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1988

African students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology organize as African Technology ForumSM (ATF). ATF starts a newsletter focused on developments in, and the impact of technology on, the African continent. This developed into the magazine African Technology Forum, taking the same name as the organization.

Founders: Mawuli Tse and Karanja Gakio. Key staff included: Michael Kobina Owu, Muhonjia Khaminwa, John Ofori-Tenkorang, Vincent Adzovie, and Julia Goldrosen.

1991

Members of ATF, along with others, found the Okyeame e-mail distribution list for the Ghanaian online community.

1992

ATF grows to include a volunteer staff of about 23, contributors in 15 countries, and a readership of over 11,000.

1993

ATF was invited as part of a consulting team in Cape Verde to assess the feasibility of solar and other renewable energy alternatives.

1994

Conference held at MIT for African electric utilities and authorities (UPDEA – Union of Producers, Transporters, and Distributors of Electric Power in Africa) with ATF participating and helping to organize.

1995

ATF engages consultant to conduct training in Total Quality Management in Ghana.

1996

The original ATF website at MIT is launched.

ATF Consulting started to help with technical and information-gathering requests.

1998

Editor-in-Chief Mawuli Tse starts ATF operating in Ghana.

2000

The africantechnologyforum.org website is launched.

2002

ATF undertakes project to distribute used books from Concord Library in Massachusetts to the University of Ghana and other tertiary institutions in Ghana.

2003

ATF and colleagues begin an effort to distribute MIT OpenCourseWork materials to African universities with low Internet bandwidth capabilities via CDs.

2007

ATF begins a program of donations of technical trade journals to African universities.

2013

ATF starts a new round of Student Chapters at several African universities.