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Agenda for Tech Forum Central Asia - Day 1 (Friday, June 15)

Youth Empowerment

8:00-9:00       Registration, networking, coffee & tea


9:00-9:05       Welcome & Logistics Info: Aliya Pistayeva, Alumni Board, Embassy Astana & Noel Dickover, Department of State


9:05-9:15       Welcome to Tech Forum Central Asia: Ambassador Fairfax, U.S. Embassy Astana


9:15-9:20       What is a TechCamp and Why Do I Care?: Hanny Kusumawati, Coinachance


9:20-10:00      Ice breaking Exercise: Aliya Pistayeva, Alumni Board, Embassy Astana & Noel Dickover, Department of State


10:00-11:00   Fast-paced Project Presentations (Case Studies)

Topic Presenter
1: Getting Funding by Telling Stories Hanny Kusumawati, Coinachance
2: Tackling the Topic of Sectarian Violence in Northern Nigeria Samantha Barry, BBC
3: Using Video for Online Education Story Ken Harvey, KIMEP
4: Grassroots Organizing for Advocacy in Health Care Sean Knox, Wind Up Bird
5: Helping the Illiterate Access Humanitarian Aid During the Pakistan Flood Jim Williams, Popular Engagement Policy
6: Relief4Pakistan: Crowdfunding for Pakistani Flood Kalsoom Lakhani, Invest2Innovate
7: Mapping the Famine in the Horn of Africa Nate Smith, Development Seed
8: Working with Journalists in Uzbekistan to Communicate Safely Tolkun Umaraliev, RFERL
9: Stop Stockouts: Using SMS for Advocacy Case Study Chris Albon, FrontlineSMS
10: Facebook Story Elizabeth Linder, Facebook
11: InternetNecessario: Using Information for Advocacy Susannah Vila, The Engine Room
12: Reporting Corruption and Rights Violations in Bishkek using Video Aibek Baratov, Social Media Activist
13: Blogging Story Daren Krape, HTC
14: Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation - Social Media Branding Story Ong Hock Chuan, Maverick
15: Digital Storytelling Empowering Grassroots Organizations in Pakistan Nighat Dad, Take Back the Tech
16: Yvision: Citizen Journalist Covering Social Unrest in Kazakhstan Stas Ignatov, Yvision

11:00-11:30       Morning break


11:30-11:40       Plenary Session


12:10-13:30       Interactive Training Stations

Topic Presenter
1: Using Facebook for Engagement and Outreach Elizabeth Linder, Facebook
2: Creating Low Cost Video for Education Purposes Ken Harvey, KIMEP
3: Crowdfunding for Your Social Ventures Kalsoom Lakhani, Invest2Innovate & Hanny Kusumawati, Coin-a-chance
4: Connecting Grassroots to Digital Organizing Sean Knox, Wind Up Bird
5: Finding Out What Works in Low Tech and Low Literacy Communities Jim Williams, Popular Engagement Policy
6: Multi-Platform Storytelling Samantha Barry, BBC
7: Use of FrontlineSMS for Collaboration Chris Albon, FrontlineSMS
8: Creating Custom Maps and Using Data to Tell Stories Nate Smith, Development Seed
9: How to Interact Safely Online Tolkun Umaraliev, RFERL
10: Citizens Using Video to Improve Services in Local Government Aibek Baratov, Social Media Activist
12: Social Media Strategy Before You Get to Platforms Ong Hock Chuan, Maverick
13: Data Visualition for Advocacy Susannah Vila, The Engine Room
14: Blogging for Social Good Darren Krape, HTC & Stas Ignatov, Yvision

13:30-14:30       Lunch


14:30-14:40       Plenary Session


14:40-15:30       Small Group Topical Breakout Discussions

Topic Facilitator
1: Civic Engagement in Central Asia Aibek Baratov, Social Media Activist
2: Advocacy and Awareness Susannah Vila, The Engine Room
3: Entrepreneurship: Dare to Dream Kalsoom Lakhani, Invest2Innovate
4: Getting the next dime – fundraising Alena Popova, OpenProject Foundation
5: NGO Operations and Sustainability Nate Smith, Development Seed
6: NGO Volunteeers Hanny Kusumawati, Coineachance
7: Becoming a Leader Elizabeth Linder, Facebook
8: How to build your personal network Daren Krape, HTC
9: Digital Divide Issues Chris Albon, FrontlineSMS & Jim Williams, Popular Engagement Policy
10: Grassroots Organizing and Team Building Options Sean Knox, Wind Up Bird
11: Women's Empowerment Nighat Dad, Take Back the Tech
12: Scaling Your Organization Stas Ignatov, Yvision
13: Branding and Positioning Your Organization Ong Hock Chuan, Maverick
14: Journalism in Central Asia Samantha Barry, BBC & Tolkun Umaraliev, RFERL

15:30-15:50       Afternoon break


15:50-16:00       Plenary Session


16:00-16:50       Small Group Work on Brainstorming Problems

Topic Facilitator
1: Mobile Options Chris Albon, FrontlineSMS
2: Low Cost Video for Education and Civic Engagement Options Ken Harvey, KIMEP & Aibek Baratov, Social Media Activist
3: Low Tech and Low Literacy Communities Issues Jim Williams, Popular Engagement Policy
4: Incorporating Facebook Elizabeth Linder, Facebook
5: Mapping Options Nate Smith, Development Seed
6: Multi-Platform Storytelling Samantha Barry, BBC and Aibek Baratov, PF “Youth Cultural Center”
7: Crowdsoucing Options Hanny Kusumawati, Coin-a-chance
8: On the ground organizing problems Greg Ferenstein, Mashable
9: Data Visualition for Advocacy Susannah Vila, The Engine Room
10: Social Media Strategy Options Ong Hock Chuan, Maverick
11: Crowdfunding Options Kalsoom Lakhani, Invest2Innovate
12: Online Safety Issues Tolkun Umaraliev, RFERL
13: Online Organizing and Team Building Options Sean Knox, Wind Up Bird
14: Blogging for Social Good Darren Krape, HTC

16:50-17:30       Presenting the Results of the Brainstorming Session





Agenda for Tech Forum Central Asia – Day 2 (Saturday, June 16)

8:00-9:30       Networking, coffee & tea (Problem Solution Sign-up Time)

9:30 -10:00     Opening Plenary Aliya Pistayeva, Alumni Board, Embassy Astana & Angela Baker, State Department This plenary will have a CSO from each problem statement to be worked to speak to its importance and tell the participants why they want to solve it.

10:00-10:50      Small Group Work on Identifying Solutions Participants break out into problems identified from the brainstorming session, and fill in a problem-solution template.


Topic
#1: How can we help disabled school children who cannot attend public schools keep up with school curriculum?
#2: How can universities in Kyrgyzstan convey information about their departments, faculties, and specialties to students via SMS service (purpose is to help students choose the right program to study).
#3: How can you create a video portal on civic control to monitor violations from government organizations and employees?
#4: How can we address juvenile suicide cases in Kazakhstan using video technology?
#5: How can we use social networking to help prospective parents to adopt children from orphanages across Turkmenistan?
#6: How can we use social media to raise youth awareness about HIV, STD and drug abuse, including sharing information about upcoming events?
#7: How can we raise awareness about global social networks for people who are living in low-income neighborhoods, with poor connectivity?
#8: How do we increase trust between potential investors/donors and recipients by using social platforms?
#9: How can we visualize accessibility concerns for disabled persons in Almaty?
#10: How do we use online tools to reduce discrimination against central Asian people in Russia?
#11: How can I create a platform to match donors with organizations in need of funds in central Asia?
#12: How can we improve central Asian language versions of Wikipedia?
#13: How can I organize a community of alumni using a blog?
#14: How do we create a central, sustainable platform to connect volunteers with new opportunities from NGOs?
#15: What can I do in order to protect my personal information in files on my computer?
#16: How can we implement online safety courses for school children?
#17: How do I foster an active, online alumni group of people who have studied abroad?
#18: How can we use online tools to find, identify and recruit new women who work in technology to an existing Afghan women tech community?
#19: How do I raise funds (both inside and outside the country) in a country where there are no electronic transfers?
#20: How do we improve social media engagement to address audience fatigue among activists? (Combined w/#21)
#21: How do you create a crowdsourcing platform for fact checking mainstream media in Central Asia? (Combined w/#20)
#22: How can crowdsourcing help to increase trust and transparency to mobilize support for a social good cause?
#23: How can an online map help people research the availability of services my organization offers in order to make our face to face and telephone interactions more productive?
#24: How can we create a cheap online/offline system targeted at isolated communities with little electricity to encourage people to know about and protect their rights?
#25: How can we identify safe, appropriate city locations for an outdoor, portable public library that meet local needs including the fair distribution of resources?


10:50-11:00      Coffee Break

11:00-12:20      Interactive Training Stations

Topic Presenter
1: Using Facebook for Engagement and Outreach Elizabeth Linder, Facebook
2: Creating Low Cost Video for Education Purposes Ken Harvey, KIMEP
3: Crowdfunding for Your Social Ventures Kalsoom Lakhani, Invest2Innovate
4: Connecting Grassroots to Digital Organizing Sean Knox, Wind Up Bird
5: Finding Out What Works in Low Tech and Low Literacy Communities Jim Williams, Popular Engagement Policy
6: Multi-Platform Storytelling Samantha Barry, BBC
7: Use of FrontlineSMS for Collaboration Chris Albon, FrontlineSMS
8: Creating Custom Maps and Using Data to Tell Stories Nate Smith, Development Seed
9: How to Interact Safely Online Tolkun Umaraliev, RFERL
10: Citizens Using Video to Improve Services in Local Government Aibek Baratov, Social Media Activist
11: Using Crowdsourcing for Social Activism Hanny Kusumawati, Coin-a-chance
12: Social Media Strategy Before You Get to Platforms Ong Hock Chuan, Maverick
13: Data Visualition for Advocacy Susannah Vila, The Engine Room
14: Blogging for Social Good Darren Krape, HTC

12:20-13:20       Lunch


13:20-13:30       Plenary and Announcements


13:30-14:30       Small Group Problem Definition Refinement and Action Planning: Same as morning session, but now they are working on follow-on Action Plans.


14:30-15:00       Final Interactive Q&A with trainers: Unstructured training Q&A time - allows for last chance questions or actions.


15:00-15:20       Afternoon Break


15:20-16:00       Final Presentations


16:00-16:15       Closing Remarks and Acknowledgements


16:15               TechCamp Almaty Photo