Building a photovoltaic central at the Casablanca’s Technopark

50Kw photovoltaic central on the roof of the Casablanca's Technopark

50Kw photovoltaic central on the roof of the Casablanca’s Technopark

I have been involved in building the first photovoltaic central in Casablanca.  It was at the Technopark which supports the creation and development of businesses in the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) areas.  The Casablanca’s Technopark hosts about 180 companies and they started to turn green with this first public/private partnership focus on sustainable development.  The consortium was composed of EnRafrique, ISEEP, Technopark and Sunset Solar. We spent five months building the 50Kw photovoltaic central on the roof of the Technopark.  I also participated in giving workshops on smart energy and legal frameworks to government officers.

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Improving eLearning and building the National research and education network in Guinea

French Institute of Conakry

French Institute of Conakry

I spent one week working in Conakry on a consulting assignment for the French Institute.  I had to study the National Research and Education Network (NREN) in Guinea and I had also to find eLearning solutions to improve French learning in Guinea.  It was an intense week as I had to find time to meet with colleagues from the French Institute, Ministry of Higher Education and Research, the University of Conakry, local telecom providers and the French Embassy. Continue reading

Building the Solidays’ network

The Solidays' truck

The Solidays’ truck

Solidays is the biggest music festival in France and take place at the Longchamp Racecourse,  a 57 hectare horse-racing facility, located on the banks of the Seine River in Paris.  The event brings together more than 150 artists and 170,000 festival-goers for three days.  The proceeds from the festival are donated to organizations fighting against AIDS, especially for those focusing on the African continent. Continue reading

Designing the digital Education Plan for Higher Education and Research in Haiti

Computer center of the university of Quisqueya

Computer center of the university of Quisqueya

I worked for three months on designing the digital Education Plan for Higher Education and Research in Haiti named PENDHA (Plan d’enseignement numérique à distance en Haïti).  This program was intended to provide significant support in the reconstruction of Haitian higher education and research system.  Indeed, Haitian universities welcomed 60,000 students and 2,000 teachers before the earthquake and these people need to keep going in their academic activities. Continue reading

Innovative solutions from Geekcorps in Mali

La Source

La Source at the Bamako main market

I spent two years in Mali from 2005 to 2007 such as the Country Director of Geekcorps which is a non-profit organization that sends people with technical skills to developing countries to assist in ICT infrastructure development.  At Geekcorps, we built a couple of innovative technical solutions such as an open FM transmitter, a CanTV, an offline wikipedia, a bottleNet, DIY solar panels, a rural information center named Cybertigi or a digital kiosk named la Source.  We had a nice office located in the Bamako hippodrome district with a lab and six rooms to welcome fellow geeks. I was lucky enough to run the office after Ian Howard and Matt Berg who had already built amazing adapted ICT solutions for Mali. Continue reading