If you run an NGO, or know someone who does, you’ll be excited to hear about nGOmobile. It’s a new initiative from Ken Banks of Kiwanja.net to help NGOs leapfrog the barriers to getting started using text messaging. You need to be operating a small to medium sized NGO in a developing nation to enter the competition.
How it works
First, take a look at the website. Next, you submit a short project description. The top 4 will be awarded everything you need to set up and manage your very own text-messaging project:
- A brand new HP Pavilion laptop computer – To help you run your messaging campaign from anywhere you choose
- A GSM modem – Send messages through the mobile network without the need for the Internet
- Office software – Word processing, spreadsheets, email – everything to help you run your project more efficiently
- A top-of-the-range Nokia mobile phone (or two) – A couple of cool Nokia phones to help you take photos and videos (and talk!)
- FrontlineSMS -FrontlineSMS is a great piece of software allowing you to run your very own text-messaging campaign from a laptop or desktop computer.
- $1,000 in cash
NGO’s serve a specific role in Africa, generally a space that would be filled by governments in developed nations. Many of them are small teams of people with limited budgets, and this type of competition will provide a few of them the chance to get the equipment that they need to be more effective.
I’d like to know what nGOmobile will be doing to train the winners in order for them to have the most chance of success.
This is a neat project coming from someone who carries a lot of credibility in this space in Africa. Ken’s FrontlineSMS has been used by a number of organizations, most notably when it was used for monitoring the recent elections in Nigeria. I’ve interviewed Ken before, you can read it here or listen here.
You have from now until December 14th to submit your project ideas, so get started!