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WANTED: Co-editors for materials on FOSS Business Models in Africa

Are you interested in developing training materials that make the case for exciting new business models in the area of Free and Open Source Software in Africa? Are you an African expert in the creation of training material and the teaching of business models?

Then respond to this call by *November 25* to become part of an exciting programme to build African FOSS businesses.

ict@innovation: Call for training institutions for FOSS Business Models

ict@innovation is currently gathering a group of African training institutions that are interested in joining in the regional trainings on African Business Models based on Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). The training institutions can be universities, vocational training centers, private training organizations or consultancy businesses in Southern and East Africa in the field of IT and/or business. Participants are expected to integrate a course on FOSS business models in Africa in their training portfolio.

Kenyan skunkworks@innovation for business

On Saturday 4 th October we held Kenya's first ICT Open Day dubbed “Skunkworks@innovation”. The event was very successful in bring together technical people, business community, and government in one room to sample local innovations and explore business opportunities therein. Over twenty local companies that submitted their demo products briefs and qualified were allocated presentation tables/slots.

skunkworks@innovation - Local Kenyan Software

The Kenyan organization Skunkworks organized an ICT Open Day today, Oct. 4th, 08, in Nairobi. The event featured a variety of local (mostly open source) software projects and their developers -

i-Week 2008 – Learn, Share, Network

i-Week 2008 – Learn, Share, Network from 20th to 24th of October 2008. See you There

Visit http://iweek.aiti-kace.com.gh

ICT INNOVATION WEEK AT AITI-KACE ACCRA GHANA

Location

Ghana
Phone: 233 21 679542-45.
The Ghana - India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT is proud to present this year's Innovation Week with the theme "ICT INNOVATION with Open Source & Mobile Content". The Innovation Week aims at showcasing ICT innovations in Ghana and her ECOWAS neighbours. Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) represent key elements for economic and social development in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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The 6th International ICT Open Access Conference Fair

Location

Lilongwe
Malawi
Phone: 265(0)8 843148
180° 0' 0" N, 360° 0' 0" E
For more information visit www.wideopenaccess.net

Public Software Procurement Workshop in Kenya

The Linux Professional Association of Kenya (LPA Kenya) conducted a forward-looking workshop on "Accelerating Achievement of Vision 2030 through Free and Open Source Software (FOSS)" on 5 September 2008 in Nairobi. About 20 participants, both Kenyan FOSS advocates and government officers, discussed issues of government software procurement. Apart from presenting his research on government spending on software to the Public Procurement Oversight Authority, Alex Gakuru also introduced participants to the ict@innovation programme.

Component A Scenario: Networking and Management

== Preparation == * Partner Selection and Coordination * Networking Activities for Pillar A == Ongoing Management Activities == * Partner Communication * Coordination of training institutes * Reporting * Monitoring and Evaluation * Development of a questionnaire to assess skills prior to the traings/interventions * Comparison of the questionnaire used to asses skills of training participants after the interventions * Website Editor for Topics on Pillar A Blogs (ict@innovation portal) and other relevant online content

Component A Scenario: National Follow-Up Trainings

* Sustainability of the programme is ensured by creating a community of practice around the development of the course materials and keeping them closely involved throughout the course of the programme == National Follow-Ups == * After the completion of the regional trainings and the „Train the Trainer“ phase of the programme, a roll out on a national level into the partaking countries is planned. * The trainers partaking in the regional training courses will need to be equipped to act as multipliers in their own countries.

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