The Ghana-India Kofi Annan Center for Excellence in ICT holds a yearly event called i-week (innovation week).
 
The theme for the 2008 i-week was "ICT INNOVATION with Open Source & Mobile Content". The Innovation Week aims at showcasing ICT innovations in Ghana and her ECOWAS neighbours.

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) represent key elements for economic and social development in Sub-Saharan Africa. In sectors such as education, administration and business development, sustainable local ICT service providers, ICT-driven businesses, IT-experts, and innovation managers, particularly in the promising field of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) need to be encouraged and given exposure for business opportunities.

 

The “i-Week” 2008 message was that innovation can be translated into action and that there is unlimited potential for innovation on our African continent. During the week, a number of knowledge-sharing events will take place with participants from ECOWAS countries, Asia, Latin America, USA, and Europe.

The “i week” 2008 was aimed to promote growth of ICT education and training in Ghana and the Subregion through exhibitions, seminars, presentations and discussions of best worldwide examples in accomplishing developmental growth through ICT.

The "i-Week" 2008 allowed participants, speakers, exhibitors, educationists and students to engage in discussions that examine the opportunities ICT provides. Special emphasis was laid on showcasing ingenuity and innovation from Ghana and beyond as a means of inspiring achievements in the youth, especially students pursuing higher education.

Future Software Resources Ltd., represented by Ms. Nkem Uwaje was selected to present our E-Recruitment Solution built on Open Source Software and a first in the Nigeria market. The FS E-Recruitment Solution caters to multinational companies that have high numbers of applicants when publicizing vacancies. The FS E-Recruitment solution helps automate their recruitment process, handles online application forms, user filtering, online testing and CV uploads. We were able to present a live demo of the solution to the visitors of the i-Week.

The i-Week was visited by a lot of young students and young entrepreneurs, thus it was very different from most Nigerian conferences we have attended.

More information and impressions from the i-Week can be found on:

Nnenna's Blog

The OSI

The i-Week was an inspiration to Future Software Resources Ltd.