On the 28th and 29th of April, 2010 representatives from nine AVOIR
nodes gathered at UWC for a two day workshop to plan a joint mentored internship programme of ict@innovation
and the African Virtual Open Initiatives and Resources (AVOIR) Network.
The initiative to create a framework for a joint mentored internship programme amongst the AVOIR nodes is supported by InWEnt and specifically by the ict@innovation
programme which is jointly run by InWEnt and FOSSFA. ict@innovation
aims to develop capacities in FOSS application development in different African countries whereas AVOIR aims to develop capacity in FOSS software engineering in Africa.
and AVOIR have decided to join efforts as both organizations aim to promote the development of FOSS coding and local FOSS innovations in Africa. The central aim of the mentored internship programme is to support the development of FOSS programming skills and contribute to FOSS business development within the African IT sector. The long term vision of the mentored internship program is to create a broader base of FOSS developers with the requisite business skills to stimulate the creation of more innovative local solutions within the African context.
The workshop mobilized expertise from across the continent located within the AVOIR nodes – from Nigeria to Kenya, Mozambique to Rwanda, and Uganda to South Africa. The two days was a think tank of ideas and planning. A concrete action plan was devised which included the content and curricula of the mentored internship programme, the time frame and costs as well as mapping the first phase of intern recruitments. The mentored internship program launches at the beginning of October 2010.