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Initially scheduled to start at 9h30, the conference has started at 10h30 according to African tradition in time management.
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Attendees, leaving in different counties (Germany, France, Gabon and Switzerland), and working in different branches, ranging from engineers, students and politicians to managers and academics were all present to the conference.

Left Dipl.- Ing. Honoré Tchokouegno, Manager at the automobile Group DaimlerChrysler and Chair of VKII Scientific Council, moderates greatly the VKII workshop. Frankfurt/Main 16th December 2006

Starting at 10:30 with the greeting speech of the moderator Honore Tchoukuegno, the keynote was addressed by Professor Andreas Slemeyer from the University of Giessen-Friedberg. In its brilliant and very entertaining talk, Professor Slemeyer went through the major problem of education in Africa, and emphasise the lack of output-oriented curricula, able to provide a skill to African Engineers, that will help them solving problems at home.

A workshop view with participants showing their interest to the topic running currently. December 2006

He also praised the effort done by some African countries like Mali in this direction and proposed to set a database in which the skill of African from the Diaspora can be made available to their government. In this way, the government may benefit from the broad knowledge and connections available in the African community abroad.

Prof. Dr. Slemeyer is since 1988 a professor to University of Giessen-Friedberg where he is specialised in electrical and information technology engineering: Electrical and technical measuring and sensor technology. He is since many years commitment in different groups of political actions for development of Africa countries.

The second speaker was the Professor Christophe Bobda from the University of Kaiserslautern and president of the VKII, who gave the first talk in the networking session. After a brief explanation of the word Diaspora, Professor Bobda quickly explains the importance of building a network in general, using some metaphor in the animal societies. He briefly presented the objectives of the VKII-executive for the next two years, whose goal is to set the infrastructure to allow a network of Cameroonian Engineers to work smoothly.

Right, Prof. Dr. Bobda teachs Embbeded Systems at the Kaiserslautern University of Technologies.VKII Symposium 16.12.2006.


Initially scheduled to start at 9h30, the idea of a database is therefore one of the next thing to be implemented. Following this talk, the discussions were very long and interesting, showing not only the interest of the attendees in the approach proposed by Professor Bobda, but also their worry.

Many proposals were also made, particular in raising fund and in the accessibility of the resulting database from other organizations. Following Professor Boda talk, Dipl.-Ing Meli Kouala, CEO of Sysberry, a Munich Company specialized in mechanical design in the aerospace.

Left, View of some symposium participants. In the foreground left Dipl.- Ing. Francis Nzeukeyo, CEO ofLion Engineering and rights Dipl.-Ing. Meli Kouala, CEO of Sysberry GMBH. Frankfurt/Main 16.12.2006.

In its very dynamic and captivating style, Dipl-Ing Meli Kouala first introduced the company Sysberry, its history, key players, the fields of activity as well as the organization and the company evolution. He then switched to present the continuous growing Cameroonian community at Sysberry. He clearly emphasized the separation of the personal or country relationships from his recruiting and advancement policy within his company. Finally, Dipl-Ing Meli Kouala presented a set of services available in his company, but that can also be used in our community whenever the need is there. A demonstration of one such service was done. The participant could appreciate a montage of a film sequence for the “Challenge Camerounais”, a yearly football competition, which is also the event that drains most of the Cameroonian together.

 

In the next section, IT, Dr. Alain Pfouga, CTO of the Cameroon Technology Network (CTN), an IT-company located in Cameroon and created by a group Cameroonian professional from the Diaspora. One project presented by Dr. Pfouga in the field of e-government, consists of connecting all the external Cameroonian institutions, like the embassies and consulate, in a network and provide information to each in such a network in real-time.

 

The impact of such a realization would be the continuous monitoring and updating of the Cameroonian authorities on all what is going around world wide.

 

 

Best Student Award Ceremony. Dipl.- Ing. Francis Nzeukeyo, CEO of Lion Engineering, giving the First price to Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Douangla of the Hamburg technology University

 

The speaker in the section investment, Mr Georg Seibt, presented the company Kaito Invest, a Munich company specialized in micro credits operation in Senegal, but who is now extending its activities to Cameroon. Mr Seibt first presented Kaito’s activities in Senegal, then he focus on the information collected during his trip to Cameroon. On the basis of the data collected about the different regions in Cameroon, it was clear why Kaito decides to be more present in the extreme north of the country.

 

This is one of the most retarded regions in Cameroon and where the activity of Kaito can be most welcome.

Following the talk of Karin Huff from the International School for Graduate Studies, in Kaiserslautern, who presented the Postgraduates opportunities in Germany, Dr. Patrice Njiwoua, CEO of GP2N (Gives Power To Network), a Thionville-based start-up, presented the opportunities in the use of open source in Africa. He emphasize the paths by which open source gain the industry and explains why Africa still don’t make heavy use of open source. On one side, people are not really aware of the copyright, which make a proliferation of stolen licences real. On the other hand, student from our Universities, who should normally be the introducing factors in company, like it is the case in western countries, only have a very limited access to the channels where they can make use of open source.  Other interesting talks that have followed were the presentation of a key point detector by Harding Djakou Chati, and the Conceptual design and dimensioning of an absorption chiller for third world countries by Thomas Doungla.

 

Both participants were selected as candidate for the best student award. Furthermore Mr Wolfgang Hofstätter from the company KAITO Projekt GmbH presented a coarse description of their next project in the regenerative rural electrification in Africa, in particular in Senegal.

 

 

Best Student Award Ceremony. Doctor Kono Kono, Chair of CAMFOMEDICS giving the third price to Dipl.-Ing. Djakou Ardin, Student at the Kaiserslautern university of technologies

Mr Raoul Ouambo Tobou, an engineer working Schlumberger in Gabon and researcher at the University of Ngaoundere in Cameroon presented some food conservation techniques based on an optimal drying process. He emphasised the importance of this techniques in those regions of the country, which suffer from the lack of infrastructures.

The surprise of the day was the group of student from Hanover, the “Bastelgruppe” (in French “les bricoleurs” and in English tinker), who presented the design of a platform that allows a remote controlling of a plant. The platform was completely design by those students and a demonstrators was presented to the attendees. A lot of attention was paid to the “Bastelgruppe” and an agreement was found between the VKII and the Bastelgrupe, in order to port the idea to other group of Cameroonian in Germany.

 Thank you for your nice and participative collaboration. Let's connect in a strong Network and Build VKII Together...

Dipl.-Ing. Claude Bertrand Mbayin, VKII Communication Chair, Francfort/Germany, 16.12.2007

 
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