A few days ago The Dot received an invite for the KDE community to FOSS Nigeria. FOSS Nigeria 2010 will be the second Free Software conference in Nigeria, following the successful event last year (as reported on The Dot). Again, Free Software developers and community members from around the world, but of course especially those from Africa and Nigeria, are invited for a 3-day conference in Kano at the Bayero University Kano.
Free and Open Source Software Foundation Nigeria in collaboration with The Centre for Information Technology at Bayero University Kano and HUTSOFT Nigeria Limited are officially inviting all KDE contributors and users including organisations and companies who want to come and give talks at our second international conference on Free and Open Source Software Nigeria 2010 (FOSS Nigeria 2010 ).
The conference is scheduled to take place from 5th to 7th March 2010 at Mambayya House, Centre for Democratic Research, Bayero University Kano, Kano State, Nigeria.
Conference registration will be open on 1st January 2010 through the official FOSS Nigeria website.
The call for papers is now open and will accepting talks until 20th February 2010.
Conference papers may cover all aspects of free and open source software projects.
For paper submissions, request for invitation letters or any other enquiry please write to the following e-mail addresses: conferen[email protected]nigeria.org, mu[email protected]nigeria.org and iadas[email protected]nigeria.org
All interested companies and organisations who wish to donate or advertise their open source products and services can send their banners, pamphlets, stickers, shirts or anything that can sell the idea to our community free of charge so that it can be distributed during the conference. We are still looking for donations to help us improve this conference further.
All foreign invited attendees can attend the conference free of charge. In addition, as last year, food, accommodation throughout the stay in Nigeria and sight seeing will be sponsored by the organisation as well.
Last year we received reports of people who would have wished to attend the conference but were unsure about visiting Nigeria. We understand there are many negative stories about our country, but we can assure you Kano will treat you well.
Adriaan de Groot (Vice President KDE e.V) and Jonathan Riddell (Kubuntu Developer) are two KDE community members who attended the FOSS Nigeria 2009 conference in March 2009. They can answer any question that you may have regarding the country and the conference, feel free to contact them.
FOSS Nigeria 2009 Conference communique and reports can be found on our website.
FOSS Nigeria 2009 Pictures can be found on the Flickr account from Jonathan Riddell
Hope to see you all at FOSS Nigeria 2010.