July 23, 2009
I was on my own on Wednesday evening on the Waterfront, Cape Town … I asked for the best fish restaurant and “Willoughby & Co” was suggested. Well the food was good but what was even better was the large table they sat me on and the people I met and spoke with!
On Thursday I held the BSX Cape Town workshop at the Breakwater Lodge, near the Waterfront. We had around 19 participants, representing around 12 NGOs. The workshop ran from 10am to 4pm and I am really grateful to the participants for working so hard for the full period. As in Joburg I got a lot of input.
- link to ICT support networks in each region / locale e.g. eRiders
- create a map of mobile phone populations around the world e.g. penetration levels of each device
- target funders to gain interest in the BSX
- BSX website should emphasise discussion areas and workspaces
- ICT guides and walkthroughs .. human online guides
- local NGOs and resources directory
- matchmaking NGOs with similar needs
- search on geographic location, sector, NGO etc.
- rate developers
- technology is global, community issues are local
- ICT support in rural areas – use mobile?
- ICT support in general for NGOs
The main issue that surfaced was how to bridge the gap between the NGO community and the technology community. Only the larger NGOs will have access to ICT support. It is not just an issue of creating a solution, the biggest problem may be in operating and maintaining technology solutions – requires ongoing ICT support.
The pilot starting in October will explore these issues and help us to further develop the concept.
July 22, 2009
I was in Johannesburg for the Betavine Social Exchange workshop. I was keen to hear what people thought about the idea and get some valuable input – I was not disappointed. I spent the morning at the Sangonet offices in downtown Johannesburg.
Matthew de Gale on Sangonet
Then we had lunch in the News Cafe at Joburg Theatre before the workshop began at 2pm in the Penthouse room. The workshop was followed at 6pm by the first Netsquared event in Johannesburg. I met some very interesting people and really enjoyed both events.
We had around 20 NGOs represented at the workshop and I got a lot of valuable input. I will summarise some of it here.
- open discussions to mobile internet
- find local discussions / solutions
- link to mobile active directory of resources
- put BSX link on Prodder
- local language support
- put case studies on Sangonet, Mobile Active etc.
- list of recommended OS developers / past performance
- assistance in finding pre-existing solutions would be valuable to NGOs
- who owns the BSX projects?
- need an MoU betweeen parties
- quick response needed to initial ideas
- who gets credit if idea flies?
- solutions need to be costed
- NGOs like face to face / voice contact
- cost of operation of solution
More on the Cape Town workshop soon.