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.



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


Nicholla Chan

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.








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”


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”


  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)



More Details 




Long Queues in Fijian Public Service Delivery

The lack of proper information system design has resulted in long queues at most of the service providers in a number of public service departments in the government and companies.

The only way ahead is for the government to step in with policies that ensure that customers are given the best service at low waiting times. This has to be mandatory in order to renew business licences of companies and also to allow service delivery to continue by government departments.

A few days ago, I had a terrible experience of waiting in the Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) queue for more than two hours with about 200 people and noticed that only 4 customer service representatives were at the counter. In an hour, 20 people were served. I had no choice but to leave but when I went to get another ticket, I was told by the security officer that I was supposed to see another section. My waiting time was basically a waste due to improper advice by the security personal. I then thought why is the security personal giving advice to the general public about tickets at the counter? This is an example of a poor information system design by the FNFP and they must ensure that their customers are given proper services – not by security officers but by trained professionals who know customer service.

FNFP should invest in internet based ticketing system so that people can book online (get their tickets online) and on their website the current ticket should be displayed so that people can take timely leave from their work and wait in the queue. Moreover, it is also the responsibility of the organisation to ensure that more customer service representatives are at their booth to serve the large number of customers. FNPF can provide a number of services for their customers using web (Internet) based services. These services include account statement and application lodgement for housing, education and other areas. Official or certified documents can be dropped in by customers once a reference number is given by the web based system. A trip to our neighbours in Australia and New Zealand can help FNPF officials study information systems in areas of service delivery that are related and adopt where possible.

The same can be said about the services in Land Transport Authority (LTA) who are responsible to ensure road safety. LTA does not support online payment of fines and there is no online system for drivers and vehicle owners to check their accounts. Online payment is relatively simpole and supported by Fiji Electricity Authority and Water Authority which helps in avoiding long queues by customers.

Banks in Fiji also have very poor information system design and web based services. It is common to find long queue lines at banks and most of applications procedures waste time of customers in filling form of information that the bank already has in their files. There is a lot of replication of the data entry process which is costly both for the bank and also for the customer in terms of time.

Currently, smart phones and access to quality and affordable internet is on the rise and organisations such as FNPF, LTA and Banks should show examples of systems in use so that smaller businesses can also adopt in the future.

Long queue lines are hard to tackle in government hospitals and health centres who operate with lack of information systems as patients do not have timely access to their own health medical records. Patients have a health information card which is not useful in most centres as they use paper based medical records. Moreover, the waiting time of patients can range to several hours without any feedback if their problem was actually solved by the medical practitioner. An internet – web system online medical record system can help patients view their medical records and also book appointments. Hospitals websites can display the current ticket being served and hence patients can wait and go to the hospital when their ticket number is approaching. Online electronic systems can be used to check if medical practitioners are giving the best services to patients. This can encourage transparency and help in medical practitioners improve their service delivery. Similar systems can also be used by the private medical practitioners.
One of the reasons long queues are created is when the customer service representative is absent from their desk in during working hours. There can be cases where the FNPF representative is in a long waiting queue at the LTA office paying fines. The long queue in LTA is due the representative waiting with a ticket at the bank and then filling a form in the bank that could have been done online.

The funding required to implement such types of advanced information systems is something for the government and donor agencies to look into in the future. There will be a time in future when public service delivery will be required to have special information systems compliance similar to that of OHS and Fire Authority. Only then, the public will be given the best service with transparency and accountability. Information systems to reduce long waiting lines can help in raising the productivity of the organisation and also benefit the growth of the economy of the nation.


Dr. Rohitash Chandra

President, Software Foundation

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:

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



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.

Summer of Code: Programming Competition



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.


  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.


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


  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, 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. 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.


More details can be given by Software Foundation Vice President, Ms. Swaran Ravindra,



  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.





Open Source Revolution in Fiji Continues

Software Foundation organised Linux for Beginners workshop at USP Laucala and Lautoka Campus on the 2nd Ausgust 2014. A total of 27 participants took part in Laulaca Campus and 15 in Lautoka Campus through distance mode. Software Foundation used Moodle for its eLearning. The partcipants ranged from information technology experts to high school students.

Mr. Rajiv Goundar and Mr. Shelvin chand facilitated the distance mode in USP Lautoka Campus. Dr. Rohitash Chandra coordinated the event at the Laucala Campus with instructors that included  Mr. Faraaz Mustapha and Mr. Shivanesh Lal.  Mr. Ravishel Naicker, Ms. Swaran Ravindra and Mrs. Ronika Chandra provided further organisational support.

Seven staff from Fiji Nation Provident Fund (FNPF) took part in the event as FNPF is exploring options to migrate to Open Source Software such as Libre Office and Linux in the near future.

The participants gave a positive feedback about the workshop and look forward to future events by the foundation.

Software Foundation is thankful to School of Computing, Information and Mathematical Sciences for sponsoring the venue and refreshments for the workshop. We also thank USP Lautoka Campus for providing the venue for the distance and flexible mode.


The workshop highlights the philosophy behind free open source software such as Linux which has the same features of other operating systems such as Windows and Apple Macintosh. Advantages of Linux over them are that it is free to use, efficient, and free from viruses. The workshop includes seminars, tutorial sessions and demonstrations for installation using Linux Ubuntu Mint. The Seminar covers open source philosophy, history of Ubuntu and Mint, features and compatibility, problems and solutions. The tutorial sessions gives hands on experience to Linux desktop computing to participants who may not have any prior usage of Linux. Short exercise will be gives to participants during the tutorial sessions. Multimedia on Linux with Safety and Security will also be covered in the workshop. Demonstration of Linux Installation with Discussion of Linux and Open Source adoption for Education, government and industry ends the workshop.