IDLELO is a Southern African word meaning "Common Grazing Ground". IDLELO captures the essence of Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa's (FOSSFA's) existence as well as the fundamental objective of the conference. The original idea of an African conference on FOSS and the Digital Commons was born at about the same time as FOSSFA itself.
About the Conference
The IDLELO 5 Conference offers a real opportunity to discuss new issues, tackle complex problems and find advanced enabling solutions able to shape new trends in FOSS and related technologies on the African continent.
In 2012 the conference will be held in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria. IDLELO 5 follows successful series of conferences already held in South Africa, Kenya, Senegal and Accra. The IDLELO 5 in Abuja, Nigeria is going to be held from March 19 - 23, 2012.
IDLELO 5 will be one even for FOSS practitioners, developer and advocates and well as governments, education and businesses to showcase results, share experiences and challenges, review progress on the continent in diverse domains and chart a way forward for an African future grounded in true ownership of technology that will help achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
IDLELO 5 will therefore be the premier International forum for the presentation of research results in Free and Open source Software (FOSS) in Africa.