Reporting back from Netsquared Camp @2013 CAMEROON

The goal of Netsquared Camp 2013, Cameroon was to build a community of techies and members who can actively participate in the extension of the network both in their local communities and beyond. This was done through:

One week workshop to train participants on web development, fund raising and online Communication from the 9th to the 12th of September 2013,
One day conference on the 20th of September 2013 with the press to mobilize new members for local groups.
​One week workshop

This workshop brought together fifteen motivated and engaged citizens from different social backgrounds among which were civil society organizations, civil servants, businesses and religious bodies. The participants had a wonderful marathon in learning the following web applications: Web development :

Wix (www.wix.com)
Digital mapping (www.Ushahidi.com)
Social widgets and how to embed them in website and blogs
Initiation to Web Communication

Introduction to web 2.0
Online campaigns/activism with focus on Email marketing (mailchimp.com), petitions (www.change.org) surveying (www.surveymonkey.com) online events planning (www.eventbrite.com), Meetup (www.meetup.com)
Blogging/Micro blogging (Word press, Facebook, Twitter…)
Online photos and videos broadcasting with case study Flickr (www.flickr.com) and Youtube (www.youtube.com)
One day conference

The conference assembled fifty five (55) participants including civil servants, civil society, techies, businesses and pressmen @ hotel Lewatin Doulala.

Major activities of the day

· Presentation of Netsquared and Techsoup by Excel Asama

· Restitution of the one week workshop by Grace Same, Coordinator of Women and Girls in ICTs Working Group (www.wgict.net)

· Presentation of the global campaign on ‘Women raise their voices for peace through Social Media’ by Sylvie Ndongmo president of Women Peace Initiatives, founder of FEMNET Cameroon and coordinator of the AWANICH and COREFAC Networks in Cameroon and Central Africa.

Key projects presented

·Prevention Talk:An initiative to demonstrate the power of Web2.0 in the prevention of socio political crisis and the promotion of pace with case study; legislatives and municipal elections in Cameroon come September 30; 2013.

Website:www.preventiontalk.com

Presenter:Excel Asama

Organization:I-Vission International (www.ivission.net)

· Cameroon Road Safety Platform presented by Grace SAME. The objective of the project is to combat road insecurity in Cameroon via the Internet.

Website: under construction @ www.camroadsafety.com

Netsquared Camp Cameroon 2013 attempted a response to the following needs:

Slow penetration rate of the network in this part of the world;
Indifference of citizens to ICT matters as a result of ignorance;
Absence of a team of techies ready to engage in ICT start ups.
Outputs of the Camp

Fifteen (15) participants were trained on Web development, Web Communication etc
A team of techies to boost the Netsquared Network was put in place
We succeeded to create awareness on the Netsquared network in particular and the ICTs as a whole in our Sub region through national and international press
More members joined Netsquared Cameroon local groups from 92 to 104 and is growing
Four Regional Delegates from Government officially declared their support for the network!
Pictures

Workshop pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ivission/sets/72157635495860704/

– Conference pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ivission

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About amybanda01

I am a purpose driven African woman of Cameroon origin. I enjoy exchanging New and Brilliant Ideas for growth, watching News and Movies, Practicing Journalism to inspire as a pace setter and going on Adventure. I run 3 flagship programs 'Monuments', 'Views, Voices $ Visions' and 'Cameroon's Crow' every 1st and 3rd Wednesday at 9.30pm, Saturday at 10am and Tuesday/Thursday at 6.30am respectively on Ltm TV. On my page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Amy-Banda/454524697979291?fref=ts details of certain topics on my show are discussed. Brain behind 'Voice of the Voiceless' and the relaunch of 'Good Morning Cameroon' show on Stv, I empower the youth towards innovation, self belief, talent discovery and personal development, nurturing a hardworking spirit and branding on most of my shows. I Love making new friends and I enjoy informing in tit bits.
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