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Less than a week to go….

Engage your community organising team hard at workNext Thursday at least 125 people will be gathering to learn and talk about using the web for their not for profit organisation. The Engage Your Community conference is being held at Massey University in Wellington on 4 September.

The organising team (pictured above) met on Thursday for a final wrap up. Despite the last minute loss of Russell Brown as a speaker, the programme is complete and we’re all geared up for the event.

The main point of the day is to get people using some online tools in computer labs. Everything from running surveys to digital storytelling will be covered.

The Wellington e-rider IT service will be having a simple stand: anyone can come along and ask our roving IT professional Lindsay Hunter about networking, software installations, buying new computers or anything else.

I’ve ordered a $225 second-hand Dell computer from CoinNet on it so that we can do a show and tell if necessary. It comes loaded with Windows XP, but I’ll be loading the open source operating system Ubuntu as soon as I can.

I never intended to have a Windows PC in my possession, but the Dell will be invaluable for late night testing of websites on different browsers. That’s if I can work out how to run both Internet Explorer 6.0 and 7.0 simultaneously – tips welcome.

Registrations for the conference are still open – and possibly still at the early bird rate. Get in touch with Mike Brown, details on the website.

We’re up and rolling!

Monday night marked a significant milestone for the Wellington e-rider IT service. After all the planning, discussion, highs and lows, we held a big celebration.

As the banner and invite said, “We’re up and rolling”.

About 50 odd people turned up to help us celebrate at Internet NZ’s boardroom. There was a great buzz, and we kept formalities to a very respectable 27 minutes.

I can’t do justice to the speechifying, nor can I point you to the contribution by Ruth Dyson, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, because it’s not online yet.

Instead, take a look at the slideshow created by Nathan Donaldson from Boost New Media and a member of the project steering group. (NB The slideshow is slow to load and I’m just experimenting using the flickr plugin.) Or check out the unadulterated press release on Scoop (“E-Rider Delivers ICT Support“) or WCN (“Who is that masked man?”).

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

Photos also online as an eRider launch photoset on flickr.

Lindsay, the project’s first roving IT professional, is being kept very busy. The number of organisations signing up is growing and our systems to support this are in place. We’ve got another eight months for the pilot project to run, when our seed funding dries up. I forsee lots of debates coming up about how we simultaneously meet demand and survive financially.

Before I forget, the celebration also marked the formal change in name for the Wellington Region 2020 Communications Trust: we’re now known as Wellington ICT.

Official thank you notes are on the way, but on my quick roll call I’d like to say thanks heaps to: Red Vespa, our extraordinary event organiser Sandra McDonald, Red Pebble, InternetNZ, all the Steering Group members, Director Mike, Tim, Erin, Sue (@ Minimum Graphics), Simon for loaning the Brompton, Glenn at the ColourGuy, fellow Trustees, and Trust chair Erina for her unfailing commitment and drive.

ICT help for Rotorua groups on its way

Social service organisations in the Rotorua area will soon be able to access better IT support and advice. The Rotorua Community ICT Trust is looking for somebody with a technology background to work as an e-Rider in the area.

The empahsis of the service is going to be on strategic advice, eg records management, security, IT support budgeting, specific staff training recommendation, and websites as appropriate. A limited amount of hands-on help will be available. The role will be based within the computing department of Waiariki technical institute.

In contrast to the Wellington e-Rider and a new technical support service being launched in Hamilton, the groups will not be charged for visits.

I was stuck with envy after reading the advertisement as the Rotorua e-Rider will have a vehicle provided and an attractive remuneration package.

ICT trust has wasted no time getting things underway, with funding from the Digital Strategy Community Partnership Fund confirmed just a few weeks ago. When I’m in Rotorua next week staying with Roz’s whanau, I hope to meet with one of the Trustees to get a few more details.

Anyone interested in working as the Rotorua e-Rider needs to complete their application by 31 August 2007.