ict@innovation is a capacity building programme which supports small and medium ICT enterprises and aims to encourage the growth of African ICT industries by:

1) spreading FOSS business models for enterprises 

2) fostering FOSS certification and

3) supporting innovative local FOSS applications for social and economic development.  

The ict@innovation portal provides free training materials, information on courses, and contact to people working with FOSS across Africa. You can become part of the ict@innovation community by registering a profile.

ict@innovation Blog

News on Free and Open Source Software in Africa and ict@innovation programme activities

Looking around us in Awareness

As we come to the close of yet another active year in ict@innovation, its time to take stock again. This is the that time we must look back and take stock. Its the time to look at our successes and failures, at the lost opportunities and the challenges that we surmounted. Yet we must also take time to understand what is happening around us, so that we can encourage ourselves and move forward into the future without any fear.

Its been a momentous year for the FOSS community in Africa.

Linux Training @ ZTE university, Shenzen China for Zambia and Djibouti trainees

Short term training was done at ZTE University on Suse Linux for Zambia's mobile operator, Zamtel, and Djibouti's mobile operator, Djibouti Telecom. Customers were receiving training for ZTE's telecommunication products . Using the knowledge gained from the GIZ ToT training in Dar Es Salaam I was able to incorporate Linux specific training as part of their course. (Many of ZTE's products run on Linux and hence the need for Linux training.) The training was conducted on November 10t, 11th and December 24th.

First FOSS Business Models Training in West Africa finishes successfully – and continues!

The participants of the first "Training of Trainers on African FOSS Business Models" in West Africa (Abuja/Nigeria) have passed their final exam. They are now implementing "national roll-out plans" for follow-up trainings in Nigeria, Cameroon, Togo and Senegal.

Which local needs have to be addressed? Which market niches are there? How can the follow-up trainings be financed? These are the questions the 24 new trainers are now addressing.

LPIC-1 Training Lusaka

Just started the LPIC-1 training in Lusaka at the University of Zambia Consultancy and Training Unit today. Am excited and so, day number was good
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Findings and experience from EIFL FOSS Regional Seminar, 4-5 November 2011

I was invited to present a 30 minutes talk on African FOSS Business models from Librarians from over 15 African Universities and several other institutions (see attached presentation)

An interesting finding to this group was the level of awareness to Open Source Solutions available in the area of Integrated Library System. ( Do not tell them) I had to change the presentation several time to try avoiding abusing them by teaching what FLOSS is :-) after attending several pre-sessions prior to my presentation.