- Nicola J. Bidwell - International University of Management, Namibia
- Melissa Densmore - University of Cape Town, South Africa
- Andre van Zyl - OVCOMM cooperative, Ocean View, South Africa
- Sarbani Banerjee Belur - Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India
- Nicolas Pace - Association for Progressive Communications and Altermundi, Argentina
Melissa and Andre, Cape Town @ iNethi project
iNethi is a wireless community services platform, designed to allow community members to build their own services, and to promote networked communica- tion and content sharing within the community, to be accessed through a hybrid wireless mesh network that uses WiFi and TVWS. Our goal is to build more re- silient communities by using information technologies to help them tap into local creativity, innovation, and other resources, with an eye towards improve- ment of socio-economic status.
Alternative Solutions for Rural Communities (ASORCOM) was formed on the 9th April 2013 by a group of SCYNO – Siyin-Chin Youth Network Organization and the Siyin Project who were eager to help & develop the community they have grown up and familiar with the needs within. Their experience together with the information available and working with the community closely to provide an outcome that will impact and change the community to a better a sustainable society.
Sarbani and Dinesh, Karnataka, India @ Janastu Community Radio
Janastu, a non-profit organisation, has been providing Free Open source Soft- ware Solutions and support (FOSS) to small non-profits (NPOs/NGOs) since 2002. This includes one-on-one consulting regarding their information man- agement needs, building their online and offline knowledge bases, providing support to their projects by designing web-sites, configuring news-filters, help- ing them migrate to open source solutions, help deal with localization and In- dian language issues, geographic information collection and necessary R&D.
Angie and William, Colombia @ Colnodo Community Networks in Colombia*
Colnodo is an association of non-profit non-governmental organisations found- ed in 1994. Its goal is to facilitate communication and the exchange of infor- mation and experiences among Colombian social organisations at the local, na- tional and international level through low-cost electronic networks.
In pursuing this goal, Colnodo has developed programmes that place priority on issues such as human rights, women’s empowerment, governability, democracy and public participation, sustainable development, the democratisation of knowledge, digital inclusion and the strategic use of ICTs for development.