Drive for change! Balthas Seibold opens FOSS Bridge EU-Vietnam conferences in Hanoi

November 14, 2008 in Freedom to innovate, Open Source & Asia, Open Source IT business

FOSS Bridge logoMore than 80 IT experts gathered on 14 November 2008 at “Drive for change”, a conference on Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) held at Horison Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam. Carried out as part of the FOSS-Bridge EU-Vietnam initiative, the event was organized by InWEnt of Germany, INRIA of France, and the Institute of Information and Technology of Vietnam.

2009-2010 / Balthas Seibold presents at the first FOSS Bridge "EU-Vietnam" onference in Hanoi, Vietnam / Photo: Mario Behling for FOSS Bridge EU-Vietnam / CC-Licence, see source

2009-2010 / Balthas Seibold presents at the first FOSS Bridge “EU-Vietnam” onference in Hanoi, Vietnam / Photo: Mario Behling for FOSS Bridge EU-Vietnam / CC-Licence, see source at https://secure.flickr.com/photos/fossbridge/2013873411/

“FOSS is about connecting people and businesses through knowledge. We are therefore most pleased to see that more and more players in Vietnam cross the bridge towards free and open source software”, stated organizers Vu The Binh of IOIT and Balthas Seibold of InWEnt. The conference was the culminating point of the initiative FOSS-Bridge EU-Vietnam, which has been promoting Southeast Asian software industries and cooperation with Europe through innovative collaboration on FOSS and business development since 2006.

Overall, the programme has brought together more than 50 IT-companies from Vietnam and Europe for matchmaking and twinning, and about 100 FOSS companies and organizations are registered in the online network at www.foss-bridge.org. FOSS Bridge EU-Vietnam has successfully prepared more than 20 Vietnamese IT-intermediaries and IT-SMEs to spread key knowledge on how to make business based on FOSS. More information: on the conference “Drive for change” / on FOSS Bridge EU-Vietnam in general / on previous key events such as the “High-Level Workshop on Open Source Requirements” (April 2008) and the “Second matchmaking, training and twinning workshop for European and Vietnamese FOSS businesses” (June 2008) / article on website of European commission.

Release of advanced e-learning courses on “Open Source & More IT for African Business”

September 1, 2008 in News on publications, Open Source & Africa, Open Source IT business

InWEnt/it@ab releases a series of advanced e-learning courses on Information Technology (IT)- “Open Source & More IT for African Business” focussing on the needs of business related IT consultancy in Africa. The courses introduce relevant and adapted key concepts and applications such as E-Business Applications & Architecture / IT Security / Open Source IT (including lessons on Ubuntu Linux Installation, Multimedia, Web Server, Groupware, Network Printing) / Web Publishing / E-Learning as well as /Zope & the Collaborative Learning Environment CLE2. In the spirit of sharing and mutual capacity-building, this series of e-learning courses is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike licence. We are therefore looking forward to seeing further distribution, remixing and updating of the courses that make up “Open Source & more IT for African Business”. The editing team included Benjamin Coester, Petra Hagemann, Balthas Seibold, Christiane Weber, and Kerstin Nolte . Test your IT-knowledge! Check the courses online (Update: since 2011 hosted on GIZ’s E-Academy).

Education for a free information society! Balthas Seibold on panel on “Free software & business models for IT companies”

August 17, 2008 in Freedom to innovate, Freedom to learn, Open Source & Africa, Open Source IT business

SELF_logoHow can sustainable business models in Free Software grow local IT companies in Africa and worldwide? This was one of the main topics of an international panel discussion at the international conference “Free Knowledge Free Technology – Education for a free information society ” held in Barcelona, Spain from July 15 to July 17 2008. Balthas Seibold spoke about Sustainability in Development Cooperation and FOSS, emerging FOSS business models in Africa, Strategies for FOSS Market Segments as well as the future of FOSS Business Models in developing countries. During an intensive three day period, participants from the Philippines, Mexico, Tanzania, Germany, USA, and many other countries around the world, not excluding Spain itself, gathered around the Free Knowledge, Free Technology conference in Barcelona. The conference, organised by the SELF Project, focused on the production and sharing of free educational and training materials about the concept of Free Software. More information: Article on the conference / presentation of Balthas Seibold at the panel discussion on “Free software and business models for IT companies” / website of the conference SELF and the panel.

New compilation of training material on Open Source Business Models for Development online

August 4, 2008 in Freedom to innovate, Open Source & Africa, Open Source & Asia, Open Source IT business

The it@inwent team recently added a new section to their website. This sites provides an overview of InWEnt’s main capacity building programmes and trainings in the area of “FOSS Business Models and Sustainable Development” as well as its respective training materials. Co-Editor Balthas Seibold explains that “business models based on FOSS offer great potential for developing and transition countries as well, as the development and distribution of FOSS follows the principles of ownership, local value addition, empowerment and participation. Thereby, FOSS provides ample opportunities for the development of a local ICT economy, creation and transfer of ICT knowledge, legal use of software and access of poorer communities to ICTs.” The compilation is online at the it@inwent website. (Update: Link now goes to the site archived by the Internet Archive – last version of 2012).

Multi-year training programme on Open Source Software in Africa launched in Senegal

March 17, 2008 in Freedom to innovate, Open Source & Africa, Open Source IT business

zen_ict_new_logoDakar – Balthas Seibold of InWent announced a new regional program called “ict@innovation” at the Pan-African Idlelo 3 Conference in Dakar on 17.03.2008. ict@innovation will focus on fostering small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in the field of Free and Open Source Software through regional networking and strengthening of consulting capacities of ICT associations and training institutions in Southern and East Africa. Seibold stressed the potential of FOSS for the promotion of the private sector in Africa and an enabling environment for sustainable economic development, a focus of Germany’s cooperation through the BMZ. The theme of Idlelo 3 was “Making the Knowledge Economy Work for Africa”. Other speakers included Nnenna Nwakanma and Fatimata Seye-Sylla of FOSSFA, Ibrahima Niang (representative of Abou Salam Sall, UCAD’s Rector), Mohamed Tidiane Seck from ADIE, Bassirou Guissé, the Secretary General of the ministry of Infrastructure, Land Transportation and Telecoms for Senegal, Pierre Ouédraogo from OIF, and Lewis Rabkin, representing the South African Minister Geraldine Fraser Moleketi. More information is available in the official report / InWEnt’s press release (eng) / the presentation of Balthas Seibold (eng) and a / feature article on Idlelo3 (eng) , which appeared in the Linux Pro Magazine (eng).

Which kind of e-learning technology for development cooperation?

February 14, 2007 in Freedom to learn

This question led the discussions at a roundtable of the International LEARNTEC Forum on 13 February 2007 organized by the “German network of e-learning providers D-ELAN” and Learntec, a leading German trade fair for educational and information technology. Balthas Seibold was on the panel with Arndt Bubenzer, common sense, Beate Dippmar, GTZ, Christina Neuhoff, time4you GmbH and Thea Payome, CHECKpoint eLearning (moderator) on: “Open Source or proprietary software: Where is e-learning heading within in German Development Cooperation?”. More on the roundtable is online at the site of Learntec (partly in German) (UPDATE – Link is not to latest version of the site on Internet Archive).

Indonesian Minister supports training camp of BMZ/InWEnt/UNDP

January 31, 2007 in Freedom to innovate, Freedom to learn, Open Source & Asia, Open Source IT business

asia source 2Over 140 IT professionals of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from more than 27 countries gathered at Sukabumi, Indonesia for a nine-day Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) conference and training camp called “ASIA SOURCE II” from 22 to 30 January 2007. The Indonesian Minister for Research and Technology, Mr. Kusmayanto Kadiman showed his support to the initiative by visiting the camp in West Java two times. He emphasized the social and economic benefits and impacts of FOSS to the NGO and SME sectors and introduced the participants to “Indonesia, Go Open Source” (IGOS), an initiative of the Indonesian government which promotes the adoption of FOSS. Read more about his points and about Balthas Seibold’s speech on the conference website. Balthas has been involved in Asia Source II as co-organizer and member of the advisory group – the event is part of the regoinal programm it@foss. Personal views on the training event can be found on the blog of Asia Source II, which has also a report on “Balthas The Illusionist”.

FOSS@Work in Manila, Philippines

November 15, 2006 in Freedom to innovate, Open Source & Asia, Open Source IT business

logo_foss_at_workOver 50 participants from Southeast Asian countries explored the chances for economic and social development through Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) at the “first FOSS@Work International Conference-Workshop for Small-to-Medium Enterprises (SME) in the I.T. Industry”, held at the Heritage Hotel Manila, Philippines from November 12th to 15th, 2006. In his opening speech, Balthas Seibold of InWent Capacity Building International, Germany, stressed, that new business models, innovative local FOSS products and services offer exciting opportunities for SMEs and for countries in the region, but only if the human resource base is expanded through capacity-building and training. Other keynote speakers included the Commissioner Emmanuel Lallana from the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) of the Philippines, Guest speaker Rep. Teodoro Casino and Shahid Akhtar of UNDP APDIP. Read what others said about foss@work at the account of media reports and on the official conference website. The event was one of the first actions of the regional capacity building programme it@foss.

Knowledge Powers Development

September 6, 2006 in Freedom to innovate, Freedom to learn, Open Source IT business

efta2006Knowledge Powers Development was the overarching theme of this year’s Eschborn dialoge, a discussion forum bringing together most of Germany’s development community. Balthas Seibold was a panellist of the workshop “WWW and knowledge – free access to knowledge as the basis for education and economic development”. His credo: New technologies and techniques such as “Free and Open Source Software” can offer interesting opportunities to “power development”. More on the workshop is online in the programme brochure. For a summary of the discussion, also see the blog of Netzpolitik (in German).

IT@AB participates in IDLELO 2

February 28, 2006 in Freedom to innovate, Open Source & Africa, Open Source IT business

FOSSFA-logo_200The SADC knowledge network it@ab (Information technology in Africa Business), with support from InWEnt (Capacity Building International) of Germany sent twenty five delegates from six SADC countries to participate in IDLELO2, the second all Africa conference on Free and Open Source Software in Nairobi Kenya from the 23rd to the 25th of February 2006. InWEnt/it@ab press release. For talks and interviews of Balthas Seibold at Idlelo (in German), check pro-linux (Report bei Markus Beckedahl), Interviews with Deutschlandfunk and WDR .

Information Technology in African Business

October 19, 2005 in Freedom to innovate, Open Source & Africa, Open Source IT business

it@abThe SADC-wide network “it@ab – Information Technology in African Business” recently held a two days International Conference in Lusaka, Zambia on “Smooth integration of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) into existing software environments”. The SADC region was challenged to adopt FOSS as a viable route towards affordable ICTs and business development at the local level. The event was supported by the German development organization InWEnt, Capacity Building International, Germany and ran from the 18th to the 19th of October 2005. In his introductory remarks, Mr Balthas Seibold, the InWEnt Senior Project Manager for the it@ab project said the aim of the conference was in line with the UN Millennium Development Goal number 8 that emphasized partnership, progress and participation. For more information on the conference, see press release on the it@ab website (now in the Internet Archive).

COSGov Vietnam – Building cooperation via open-source for eGovernance

October 1, 2005 in Freedom to innovate, Open Source & Asia, Open Source IT business

Open scosgov_330ource software can boost economy, battle pirated software in Vietnam, concludes International Conference COSGov.The event was organized by InWEnt’s ICT team and opened by Balthas Seibold on 28 September 2005.

Balthas Seibold answers questions of journalists at CosGOV

More than 300 IT-Experts, governmental representatives and entrepreneurs had gathered in Vietnam’s capital Hanoi from 28-30 September 2005 for “COSGov Vietnam – Building cooperation via open-source for eGovernance”. The EU/BMZ sponsored conference is the first ever event in Vietnam to extensively cover the topic of free and open-source software (FOSS) for e-governance. For more information on the conference, see the Conference website www.cosgov.org. The full text of the press release is online at the Press release on the InWEnt website (now on the Internet Archive).