|Ambassador Moon Opening TechCamp Sarajevo|
|Technology trainer Thomas Levine from ScraperWiki |
gives a presentation at “Speed Geeking”
While the concert venue, loud music, and bright lights kept energy high, the conversation flowed from citizen journalism to “data scrapping,” from using SMS technology to monitor elections to mapping and infographics that help visualize public budgets. The topic, the tools, and the small working groups sparked creative brainstorming and made two things very clear. First, transparency, accountability and citizen engagement are challenges that truly cut across boundaries in the region, and second, NGOs in the region want and need to use technology more effectively.
TechCamps are focused on active problem solving, so participants were asked on Day 1 to come up with a list of problems their NGOs face and worked together with technologists to come up with program plans to address those problems on Day 2. They left with some very clearly articulated plans and, in addition to the informal network that these events usually promote, something more. Thanks to TechSoup, participants can continue their conversation and education in all things tech via an online platform called “Community Boost_r.” The platform, which is open to TechCamp participants and anyone else aims to connect accountability and transparency NGOs to (1) give them access to technology tools and (2) create a living network for a regional community of support.
|Technology trainer Friedrich Lindenberg from Open
Foundation leads a small group training session
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