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FOSS Business Models Training


Kakamega, Kenya

Training Organised by Boniface Witaba. Contact for more information.

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Taking the first steps

ict@innovation has been running successfully for the past four years. Look what ict@innovation has achieved so far.

Software Freedom Day NIGERIA 2012


Federal University Oye-Ekiti Oye-Ekiti
Phone: 08035233535

SFD 2012 – Invitation to Participate
Information and Communication Technology Centre of
The Federal University Oye Ekiti is organizing Software Freedom Day
(SFD) in
conjunction with Computer Science Department.

Meaning Vs Money dilemma

The concept of FOSS is very appealing especially for those that embrace the spirit of the open movement. However, we all must eat or we will surely die and/or get kicked out for not paying rent. This fact slows down the growth of the FOSS in general and sometimes making FOSS products not be as appealing as their proprietary equivalents. We all are aware of the strides Ubuntu has made in the past few years, well I suppose this was possible with funding from Canonical.

In life we all have to deal with the Meaning Vs Money dilemma.

FOSS Creating More Opportunities for Women

The technology field is largely dominated by men. The statistics get even worse when you narrow down to investigate FOSS projects. However this trend is slowly changing with more ladies stepping up and participating in FOSS related initiatives. An interesting blog entry that I came across shows the daring act of one such lady. See here:

Updating of the Advanced Training Material on African Free and Open Source Software Business Models for IT SMEs.

It is yet another opportunity to provide input for the update of the FOSS Business models Training material. The training guide was first developed in 2007 by a team of experts in FOSS and business models.Minor changes have also been made in between that time and now. Since 2007 hundreds of participants, throughtout Africa has been trained using the guide. The FOSS landscape has also changed considerably over the years.

Juba. The world’s first Open Source City? Event on Thursday 21. June

On Thursday, 21. June, some open source initiatives will host an event in Berlin that aims to talk about "South Sudan and Open Source Culture" ... This might be of interest to some members of the ict@innovation community: You may then check the website, which also says, that the event will be livestreamed. Some more infos on the event coming from the organizers below:

"Challenging and Identifying Open Source Approaches

LPIC Certification Camp - Nkozi, Uganda

COSS is excited to bring the 3rd LPIC Exam Lab this year, with a double sitting compared to the last one. This month's exam lab will feature LPI's paper based 101 and 102 exams, both required to achieve the LPI Junior Certification, aka LPIC 1. The Exam Lab will be hosted at UMU, Nkozi, on Masaka Road - Strict Departure from Kampala of 730am. If you are interested in the exams* - only 3 spots available - please get in touch with me (@bssennoga, +256 703/753 222 842) as soon as possible.

Appel à Participation: Modèles d'Affaires des Logiciels Libres

Appel à Candidature:

Formateurs Futures sur
"Entreprendre avec les Logiciels Libres en Afrique"
en Afrique de l'Ouest !

″Appreciation and acknowledgement and impact from relevant knowledge is what tempts people to share their knowledge.″

Not long ago, Frank Tilugulilwa tweeted a link to an article about the efforts of Tanzania`s government to soon provide the citizens of Tanzania with „fast, efficient and affordable data traffic to support a range of industries.“ No wonder that this information matters to Frank Tilugulilwa. He is the head of the Free Software Innovation Unit at University of Dar es Salaam Computing Center Ltd, and one of the trainers of GIZs and FOSSFAs pan-african FOSS Business Trainings.


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