What’s happening in ICT4D.at

Zanzicode

In the mean time, after finishing the third round of our Zanzicode project, we have also gotten the official thumbs-up from the funding agency ADA (Austrian Development Agency) for our book-keeping and reports.

The summary of our final report in German can be downloaded here. For more detailed questions please contact us.

After this, we are currently working on a new concept for the next round of Zanzicode. We want to incorporate the mistakes and lessons learned in the previous rounds of Zanzicode and create a more open space for learning and teaching. However, we are searching for a reliable partner on the spot to realise this – if you are there

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The Social Business Forge

Our book “The Social Business Forge for ICT4D” has been released already on 11 December last year – as announced on Twitter. You can check the book online at http://www.socialbusinessforge.org/.

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Future projects – Ghana

Together with Margarete Grimus – an Austrian expert for “Erwachsenenbildung” (education for adults) and new member of ICT4D.at -, Worlali Senyo, our Ghanian member and his contacts in Ghana are currently planning for a one-month teachers education course with the topic of using ICTs in everyday teaching in Tema, South Ghana.

The workshop is currently planned for mid-August to mid-September this year and preparations are on the way in collaboration with a local school.

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Homepage

Our homepage is currently being redesigned by Paul Spießberger and Georg Steinfelder We want to increase ease of navigation and introduce clear structure of posts, projects and other information. Thanks already!

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Online activity

As you might have noticed, we are not as active online as we used to be. One reason for this is that we decided to carry out work more project based and dedicate less work to the “mother organisation” ICT4D.at.

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What’s happening in ICT4D.at
was published on 23.02.2012 by Florian Sturm. It files under global
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ICT4D.at Jobs & Projects

Spurred by Poncelet Ileleji’s (from YMCA The Gambia – we got to know him at ICTD2010) request if we can help him find a volunteer for their multimedia lab I looked through our jobs wiki site and updated it.

So here’s which people we are currently looking for:

If you have these skills want to help us doing advocacy and projects in ICT4D we’re happy to have you in our team!

I also looked through our projects and again, here’s the current list:

For any questions, suggestions or inquiries about them or the jobs, please contact us.

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ICT4D.at Jobs & Projects
was published on 21.01.2011 by Florian Sturm. It files under global
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ICT4D.at Vision Meeting

As main part of our internal re-design, re-focus and re-formulation efforts (which are also part of the reason why it’s currently so quiet around here) we had the ICT4D.at vision meeting last weekend. We talked about many urgent topics there and on our aims and how it will go on with ICT4D.at in the future.

An important thing we agreed on was a first draft of our vision, which should comprise all of our activities, present, past and planned. It should help us to explain (to interested people, possible sponsors, possible members, …) what we do in a short sentence. What we came up with was:

“People in ICT4D.at provide a platform/network to create an environment to enable sustainable projects in the ICT sector to make positive impact in less developed regions all around the world.”

If you have opinions or ideas on that vision draft, please comment.

Our main activities to come closer to this vision are awareness raising (about ICT4D), capacity building (= project work), research and networking.

Our “flagship” project currently is Zanzicode (http://zanzicode.com/), where we provide cost free programming lessons to motivated young people in Zanzibar. We are definitely committed to staying there and also thought of ways how to improve our engagement – for example by providing more advanced lessons for a small fee or introducing an Ashoka-inspired mentoring process for selected alumni.

As we strongly encourage our members to act independently in projects which are in line with our vision, we are definitely also open to possible future projects in other areas of the world. As a first step we’d definitely open our platform and our international network for interesting projects.

Slowly but constantly we are gaining members – and to manage this process better we now set up a process to become a member of ICT4D.at which will shortly be available as web-form, we are working on that.

We also looked at the resources we would need in the future and the competences we currently have – and identified some skills we are lacking and are searching members to cover those. If you are interested in helping out, please look at our “Jobs” site in the wiki.

So far so good, as all of us are currently working on their ToDos from the vision meeting, I’m sure you’ll hear from us more often again soon.

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ICT4D.at Vision Meeting
was published on 06.09.2010 by Florian Sturm. It files under global
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ICT4D.at traffic analysis – 2008 to now

The last month not much happened here on the blog – which was due to a combination of summer, internal work and us not attending ICT4D events I guess.

There’s one thing I wanted to share with you for a while already though, and now seems a good moment for that.

The platform ICT4D.at was created in April 2008 and almost since the first setup we have been using Google Analytics to analyze the page traffic.

As we are planning to give other researchers the possibility to post here (more on that soon) and as I personally like data and think it’s interesting to look through, here some facts on our traffic in the last – well – 2 years.

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Below there’s the overall traffic for daily page views from 2 April 2008 to today, 27 July 2010. Click on it to see a bigger version. In total 20 241 unique visitors had 59 110 page views, spending an average of 1:56 time on the site.

What can be seen is that we started slow, “taking off” with the beginning of 2009 and stabilizing from late 2009, early 2010 on at a range of about 20 to 70 views (slightly less unique views) daily – with pikes here and there.

The countries where our visitors come from are very diverse with Austria, the US, Germany, the UK, India and South Africa as the top six. Google tells us we’ve had visitors from 181 countries/regions so far, which means that there’s almost no country on earth where nobody looked on our website yet – quite cool, isn’t it?

The reason for that may of course be our Google search rank which has been on between 3 and 5 when searching for the term “ICT4D” for some time already.

The spikes are actually always event-related, such as:

What we’ll have to improve in my opinion is the navigation on the site – referring from our blog content to the projects, wiki, calendar and so forth. Our bounce rate is currently quite high (about 70%), especially for our entry page, so it’s really time to implement our newest redesign.

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So these were in general my insights from the gathered data, if you want to know more, have an idea how to improve our online presence, want to help in implementing the new design or have general suggestions on this post you’re of course welcome to comment.

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was published on 27.07.2010 by Florian Sturm. It files under global
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Design rebrush

Christmas time has just begun and the first donation has already been made!

ICT4D.at would like to thank Oliver Ruhm from the Austrian design company Zeughaus Brand Identity Design for the rebrush of our page design.

We uploaded the designs to FlickR – below you can see the slideshow of the set. It shows the design evolution to come to the final result.

We’re really happy with the result and we will implement the new design as soon as possible. If you have any remarks on it, we’re happy to read them in the comments.

So – once again – thank you Oliver!

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Design rebrush
was published on 02.12.2009 by Florian Sturm. It files under global
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Refurbishing on the way

Yesterday I received the very nice first impression of the pimped up theme of ICT4D.at done by Oliver Ruhm (Wohnzimmer, Büro für Gestaltung). We agreed on some changes on the layout mostly following Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox, March 30, 2009 “Donation Usability: Increasing Online Giving to Non-Profits and Charities” and some smaller usablity bugs we found while analizing the statistics. So below you can see the first ideas ideas Oliver came up. Feel free to leave your comment.

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Refurbishing on the way
was published on 18.05.2009 by Martin Konzett. It files under global
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