Project Capacity Building for Community Wireless Connectivity in Africa was implemented over a period of just over two years (from the end of 2004 to late 2006). It started out primarily as an initiative to gather knowledge and resources on community wireless connectivity. But, working with a network of partners to design the project, its eventual goals were to pilot face-to-face workshops, develop and maintain a distributed knowledge base on wireless for ICT4D, and build partnerships and knowledge networks.
Perhaps one of the most significant outcomes of the project was the four regional training workshops. Initially conceived of workshops to pilot training materials, they achieved significant results in raising awareness of wireless, and positioning most of the 140 people trained in different parts of Africa to teach others, build wireless network, re-use and distribute the materials, and in some cases, link to the emerging African wireless network. Every workshop was over-subscribed, which proves that the demand of training remains enormous in Africa.
A survey of participants in these workshops completed in early 2007, to which 95 of the 140 people trained responded, indicates how they valued these workshops, and the extent to which skills gained have been shared and put into practice. The findings of the survey are summarized in this document.
The meeting was convened by Jim Forster and Sebastian Buettrich as a lose follow-up on the agenda that was being discussed over a year ago at the wireless meeting in London. Of people who were in London only Sebastian, Jim Forster and Ermanno Pietrosemoli attended this meeting.
Where/when: Feb 28-29 in ICTP institute in Trieste. It was there because an international school/course on wireless technology is currently taking place at ICTP.
CANCELLED: Central European Workshop on Low-cost Wireless Broadband Internet Access in Rural and Remote Areas
Aims of the Workshop
The 4th International Conference on Wireless Communications, Networking and Mobile Computing (WiCOM 2008)
WiCOM serves as a forum for wireless communications researchers, industry professionals, and academics interested in the latest development and design of wireless systems.