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

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: http://lilithlela.cyberguerrilla.org/?p=1636

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.

The Kenya Freedom of Information Bill and Open Standards

The Peruvian Government in 2005 passed a law mandating the use of Free/Libre software in all Government agencies (bodies funded by the tax payer). I have reproduced some excerpts here below that tie in with our Freedom of Information Bill (and to a large extent the Data Protection Bill). Please note that the use of the term free is not to be confused to mean free of cost, but more about liberty, openness, open standards and access to source code.

Day II : Linux Essentials classes at InCo Technologies (T) Ltd - Dar es Salaam

Day 2 of Linux Essential classe at InCo Lab in Dar es Salaam
yesterday (on Sunday) with a attendance of 16/20 participants.
Topics covered were Introduction to Linux & its shell environment.
Classes will continues next week. Follow us at http://facebook.com/inkoteki

Kickoff of the Linux Essential class at InCo Technologies (T) Ltd

A long waited Linux Essential class has kicked-off on 30th June 2012 in Dar es Salaam with 12 out 20 students reporting. The classes will last for not more than six weeks. Some of the participating institutions : Institute for Finance and Management (IFM) University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) Aptech Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT) St.Joseph College of Engineering and Technology Institute of Information and Technology (IIT) College of Business Education (CBE) Trainers : Edward Mwangile, Frank Tilugulilwa & Jimmy Mbelwa