[OSGeo-Discuss] [Fwd: 4th African Conference on FOSS and the Digital Commons - IDLELO 4 (Australians have a +)]

Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo) tmitchell at osgeo.org
Thu Feb 4 08:15:20 PST 2010


> Hi people.
> The Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA) will be
> hosting its bi-annual conference on FOSS and the Digital Commons. Idlelo
> 4 (www.idlelo.net <http://www.idlelo.net>) is the biggest and most
> important FLOSS event in the continent.  The Vice President of Ghana,
> who received a delegation from the Foundation
> <http://www.fossfa.net/node/93> has given his backing to chair.  Idlelo
> is billed to begin on the 13th and end on the 21st of May, in Accra,
> Ghana. It happens at the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Center for Excellence in
> ICT.  It is a multiple events conference.   Here is a quick breakdown of
> stuff
> The hands-on trainings are billed to begin the weekend of May 13 to 15. 
> We are working around:
>    1. CHISIMBA
>       <http://avoir.uwc.ac.za/index.php?module=news&action=viewcategory&id=gen14Srv6Nme27_8917_1219322157>
>    2. USHAHIDI <http://www.ushahidi.com/> and FrontlineSMS
>    3. Migration
>    4. FLOSS4Edu
>    5. Desktop
>    6. FLOSS 4 Business
>    7. LPI Paper exams.
> On the 16th, we are planning a Community Conference which will follow
> the un-conference setting.
> On the 17th, we would like to do the Africa FOSS Agenda, which is the
> On the 18th, the E-Government Track has now been upgraded to a one-day
> conference where we are inviting ministers from the African countries,
> as well as some outside of the continent.
> The preliminary program <http://idlelo.net/content/conference-programme>
> that we have shows the sessions that are in for now.  There is still a
> whole lot of space for:
>    1. Partner events
>    2. Launches
>    3. Parallel events
>    4. Technical tracks
> Of course an exhibition is planned.  Will kick off same days with the
> conference.
> So this is an invitation to all Foundation members.  If you would want
> to see anything in the program, do a side thing, a plenary presentation
> or a training, please let us know.  We will be glad to schedule you
> accordingly.
> On logisitics:
>    1. We want to say thanks to Linux Fund that is supporting fundraising
>       for this
>    2. We are discussing with DELTA Airlines to partner as official
>       carrier, especially for those coming from outside of Africa.
>    3. We are still looking forward to sponsors at different levels.. and
>       would very much appreciate any leads you might give us.
> On a final note, the Australian High Commission in Accra will be willing
> to support Australians who may want to come to Idlelo.  Please let us
> know asap.
> director-general at aiti-kace.com.gh
> secretariat at fossfa.net
> Cheers
> Nnenna Nwakanma
> FOSSFA Council Chair
> chair at fossfa.net
> www.fossfa.net <http://www.fossfa.net>
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