Uganda to Host Software Conference in August

Uganda through the National Information Technology Authority (NITA-U) is set to host the 7th African Conference on Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and Digital Commons (IDLELO 7) in August 2016.

The conference aims at supporting uptake of Open Source in Uganda and the region.

The Ministry of ICT recently developed a Free Open Source Software (FOSS) Policy to provide guidance on deployment of Open Source Software and the use of Open Standards as a means of accelerating
Innovation and local content development.

The August conference will raise awareness of the positive impact FOSS can have for development and how industry partners can work together to develop sustainable FOSS Model best practice in Uganda.

The 7th African Conference on FOSS conference is organized after every two years and the most recent summits have been held in Nairobi (2014), shop Abuja (2012), Accra (2010), Dakar (2008) and Johannesburg (2006).

While speaking at a recent engagement the NITA-U Executive Director James Saaka said; “The adoption of FOSS in Uganda stands to offer solid economic and developmental benefits such as localization
offering opportunities for customizing applications to suit the local business culture.”

“Expanding the market for Ugandan software designers who would be able to sell and produce Ugandan products not only to the local Ugandan markets but also to the overall Ugandan international clients,” he added.

Ministry of ICT will officially launch the 7th African Conference on FOSS on March 23 at the Ministry’s Information Access Center in Kampala.


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