The much awaited day by FOSS well wishers is here, hackers are smiling, knowledge is flowing, sharing of stuffs, exchange of knowledge and skills without forgetting networking… what else? You tell me … the initial event advert is here EVENT ADVERT
I am trying to remember exactly how the event went…!
Organizing team have done a good work to decorate the venue with Software Freedom Day banners, balloons and four stands were made available for exhibitions.
Media people are all around asking and interviewing participants… the event is about to start and everyone is looking much into what to come ….!
0900 it got started .. Ismail Settenda, who was the MC invited people and gave a short description about SFD, Madam Nnenna Nakannwa, former Chairperson of FOSSFA http://www.fossfa.net also spoke more to introduce the SFD to the audience. I can see familiar VIPs around the venue…! some from outside the country , Germany, Canada, Finland, Kenya, what a re-union? I met my former schoolmates who came all the way from Arusha, Mwanza, Zanzibar, Iringa and Mbeya to participate in the event…! Its a great day…!
Sponsors and supporters of this year event are all here…! Zalongwa Technologies Ltd, Habari Node (Arusha), Tanzict, N.I.T, A.T.C, RUCO, CBE, GIZ, and FOSSFA Few words and the ball keep rolling…!
Lovely song by Edgar and Jack …! what a twist? i loved that…!it rocked…! listen the song here
Guest of Honor Dr. Hashim Twaakyondo then officially graced the event and declare it opened with a wonderful speech about FOSS and efforts in Tanzania. He encourage people,higher learning institutions, government, NGO every body to start thinking about migrating to FOSS. He encouraged students as well to get involved with volunteer projects on various FOSS stuffs such as Mozilla and also sensitized about localisation. The speech is available here Software Freedom Day Speech Dar Es Salaam Tanzania 2012
Thirst…! refreshment and breakfast is served to all…!
Key note speakers, started by Madam Nnenna who spoke all about Software Freedom, followed by Saganda who spoke about OER and then Dr. Juma Lungo who spoke and share his experience about FOSS in public sector, last but not least Erik Rowberg, the MD of Habari Node gave a wonderful seminar on Internet Freedom.
Papers presented are available here Internet Freedom ,Tanzania HR project , hacking with FOSS ,FOSSFA Presentation , ict_innovation Open Education Resources
Imran from GIZ Tanzania also spoke about GIZ activities, GIZ is one of the sponsor of this event and the pre event (LPI training). He spoke about various project sponsored by GIZ and touched about ict@innovation http://www.ict-innovation.fossfa.net of which Edgar highlighted ict@innovation activities before giving a presentation about FOSSFA – Free Software and Open Source Foundation For Africa www.fossfa.net
Mr. David Sawe, who also participated in this year SFD event share with the audience his experience and efforts done back in 2007 to start a one voice one efforts in Tanzania in advocating FOSS through TAFOSSA Tanzania Free Open Source Software Association.
… Need to give energy to our bodies… lunch is served… thats buffet and I had ‘pilau’ .. ooooops… the food is great…!
What came next was so exciting…! technical training… How to make money with Free and Open Source Software and on the other venue Advanced Linux Desktop Publishing….and at Innovation Space.. hackers met.. for Wanna Be Hackers session…with a surprise guest ..Mr Frank Habich from TIX and SimbaNET!
The event ended at 1730 hours and every body is happy…! Hope the SFD 2013 will rocky much more … as there is huge support from the business community and education sector, hopefully government, businesses, and almost everybody got the message about the practical benefits of using FOSS …! in all sphere of life .. almost Everywhere….!
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