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Open Source Meeting in Lusaka

We are happy to announce the next it@ab Conference. The International Conference on Free and Open Source Software “Smooth integration of Open Source Software into existing software environments” will take place on the 18th and 19th of October 2005 in the Taj Pamodzi Hotel, Lusaka, Zambia.

The Registration Process for the Conference participation ends on the 5th of October 2005! More details in terms of the registration process, sponsorship and financial support can be found in the chapter “Registration”.

The event is organised by the it@ab Network in close cooperation with the it@ab Zambia-Team, financed by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development and coordinated by InWEnt gGmbH Germany

The conference is intending to introduce to the wide SADC public the use and advantages of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Focus will be on business solutions based on FOSS, which are carried out by IT-Specialists of the it@ab network. Possible clients can profit from the conference as invited guests. The FOSS Conference 18th and 19th of October 2005 will be open for members of the network and nominated guests.

On the 17th of October all it@ab members are invited to a pre-workshop in form of an FOSS introduction training to FOSS solutions carried out by IT-Specialists of the network. On the 20th of October the annual it@ab meeting will take place. The participation of a high number of it@ab Partners ist most welcome.

The conference is intending to:

1. further train all it@ab members in the field of free and open source software (FOSS)

2. introduce the wide SADC public to the use and davantages of FOSS

3. strengthen the market position of it@ab as a leading ICT network in the SADC region and thus create additional income to its members

Participants of the Conference will include senior managers and decision-makers from the it@ab network, Junior IT Specialist presenting details of the use of FOSS, and invited guests from the public and private sector as well as the press and international organisations.

For the first time in the history of the it@ab Network an it@ab Conference will be open for nominated guests who have the potential to ask for services of it@ab members in the future. To facilitate such InWEnt will financially support the attendance of up to two guests of each it@ab member country. Country Representatives are asked to nominate two guests (e.g. from the Ministry of Communication and Technology, from the business area and / or a member of the it@ab advisory board of your country). In addition 20 nominated guests from Zambia will be invited.

Participation of guests is restricted to the public FOSS Conference on the 18th and 19th of October 2005.

We hope to seeing you in Zambia

Sincerely yours,

John Munsaka – it@ab Zambia
Prof. Thomson Sinkala – it@ab Chairperson
Tom Mukaiwa – it@ab Secretariat
Balthas Seibold – InWEnt gGmbH

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