Ideacamp, India Search Summit and Socialmaxx : Forthcoming initiatives at The Knowledge Foundation

How many times have you felt an awesome idea and wanted to validate it with a peer group ? How many times have you felt that you are found sitting at a great idea for so long that you find that competition has been capitalising on that ? And how many times have you reached out to your community to build something together ? The answer to all this  #Ideacamp .

Events like #barcamp , #ignite have ventured partly in this direction but with Ideacamp we just want to celebrate ideas (any domain) and understand  how collective brainstorming can take things to the next level. This platform will seek to validate ideas as well as gather support in building a team around the idea. The key component of Ideacamp would be the audience. The more diverse they are the greater will be the input to the event per se.. Already we have members from ISOC Chennai trying to connect the event with global thinkers. Due to be held in the third week of May 2010 Follow developments on twitter and facebook by tracking the tags #ideacamp

Search meets Social and Social meets search. A few weeks back twitter announced with twitter predictor it was able to predict box office success.Lately a lot of commercial organisations are listening to social media streams like twitter , facebook, linkedin to understand their customers, service levels as well as online branding. Naturally its imperative that we combine both streams without diluting content in each of these domains. Searchcamp has been renamed as India Search Summit Owing to the tremendous success of the previous two editions of Searchcamp , we wanted it to grow into a larger and serious initiative that can bring together more Search professionals so that we can take it to other cities in India on the long run.

The Knowledge Foundation has already done events in the past like Buzz140  ( #buzz140 ) on twitter (2009) , India’s first Facebook Garage in Proto.in Pune edition (2009) , its time that we elevate the bar to combine all into one focussed event on Social Media. This time we want to combine popular tools like LinkedIn also to the discussion . India Search Summit and Socialmaxx will be held on consecutive days at the third week of August 2010. We welcome volunteers and enthusiasts who can join us to help in these initiatives . To follow development updates on this event pls search for #socialmaxx

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World Summit Awards 2009

Last week i happened to be invited to chair a high level discussion panel at WSA ” 21st. Century India on Digital Content” The meeting was held at the Intercontinental. Delhi as a part of the World Summit Awards and  went excellently well. I happened to chair 3 major discussions panel of which the primary invite was for  ” Digital Content in E-Governance : Policy Focus :

The objective of the brainstorming session was to arrive at solutions to bridge gap in content delivery on public services online. Some of the recommendation arrived at were presented to Mr Wajahat Habibullah, Chief Information Commissioner of India and Mr Chandrasekar, Special Secretary DIT , MOCIT

Recommendation provided by the group to Govt of India

1. An all Inclusive approach to development rather than creating information silos
2. Incentivise content delivery models for PPP initiatives
3. Subsidize cost of devices, access and other factors to build sustainable models around such initiatives
4. Set standards for interoperability particulary to support regional language content
5. Rather than aiming at holistic models like Single window solutions build model that fit local requirements

Among the co panel members with me were
Rudi Vansnick, President ISOC Belgium
Effat El Shooky , Advisor to MOCIT, Egypt
Dorothy Gordon, DG , Ghana-India Kofi Annan Center for ICT
Ashish Sanyal, Sr Director, DIT, MOCIT, Govt of India
Tulika Pandey, Addnl Director, DIT
Ajay Mishra, Principal Scy IT & C . AP Govt
Neel Ratan, ED, PWC India
Gitanjali Sah, UN Solution Exchange

During the Networking sessions i happened to exchange notes on ISOC India Chennai’s  Online Child safety Initiatives with many distinguished guest of which prospective leads were with Rudi Vansnick, Effat Elshooky, Gitanjali Shah (UN Solution Exchange on ICT  and Sreenivasan (Founder- Career Launcher Network), Jayalakshmi Chittoor, Deepinder Singh ( Egov -MOCIT) . All these ppl appreciate our efforts. Particularly i had a conversation with Dorothy whjere she made an observation of having visited an internet cafe in Remote india and it will filled withy school boys watching porn. Most of them are willing to participate as well as help us in the initiative. All we need to do is pursue forward with single minded focus.