#Tech4Goodx Shillong Chapter '18

My sincere thanks for the inspiring #Tech4Goodx Chapter Shillong held on September 20-21, 2018 at The Bethany Society in Meghalaya. These two days included the visiting expert presenters, host, and 31 insightful delegates from the north east region of India representing non profits. We had representatives from Meghalaya, Assam, Nagaland, Manipur and Darjeeling!  We truly enjoyed the hospitality, valuable speakers, openness and useful discourse and appreciate having had the opportunity to meet with #Tech4Good team and delegates leading to our benefit.

This north east chapter was led by #Tech4Good Fellow Prakarsh Diwaker from the Bethany Society.

Many thanks for the support, guidance, and encouragement that the #Tech4Good team provided during this workshop session will all zeal. I now am looking forward to learn new points of this intervention to vitalize mutual cooperation for “people before software” (the #Tech4Good tagline).‌‌

I feel great and enlightened to be introduced to the new tools like Salesforce for data management (https://www.salesforce.com/in/), Kobo Collect (https://www.kobotoolbox.org/), Open Data Kit (https://opendatakit.org), crowd funding techniques and personal learning, platforms like Give India (https://www.giveindia.org/), Impact Guru (https://www.impactguru.com/), Global giving GreyTHR (https://www.greythr.com), branding & communication tool and so on.

Believe me or not it generated a confidence that money is not an issue if there is a will, the will to support the right cause.

I want to congratulate the #Tech4Good team and think-tank for introducing us to exception people in this domain. The deliberations were really very useful and needed some more time actually, but whatever I got I just gulped it without any water.‌‌I truly believe that these tools can become game changers in the development field at least for those who are still in offline mode till now. I am working in this Eastern Himalayan region since 10 years and I know at least a dozen of good organization striving for development with very limited available resources and equipped with these tools, it can be a game changing scenario so far as funding and data sufficiency is concerned.‌‌ The two days ended with some really fun sessions and talent shows where we could interact with our fellow participants leading to some creative outputs.

The chapter was a melting pot of non profit organizations from across the north east of India. We had representation from RAISE North East, Fatima organization, Bethany Society, Jyoti Sroat School, Prerona Pratibandhi Sishu Bikash Kendra , North East Slow Food and Agrobiodiversity Society (NESFAS), Grassroot, Impulse ngo network, North East Network, North East Research & Social Work Networking (NERSWN), Nongstoin Social Service Society, People in Need Foundation, Mrinaljyoti Rehabilitation Centre, RNBA, Prerona Pratibandhi Sishu Bikash Kendra and Thuma U Rangli Juuki (TUR)/Workers  

The conceptualization of #Tech4Good is an awesome initiative and I am truly overwhelmed by the dedication shown by the team. I appreciate the team’s expression of faith in our ability that #Tech4Good has exhibited by their kind and encouraging words and will certainly do our very best to keep their confidence in us. Thanks to the Bethany Society for being such a wonderful host. Any further collaboration with #Tech4good initiative, I pledge to disseminate the learning’ to a larger audience in coming days.

- Sanjay Prasad‌‌

Participant‌‌, #Tech4Goodx Shillong Cohort (September 20-21, 2018)