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Mekong ICT camp 2017

Re-opening of Applications ONLY for Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand 

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Mekong ICT Camp 2017:

innovation, citizenship, and open technology for social change in Mekong sub region:

A Hands-on Workshop on Social Innovation through Information, Communication, and Technology Capacity Development for Independent Media, Community Health Workers, and Civil Society Organizations in Mekong Sub-region.

Activity Name:   Mekong ICT Camp 2017

Date:                    September 4-9, 2017  

Place/Country:  Siem Reap, Cambodia

 WHO CAN APPLY?

  • All developers, journalists, development workers and social workers are welcome.
  • Participants are welcome from EVERY Mekong-region country, and elsewhere.
  • Around 60 participants will be selected from the Mekong sub-region, with others from outside the region.

WHAT IS THE EVENT’S FOCUS?

This workshop will focus mainly on already existing developmental projects in Mekong countries, trying to solve data and technological problems related to issues such as:

  • Environmental and social impacts of development projects such as dams, mines, oil and gas, road construction or land concessions.
  • Disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation
  • Health, education, civil rights and others.

HOW IS THE EVENT ORGANIZED?

The workshop brings together development workers, journalists and others who are looking for solutions to their data problems. These problems can involve data collection, analysis or visualisation.

These “project initiators/problem owners” present their problem to software developers, hardware makers and data experts, who, if interested, will work with to find tech solutions for their projects.

WHAT IS THE COST?

For those from the Mekong-region: we will sponsor all your travel, accommodation and program costs, but we ask for a contribution of USD50 from each participant. This sponsorship is available for participants from the Mekong sub-region (Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and  Vietnam), including those who are originally from elsewhere but currently working on projects that related to the development of the Mekong region and its people.

Participants from outside the Mekong-region: Limited numbers of PARTIAL sponsorship (camp fee and accommodation, but not travel cost) are available for those outside Mekong Region.

HOW DO I PREPARE?

  • Development workers, journalists and others with data and technical problems to solve should bring descriptions of those problems, resources, reports, datasets, equipment or anything else that will help others understand and solve the problem
  • We want participants to lead discussions. All participants can consider bringing problems, ideas, stories, tools, equipment or websites to present to others.
  • A computer is required in most of the hand-on sessions. Participants are advised to bring their personal laptop computer with them. The camp will not provide computer to participants.
  • If you have camera, video recorder, voice recorder, wifi router, Raspberry Pi, Arduino or any other equipment, please bring them, as you may find it useful and interesting to use them during the workshop.

 

About organizer http://mekongict.org/about/

Follow us on our Twitter: @mekongict and Facebook page: Mekong ICT.

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Why Big Data matters for Lower Mekong countries?

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Photo Credit: Trang Ta

While big data represents a new era of computing, what does it mean for civil society organizations in Southeast Asia? How can nations in the Lower Mekong  harvest the power of big data? These were the questions discussed during a five-day workshop, from 8-12 June, 2015, at College Of Innovation of Thammasat University Pattaya in Thailand.

New opportunities mean new challenges
Where data in any format may be explored and utilized, the Mekong ICT Camp featured a series of workshops and panel discussions to help more than 60 participants from the region to learn open source technologies, define, and design project challenges. With design thinking methodology, facilitated by Good Factory, participants
focused on prototyping those challenges for social impact projects.

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Photo Credit: Trang Ta

Klaikong Vaidhyakarn, a lead organizer, said “Big data is coming to our daily life since mobile phone penetration in the Mekong region saw double growth and this is an opportunity to use data in development works such as health, environment or even disaster risk reduction. Some development projects, including community health data human and animal to prevent disease outbreak, have already leveraged big data.”

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Memories from Mekong ICT Camp 2013

Ta Trung has create and shared this wonderful video about Mekong ICT Camp 2013. This show how we’ve a wonderful time together.

Thank you very much and hope to see all of you again very soon.

 

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What Campers Said in 2010

In the 2010 Camp, the organizers hired third-party evaluaters to interview campers in order for us to understand the nuance of participants’ feelings, opinions and all kinds of interaction during the five-day activities.

The results of the interview and qualitative evaluation were very encouraging. The following is the summary from the evaluation report. You may read about
2012 Report Testimony directly.

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Laurence Millar: Open government data to support dialog between citizens and government

Laurence Millar will give out a kickstart keynote for Mekong ICT Camp 2010.

Laurence Millar

Laurence Millar is an independent advisor in the use of ICT by governments, and Editor at Large for FutureGov magazine. His career has included work in the public and private sector, in the UK, USA, Asia and New Zealand. From 2004, he led the New Zealand e-government programme providing leadership in strategy and policy, establishing a foundation of shared infrastructure, and maintaining oversight of government ICT investment; he finished in the role of NZ Government CIO on 1 May 2009.

He has written and spoken extensively about the importance of open government to strengthen trust between government and the people. He believes passionately in the power of open government data to support a more effective dialog between citizens, businesses, civil society (NGOs) and government

Governments in USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand, as well as international oragnizations such as the World Bank have all launched catalogs of data that is available for reuse. There is a growing collection of freely available software tools (such as Gapminder, Many Eyes, and Swivel) being used by engaged citizens in the community and businesses. In addition, communities around the world are developing applications to provide better insight into the business of government.

Open government data and citizen-led measurement provide a focus to improve understanding of government performance, increase transparency, strengthen trust in government, and deliver better value to citizens.

You can read more of his opinions at www.gvg.net.nz

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2008 Camper Tharum Bun on Mekong ICT Camp

Tharum Bun wrote this small piece for us.

While Mekong ICT Camp’s hope of educating new generation of technologists and citizen-journalists to enhance their capacity so that they can contribute more to their communities, the week-long workshop is essentially an opportunity that enables people from the region to gather to exchange their skills, knowledge, in particular culture. The 2008 camp in Chonburi Province’s Thammasat University Learning Resort, has more or less inspired participants to go beyond what they learned.
— Tharum Bun, a 2008 Mekong ICT camper

Tharum Bun is journalist and digital media specialist. He writes as a freelancer for Asian Correspondent, a web-based newspaper that focuses on Asia; he also covers news stories for The Phnom Penh Post, Cambodia’s oldest English newspaper. In digital media, he advises news organizations to make the most of web technologies, building and engaging targeted audience.

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Photos from Mekong ICT Camp 2008

Photos tagged “mekongictcamp” from Klaikong’s Flickr.

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