Business card collection – Connecting Up 08 conference (updated)

The first thing I noticed when I hopped off the plane in Brisbane was not the humidity but the air conditioning. Pretty chilly. It’s something I’ll have to get used to. Representatives from community groups meeting to talk about using ICT in communities are meeting at the Hilton. This means living in a sealed, air-conditioned environment for the next few days.

I’m going to run a business card collection post for the Connecting Up 08 conference (19-20 May 2008). Everyone I grab a card from I’ll throw up their name, a link and a comment, when I can get time.

The Hilton charges $26 for two hours wireless connectivity so I’ve popped out to a cafe where they have free wireless if you buy a cuppa.

Anyway, on with the business card post. In no particular order:

  • Ron from Group 61 is wants to learn about how to find volunteers using websites. His organisation runs a befriending service and organises outings for people with mental health issues.
  • John Y G Fune is Director of the Information Technology Resource Centre owned in whole by Hong Kong Council of Social Services. He has built the centre up from scracth, now employing 30 staff on a heap of programmes.
  • All the way from the Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboringinal Language Centre, Bruce was recording stories of his people and wanted to learn what part the web could play in this.
  • Flying Arts “offer professional development workshops and exhibiting opportunities for regional and remote visual artists and communities”. Ann said she hadn’t met most of the people she communicated with.
  • The IT industry in India put 10% of their income into a charitable foundation. Rufina Fernandes, CEO, of NASSCOM Foundation, runs both digital inclusion programmes and is developing ways to support not for profirt organisations, of which there are at least a million.
  • Today is Vyria Paselk’s first day in her new role supporting partners of the San Francisco based TechSoup Global.
  • I’ve already written about the Doing IT Better initiative in Victoria (see my post from 30 August 2007). Today I met Dean Lombard, an ICT Projects Coordinator, with the Victorian Council of Social Services, who is working alongside Larry Stillman to support NGOs to get online.

Here goes on part two, from the second day of the conference:

  • Des Naude works with Charity Computers in Canberra providing practical support to individuals using techies from disadvantaged backgrounds trained by the organisation
  • As the clubs and student development manager at UNSW Hannah Baral is looking for examples of mobilizing younger people with social media (see Beth Kanters post relaying this question).
  • At the same time I finished my talk on wikispaces, Louise Arkles finished talking about the PhilanthopyWiki, run by Philanthropy Australia. It’s an online encyclopaedia and archive of knowledge on philanthropy in Australia.

Here’s the third and final instalment:

  • I almost spent more time talking with Terry Stokes from Lasa about beer than community ICT, so I thought I should link to a couple of the top breweries pouring in his home town in Wigan: Thwaites and Timothy Taylor.
  • Jan from Dragons Abreast, an organisation promoting breast cancer awareness and education, primarily, through the sport of dragon boat racing, gratefully received a grant for computer hardware recently, but no money for installation or maintenance. What to do?
  • I missed Nigel Sanderson’s session on FundraiseOnline, but we’ll catch up in Wellington. The New Plymouth based company has just expanded to Australia offering its website to keen athletes raising funds for charities.
  • Back in 2004 I worked alongside Amodha from Infoxchange in Melbourne. She presented about the service-to-service software package designed specifically for health and welfare providers.
  • Darrell Burkey is President of Computing Assistance, Support and Education in Canberra. His positive feedback on the Wellington e-rider IT service really boosted my confidence we’re on the right track.

There are more than 300 participants so I didn’t manage to get around everyone, but I did manage to have lots of good yarns.

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