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Presentation at EABS, Hamburg

Freitag, Mai 30th, 2008

Presentation of Open Source AfricaThe European-African Business Summit in Hamburg. Round about 150 delegates – a much lower digit than expected. But I have the pleasure to present Open-Source-Africa. And there are lot of very good talks and contacts, too.

Weakening Economy Good for Open Source

Donnerstag, März 27th, 2008

The presentation below summarizes the findings of the 2008 Future of Open Source survey led by North Bridge Venture Partners in partnership with Acquia, Ingres, SugarCRM, Sun and Ubuntu. The results were presented at the 2008 Infoworld Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco as part of a panel discussion led by Michael Skok, general partner at North Bridge Venture Partners.

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„Open Source Africa“ – A new opportunity for ITC cooperation in emerging markets

Donnerstag, März 6th, 2008

The modern IT industry in Africa driven by the lack of foreign customers. Big international IT companies are trying to open African markets for their mainly proprietary software and/or their own business agendas. The governments of the African countries have neither the time nor the money to focus on SMEs in the IT field. Similarly, as the regional and national governments in the European countries, they have to concentrate on existing IT cores, such as the state owned telephone companies, subsidiaries of international companies and companies, focused on the e-governmental needs of the states itself. (mehr …)

Presentation: Making business with IT companies in Europe

Dienstag, Februar 19th, 2008

At Novatech ITC Africa in Addis Abeba I held a presentation about ‚how to make business with IT companies in Europe‘ – and, of course, about ‚Open Source Africa‘.

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Presentation Joachim Graf Novatech ITC Africa: How to make business with IT companies in Europe and about Open Source Africa

Speech Outline


Generating New Business with Europes SMEs in the IT-field

Speaker: Joachim Graf,

Publicist and Editor iBusiness Germany

Founder and Managing Director of HighText Verlag, Munich Germany

Generating New Business with Europes SMEs in the IT-field.

The presentation outlines how African IT companies can set up a business relationship with European IT and media companies.

About 90 percent of German IT companies in the SME sector have fewer than 10 employees. The decision makers in these small companies neither have the time nor the expertise needed to conduct systematic partner research for their growing outsourcing needs. In order to be visible to German companies seeking outsourcing partners and to have access to them, African IT companies have to be virtually or physically present with their profile and company information. This information is targeted to show them as trustworthy and technically competent partners. An appropriate, up-to-date and sufficient online networking platform would be a huge opportunity for African companies to get in touch with Germanys IT sector. More important than low prices are visible technical and project skills and a powerful networking strategy. Additionally, the presentation will describe the planned online networking platform and how it brings African and European SME companies into partnership.

Uganda MP Sempala greets project ‚Open Source Africa‘

Dienstag, Februar 19th, 2008

Hon. Nabilah Sempala and Joachim Graf on ITC AfricaAt Novatech ICT Africa in Addis Abeba I have the pleasure to discuss with Hon. Nabilah Sempala Naggayi, Woman Member of Parliament for Kampala District in the Parliament of Uganda, the role of IT development in Eastern Africa, the situation of the educational sector – and the lack of marketing, German companies do (or better: didn’t do) on African markets.

Additional, Hon. Nabilah Sempala, who speaks fluently German, pointed out, how high the benefits are, Ugandas IT industry can receive out of the Open Source Africa project. Something – of course – I was very happy to hear.

Open Source Africa – project plan

Montag, Februar 11th, 2008

“Open Source Africa” aims to set up a multinational online platform which will allow small IT companies in Europe to enter into a business relationship with small African IT companies. It is intended to be an „Open“ platform, in order to make “Source Africa” accessible for IT services and outsourcing of European industry. To develop knowledge and acceptance of open source software in Africa, the development and later operation will also use free and open source software (FOSS). The first (European) target group of people inviting project tenders should therefore also be IT companies which use Open Source. The target group of small IT companies is crucial to guarantee the project’s sustainability. The portal must be able to organise not only the awarding of complete projects, but also sub-projects “micro-projects”). That increases the acceptance of the European target group by building confidence.


  • For small IT companies in Europe, (573,000 IT and 130,000 media companies – Eurostat 2007) the portal offers the opportunity to buy in programming offshore at favourable rates for micro-projects (that is, clearly defined subprojects and components), thus ensuring a competitive advantage.
  • For small IT companies in Africa, new market opportunities are opened up, they become independent of the projects awarded by their own governments, receive access to European project and IT know-how and can network across the continent and worldwide.
    Since the development of sources of know-how and of money also opens up new business and start-up opportunities, this prevents the brain drain of highly qualified experts from Africa to Europe and the USA.

Why HighText Verlag?

HighText Verlag, founded in 1991 by Joachim Graf und Daniel Treplin has a in longtime experience in developing and operation business to business platforms: is a trendscouting and knowledge portal for media convergence with 150.000 registered German speaking users. offers a platform for distribution, consulting and production of press material including text, images and video per e-mail, RSS, satellite and fax; furthermore press1 provides online press compartments for tradefairs, events and congresses, congress IPTV and media surveillance

Excellency Prof. Romain Murenzi: Open Source Africa and the minister

Mittwoch, Februar 6th, 2008

Excellency Prof. Romain MurenziOn Tuesday I had the great pleasure of meeting the Minister in the Presidents Office in charge of Science, Technology, Scientific Research, Information and Communication, Excellency Prof. Romain Murenzi. I told him about the project ‘Open Source Africa’ and we discussed the influence the project could have on the IT business in Rwanda. Prof. Murenzi told me about the more than 120 IT projects the Government of Rwanda is about to start and indicates, how central the information and technology sector is for Rwanda and the ‘Vision 2020’ of the country.

Prof. Murenzi offered support for my project and will me provide me with additional information about the IT companies in Rwanda.