Internal #Q3 2009

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:

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

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

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

Also our partnership with the World Bank eTG group moved forward, we covered two workshops.

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.

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