TechCamp Mongolia

Countering Disinformation with Collective Innovation

Participants from

Bhutan; Burma; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Mongolia; Nepal; Uzbekistan; Vietnam

Description

Nearly 30 years ago, Mongolians made their famous “choice for democracy” by peacefully rebuking the socialist, one-party rule of the prior 70 years.  Now a committed democracy, Mongolia is an example of the opportunities a free and open society can offer its citizens.  In the shadow of its two autocratic neighbors, Mongolia maintained its commitment to core freedoms including freedoms of the press and of speech.  However, as new technologies make information more readily accessible, that same information is also more easily manipulated by malign actors.  Fighting disinformation in the modern age must be core to any civil society interested in living in a free and open Indo-Pacific region. TechCamp Mongolia will bring together independent, citizen journalists and social media influencers from across the Central and South Asian region to learn new tools they can deploy to combat disinformation and help mold an informed society.

Agenda

Friday, 8 November | Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

11:00 AM - Buses leave Ulaanbaatar Hotels to head to TechCamp Venue

1:00 PM - Arrival and Check-in // (Lunch 1:00-2:00 PM, Participants have free time to network and rest until orientation)

3:00 PM - Trainer Meeting and Orientation (Trainers + Organizers Only)

3:30 PM - Orientation // Overview of TechCamp Program & Agenda  (Sam Gordon, BJ McDuffie, Phil Sticha; TechCamps Team)

4:00 PM - Trainers setup Speed-Geeking // Opening Remarks (Adam Hennings, APAO, U.S. Embassy Mongolia)

4:30 - 5:30 PM - Speed-Geeking

TechCamp Mongolia

SubjectTrainer
Community Building & Effective Social Media CampaignsAnantya van Bronckhorst
Creating a Successful Video Team / Digital StorytellingKaren Lee
Design Thinking for StorytellingSue-Jean Sung
Data Journalism Robert Ritz
Creative Approaches to Media MonitoringDarin Bielicki and Burt-Ujin Bayarsaikhan
Open-Source Investigation Tools / Media VerificationAiganysh Aidarbekova
Crowdfunding / Sustainability for NewsroomsGanzorig Dolingor

5:30 - 5:45 PM - Refreshment Break

5:45 - 6:30 PM - Design Thinking Plenary // Challenge Statement Creation Workshop with Sue-Jean Sung

6:30 - 7:30 PM - What’s your challenge: Brainstorming Groups  (Pick a topic below and work as a group to brainstorm/discuss challenges in the field)

  • Data Mapping & Visualization/ Effective Investigative Journalism (Aiganysh, Robert)
  • Storytelling & Audience Engagement (Karen, Anantya, Sue-Jean, Ganzorig)
  • Media Monitoring & Accountability (Darin, Burt-Ujin)

7:30 PM - Welcome Dinner // Cultural Performance

Saturday, 9 November

07:30 - 08:30 AM - Breakfast

08:30 - 09:00 AM - Registration and Networking

09:00 - 09:15 AM - Welcome Remarks - (Adam Hennings, U.S. Embassy in Mongolia; Sukhbaatar Enkhjargal, MIDAS NGO)

09:25 - 10:00 AM -  Icebreaker (Coffee available from 9:45)

10:00 - 10:10 PM - Topic Review & Group Formation (Trainers will come up to the front of the room and give an elevator pitch on their session/expertise)

10:10 - 12:00 PM - Interactive Discussion 1 (choose one topic from table above)

12:00 - 1:15 PM - Lunch

1:15 - 1:30 PM - Topic Review & Group Formation (Trainers will come up to the front of the room and give an elevator pitch on their session/expertise)

1:30 - 3:00 PM - Interactive Discussion 2 (choose one topic from table above)

3:00 - 3:15 PM - Coffee Break

3:15 - 4:00 PM - Free Time

4:00 - 5:30 PM - Group Formation and Challenge Statement Development (Give Challenge Statements to Group Leaders)

5:30 PM - Present challenge statements (One representative from each group will read out their challenge statement and its importance)

6:30 PM - Group Dinner // Free-Time

Sunday, 10 November

07:30 - 08:30 AM - Breakfast & Opening Announcements

08:00 - 8:15 AM - Registration and Coffee

08:15 - 08:30 AM - Opening Announcements

08:30 - 10:00 AM - Participants Make Training Selection // Interactive Training Session 3

10:00 - 10:15 AM - Coffee Break

10:15 AM - 12:30 PM - Action Plan Development: (Participants will continue to reflect on their local realities related to being a journalist and work in small groups to define an actionable challenge that they will further develop and begin solving in teams)

12:30 - 1:30 PM - Lunch (Groups can continue the conversation during lunch; check out of rooms and leave luggage in the lobby)

1:30 - 3:30 PM - Action Plan Refinement // Presentation Creation

3:30 - 4:30 PM - Final Presentations

4:30 - 5:00 PM - Surveys // Continued Engagement Grant Announcement

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM - Closing Remarks and Certificates (Ambassador Michael S. Klecheski, U.S. Embassy Mongolia)

 

 

 

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