People of The Kabul Innovation Lab II

The Lab is brought to you by the team at Internews:

Rachel Maher, Aleksandra Pawlik, Mujtaba Ayan, Jacobo Quintanilla, Mustafa Soltany, Dad Ali, Rahatullah, Wahida Kakar, Hasibullah Tabesh, Khalil Sadat, Amina Ahmadi, Ali Mohaqqeq.

Trainers and mentors at the Lab:

Khaled Qadaree (IVR)
Mike Dawson (Localisation)
Joe Gasiorek (Responsive Web Design Platform)
Hameed Tasal (Mapping)
Abdul Bari (Android / iOs App Development)
Mustafa Ghaznawi (App Development)
Masood Amery (mobile broadcasting)

There are 31 participants in the Lab. Thier bios are coming soon.

Internews launched the first Kabul Innovation Lab in January 2012 with the theme “Tech solutions for social impact”. It was the first event of its kind in Afghanistan, bringing together IT experts and the broader ICT community to network and discuss the emerging environment and build tech-based systems.

The 2012 event was a great success, taking place in a dynamic creative and practical environment. See more.

The Kabul Innovation Lab 2013 will continue the success of the 2012 event.

Afghanistan continues to undergo a period of phenomenal growth in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). With an ever-expanding ICT sector and accelerating development in mobile and digital data industries, opportunities are opening up for the application of new technologies in media, business and social enterprise. In this context, Internews is proud to present the second Innovation Lab in Kabul, bringing together Afghan technologists, journalists and entrepreneurs with a focus on the potential for the media to use digital and emerging technologies to reach new audiences, and to develop and distribute content using these technologies.

This event will begin with a public forum on the convergence of media and technology in Afghanistan.  Following the forum, there will be an intensive 3-day workshop that will seek to spark ideas in the area of technical and digital innovation. Internews, with the support of USAID will host the event to promote Afghanistan’s development in innovation and technical entrepreneurialism over the coming years.

Monday February 11, 9 -2 PM: Public Forum

The first day of the 2013 Kabul Innovation Lab will be a public forum covering the Afghan ICT sector developments, the MCIT’s mobile and innovation initiatives, 3G and digital platforms. The forum will bring together stakeholders from the media, telecommunications and ICT sectors to network and share information relevant to the convergence of technology and media in Afghanistan.

Tuesday February 12 -Thursday 14: Workshop / Lab

The Innovation Lab will be an intensive three-day technical workshop focusing on development of the skills of emerging IT experts who will collaborate with select representatives from media outlets to create tech solutions such as applications, tools or games. Up to 40 selected participants will work in small groups to devise solutions on six social issues specific to the media Afghanistan.

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