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Coding FOSS in Africa

<b>ict@innovation</b> supports and promotes the development of African Free and Open Source Software Applications.

<b>Learning by Coding</b> - the mentored internship programme (MIP) of AVOIR & ict@innovation In partnership with the university network AVOIR, ict@innovation has launched a Mentored Internship Programme. The mentored internship programme enables interns to learn by coding by involving them in actual FOSS projects and matching them with skilled and dedicated mentors.

• Interns are recruited from small and medium IT enterprises as well as engaged graduate-level students in Africa.
• Mentors are recruited from African IT enterprises and training institutions as well as German and European enterprises and FOSS institutions.

<b>ict@innovation’s aim is to:</b>
• Strengthen practical programming capacities and qualify African FOSS
developers
• Enable them to contribute to local and international FOSS projects
• Support the development of locally relevant software applications,
adapted to the needs of small and medium enterprises and the public sector.

If you are interested in becoming an intern, becoming a mentor, or you are working on a FOSS project you would like to recruit interns for, please get in touch with ict@innovation Programme Manager James Kariuki.

Join MIP

The mentored internship programme (MIP) enables coders to apply what they learn in theory to “real world problems” and gain self-confidence and skills in self-marketing. It seeks to help local businesses and communities "grow their own timber" when it comes to the development, adaptation and customisation of Free and Open Source Software. Our aim is to  qualify FOSS developers and experts of IT-associations, training institutions as well as other relevant change agents in the development of innovative local FOSS solutions.

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ICT@INNOVATION: Mentored Internship Programme Resources

The MIP resources available here are for the projects that we are currently engaged in. Most of these resources have been developed by the documentation teams of the FOSS projects that the fall under.

Africa and Europe join forces in Training on Free Technology

More networking of African IT specialists with Europe and joint building of advanced training materials – this is what a new partnership of FOSSFA's and GIZ’s ict@innovation programme with the Europe-wide ‘Free Technology Academy’ (FTA) is all about. The Free Technology Academy (FTA), financially supported by the Life Long Learning programme (LLP) of the European Commission, is a collaboration between the Netherlands-based Free Knowledge Institute and three European universities.

Mentors/Coaching Workshop

Location

University of the Western University Cape Capetown
South Africa
Phone: +27835669741
This workshop is being held in prepation of the kick off on "Coding FOSS  in Africa - the mentored internship programme (MIP) of AVOIR & ict@innovation" (=Pillar C Internship programme).Mentors from the different Nodes of AVIOR will be participating.
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Idlelo 4 conference in Accra, Ghana

The Idlelo conference on FOSS and the Digital Commons took 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.

Country Feature - South Africa

800px-Flag_of_South_Africa.svg.teaser.pngAs announced this is the first in a series of Country Feature we are going to publish on the ict@innovation website. The feature highlights projects, organisations, initiatives and individuals working with FOSS.

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.

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