The International Conference of Crisis Mappers (ICCM) is one of leading humanitarian technology event of the year, bringing together the most important humanitarian, human rights, development and media organizations with the world's best technology companies, software developers and academics. The theme for ICCM 2013: “Humanitarian Technology Innovation In and Out of Africa.” It will highlight humanitarian innovation and technology in and outside Africa to cross-fertilize lessons learned & best practices.
Tons of discussions, panels, and conferences are happening around the broader topic of ICT4D. But Development as a general topic cannot be used and considered as one generic field. Education, migration, health, media, government, infrastructures and so on, are all part of it and themselves very different field. The question though remains: is that possible to develop generic guidelines for the use of ICTs in all those fields, or would it be better to develop specific guidelines for each one of them?
This report describes the Islamabad Innovation Lab (IIL) held by Internews Network and Bytes for All (B4A) in October 2011 to explore and share the benefits of these technologies among new media experts, journalists, bloggers, CSO leaders, technology enthusiasts and developers. This report also summarizes communications findings from Internews research conducted before, during, and after the Lab. Funded by the Ploughshares Fund and the Internews Center for Innovation & Learning, this Lab was the first of its kind in Pakistan, and could serve as a useful model for future projects.
From the rapid trending of the mobile phone as a primary source of information to the decline of traditional media in many places around the world, new information dynamics require exploration, collaboration and experimentation. One of the way Internews used to harness the possibility behind this exploration is the organization of Innovation Camps or Innovation Labs. This report is a record and evaluation of the first Social Innovation Camp for Internews employees and other attendees that took place in Sarajevo on 9-10th July 2011. It highlights the journey that individual participants took through the Social Innovation Camp (SIC) process and how their experience was shaped during and afterwards.