Youth Chamber of Commerce & Industry's Technopreneurship CentreJohannesburg
The 2nd LPIC-1 Exam lab will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa on March 5th. This exam lab will be hosted under the ict@innovation project of GIZ and FOSSFA, but will be open to the general public. anyone who is interested in sitting for these exams can contact George Nyambuya, the ict@innovation Africa Coordinator, of Evans Ikua, the FOSS Certification Manager.
The two exams will be at a discounted rate of $95 each, and will be paper based.
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.
Last week, the German "ICT for Development" community met in Berlin for a two day gathering on the topic of "ICT and rural economic development" organized by GTZ on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). I had the pleasure to be a moderator of a working group, which deliberated on "innovative business models". Of course I could not resist to talk about our ict@innovation product "Free your IT-Business in Africa!”.
Inspired by the exchange of experiences at this years Idlelo 4, Joseph Neusu has launched a new blog to tell and share FOSS stories, research and other information on FOSS. Check out http://opensourcesuccessstories.blogspot.com and the first article on Idlelo 4.
After a very busy week at the Strathmore University in Nairobi, a small group of 7 African Linux experts made probable History by producing the first LPIC training manual done in Africa, by Africans. In the group was a veteran Linux and Unix Engineer and writer from the UK, Dr Chris Brown.
More and more success stories of people making a business with FOSS in Africa are emerging. We have put together a little video of the FOSS stories captured by ict@innovation at this years Fourth African Conference on FOSS and the Digital Commons, Idelo 4.