A Mini Tour of InterConnection

July 1st, 2007

So what does the inside of InterConnection Uganda actually look like? Well, that’s for you to visit and find out.

InterConnection Uganda!

Just kidding, here’s a little mini tour for all the curious souls out there…
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Meeting the Vice President

June 29th, 2007

Today, after a little work at ICU, we tagged along with the CFU team at their “hand-over ceremony” at the school sponsored by the Vice President. Jackie, also from MIT, arrived late last night, so she was certainly in for a treat today.

Once we arrived, the security personnel escorted us to our seats, and just a few feet away was the Vice President of Uganda. How awesome is that? The team had met the President a few days earlier while they were in Masaka over the weekend (I didn’t go because I had work to do in Kampala). Two years ago the CFU team I was on met President Museveni at the State House, but this year…wow. Both the President and the VP…neat.

The Vice President was very sociable and friendly. People here really love him (and some say even more than the President).

Meeting the VP
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The work begins.

June 26th, 2007

Now that the computers are finally at ICU, the CFU team is quickly getting their machines together and loading them on the truck for Masaka (the town south of Kampala).

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The container is coming! The container is coming!

June 25th, 2007

It’s already Monday, and no computers have reached InterConnection Uganda. The CFU team is getting nervous. How can they install 10 labs now? Time is running out.

We spent the day making minor preparations.

Oh my goodness...

Or rather, watching with our fingers crossed as the carpenter put up the foam-covered boards to block the very intense sound coming from the metal shop next door.
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And the award goes to…

June 24th, 2007

“Prince” Nicholas, InterConnection Uganda’s P.R. Manager invited Fredrik, Rudi, and me to the first installment of the VIGA Awards (the awards show for Ugandan Gospel music). Outside of working at InterConnection Uganda, Nicholas is also a DJ for Beat FM, and has been working during his free time to organize this show.

Johnorable was invited to speak as the guest of honor. However, that morning we got word that his car had broken down (yet again) in Masaka while he was following around the CFU team. So with the possibility of John missing the awards show altogether, Fredrik was appointed as his substitute to give the keynote speech. Oh boy. Let’s just say Fredrik was feeling a bit out of place in that position.
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Work, work, and…ambassador?

June 22nd, 2007

So this morning I woke up to the sound of the car running outside my window. Oh, right, we were going to the American Embassy today.

I jumped out of bed, put on something decent to wear and nearly tripped over myself as I scrambled outside the door and hopped into John’s car.


Today we met the American Ambassador for Uganda Steven A. Browning. The meeting was basically a question and answer session where we got to prod Ambassador Browning with questions about what exactly the U.S. was doing in Uganda. He was quick to mention that most of the help was coming from the private sector, and he also pointed out that Uganda was one of the most welcoming African countries. We also had a little discussion about their relationships with other foreign presences in Uganda (like China), which is quite interesting considering the Chinese are helping to install the new National Internet Backbone.

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The Arrival of the CFU Team

June 21st, 2007


The CFU team arrived today. Johnorable (our new nickname for Hon. Nsambu), Driver John, Ronnie, Rudy, and I got up in the wee hours of the morning to pick up the team bright and early at 7:45 am in Entebbe. The team took over an hour to emerge after their plane landing, and we found out soon enough that a two pieces of luggage went missing, one belonging to Fredrik, and another belonging to Jessica (one of the high school students from Washington state).

Yay, here they come!

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Trouble…oh, dear.

June 18th, 2007

Oh boy, guess what?

Hon. Nsambu has been calling Mombasa for the past two weeks. Every time they have told him, “Oh, yes, the computers are on their way…any day now.”

Today he calls and they tell him, “Oh, yes, the container is still here.”


And he totally lost it…

It turns out that the computers were held up in the port. The ship carrying the container was just sitting there for two weeks because there was a huge backup in getting everything on the trucks.

Now…what do you suppose the CFU team is going to do? At least the InterConnection Uganda grand opening is on July 2nd.

Anyway, the container should be here by next Monday. It should arrive at the border within the next few days, and once it hits the border, it will be escorted to Kampala. This is a big deal for CFU since they’re installing a lab in one of the first lady’s chosen schools. As for InterConnection Uganda, we’re not as hard pressed for time, but we would really like to see some computers in that warehouse and get some tools for that place.


June 13th, 2007

Walking Around InterConnection

It was certainly an interesting day today. Brenda, Nicholas, and I met with four people from UNIDO to talk about InterConnection Uganda. They have been communicating with Fredrik Winsnes, CFU’s team leader who works at Microsoft, for the past few months, getting the scoop about setting up a refurbishing center in Uganda. UNIDO was quite thorough, asking questions about how we decided on our price for the computers, how our setup will work in the warehouse, our annual sales target, and whether we were providing other services in addition to selling refurbished computers (among many other questions).

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Amazing changes

June 11th, 2007

We have been making a lot of progress on the refurbishing center during the past week. If you remember, the place was bare when I arrived there.

But look at how far we’ve come!


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