• Carter Darper

iLab's October 2013 summary updates: A busy but successful month...

Offering free trainings in contextually relevant ICTs that are open to the public. Also hosts tech events and serves as a meet-up space for a range of tech enthusiasts and professionals.


Though busy, this month's events and training were exciting and interactive. Having 5 events, 4 trainings and 18 co-working days:


TED (Technology Entertainment & Design) Talks - TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences -- the TED Conference and TED Global. We screened these talks for all to watch, enjoy and be motivated! 20 persons were in attendance...


Careers in ICT Workshop for students -  Here we taught 15 amazing students from various institutions all they need to know about ICT; possible career paths and what it takes to get there.


Mastering the Internet for high school students - After 5 days of dedicated training, 6 students from different high schools were awarded with certificates of outstanding performance. They were introduced to the wonders of the internet as an educational tool and a way to explore what they are passionate about.


Movie night - With 31 attendees, we featured films that inspires discussion and make us think critically about our lives. The featured movie is "Stand and Deliver" - Jaime Escalante (best actor Oscar nominee Edward James Olmos) employed at an inner-city high school where kids are all but expected to fail, Escalante challenges his math students to strive for better things -- like acing the AP Calculus test. Despite the obstacles in their lives -- including pregnancy, drugs and unsupportive parents – the classmates accomplish their goal, thanks to Mr. Escalante’s untiring support. The real Jaime Escalante, inspiration for the book Escalante: The Best Teacher in America, helped hundreds of underprivileged students pass the AP exam during his career.


Workshop on Open Knowledge, Open data and Open Government in Liberia  Ways were explored on how to use technology creatively to make Government information easily understandable for citizens.


Intermediate Mastering the Internet - An advanced training on how to use the internet as an educational tool for your interest with the aim of making you an expert online. We had 12 persons who took part in this training, but only 8 could come on the certification day.


Social Media for Social Change - Here we introduced the popular and free social media tools to 10 participants.


ICT for Small Business - 12 Entrepreneurs are trained on how to effectively and efficiently run their business using Twitter, GnuCash & Google Drive. The training will run till the 4th of November.


 Mapping Party - 28 persons were present to add their favorite places on the Google map.


We had a workshop on Early Warning and Early Response LERN Improvement with 20 persons in attendance.


We also hosted the Technical Working Group (TWG) of the Government of Liberia in collaboration with Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) on the  Governance Architecture project. The kick-off of a project in which iLab will train and give technical support to the TWG using Ms Visio to do process modeling for Ministries, Agencies and Commissions of the republic of Liberia.


Our regular co-working hours that is free and open to the public was open for 18 days with a minimum of 15 persons  using our facility each day.


Thanks,

Lucy & Luther

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