SocialBar Wien

Picture taken by Christian Lendl

Picture taken by Christian Lendl

Yesterday (20.1.) I was at the first SocialBar Wien at the Skydome of the Wiener Hilfswerk.

The event should facilitate a knowledge exchange between IT specialists, voluntary workers, NGOs and even donors and scientists in the area of social work in general.

The Austrian version is closely affiliated to the German SocialBar movement and also uses the same infrastructure. The organizer (picture to the right) was Peter Jedlicka.

There were around 30 people from different NGOs and platforms as diverse as CARE, Südwind, Rotes Kreuz, Wohnungslosenhilfe… but also interested individuals.

There were five presentations about topics ranging from social entrepreneurship to platforms for the coordination of voluntary work (more details here).

Picture taken by Christian Lendl

Picture taken by Christian Lendl

I like the general idea of creating this kind of a platform for networking and exchange of experience – and to get to know people with similar interests. The meeting yesterday was a good start, but I have some suggestions for next time to improve the “social experience”.

  • Less formal setting – the spacial setting was quite strict and prevented interactions beneath the audience of the presentations to some extent
  • Broader time frame – the schedule was quite narrow, maybe plan some time for informal interaction at the same place (maybe there were interesting talks at the restaurant afterwards – but I didn’t go there)
  • Agree on one specific topic – in my opinion the presentations were to diverse to lead a coherent discussion, maybe agree on one specific topic in the forefront of the next SocialBar

However, I enjoyed taking part in this event and I’m looking forward to see it evolve in the future. Also, I really liked the mixture of people attending. The next meeting will be held in February – check it out!

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SocialBar Wien
was published on 21.01.2009 by Florian Sturm. It files under global
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AfrikaCamp 2009 announced

After the first Barcamp on Africa this year in California and some exchang of ideas at Barcamp Vienna 2008, the date and place for AfrikaCamp Vienna 2009 is now officially set. It will take place on the 31 January 2009 at the W@lz in the 14th district of Vienna.

Helge Fahrnberger and Christoph Chorherr are the main organizers, and ICT4D.at will help as good as we can. If there’s any designer reading this – at Helge’s site they’re searching for a logo design.

Though it’s still a while to go, I am already looking forward to interesting debates and innovative ideas. I think it’s a great opportunity to bring together people from the IT sphere as well as from the traditional development assistence field and I will try to motivate people from both areas to come.

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AfrikaCamp 2009 announced
was published on 24.11.2008 by Florian Sturm. It files under global
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Barcamp Vienna – aftermath

I just came backfrom Barcamp Vienna 2008 and it was a great experience.

Heard some very interesting sessions, for example from Christoph Chorherr about the usage of Web 2.0 in this elections, Helga Fahrnberger and Christian Spanring about OpenStreetMap revolutionalising online map services and Stefan Derkits about Couchsurfing – a great platform for frequent travellers.

Martin, Karola, Martin and me also presented ICT4D.at and I think we had success in making some people curious about this topic.

On this wiki page further information from the talk and suggestions of attendees can be found. For photos, visit Karola’s facebook account or Flickr set or or check out the links on the event page.

Also the idea for a BarCamp in Vienna focusing on Africa was pushed forward – check out barcamp.at for news on that.

Everybody new to our page: join our xing, facebook and linkedin groups, subscribe to our twitter account or rss-feed to stay updated! We appreciate every comment and remark, regrettably our wiki is not yet completely adjusted, so feedback on this page is limited to comments to our posts.

Furthermore – as you may have noticed, the new design of ict4d.at is online. Of course there are still some adjustments needed but for now I think it looks great!

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Barcamp Vienna – aftermath
was published on 05.10.2008 by Florian Sturm. It files under global
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Barcamp Vienna 2008

This Saturday and Sunday in Vienna the BarCamp Vienna 2008 will take place.

A Barcamp is

an international network of user generated conferences — open, participatory workshop-events, whose content is provided by participants — often focusing on early-stage web applications, and related open source technologies, social protocols, and open data formats. [from Wikipedia]

As a matter of fact, we will be there to get to know interesting people, present our work with ict4d.at and our projects and get to know the community.

Regrettably I’m just there on Sunday, maybe already for the afterparty on Saturday.

If you have time and are interested – just come by, here is more information.

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Barcamp Vienna 2008
was published on 01.10.2008 by Florian Sturm. It files under global
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Laafi-Fest 2008

Helge Fahrnberger is not just a well-known Austrian blogger, he is also involved in Laafi – an initiative dedicated to financing and supporting health-related projects in Burkina Faso, one of the poorest countries in the world.

He is inviting to this year’s Laafi-Fest – an African summer party at the area of the University for Veterinary Medicine in Vienna.

It’s this Saturday (20 September, 16:00) so if you’re somewhere around, just drop by – the fotos of the last years look like it’s fun. And it’s for a good cause of course – the profit will be used for Laafi.

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Laafi-Fest 2008
was published on 18.09.2008 by Florian Sturm. It files under global
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