Dear TechCamp Participant,
On behalf of the U.S. Mission to Indonesia, I would like to invite you to join us for Civil Society 2.0's TechCamp Jakarta taking place in @america on May 19-20, 2011.
Civil Society 2.0 is a State Department initiative to create a self-sustaining movement by connecting social-good organizations with the technology-based community to help raise digital literacy and increase their impact in the 21st century. The intent is to help small organizations working for the social benefit such as charities, NGOs, community groups, women's organizations, faith-based organizations and advocacy groups.
Last October, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton explained Civil Society 2.0 in this way: “The new communication tools that you and I use as a matter of course are helping to connect and empower civil society leaders, democracy activists, and everyday citizens. We need your help. … Part of our approach is to embrace new tools, like using cell phones for mobile banking or to monitor elections. But we’re also reaching out to the people behind those tools, the innovators and entrepreneurs themselves.”
TechCamp Jakarta is a hands-on, two-day event that brings together civil society leaders, technologists and local officials in Jakarta to identify technologies that can make a positive impact in local communities. Our focus is providing a unique interactive opportunity for technologists, civil society groups, and officials from across Indonesia and the United States to collaborate and discuss ways in which new technology can be used for social good. Our aim is for TechCamp to become a self-organizing, self-replicating event that can be organized by communities all over the world.
This event will be interactive, with a participant-driven agenda tentatively focused on disaster relief and climate change. In the weeks leading up to TechCamp Jakarta we will ask for your input in shaping and refining the topics for discussions. We have invited representatives from the World Bank and Gates Foundation to participate in TechCamp and any possible follow on conversations. Your input and participation will be essential to a successful outcome.
Once we have confirmed your participation, we will send additional information about pre-event collaboration and planning, as well as complete logistical details.
Scot Marciel Ambassador