On November 29th 2010, a group of 16 trained FOSS Business Models Trainers met in Braamfontein in Johannesburg, South Africa for the 2010 ICT@Innovation Networking Workshop. The aim of the workshop was to give an opportunity for the trainiers to give feedback on the ict@innovation FOSS Business Models Trainings, offer support for exchange on the experiences made so far with the FOSS Business Models national trainings.The Networking workshop also discussed sustainability of the trainings as well as the way forward in the programme.
Seibold Balthas of InWent opened the workshop by welcoming the trainers. Andreas Meiszner and Fred Yeboah were the facilitators of the workshop.
The first day was spent on exchanging stories and giving feedback on trainings carried out in the different countries. These were recorded and will be posted on youtube. The participants then discussed the existing training materials and the possibility of having these materials posted on the ICT@Innovation website for sharing for upcoming trainings. The day ended of with the development of a Best Practice Model for FOSS Business Model. This was done with the input of all participants present. The mood was an exciting one as everyone was eager to make this model work and produce results for the programme.
The second day, two more trainers joined the workshop. From the hotel, we drove to the Witwatersrand University where the workshop was taking place. The day started of with a discussion on the support package - the Voucher System. The group identified the weakenesses and strengths of the Voucher System based on their experience for support received from InWent.
The afternoon was then spent discussing the impact of the national rollouts. The rollouts proved to be a greater success than most trainers anticipated, and positive feedback has been received by the various trainers.
The last day of the workshop saw participants drafting a roadmap aimed at establishing a "self-governance" struction called "Pillar A". A workgroup consisting of eight trainers was formed to further develop and implement the roadmap. Balthas then closed off the workshop. Overall, the workshop was a great success as it was very interactive and everyone participated and gave valuable feedback and input. Fred did a very good job in facilitating the workshop as everyone got the chance to participate. On top of that, the time allocated to the various activities was fairly sufficient, even though at times Fred had to cut activities short, even if it meant disappointing the participants by cutting the discussions.
More background information on the programme is online, see Andreas three blog entries.