Goethe Institute Robots in Residence Coding Challenge 2022 for Ghanaian Coders and Artists.

Deadline: 22nd of August, 2022.

Imagine you come home and want to enter your apartment, but the door leading into the building remains closed. Or, you are mistaken for someone else at the airport checkpoint. All of this happens because you are a black woman and facial recognition misidentified you because of those two features.

It used to be that machines didn’t care who we were, where we came from, or what we looked like. Now, however, algorithms are increasingly determining what we may or may not do. The personal characteristics such as gender, age, origin, appearance and name now play a greater role. Therefore, diversity and variety should be at the forefront of the development of algorithms. These should also be developed by diverse groups – and not only by certain groups.

With the open call “Robots in Residence” Goethe Institut would like to address questions of artificial intelligence, machine learning, the impact of algorithms and the question to what extent AI is neutral or can normalize, solidify or dismantle racisms. Starting with why most robots are white and black people have difficulty finding a suitable avatar and emojis often don’t reflect cultural differences.


  • The call is exclusively for Ghanaian ( Please specify country here) based coders* and artists with skills in programming. In our Robots in Residence, you will program a NAO robot and equip it with new skills within six weeks. The focus will be on aspects of diversity, variety and creativity.
  • Coders and artists are invited to submit project ideas with a concept.
  • A jury will then select the best project idea and the winners will have six weeks to program the robot and implement their idea.


The robot will be sent together with a notebook and a Fritz-Box. On the notebook is the program CHOREGRAPHE, with which very intuitively and also by laymen simple speech and movement sequences for the NAO can be created. The NAO is programmed with the programming language Python.  

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Oyin Olufayo

Oyin Olufayo is a Sustainable Development Goals Advocate. A recent graduate of The School of Politics, Policy, and Governance (SPPG) She is a Technical Writer, Political Writer, and a Content Writer. Her passion for sustainable development goals has been implemented by creating tangible solutions. She has featured in grassroots initiatives like TedX, World Literacy Foundation, Spur Nation Media, FRCN, Naija Law and etc. spreading the impact of Sustainable education, and also facilitated numerous events regarding SDGs.

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