Hello Africa goes to Barcelona this weekend

We are very pleased to announce that our documentary received an invitation to be showed at the NOW festival in  Barcelona, at the CCCB (Centre de Cultura e Contemporània de Barcelona).

The festival is going on between 26-27/3, and Hello Africa is to be screened on Saturday 27 March, 19:00 in the main foyer, listed under the New Activism category.

The festival describes itself like this:

NOW is a reflection on the present based on the scientific, technological, artistic, social and spiritual transformations that are taking place at the start of the 21st century. It is a process of research, creation and dissemination that aims to bring together different local and international agents involved in the actions that are promoting a change of paradigm in the information and knowledge society and in globalised cultures.

If you want to follow the event on Twitter, the hashtag is #now10. There is also a live streaming of the ongoing events on their webpage.

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Hello Africa goes to Barcelona this weekend
was published on 25.03.2010 by Anders Bolin. It files under global
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e-STAS – Symposium on Technologies for Social Action – Day 1

Image CC by Fumero

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Today was the first day of e-STAS Symposium on Technologies for Social Action. I arrived yesterday here in Malaga and was picked up from the airport and brought to the hotel where all the speakers are staying. In the evening we started socializing and I was introduced (in the real world) to Ken Banks, Christian Kreutz, Jack Dorsey just to name a few of all the interesting people. We had kind of an informal dinner and discussed the actions and topics for day 1 of e-STAS. Today we got up quite early and a bus took us to the venue. We got our name tags and the publication where a saw our article “ICTs for the empowerment of citizens” printed on paper. Very nice.

As Adrian Mangin promised, the event is highly interactive and everybodies voice is heard. As usual, Ismael Peña-López started taking notes and publish them in real time. It was very fascinating sitting next to him and watching him “power-blogging”. Here is his outcome chonologically:

The only missing piece was a workshop, where all the people split into groups and were trying to find a definition for the term “Empowerment”. I was apointed to be the moderator of the bunch of all English speaking guys and we brought up a lot of issues. This will be covered by a separate blog post ASAP.

I was also participating in a round table on Empowerment (see Ismaels link above and the picture) with Bárbara Navarro, Google.es, Luis Millán Vázquez, FUNDECYT and expert at UN-GAID and Fernando Bothelo, Literacy Bridge which was moderated by Idelfonso Mayorgas. Everybody was introduced and had a 2 minutes pitch before we got into medias res. I was the only one speaking English, so I had to stick to my headset with the transation. We brought up our visions and sights on empowerment and I tried to put the focus on the developing world and proposed that we have to educate the people there and let them empower themself. A second topic was cloud computing, where I brought up the lack of computing power and storage capability of mobile devices which are so much growing and cloud computing as a natural result of this. I said that there is open source software for building a cloud system and everybody is able to build it’s own cloud and sticking to e.g. Google is in the long run just a matter of cost (big clouds shoud be cheaper). Another argument we had was on the “information / knowledge / innovation society” which was put into the spotlight by Luis. I said: The problem with this is, that all the information and knowledge is mostly available in written form and in English, so all the illiterate people are not part of it, so it is matter of accessibility. But I insisted later, that this is just a matter of time and the problem should be solved sooner or later.

I will get the video of the round table tomorrow and will push it on youtube.

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e-STAS – Symposium on Technologies for Social Action – Day 1
was published on 26.03.2009 by Martin Konzett. It files under global
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Coop 2.0 Gijón – Interviews

Here’s a list of the interesting people we did interviews with, on location at the Coop 2.0 conference that took place between 10-12 of February in Laboral University in Gijón, Spain. We will publish all or most of the videos, continuously in the coming days on our ICT4D.at YouTube channel.

• Ana Ruth Bernardo de Paz & Juan Pablo Moncada Florez – S.E.D.E Itaca
• Jan Blom – Nokia Research Center
• Stéphane Boyera – W3C
• Brendan Doyle – CTIC Foundation
• Anriette Esterhuysen – APC (Association for Progressive Communications)
• Jon Legarrea Oteiza – Universidad Pública de Navarra
• Adrien Mangin – Cibervoluntarios
• Vikas Nath – South Centre
• Ismael Peña-López – Open University of Catalonia
• Oleg Petrov – e-Development Thematic Group
• Juliana Rotich – Ushahidi
• Miriam Ruiz – Debian Woman
• Kentaro Toyama – Microsoft Research India
• Alexander Widmer – SDC

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was published on 19.02.2009 by Anders Bolin. It files under global
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