Road to Ghana ~ Day 5 and 6

Yesterday was the day he had our presentations :) We had some hard time finalizing where the Fedora Localization would be and apparently none was there to help us on that :(

After a couple of hours we managed to get assigned a spot about the workshop during the lunch time.. It was the auditorium and of course we did not manage to fill it up but he had some nice guys from all around Africa and they were hooked by the presentation of our l10n team and our tools we use :) Akan is now up and running in Transifex and we are in communication with Swahili people to get their locale in Fedora also :)

Then it was time for our panel on “Non-profit Administration”. Ben Konrath was first and he gave an excellent inside view of the organizational structure of GNOME and Gnome Foundation.

Being on panel with Alex and Ben

Being on panel with Alex and Ben

Next it was time for Isaac and me to present “Non-profit Administration” the fedora-way :) I started with some introduction and then it was Isaac’s time to present the “Four Foundations” and he did it in the most flawless and smooth way I have ever seen ! He jumped from one foundation to another expanding them a bit more and then it was my time to explain the Governance structure within the Fedora Project :) Then Alex from the Kenya ICT Consumers Centre enlightened us about the work that they do and on how they are engaging more people around foss.

Unpaved road and a bunch of foss guys :)

Unpaved road and a bunch of foss guys :)

Next it was beer time! (at last!) We took maddog, Jack , Jojo, Ben, Isaac and a couple of guys from Linux Accra to a nice beer place in Osu and had a *lot* of beers… :) maddog and Jack wanted to continue and so I joined them to the Monsoon Dinner place for some Single Malts (i stayed on beers though). Finally after a long drinking night hearing to interesting stories from maddog we ended up on our hotels to have some good sleep.

Me, Jack anfd Davide

Me, Jack anfd Davide

Taxi to Osu = 2 Cedis, Star Beer = 5 Cedis, Having maddog ordering you to drink it = Priceless

Taxi to Osu = 2 Cedis, Star Beer = 5 Cedis, Having maddog ordering you to drink it = Priceless

Today I woke up early so I could pack my things and check-out form the hotel. We just had a nice launch and we are waiting for the Ghana Developers Meeting to start in which Ben and I are going to present our projects and the ways that someone can contribute :) Essentially it is gonna be a pool of potential contributors and i have to make sure that we will get a bunch of those great guys working on our fabulous project.

Main auditorium today

Main auditorium today

After that Isaac is driving me straight to airport cause I am leaving today heading to Skopje for Mozilla Balkans 2010 (which I am very excited about it also !) I will probably post about how the Developers meetup went tomorrow night from Skopje (and how was my travel…not that anyone cares…anyway I am protected from a penguin :P )

Local food spinach-like and banana-like :P

Local food spinach-like and banana-like :P

IDLELO has been for me a strong life experience, and I want during the next weeks to write a post summarizing what we have done, how efficient we were and what’s next out of the moves we made :) I want once again to thanks publicly Issac for all his support down here and Fedora project for enabling me to help the development of Africa Fedora Communities. We need to work on many things (media, culture, l10n, events, people etc) and we have a long way to go… but the best are yet to come for Fedora, let’s all make it happen!

See ya in Skopje!