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Successful Idlelo Start

The first day of sessions at this years Idlelo has evoked some interesting discussions. Different country perspectives are being shared from all over the African continent and even from Brazil. The day began with a welcoming of the IT Minister and the organisers. ict@innovation is represented by a booth and a number of sessions.

ict@innovation @ IDLELO

This years Idlelo conference on FOSS and the Digital Commons is taking place from  May 17th – May 21st, 2010 in  Accra, Ghana. The IDLELO Conference, themed „Development with Ownership“, is a premier international forum on Free and Open Source Software in Africa and is therefore an especially important event for any ICT programme. It presents the opportunity to discuss new issues, tackle complex problems and find advanced enabling solutions able to shape new trends in FOSS and related technologies on the African continent.

Workshop at UWC kick-starts new Mentored Internship Programme

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.

Closed: Call for Applications for FOSS Certification Manager

The call for "FOSS Certification Manager for the project ict@innovation" has officially closed. We are happy to announce that we have received a number of very interesting applications and are currently reviewing these. We thank everyone who applied for the position!

After the review process selected candidates will be interviewed before a final choice is made and all candidates notified personally via email.

Linux Fund and FOSSFA to Promote Open Source in Africa

Linux Fund and the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA) have pledged to work together to promote Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in Africa. [origionally published on http://linuxfund.org/press/fossfa/] Portland, Oregon – December 14, 2009 – Linux Fund and the Free Software and Open Source Foundation of Africa (FOSSFA) have signed a landmark agreement to promote Free Software and Open Source in Africa.

CENFOSS: First Bank in Mozambique migrated to FOSS!

CENFOSS is currently supporting SOCREMO (www.socremo.com)a micro finance bank. SOCREMO have branches trough all Mozambique (South and Center to be specific), and is the first bank in Mozambique, and perhaps in all Southern Africa, that has migrated more than 300 computers from Windows to Linux. For the project CENFOSS is using Ubuntu 8.04. The banks servers, configured by CENFOSS, run on Debian.

Celebrating Software Freedom Day 2009 by Promoting International Networking

This year, to celebrate SFD, InWEnt hosted a virtual event to connect its programme partners in Asia and Africa working to promote FOSS.

Software Freedom Day Events Around the World

Kampala, Uganda will be hosting a special event on September 19th at the Software Incubator Makarere University for Software Freedom Day 2009. Their aim is to host the biggest international celebration and outreach event for Software Freedom globally with hundreds of teams from all around the world participating! The event will include competitions and demonstrations of Free and Open Source Software and everyone is invited to come and find out about the benefits of Free and Open Source Software.

Half Time – First Feedback from the FOSS Business Trainings

The trainings for African FOSS Business Models, a major part of the ict@innovation programme, are currently being conducted in southern and eastern Africa – this summer first trainings took place in South Africa and Uganda. One of the participants of the Uganda training, Isaac Kigen, described the training as an important opportunity: "The training comes at a time when the world is embracing free and open source software and Africa should not be left behind. I think the objectives of the training are being more than met.

Get ready, get active it's time for Software Freedom Day

Software Freedom Day (SFD) 2009 is approaching - it is time to organise creative actions and events and get ready to celebrate Free and Open Source Software and Technologies on the 19th of September 2009!

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