The afrikacamp took place in the W@lz, a private school in the 14th district of Vienna/Austria. The building is rather simple but modern equipped with a very warm athmosphere.
Around 25 to 30 participants were visiting this barcamp, either interested in the kind of conferencing (i.e. barcamp), or in the topic Africa itself.
A lot of people already familiar with NGO’s or with experiences travelling around in Africa met people from the field of IT, business, new media, HCI, as well as aethics and sociology. Visitors from Sweden, India, Africa, Australia came as well. It was a nice day to exchange topics of interest, experiences and information concerning the help of developing countries. Worth to mention is that all the participants got breakfast and lunch.
In two different rooms paralel sessions were conducted. Different questions like “production of UGC in Africa” or “Clean IT”, as well as “it 4 D – IT for development” were addressed.
For our purpose I held a session called “WE benin” in which I had a nice talk about how to do fund raising, what to think about if one is taking hardware from Europe to Benin, and about cooperation works with locals.
Beneath this great input I had some further nice and useful talks in other sessions and coffee breaks concerning our vision and idea to support Benin.
After this meet in Vienna I am quite curious to take a step further.