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Component A Scenario: Regional Trainings

== Coordination and Implementation of Regional Trainings == * Selection and sub-contracting of co-trainers in regional trainings (possibly some of them are also part of the content creation community) * Invitations to apply for the trainings (through already identified contacts and an open call for participants) * Selection of the training institutes and trainers, that apply to participate in regional trainings + definition of selection criteria. Among the criteria of participants will be (1) their outreach ability, i.e.

Component A Scenario: Course Development

Creating the content for Pillar A should be understood as a joint learning process and will be one of the core programme activities. Aim of this line of action is to host an inclusive content creation process, involving regional experts, in order to build an expert community and build local ownership for the programme. == Preparation == * An information base on African FOSS business models, possible partners and beneficiaries is being prepared by the programme management team. * Research of additional case studies of African FOSS business models.

FOSS Business Planning Workshop Day 2: Further Stakeholders to involve

== Strategic partners == FOSSFA, UWC, UNU Merit, it@ab, Meraka Institute, ... == Training Partners (Participants) == * include business schools! * several participants expressed interest in being a training partner == Other Stakeholders to involve == e.g.

FOSS Business Workshop Day 2: Indicators and Risks

Summarized discussion points are added (> bullet points). == Indicators == 1. Number and relevance of captured business models, which are promising within African context * You first need to establish your baselines against which to measure your success. 2. Numbers of modules of open, relevant and hands-on training material 3. Number of intermediaries with improved knowledge base and problem solving abilities 4.

FOSS Business Workshop Day 2: Programme Objective and Activities

The summarized discussion points are added to each activity (> bullet points). == Pillar 1: African Business Models and Skills for ICT-based SMEs == == Performance Objective == ICT associations, their members, ICT-training institutions, universities as well as of other change agents of the ICT field know about regional best practices and compile examples of adapted business models and marketing-related skills in the field of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS).

FOSS Business Workshop Day 2: Roles in ict@innovation

* Steering InWEnt: Balthas Seibold, Petra Hagemann * Steering FOSSFA: James Wire Lunghabo * International Coordination: Andrea Goetzke, Geraldine de Bastion (newthinking communications) * African Coordinator: George Nyambuya * Advisory Board: Nnenna Nwakanma (FOSSFA), Thandikile Mbvundula (OSISA), Balthas Seibold (InWEnt), Petra Hagemann (InWEnt), John Maddog Hall (Linux Int.), Kim Tucker (Meraka Institute), Rishab Aiyer Ghosh (UNU-Merit) further African representatives TBD (from academia, business ...) * Programme Coordinators and trainers Pillar A, B, C: TBD (Tendering Process) * Strategic P

FOSS Business Planning Workshop Day 1: African FOSS Business Models

The topic of African FOSS Business Models was explored. What are good business models for FOSS in African countries? What are the experiences of participants?

FOSS Business Workshop

In several articles, we summarize the outcomes of the FOSS business planning workshop discussions (as recalled afterwards). The text was initially in a wiki format, to provide an opportunity for the community to share comments, edits, additions and further thoughts and ideas. The workshop outcomes were first published on the Wikieducator, before they were moved here to the ict@innovation portal.

InWEnt Compilation of Materials on FOSS Business Models

InWEnt has compiled a selection of materials and resources on FOSS business models, that have been produced in the context of InWEnt programmes in South East Asia and Africa, complemented by additional external sources. The variety of links and materials are published on the it-inwent site.

Component A Scenario

A draft scenario of the ict@innovation component on African FOSS Business was published in May 2008 on the Wikieducator, to give partners and interested parties the opportunity to comment on the planning process. This is a draft scenario and plan for for the implementation of Component A – capacity building in African FOSS Business Models. The individual components are published in the following blog posts.

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