We believe that we can use our software and project management skills to help people, companies, organisations, even economies. We can do that simply by continuous learning to stay on top of the game, combined with devotion to sharing knowledge with others. That’s why we blog about the things we learn and support as many knowledge sharing initiatives as we can – to help achieve business goals and improve the world we live in.
Back in 2010 we were helping Dutch students develop employability skills, and we thought “hold on, who’s going to do this for people in Africa?” So we invented Fair Trade Software.
Based on co-development partnerships and Fair Trade principles, Fair Trade Software is an organisational model to produce software to international standards whilst giving IT professionals in developing countries the chance to learn best working practice and build skills they can use on projects in their own countries.
An independent organisation, the Fair Trade Software Foundation, now governs and runs the initiative with a growing number of partners and projects around the world. Take a look at the FTSF website to see how you can contribute to improving the world we live in.
CodePamoja gives young graduates in the Netherlands and Kenya vocational training and gets them started in their first jobs. Working in small cross-border teams participants get hands-on training in Agile project management (Scrum) whilst working on real software development projects run to international standards.
CodePamoja is a Fair Trade Software project, run by Competa in the Netherlands in conjunction with DewCIS in Nairobi Kenya. CodePamoja is self-funding now, but would not have been possible without help and initial funding through the Federal German Government overseas development programme, develoPPP.de. Thank you Germany!
The Competa Conference Center is a professionally equipped facility located in Rijswijk, easy to reach by car and public transport. Regular conferences, seminars, training and other meetings are held at the venue, hosted by Competa and other organisations. The facilities are available for free or low cost for events of a technical nature and of interest to technical IT professionals. Check the Competa Meet-up page for details of forthcoming events.
For our staff we also have regular pizza nights. Still hungry for knowledge after a day spent creating perfectly styled hamburger menus? You and your friends can satisfy cravings by joining one of our Pizza evenings. We also hold regular Tech Talks and discussion evenings where we sit around a table sharing knowledge, food and bad jokes.