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iHub By Jessica Colaço / March 17, 2011

Fair Trade Software talk


Fair Trade is an organized social movement and market-based approach which aims to promote sustainability and help producers in developing countries; it focuses on exports from developing countries to OECD countries. To date products covered by Fair Trade principles have been consumables such as food, drink or clothing. Fair Trade Software is a new initiative getting under way in the Netherlands and the UK. Modern software is highly modular, and the production process allows for components to be written in developing countries whilst the overall end-product is designed, assembled and delivered in the OECD country. This new way of working has been enabled by two developments:

->  Open Source technologies and the Open Source philosophy of Internet teams (“communities”)
->  increasing availability of necessary telecommunications links to and within developing countries.

This is not charity or low cost outsourcing – it is for-profit and can be regarded as leveraged aid. The structural results will be sustained economic partnership with, and technology transfer to, entities and individuals in developing countries. As with the use of Open Source software, the Fair Trade Software model can become part of corporate social responsibility - a trade system based on justice & fairness will be better for all.

The talk will describe current status and plans and is planned to take place at the iHub on Tuesday the 22nd at 5.30 to 7pm and this session will engage Developers only. The next session will be the next morning of Wednesday the 23rd from 9am to 12pm and this session will engage Entrepreneurs in general. Debate will be encouraged.

Kindly make sure you RSVP here to make sure you can attend. There are two tickets for these sessions and if you choose developer / Entrepreneur, this means you will attend the separate days and times as mentioned earlier. You can also reserve to attend both.


About the speakers:
Neil Carmichael has just retired from 25+years with Shell; most recently he was General Manager of Shell Business Development Central Asia BV, covering Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan & Azerbaijan. By education a mathematician & petroleum engineer Neil has had extensive experience of new business initiatives in developing countries.

Andy Haxby is the founder of Dutch IT services firm Competa IT BV. Andy has participated in international and Open Source IT projects since 1979. Together they have created the Fair Trade Software Foundation.

Author : Jessica Colaço

Jessica Colaço is currently the Director of Partnerships at iHub. She was the Founding Manager between 2010 and 2011 at iHub and Research Director between 2011 and 2013 at iHub Research. She is passionate about Innovation, Research, Mobile and Robotics Technology, Mentorship and Entrepreneurship in Kenya as she uses her position at iHub to court local, regional and international stakeholders to adopt Kenyan-made and African-made solutions. As an upcoming angel investor, she courts local and international investors to invest in great tech ideas and companies at idea and concept stage. She is also a Mobile and Robotics Tech Evangelist, Co-Founder of WMIAfrica and AkiraChix, ISOC-Kenya Chapter, Treasurer, ACM-W Nairobi Chapter Chair, TED Global Fellow 2009 and upcoming Guitarist. She was named one of the top 40 women under 40 years in Kenya's business scene by Business Daily on 2009, 2011 and 2012. Her endeavour is to put Kenya and Africa on the map for technology achievements and spur innovation within the country and continent! She blogs at:

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