TechCamp Slovenia

Shared Solutions Save Lives

Participants from

Austria; Croatia; Hungary; Italy; Macedonia; Serbia; Slovenia

Description

The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Ljubljana, Slovenia hosted humanitarian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from the region at TechCamp Slovenia: Shared Solutions Save Lives. Local and international experts came together to train participants on low-cost, easy-to-use technology tools to help civil society and NGOs be more effective in their work with refugees and migrants in Europe.

Agenda

March 21, 2016 | TechCamp Day 1

  • 8:30am - 9:00am - Coffee and Registration
  • 9:00am - 9:30am - Opening Remarks – Emcees

Keynote Speech: Brent Hartley, U.S. Ambassador to Slovenia

  • 9:30am - 10:00am - EU Refugee Crisis (Intro, Talk, Videos) – Jeff Wishnie, Mercy Corps
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm - Break out into following 4 zones:
    • Zone #1: Immigration & policy concerns – Brian Street (U.S State Department)
    • Zone #2: Coordination across borders – Barbara Magid (IRC) & John Warnes (UNHCR)
    • Zone #3: Info sharing & gathering – Rebecca Thompson & Barbara Bitton (Mercy Corps)
    • Zone #4: Integration – Megan Specia (Mashable) and Ravin Sampat (BBC)

Brainstorming Topical Discussions - Discuss and define the greatest challenges in each topic area.

  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm - Lunch
  • 1:00pm - 1:30pm - One person from each team will present the top 2 challenges
  • 1:30pm - 2:45pm - Fast-paced Project Presentations (Case Studies) also known as “Speed-Geeking” Sessions
  • TechCamp Slovenia 2016 - Speed-Geeking Sessions

    Team NumberTopicTech-Trainer/s and Organization/s
    1Digital Storytelling & Social/Online Community BuildingMegan Specia - Mashable, USA
    2Offline to Online Tools for Incoming RefugeesStijn Aelbers - Internews, Belgium
    3Power of VideosMarko Zoric - YouTube for BBC, UK
    4Data Gathering/Analyzing, & Sharing Using Data Visualization/Mapping TechniquesHenk Hoff - IFRC, Hungary
    5Apps for Sharing InfoShelley Taylor - Trellyz, UK
    6Citizen Journalism TacticsRavin Sampat - BBC Trending, UK
    7Mobilizing Volunteer ResourcesTjasa Sobocan - Simbioza
    8Crowdsourcing for Data Collection & Community BuildingShadrock Roberts - Ushahidi, Kenya
    9Mobiles for Locating Family MembersVytas Bradunas - Refunite, Kenya
    10Info Sharing Tools/PlatformsBarbara Magid - IRC, USA
    11Gender Based Violence ReportingCeline Calve - International Rescue Committee, USA
    12Volunteers & the Techfugee MovementPaula Schwarz - Startupboat & Techfugees, Germany
  • 2:45pm - 3:00pm - Coffee break
  • 3:00pm - 3:10pm - Interactive Training Explained
  • 3:10pm - 4:30pm - Interactive Training Sessions #1
  • TechCamp Slovenia 2016 - Interactive Training Sessions #1

    Team NumberTopicTech-Trainer/s and Organization/s
    1Digital Storytelling & Social/Online Community BuildingMegan Specia - Mashable, USA;
    Barbara Bitton - Mercy Corps, Serbia
    2Mobile Tools for Refugees Vytas Bradunas - Refunite, Kenya;
    Shelley Taylor - Trellyz, UK
    3Power of VideosMarko Zoric - YouTube for BBC, UK
    4Information Management, Data Gathering, Analyzing
    & Visualization Tools/Techniques
    Henk Hoff - IFRC, Hungary;
    Barbara Magid - IRC, USA;
    Celine Calve - International Rescue Committee, USA
    5Citizen Journalism TacticsRavin Sampat - BBC Trending, UK;
    Rebecca Thompson - Mercy Corps, Serbia
    6Mobilizing Volunteer ResourcesTjasa Sobocan - Simbioza, Slovenia;
    Paula Schwarz - Startupboat & Techfugees, Germany
    7Crowdsourcing Strategies for Data Collection & Community BuildingShadrock Roberts - Ushahidi, Kenya
    8Online to Offline ToolsJeff Wishnie - Mercy Corp, USA;
    Stijn Aelbers - Internews, Belgium;
    John Warnes - UNHCR
  • 4:30pm - Day One Wrap-Up

March 22, 2016 | TechCamp Day 2

  • 8:30am - 9:00am - Networking, coffee
  • 9:00am - 9:15am - Paula Schwarz, Startupboat & Techfugees – “Beyond borders: How to achieve lasting results with impact ventures (based on data)"
  • 9:15am - 10:45am - Interactive Training #2
  • 10:45am - 11:00am - Coffee break
  • 11:00am - 11:15am - What’s a Problem Statement?
  • 11:15am - 12:15pm - A particular technological tool/concept is paired with a specific challenge/issue
  • TechCamp Slovenia 2016 - Technological Tool/Concept Paired with Challenge/Issue

    Team NumberTopicTech-Trainer/s and Organization/s
    1Challenges That Can Be Solved Using “Digital Storytelling & Social/Online Community Building"Megan Specia - Mashable, USA;
    Barbara Bitton - Mercy Corps, Serbia
    2Challenges That Can Be Solved Using “Mobile Tools for Refugees”Vytas Bradunas - Refunite, Kenya;
    Shelley Taylor - Trellyz, UK
    3Challenges That Can Be Solved Using "Videos"Marko Zoric - YouTube for BBC, UK
    4Challenges That Can Be Solved Using “Information Management, Data Gathering, Analyzing,
    & Visualization Tools/Techniques”
    Henk Hoff - IFRC, Hungary;
    Celine Calve - International Rescue Committee, USA
    5Challenges That Can Be Solved Using “Citizen Journalism Tactics”Ravin Sampat - BBC Trending, UK;
    Rebecca Thompson - Mercy Corps, Serbia
    6Challenges That Can Be Solved Using “Mobilizing Volunteer Resources”Tjasa Sobocan - Simbioza, Slovenia;
    Paula Schwarz - Startupboat & Techfugees, Germany
    7Challenges That Can Be Solved Using “Crowdsourcing Strategies for Data Collection & Community Building.”Shadrock Roberts - Ushahidi, Kenya
    8Challenges That Can Be Solved Using “Online to Offline Tools”Jeff Wishnie - Mercy Corp, USA;
    Stijn Aelbers - Internews, Belgium;
    John Warnes - UNHCR
  • 12:15pm - 1:15pm - Lunch
  • 1:15pm - 1:30pm - Solution Sign-up Time – Participants sign on to one challenge to work on
  • 1:30pm - 1:45pm - Informal Networking Activity
  • 1:45pm - 2:00pm - Solution Discussion Concerning Brainstormed Solutions
  • 2:00pm - 4:45pm - Small Group Work on Identifying Solutions (Coffee offered at 3:00pm)
  • 4:45pm - 5:00pm - Day 2 Closing Remarks
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm - City of Ljubljana Reception in honor of TechCamp Participants

March 23, 2016 | TechCamp Day 3

  • 8:00am - 9:00am - Networking, coffee
  • 9:00am - 9:10am - Opening Greeting
  • 9:10am - 10:45am - Small Group Work on Identifying Solutions (Coffee Offered at 10:30am)
  • 10:45am - 12:00pm - Final Presentations – groups present the outcomes / solutions
  • 12:00pm - 12:10pm - Closing Remarks – Jonathan Henick, PDAS for International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State
  • 12:10pm - 12:30pm - Wrap up/Final Survey
  • 12:30pm – Finale - “TechCamp Slovenia Group Photo” with all participants!!
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