[AfriNIC-announce] IGF2009 Workshop on Mitigating the Financial Crisis with Open Source

Lillian O. Sharpley lillian at afrinic.net
Thu Oct 8 20:23:45 SAST 2009

Dear Colleagues, 

With the Internet Governance Forum 2009, rapidly approaching us, we would
like to request your attendance and support of a workshop that is being
organized by AfriNIC, ICANN, FOSSFA, CHALA, Organisation Internationale de
la Francophonie (OIF), and  Vincent Ngundi (formerly with KENIC and now with

The workshop, "Mitigating the Financial Crisis with Open Source" (Workshop
#90) is scheduled to take place on 17 Nov 2009, 1.5 hours, 1430-1600.

Concise Description: 

The workshop aims to create awareness on open source application/technology
and how this can be used to reduce the financial burden on an organisation's
IT infrastructure, especially with the challenges that have been brought
about by the global financial crisis. 

Speakers will: 

1. Define open source software, its background and how it is managed; 
2. Bring out the difference between open source software and proprietary
3. Show alternate solution to proprietary software using open source. This
will cover each critical aspect of a common organization IT infrastructure; 
4. Show a cost-benefit analysis of open source and proprietary software;
5. Give case studies of open source software deployments. 

Panel of Speakers: 

Dr. Viv Padayatchy, Cybernaptics Ltd (AfriNIC, Chairman of Board)

Mr. Michuki Mwangi, ISOC
Mr. Ben Akoh, OSIWA 
Mr. Christian Roland, CHALA 
Mr. Samar Azmy, FOSSFA


For additional information about IGF2009, please visit

Please join us to increase your knowledge about the benefits of open source
software and to express your related issues and concerns. We look forward to
seeing you Sharm El Sheikh!


Lillian Sharpley

Communications Area Manager



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