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African free software developers gather in Cape Town

By   |  December 7, 2004

This week a group of free and open source software developers from around Africa are gathered at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) for the first FLOSS Developer Road Show in Africa. The roadshow is being organised by the CSIR and Aspiration Tech with funding from the Open Society Institute. The roadshow is being hosted by the Free Software Innovation Unit (FSIU) at UWC. The roadshow runs until the end of this week.

Melisse Benn, who heads up FSIU says \”this is a great opportunity for African developers to share ideas and experiences and gain some practical experience while also creating a useful software product.\” The FSIU was established earlier this year with a mission to achieve excellence in the development and application of free software with a focus on higher education in Africa.

According to Kim Tucker of the CSIR\’s Meraka initiative, who initiated the roadshow project, \”the event will facilitate interaction and knowledge sharing among African software developers and users with real needs that are representative of the African context.\”

More on the developer roadshow can be found here.


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