Again it’s time to make a resumé what has happened in the last three months – same as the last two times:
While Martin Konzett was in Zanzibar, he screened our movie Hello Africa at ZIFF (Summary of ZIFF by Dan Hamm), made some valuable contacts and set up our Zanzibits Support project which is now running with Dan Hamm and Fritz Grabo as teachers.
Our volunteer Wambura Kimunyu attended M4Change Nairobi and wrote a blopost about it – Thoughts from M4Change Nairobi.
I, Florian Sturm, went to Ghana and visited some interesting projects there – for example the Don Bosco school in Sunyani, Suame magazine & SMIDO in Kumasi (SMIDO official website) and the OneVillageFoundation Ghana in Winneba. Furthermore I was lucky that two really exciting events just took place at the time I was around:
- IDDS – International Development Design Summit at Kumasi, Ghana- Summary of final presentations of IDDS
- Maker Faire Africa at Accra, Ghana
Especially Maker Faire was a unique possibility to show our movie Hello Africa and to make a lot of great contacts. I met and talked to many people from the IT scene in Ghana, several makers from around Africa, the organizers from Butterfly Works, Erik Hersman, Nii Simmonds, people from Inveneo, Nairobits, and lots more. Recap of Maker Faire on ICT4D.at
Later in august Martin Tomitsch and Martin Konzett attended the INTERACT2009 workshop Ethics, Roles and Relationships in Interaction Design in Developing Regions which took place in Uppsala, Sweden and online. They presented a paper on Designing an SMS-based application for seaweed farmers in Zanzibar (and why it failed for now). Notes on INTERACT2009 on ICT4D.at
Worlali Senyo, our volunteer from Accra helped us cover the efforts in Ghana towards more broadband for everybody – with posts on AfNOG EO Localiazation Workshop and Ghana to Develop a National Broadband Strategy.
In October we were already present at two events – Africa Gathering in London, and May You Live In Interesting Times in Cardiff, where our movie Hello Africa was screened – once again. Concerning Hello Africa there’s more great news – it made it to archive.org.
Also our partnership with the World Bank eTG group moved forward, we covered two workshops.
- Mobile Innovations for Social and Economic Transformation
- The Singapore Experience: Ingredients for Successful Nationwide eTransformation
Now we are preparing the next interesting event focusing on the potentials of mHealth – “World Bank Day @ mHealth Summit” on 28. October.
For the future we are planning to collaborate more with OLPC Austria in our efforts to create an ICT4D scene in Austria and some ICT4D-related events.
So, a lot of things are happening in ICT4D and we are excited to be a part of the whole scene. Looking forward to the next months.
Again three months (actually four … but its been busy times) have passed since our Internal #Q1 2009 blogpost and we can again make a resumé what has happened since then.
We attended e-STAS in Malaga where we moderated a workshop and AfricaGathering in London where we showed the trailer of our movie. Both events were great and we met up with numerous incredible people with great ideas.
Our biggest success so far was the screening of our movie Hello Africa at Viennese cinema Schikaneder in May and the subsequent screenings and the online streaming of it. The cinema was full, we got great feedbackand people from all around the world (UK, USA, Uganda, …) contacted us to get a copy. This Sunday the movie will be shown at ZIFF in Zanzibar.
Another quite successful event that took place twice in the last four months was the ICT4D.at Stammtisch. As our members are spread around the world during summer, we are not sure if we will hold one then, but afterwards we will caryy on for sure. Generally – every first Friday a month at Cafe Benno, but we will announce that anyway.
Organizationswise we are happy to have attracted new members – Paul Pöltner who will help us to align our organizational structure to become more efficient and Worlali Senyo (Ghana) who reviews papers and does research on how to extend our projects to Ghana. Furthermore Wambura Kimunyu (Kenya) claimed she would give us a hand covering conferences in and around Kenya. Of course I also want to mention our members who have been already there longer – you have done great work.
Out next steps during the summer are partially already taking place – Martin Konzett is currently in Tanzania and Uganda to meet people and carry forward our projects – and for ZIFF of course. I, Florian Sturm, will go to Ghana in two weeks for the same reason and to show our movie at Maker Faire Africa. We haven’t managed to successfully apply for a grant yet, but we are getting ready for it. Martin will try to attend some conferences (e.g. IPID or Mobile Tech 4 Change) and will definitely go to INTERACT 2009.
So, great four months again. Looking forward to the summer.
We went to SocialBar Wien and AfrikaCamp in Vienna, which we supported with money and own contributions. We were present at AfrikaCamp with 7 people, made interviews for our video podcast and socialized with other attendees.
Later – in February – we went to Spain to attend Coop 2.0, a meeting dedicated to innovation in ICT4D. Anders Bolin, Florian Sturm and me (Martin Konzett) created good connections to several people in the international ICT4D scene and again shot interviews for our video podcast. We talked to Oleg Petrov from the e-Development Thematic Group (e-TG) of the World Bank about a possible partnership and had an own presentation about Web 2.0 in ICT4D organizations.
Since ICT4D.at founding member Martin Tomitsch now started lecturing down under, we are now offically partnering with University of Sydney. This is the second university partnering with us – the first one is Vienna University of Technology.
We already rolled out our first cooperative article (ICTs for the empowerment of citizens) which is going to be printed for the meeting e-STAS in Malaga, where I will be going to by the end of this month.
We also fixed our contribution for Africa Gathering in London the end of April.
Out movie project UZI Africa has rolled out a second trailer for scientific use.
We are proud to welcome Joanna Knueppel in our team. She will take care of the upcoming applications for funding together with Petra Busswald. We have three to five grants in the pipeline to which we will aplly by the end of April. As Joanna is an English native speaker, she will also do quality engineering on our blog and wiki.
2 of our members are starting the Swahili Course with Elisabeth Zenz this week to be prepared for Zanzibar this summer where they will carry out the Zanzibits Support project. The Swahili Course will also be documented and there will be a weekly blog post about it.
So far so good – we hope everything will continue this smooth and are looking forward to the next exciting events.