The Digital Agency for International Development

Participatory Approaches to Technology for Social Change Event

By Kavita Rajah on 27 September 2013

To coincide with the Brighton Digital Festival, ICT4D Brighton are planning a more organised and more interactive meetup, focusing on the theme of PARTICIPATORY TECHNOLOGY and it's role in bringing about social change - in developing communities and locally. Both groups can learn a lot from each other. The interactive element of the evening will be a series of 5 minute Lightning Talks featuring an exciting mix of practitioners and researchers, international and domestic projects. There will also be World Cafe small-group discussions on key questions relating to participatory technology.

Join us next week Friday 27th September 2013 at the Quadrant Pub in Brighton. You can RSVP here.

Here is what our tentative lighting talks agenda looks like so far:

Introductory session

Special guest speaker - details to be announced nearer the time

Researchers / from Academia

  • Joe Press (Royal Holloway University) Community engagement and appraisal of participatory video work in Sri Lanka

  • Kui Kihoro Mackay (Royal Holloway University) Has participatory ICT4D focused on gender but overlooked race?

  • Katharina Welle (University of Sussex) How ICTs are used to improve equity in water supply distribution in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Rachel Masika (University of Brighton) Barriers to women’s participation in mobile services

Practitioners, NGOs, Charities and Startups

  • Alan Jackson (Aptivate) - subject TBC

  • Oliver Bettany (On Our Radar) Using mobile to train / support reporters from isolated and excluded communities to share news and influence policy

  • Isabelle Amazon Brown (Every1Mobile) Using mobile to get communities to validate social impact

  • Olivia Comberti (Practical Action) Mobile App and Participatory Research - helping people share their life goals and support each other in realising these

  • Mark Robinson (Making All Voices Count) Using technology to promote engagement and feedback on government services

  • Sinead MacManus (Fluency) Using technology to get young unemployed people into jobs in the digital economy

  • Purna Shrestha (VSO) VSO’s experience of using ICT for social change, and to increase accountability and transparency

Hope to see you there!