 👋, I’m Richard Dushime, and I’m thrilled to take you on a transformative journey through my mentorship experience with Open Seeds (OLS) Cohort 7. In this blog, I will share the remarkable story of my journey, focusing on the project I worked on to implement facial recognition and biometric attendance monitoring in educational and corporate settings. Join me as we uncover the challenges faced, the elements of success encountered, and the profound impact this journey has had on both my personal growth and the domains I am passionate about. Together, let’s delve into the power of open science, foster collaboration, and make a lasting impact.
The project aims to leverage the power of facial recognition technology and biometric attendance monitoring to enhance efficiency and accuracy in educational and corporate environments. By utilizing these advanced technologies, the project seeks to streamline attendance tracking processes, eliminate manual errors, and provide a seamless experience for both students and employees. The motivation behind this project stems from the increasing need for accurate and reliable attendance management systems. Traditional methods, such as manual sign-in sheets or swipe cards, are prone to errors, buddy punching, and time-consuming administrative tasks. To address these challenges, the project sets out to develop a secure solution that ensures reliable attendance tracking while reducing administrative burden.
This program surpassed my expectations, offering valuable lessons in diversity, inclusivity, openness, and the ethical considerations of working with advanced technologies. Connecting and sharing with like-minded individuals in the community expanded my knowledge and perspective. It was a transformative learning journey.
In participating in the OLS program, my primary goal was to gain knowledge and skills in implementing facial recognition and biometric attendance monitoring in educational and corporate settings. I aimed to deepen my understanding of open science principles and promote their adoption within communities. Specifically, my project focused on developing a secure solution to streamline attendance tracking, eliminate errors, and enhance efficiency. Ethical considerations and data privacy were also key priorities throughout the project.
During my participation in the OLS program, I achieved a deeper understanding of open science principles, emphasizing collaboration and transparency. I created documents to encourage community participation and effectively managed project resources using open canvas and roadmap. I also initiated the implementation of the facial recognition and biometric attendance monitoring project, which is currently in progress. These accomplishments were in line with my initial goals and led to a deeper engagement within the open science community.
It is through the challenges and difficulties we face that we truly discover the depths of our capabilities and unlock our potential for growth and exploration.
Embarking on my OLS journey, I initially faced challenges in understanding the program. However, with the support of the community and weekly mentorship sessions, I began conducting thorough research on attendance management systems in educational and corporate settings. This exploration helped me identify the limitations of existing methods and the potential benefits of implementing facial recognition and biometric attendance monitoring.
Engaging in OLS Calls and biweekly mentorship sessions played a crucial role in my journey. These discussions with mentors, fellow participants, and community members provided valuable insights and guidance. Collaborative activities, such as breakout room sessions and Cafeteria time, allowed me to connect with like-minded individuals and expand my network. The support and advice from mentors, including Elisee Jafsia, Yo Yehudi, and Paz, greatly contributed to my progress and understanding.
The knowledge and skills gained through the OLS program have had a broader impact beyond the project itself. I have applied the principles of openness, collaboration, and transparency to other research initiatives and encouraged others to adopt similar practices. The ethical considerations and data privacy awareness developed during the project have influenced my approach to technology implementation in different domains, promoting responsible decision-making.
The OLS journey provided me with a solid foundation to explore and address complex problems. Through research, discussions, connections, activities, and mentorship, I gained invaluable insights. Applying the knowledge and skills acquired, I have extended the impact of the program to other projects and aspects of my life. Overall, the OLS experience fostered personal growth and positive contributions to various domains, thanks to the supportive community and mentorship.
I have also captured the transformative insights from my OLS journey in an article.
Welcome contributors to join our open-source project for success. Together, let’s establish a sustainable community and drive innovation in attendance management solutions for education and corporations.
Join us in collaborating on our project by visiting our GitHub repository. There, you’ll find all the information you need to contribute and learn about our project. Additionally, I plan to stay connected with the OLS community and other members through communication channels and active participation in the community. Let’s continue to grow together and make a lasting impact.
I extend my sincere gratitude to the OLS organizers, particularly Yo Yehudi, PAZ B,Malvika S, Patricia , Emmy Tsang and Elisee Jafsia, for their invaluable support. I would also like to thank all the individuals who contributed ideas and lessons, playing a significant role in the success of this project. Your involvement is deeply appreciated.