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OUR CURRENTLY RUNNING PROJECTS

Last updated: July 2012

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Zanzicode

In charge: Fritz Grabo
Status: In Progress

We provide free education in the field of Web Development to a small number of talented and motivated students of poor background in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Our goal is to help build the personal careers of our graduates as well as to kickstart a local web development community. Our work so far has proven that there is both talent and demand for professional web work in Zanzibar. This is true especially now, as the digital gap between Africa and the rest of the world is closed a bit further by East-Africa's recent connection to the Seacom broadband internet cable. Graduates of the Zanzicode class are meant to act as multiplicators in this emerging market, and will help to strengthen the flow of information and enable the interaction between Zanzibar and the rest of the world through the web. Since April 2010 we are supported by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA).


Zanzicode Business Incubator

In charge: Martin Konzett
Status: In Progress

The 12 month Incubator Course measures up to the entrepreneurial spirit of graduates of the Basic Course. Strong programming skills and the goal to set up an own real world online business are prerequisites for this course. Students are guided through the process of realizing a business, from the idea to the running software and the working micro enterprise. We also stick to Open Source Software, but we optionally switch to Java and Google technologies as industrial standards. After the course the students will be owners of their own business. The course hosts 4 students.


ICT4D.MZ

In charge: Paul Pöltner
Status: Kick-off

We contributed to a project application within the appear funding scheme of OeAD, ADC and LAI.

Together with the Vienna University of Technology and the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo (UEM) we want to set up a sustainable research partnership between the two with the help of several workshops and strategic scientific projects, as well as both-ways exchange. We support implementing new IT infrastructure and improving teaching, learning, research and gender equality at the Informatics Department at UEM. Furthermore we plan the enhancement of the local intellectual property transfer office at UEM to support innovation and exploitation of research findings. More details coming soon.


Social Business Forge

In charge: Paul Pöltner
Status: In Progress

We would like to share what we have built up here at ICT4D.at by providing a solid handbook on how to run a business with a business plan/structure similar to ours, providing tools on how to easily start up an entrepreneurial idea. We provide solid business processes and how-to's for all the software tools involved. Information on how to manage structural organization and process organization within all the social media integration will be available. With the use of our WordPressMediaWiki integration and theming, plus Google tools and all the other platforms, it is possible to be up and running within 2 weeks. There is also a business plan template included.

Work is currently in progress at http://www.socialenterprise.at/ and is to be released publicly soon.


Hello Africa

In charge: Anders Bolin
Status: Finished

A movie about Africa. A movie about African people connecting to the mobile world with their cell phones. A movie that sets out to investigate the influence of mobile communication technologies driven by developed countries on daily life in Africa. The movie portrays people in rural areas of East Africa. The stories are filmed in Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa. The images give insights about usage, marketing, sales, and habits regarding mobile communication technologies. This documentary work represents an important step to push the ICT4D (information and communication technologies for development) movement. It documents how a technology has the potential to help people bridge the digital divide. We are partnering with the Swedish film magazine UZI.


Media Work

In charge: Florian Sturm
Status: In Progress

We provide regular news and relevant information of developments in ICT4D research as well as our projects on the weblog http://ict4d.at/blog and update our social network via Facebook, XING, Twitter, Linkedin, Youtube (http://www.youtube.com/ict4dat), Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ict4d/). We give background information on ICT4D, introduce major players and scholars in this area and provide analysis of influential scientific papers. In order to build up a knowledge base, we publish this information on our weblog http://ict4d.at/blog and in our wiki http://wiki.ict4d.at/. We inform about relevant dates, deliver live updates from around-the-world conferences on ICT4D topics, and provide interviews with international experts in the ICT4D field.


Images FOR Africa Flickr Group

In charge: Martin Konzett
Status: In Progress

Images FOR Africa (IFA) collects pictures gathered from the field in Africa from Flickr users and organizes them in a Flickr group. We currently have over 880 members and over 11 000 pictures - and are still growing. The owners are willing to license the pictures under the terms of a Creative Commons license, which means that the pictures can be utilized further. We moderate the group and invite pictures to join. We thank Yahoo for providing Flickr.


addICT

In charge: Isabella Wagner
Status: oh hold

addICT is a TV series focusing on the topic ICT4D, produced by ICT4D.at and screened in the net and on the Austrian community TV channel OKTO. We are currently planning for 6 episodes. The aim of the project is to make IT people interested in international development and the other way round. We want to introduce the international research and project work done in ICT4D. We are planning for a big target audience, therefore our approach is rather pop-cultural than educational.


Theses and Papers

In charge: Martin Tomitsch
Status: In Progress

We are currently searching for students who are interested in writing a thesis on certain topics related to our field. "Theses and Papers" is a means of sharing and contributing knowledge and ideas.

We offer scholarship awards.


True Austria

In charge: Florian Sturm
Status: Planning phase

On the website http://www.trueaustria.com I would like to gather information in various languages on Austrian migration law, statistics and stories on the situation of immigrants living in Vienna, media coverage on immigrants and voices of immigrants themselves.

What I would like to show is the (often quite tough) situation of people coming here to Austria in the hope of a bettering of their situation as compared to their original countries.



 
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