Activities for the non-profits started early at CGI with a workshop aimed at IT advances and NGO executives. Sponsored by Microsoft and Ashoka, we heard various presentations and IT perspectives of specialists from large non-profits. Peppered with statistics, is clear, almost mind-numbing, really, how technology is profoundly impacting how we operate as well as end-users in the developing world are creating new uses for technology. Like if MySpace were a country it would be the 5th most populous in the world! As usual, no one mentioned radio, or even television as technology or learning tools – it was principally the Internet and cell phone. Also, there was no mention of how these devices are powered, which is where our opportunity lies. I walked away feeling that I’d learned new ideas and approaches — my time was well spent!
by Kristine Pearson