A View to AKIL– Asia Knowledge and Innovation Lab – Regular Monthly Info on what we are up to….#5
Hello to all development and developers as well as innovation partners. Brace yourself for AKIL – Asia Knowledge and Innovation Lab – monthly updates on the latest news around ICT and development in Indonesia and elsewhere. This month is more of a single major announcement and a brain dump for us…more to follow shortly.
Exciting news first!
The AKIL team has been working with local partners on the ground in Indonesia and Asia to establish physical HUB spaces via a network that focuses on AKIL related priorities. One partner has announced its presence in this area. We do not intend this to be one specific LAB but rather a hub that utilizes a model that can be scaled to any physical space. The Lab described below will live inside the HUB space. See our DevEx article: https://www.devex.com/en/news/cooking-up-an-open-data-storm-in-indonesia/82404
The Web Foundation has just announce a planning grant awarded by the Ford Foundation.
“The grant will enable us to conduct a full feasibility study for a new open data lab in Jakarta, with the aim of building a focal point for everyone interested in open data and help to catalyze positive change towards a more transparent, accountable, participatory and responsive government, and as a stimulus for innovation and economic growth.
Rather than focusing on a single project in a particular domain, we are exploring the creation of an institution that will promote data-driven solutions to practical problems in a range of sectors, such as health, education, public transport, and environment, through capacity building, strategic and technical advice, and research partnerships.
A team of technology and policy experts would advise organizations, conduct trainings, organize events and help to incubate data-based solutions. Moreover, in partnership with the Open Data Research Network we would support research into the implementation and impacts of open data initiatives in the region.
We intend to complete the feasibility and planning phase by February, and depending on the outcomes of this phase, implementation could begin in the first half of 2014.”
There will be much more about this in the coming AKIL updates…our best to the developer and development community (D2) in their support.
In September, the AKIL team participated in the United Nations/Indonesia International Conference on Integrated Space Technology Applications to Climate Change. All the materials can now be accessed here
On the poverty reduction and PNPM front, the AKIL team, working in collaboration with others is developing an engagement platform (online, responsive with android code base to come). This is an Open Code base – ICT enabled feedback platform, which establishes a multi-mode approach to collecting feedback. We have posted the code on Github and encourage our community to use, share and improve the application code base. We will also be complimenting this with a mobile training application and other tools in development.https://github.com/qbl/jalin-suara/wiki
On the Open Gov. & Open Data front, the ever so popular Open Government Partnership (OGP) just concluded a summit in Oct/Nov where[aa1] Indonesia was appointed as the lead co-chair (Go Indonesia!) of the global initiative. This will put a spotlight on Indonesia and the Government’s plans to implement Open Data and similar “Openness” work. AKIL is particularly interested in the great benefits this can bring to Development Knowledge and Innovation work in Indonesia, especially with regard to the poor and marginalized.
As reported by The Guardian, the US, Canada, Russia and France are among 13 to sign agreements with Open Data Institute, which is a non-profit organization co-founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the internet, to bring together a global network of data experts and researchers on open data and help set up dozens of open data-based startups in the UK generating income, research, and training.
The Open Knowledge Foundation recently published their Open Data Index which uses crowdsourced information to rank the state of open data in participating countries.
In Indonesia, we’d like to highlight the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2013, which was held 22-25 October. The multi-day conference was supported by the Ministry of Communication and Information, covering six major tracks: human rights, freedom of expression, free flow of information on the Internet; Access/Diversity: Internet as an Engine for Growth and Sustainable Development; Dynamic Coalitions, Open Forums; Security: Legal and other Frameworks: Spam, Hacking and Cyber-crime; Principles of Multistakeholder Cooperation, and Internet Governance Principles. The keynotes: http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/session-reports
At the global scale, lets go to the World Bank blog, which released a note on how ICT can be used to end poverty in your country. On October 9th, the Bank convened ministers of ICT, development specialists, and tech evangelists in a discussion on using technology and innovation in the fight against extreme Poverty. Feel free to participate in this campaign by posting your thoughts on how mobile phones and internet could help end extreme poverty, create jobs, improve education and health, and empower women in your country. Submit your tweets, photos, and videos via social media (with #thinktech4dev hashtag) or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Events and Contests
Making All Voices Count Event – Jakarta
Event: USAID also announced the Mobile Solutions Forum in Bangkok which is intended to introduce USAID mission staff and implementing partners to a range of innovative and effective mobile solutions being used in Asia. Registration is open now and may be completed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/M4D2014
Apps Contest: Our partner from USAID SE Asia brought to our attention a contest that aims to identify impactful mobile services being used for development in Southeast Asia. Applications are due TODAY November 25th Further details: https://www.screendoor.io/mstar/mobile-solutions-for-development-in-asia-award.
Grants: The Global Partnership for Social Accountability is pleased to announce its 2nd Call for Proposals. The Call for Proposals is open to civil society organizations (CSOs) and CSO networks based and operating in any of 33 eligible countries (those that have ‘opted-in’ to the GPSA to date). Grant amounts will range from US$500,000 to US$1,000,000.
Our colleagues at the Indonesia Water and Sanitation Programme (WSP) are introducing and conducting a market driven initiative involving domestic private sector participation to accelerate access to improved sanitation facilities for people in rural Indonesia. One of the most frequently identified needs is to help local entrepreneurs standardize business procedures and document their transaction records which will help them to address problems in managing and expanding their business. For that purpose, WSP is currently designing a web based system combined with a mobile application to be used by the village cadres as sales force to capture data of end customers. The BDS will also enable organizations to monitor business performance of the entrepreneurs and provide valuable inputs for serving entrepreneurs with capacity development. For further inquiries, please contact Ari Kamasan at email@example.com.
Congrats to out friends TechInAsia, the leading media on ICT startup industry on Asia, who held Startup Asia 2013 event in Jakarta on November 21st&22nd. Startup Asia is a series of pitching contest and networking events that showcases the latest ideas, initiatives, and apps created by startups in and around Indonesia.
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United Nations/Indonesia International Conference on Integrated Space Technology Applications to Climate Change
Launching Phase 2 of the Web Foundation’s Open Data Engagement in Indonesia
Indonesia takes on lead of Open Government Partnership
USAID Mobile Solutions Forum
The World Bank’s Lo-Tech Open Data Experiment