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Impressions of a GeekDinner

Met up with Jonathan Endersby and Dave Duarte at the GeekDinner in Cape Town in October to check out that corner of the Open Source IT scene in South Africa. I am happy to report that the amount of enthusiasm and the number of projects being cooked up is great.

Charl Van Niekerk's talk started off with a bit of advertising for Google's Summer of Code programme - a very worthwhile and cool programme if I ever saw one with an altruistic touch befitting of the Google "do good" motto. Interesting to hear about the interest of Joomla to integrate RDF into their mobile apps. Perhaps the semantic web is not as far away as one may think - the hype is over and it is the right time for the technology to consolidate and move into the mainstream.

By the end of the meeting the sponsored wine had created a really happy atmosphere at the meeting - the slideshow karaoke was a hit!

Probably next time I attend one of these things, I will be talking about eKhaya ICT's successes and experiences with Open Source in the field (or doing a 3 minute analysis of my bash shell's history). I hope it'llbe soon Cape Town is fab place to be.

(Thanks to Richard Kilpert for driving and patience with us geeks.)

Posted: December 9th 2007 07:50
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