Aside from the 17-strong Aptivate team, participants are expected from DfID, Water Aid, ITAD, Every1Mobile, Sarvodaya Fusion, SciDev.net, Knowledge Point and other technology and/or development related organisations.
The discussions at Apticon will concentrate on the opportunities, consequences and risks of the increasing number of mobile users in developing countries, and its impact on the development sector, NGOs etc. Low cost phones connect more people with the Internet, and with new options like Mozilla’s planned $25 smart phone, the market is changing rapidly.
In line with Aptivate’s beliefs in participatory approaches, Apticon will be facilitated in a participatory Open Space format, where the participants will control and direct the flow of the discussions. Matt Haikin believes the participants will be inspired by the interactive approach: “We think people will find it interesting to get a view inside Aptivate and see how a democratic non-hierarchical workplace functions.”
Findings and results of Apticon (http://www.aptivate.org/
Note to editors
Apticon - Moving Toward Mobile - will be held at the Mozilla Offices in London (101 St Martin’s Ln Floor 3 London WC2N 4AZ, London) on July 8th 2014.
Aptivate is a UK based Non-Governmental Organisation that provides IT services for international development. Aptivate is dedicated to developing ICT services that facilitate communication for unconnected communities, empowering ordinary people across the developing world to improve their lives.
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