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Laptop and Computer Appeal 2020

 

Our  Laptop and Computer  Appeal aims to encourage organisations and individuals to donate unused laptops and PCs which can be refurbished by our team and sent to underprivileged schools and communities. Through this project, we are hoping to raise the standards in ICT literacy and improve ICT access for our underprivileged school children by engaging organisations, universities and ICT students. 

We sincerely request for donations of unused laptops and computers or working peripherals which can be used to upgrade computers that will be donated to the communities.

 

 

List of locations to drop the devices:

  1. Mr. Mohit Lal, N C PATEL, 86 Naviti Street, Lautoka, Phone: 8398564, Email: mlal85@gmail.com
  2. Ms. Swaran Ravindra, FNU Nasinu Campus, Email: swaran.ravindra@fnu.ac.fj
  3. Mr. Ratneel Deo, USP Laucala Campus, Email: ratneel.deo@usp.ac.fj

 

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Fijian Scientist awarded prestigious Sydney Fellowship

Congratulations to Software Foundation Founder and Chairman, Dr. Rohitash Chandra for being awarded Chancellors Fellowship Awards at the University of Sydney. Dr. Chandra will begin within a month at the Centre for Translational Data Science as the University of Sydney Fellow for a period of three years. http://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2016/11/02/11-outstanding-early-career-researchers-join-the-university.html

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Statement from Dr. Chandra

I will be developing methods to improve existing tools area of artificial intelligence and machine learning. I will be working with methods in deep learning and neural networks. These are models that are motivated from the human brain. Recently, they have gained attention as tools for self-driving cars and automatic face and facial expression recognition used by social networks such as Facebook. I will develop strategies to further improve these models and apply to the area of earthquakes and cyclones. Particularly I will be developing software systems guided by deep learning that can be used to predict future occurrences or earthquakes or behavior of cyclones. Moreover, I will also look at other climate change challenges such as air pollution. I will employ deep learning as predictive models through which warning can be issued for the population at risk. Apart from these, I will also be working in the area of computational neuroscience and machine consciousness. I will try to simulate the learning behavior of the human brain and other aspects of consciousness that include personality and attention.
In the past, I have used some of the related methods to develop predictive models for cyclones using data from the South Pacific. Last year, I have also used machine learning methods in the area of efficient design of jet engines when I was a Research Fellow in Singapore at Rolls Royce @NTU Corp. Lab, Nanyang Technological University. They have well prepared me for the Fellowship.

I will be based at the Centre for Translational Data Science, the University of Sydney for next three years. It was a very competitive process to be awarded the Fellowship as I had to compete with scientists around the world. My research proposal, experience from past projects and publications in leading venues helped me to secure the award. The award is very prestigious and it is a rare opportunity for researchers from Pacific Island countries to secure the award.

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Dr. Chandra’s research and publication can be accessed from here:

https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=pVPvRLoAAAAJ&hl=en

PM Cyclone Appeal

Software Foundation Trustee – Mr. Kush Singh, Secretary – Mrs. Ronika Chandra, Vice President – Mr. Kavitesh Bali and Member – Ms. Swaran Ravindra donate a cheque of 1000 dollars collected by Software Foundation members for PM Cyclone Appeal.

The cheque was received by PS PM Mr. Yogesh Karan. Software Foundation thanks all the members for their support and contributions.

 

 

 

Winners for South Pacific Writing Competition

Software Foundation finalized the winners for the South Pacific Writing Competition  through review process that looked at originality, creativity and content in the submissions that ranged from a wide range of groups that included primary schools to university.

 

The competition winners are given as follows:

  1. First Prize for Personal Essay on Impact of Technology: Maxim Shipitsyn, Year 1 at American Private Christian School, Year One, Tablet by Vodafone and 50 Dollars by Software Foundation
  2. Second Prize for Research Note on Artificial Intelligence: Nicholla Chan, Year 13 at Yat Sen Secondary School, Tablet by Digicel and T-Shirt
  3. Third Prize for Short Story on Future of Technology: Yash Parmar, Year 13 at Penang Sangam High School, Tablet by Digicel

Dr. Rohitash Chandra, the President of Software Foundation congratulated the winners and presented the prize with Acting Secretary Mrs. Ronika Chandra. Mr. Kush Singh, Trustee of Software Foundation briefed the participants about history of the foundation and about the plans to feature SPWC 2016 and Cyber-security Workshop 2016 with Software Foundation.

 

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First Prize for Personal Essay on Impact of Technology: Maxim Shipitsyn, Year 1 at American Private Christian School, Year One, Tablet by Vodafone and 50 Dollars by Software Foundation

 

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Second Prize for Research Note on Artificial Intelligence: Nicholla Chan, Year 13 at Yat Sen Secondary School, Tablet by Digicel and T-Shirt

 

Yash Parmar

Third Prize for Short Story on Future of Technology: Yash Parmar, Year 13 at Penang Sangam High School, Tablet by Digicel

 

 

 

 

Software Foundation thanks the major Sponsers for the event which are Standss and Skyward Industries. The event will again take place from July to October 2016.

 

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Press Release: Book Launch by Dr. Rohitash Chandra

“Being at Home: Poetry, Philosophy and Expressions” by Dr. Rohitash Chandra was launched  on 22nd August at Vineyard Palace Suva through Software Foundation Press.  The book was launched by Hon. Jone Usamate, the Minister for Health.

“The theme and subject of the book is in general about sprituality. It highlights some of the areas in humanism, sprituality  and meditation with poetry, notes and essays. This book has been inspired by mystical traditions such as Yoga, Vedanta, Zen, Taoism, and Sufism which have meditation as the common ground. “ Hon. Usamate  highlighted during his speech.

Speech by Hon. Jone Usamate for launch of "Being at Home"

Speech by Hon. Jone Usamate about “Being at Home”

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South Pacific Writing Competition: Advancement of Software and Technology

The Software Foundation Fiji presents  South Pacific Writing  Competition on the theme  of“Advancement  of Software and Technology”. The competition is open to everyone in the following categories:

  1. Primary Schools
  2. Secondary Schools
  3. Tertiary Education Institutes
  4. Open Category

Theme: “Advancement of Software and Technology”

Topics:

  1. Free and Open Source Software
  2. Software for Education
  3. Computer and Information Literacy for Schools
  4. Software for Business and E-commerce
  5. Software in Science and Engineering
  6. Mobile Computing, Smart Phones– Impact and Social Issues
  7. The Effects of Social Networks
  8. Online learning
  9. Software and Information System for Hospitals
  10. Software for the elderly, special needs and disabled community
  11. Software Security, Virus and Spam-ware
  12. The Future of Software and Technology
  13. Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
  14. Health and Medical Informatics
  15. Environmental Informatics and Climate Change
  16. Wearable Computing
  17. Big Data and Cloud Computing
  18. GPS Location Based Services and Society –  Friend or Foe
  19. Open topic (Any topic relating to the theme)

 

 

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Medical Informatics Survey

Survey for Medical Practioners in Fiji

This survey is being conducted to find out the current state of Health Information Systems in Fiji. The results will be utilised to ascertain if there is a need to upgrade/change the current Health Information Systems used in Fijian Government Hospitals. The results will be used to establish if the people of Fiji are ready to have a web based/online Electronic MedicalRecords System that can be accessed online through computers or smartphones in any government hospital or any location in Fiji
The sogo link for medical practitioners in Fiji:

http://www.sogosurvey.com/k/SsQWYWRsVsPsPsP

Contact: Ms. Swaran Ravindra, MSc Student, School of Computing, Information and Mathematical Sciences, University of the South Pacific.

Email: swaran_ravindra@yahoo.com

 

All information gathered will be treated as highly confidential. Participants do not need to reveal their names. Ministry of Health Ethics Approval/FNRERC# 2014.31.FNRERC.24.NW

 

Moodle Elearning should aid teachers

Ministry of Education in Fiji should have a Moodle elearning site that enrolls all teachers according to their subject areas. Each subject portal or course in Moodle should have state  of art content that includes animation, video tutorials, notes, assignments, projects, quiz, open source software and other related open educational resources (OER)  materials. In this way, subjects that are difficult to teach, such as mathematics,  can become more interesting for students whether in primary or secondary school.
Teachers do not need to create the content from scratch and more time will be used in delivering the content. Experts in each subject area who have knowledge and experience of OER should develop the Moodle course. Technical courses can greatly benefit from these. Teachers can then use these materials in their classes and share with students as Tablets and Mobile Phones are becoming more affordable and can be useful in e-learning.
In this way, the same electronic  content can be distributed by teachers in all schools in the country.  USBs can be used to distribute the content in remote areas.
The same approach can be used throughout the South Pacific.

Dr. Rohitash Chandra

President, Software Foundation

ISPs to Compensate Customers

Software Foundation Fiji is requesting Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Fiji to compensate for poor quality of internet and downtime.

In the information age, Internet quality determines the productivity at workforce and also contributes to the economy. A productive workforce and quality of Internet attract investment at international level in areas of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

Poor internet quality is dangerous for the reputation of any company in the industry as service is not delivered on time due to poor communication.
Software Foundation Fiji is making an appeal to the government to enforce policies so that ISPs in Fiji can compensate their customers for poor quality of Internet. ISPs are currently charging high amounts and not delivering their customers the service they promise.
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/internet-service-providers-to-compensate-customers

Summer of Code: Programming Competition

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Software Foundation hosts SUMMER of CODE programming competition for secondary schools and tertiary institutes.

C++ Programming Language will be used. The
competition also has a open category.

Regulations

  1. 6 weeks of resources and online training given and available from April 1st 2015.
  2. Registration fees to be paid when registered to Software Foundation bank account
  3. A team of 2 – 5 members including the teacher who will only assist in the competition, but will have access to all resources.
  4. Each school can have several teams.
  5. Open Category will restrict 2 members per team.
  6. All training will be done through Moodle online learning. If resources are given, then 2 hours per week meeting will be arranged in Nausori-Suva and Lautoka for support.

Categories

  1. Secondary School
  2. Tertiary Institutes
  3. Open Category

Registration

  1. 50.00 per team. USB of Software and Videos will be given to each team upon registration.c
  2. Email list of team members with their email addresses to Software Foundation Secretary: Mr. Ravishel Naicker, secretary@softwarefoundationfiji.org in order to register. Bank details will be given in order to make payment. Once payment receipt is emailed, then registration will be confirmed and Moodle access will be given.
  3. weblearn.softwarefoundationfiji.org will be used to give materials for competition
  4. Introduction of the competition will be given first week of December at USP Laucala.
  5. Registration Deadline is 25th November.

 Contact 

More details can be given by Software Foundation Vice President, Ms. Swaran Ravindra, vp@softwarefoundationfiji.org

 

Prizes 

  1. Certificate of Participation
  2. Special prizes (TBA)

Programming Competition Panel of Judges

  1. Dr. Rohitash Chandra, President of Software Foundation
  2. Dr. Nicholas Rollings, Associate Professor  in GIS at University of the South Pacific
  3. Dr. Anurag Sharma, School of Computing, Information and Mathematical Sciences, University of the South Pacific
  4. Dr. Akash Dutt Dubey, School of Mathematical  and Computing Sciences, Fiji National University
  5. Prof. Shaukat Ali, School of Science and Technology, University of Fiji
  6. Ms. Swaran Ravindra, Vice President, Software Foundation
  7. Mr. Shivanesh Lal, Software Foundation
  8. Mr. Faraaz Mustapha, Software Foundation
  9. Mr. Eric Arifanata, Solomon Islands Chapter Coordinator, Software Foundation
  10. Mr. Gary Wong, Graduate Programmer, Artificial Intelligence and Cybernetics research Group, Software Foundation
  11. Mr. Ratneel Deo, Graduate Programmer, Artificial Intelligence and Cybernetics research Group, Software Foundation
  12. Mr. Ravishel Naicker, Secretary, Software Foundation.