ICT FOR LOCAL DEVELOPMENT
#Sektor2016 – numerem jeden na Twitterze
#Sector2016 – ranks No 1 on Twitter

Over 60 speakers from seven countries, more than 600 participants and a prize of PLN 40,000 for TUS Foundation - that is how one can initially encapsulate “Sector 3.0” – the two-day event devoted to the Internet and use of new technologies by NGOs that was held in the Copernicus Science Center on May 18-19.

HumanTech - szósta edycja „Sektor 3.0”
HumanTech - the sixth edition of the “Sector 3.0”

What can you learn from a robot? What about virtual reality in a social campaign? You will get the answers to these questions during this year’s edition of the “Sector 3.0” – the biggest event in Poland devoted to the use of new technologies by NGOs. The event will be held on May 18 and 19. The host will be the Copernicus Science Center on the first day, and numerous Warsaw-based institutions, organizations and companies on the second day. The registration of the applicants starts on April 26.

Ruszają zgłoszenia do Funduszu Innowacji
Applications to the Innovation Fund are open

The Innovation Fund has become an important permanent feature of the calendar for the Polish third sector. The next edition is bringing some changes, but the goal is still the same – the support for the technological development of non-governmental organizations. The Innovation Fund is a part of the “ICT for Local Development” Program of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation. It is run by the Information Society Development Foundation.

The program has been implemented since 2012 and is a continuation of PAFF's activities aimed at supporting the use of new information and communication technologies for local development. Its goal is to broaden the knowledge and skills of non-governmental organizations’ employees, in particular coming from small local communities, in an effective use of such technologies in their everyday work in order to facilitate their activities.

The implementation of the program was preceded by a series of analyses which had been carried out by the Unit for Social Innovation and Research “Shipyard” Foundation. Consultations with domestic and foreign experts were held. Information collected on the progress made by NGOs in the ICT field and on the knowledge and qualifications of their staff in that area has been made available.

Within the four program editions, thematic training for local NGOs was carried out showing examples of using modern technologies in communication, marketing and management. Subsequently, some of those organizations received grants for purchase of hardware and software as well as for financing projects focusing on the practical use of ICT in third sector activities. The program's offer also includes an ICT Mobile Advisors’ Network – 60 experts providing free educational and technological support services for local NGOs. So far, Mobile Advisors have provided counselling 2,000 times and 800 organizations from all over Poland benefited from it.

 

The Program comprises the information component – the technologie.ngo.pl portal, and the financial one – in the form of the Innovation Fund supporting the creation of new ICT tools that can be then used by non-profit organizations. Particular emphasis is placed on providing knowledge on how to identify potential areas where information technologies can be harnessed by NGOs. A network of Tech Clubs has been set up in sixteen Polish cities where representatives of NGOs, local business, local governments and the academic community meet on a cyclical basis to share experiences on putting the potential of modern technologies to practical use. Since 2012, the Tech Club meetings have been participated by more than 7,000 people.

 

An important part of the program is the annual all-Poland “Sector 3.0” conference, held in Warsaw, as well as Regional Technological Forums. They gather representatives of non-governmental organizations, ICT professionals from business circles, politicians, academics as well as foreign experts (including representatives of the USA, Great Britain, India and Nigeria). They constitute a platform for the exchange of information about current trends in the wide ICT and Internet use in social/civic activities. In 2012-2016, over 2,000 people participated in the five editions of the annual “Sector 3.0” Conference held in Warsaw.
 

The Foundation has disbursed $1,593,379, including $100,781 for the current edition of the program.
 

Program Manager:
The Information Society Development Foundation
ul. Puławska 14, 02-512 Warszawa
Contact person: Dawid Szarański
mobile: +48 530-69-11-99

the Program's website:

www.technologielokalnie.pl 

www.technologie.ngo.pl

 

Person responsible within PAFF: Radosław Jasiński (Program Director)