Being a millennial I have a certain level of ease with technology in terms of MS applications and G-suite. But while using the new age software there have been more than a few moments when I have wanted to give up and get back to pen and paper for surveys and assessments. This one day workshop organized by the Tech4Good team at IIT Madras has been a positive transformation for me. It has struck the right chord with the audience since the team had understood the requirement of the participants.

The trainers appreciated the fact that not all users are tech savvy and used simplified terms and didn’t skip any steps. The sessions were not text heavy unlike other tech training, it was interactive and allowed the audience to have the hands-on experience. We had hands on session on Kobo Toolbox for data collection, Salesforce MIS and Tableau for data visualization.

Two major takeaways from the workshop was on how to choose tech that’s right for your organisation and efficient usage of the number of open source software available in the market. The workshop has helped me to decide when and where to use technology, which can replace the time consuming traditional practices.

I wholeheartedly believe that technology is a boon to budding NGOs. This workshop has enlightened me to think that there is no reason to avoid technology though they seem challenging at first. As technology becomes more powerful, it’s advisable to quickly grasp it and take control of it, so credits to the Tech4Good team for initiating this maiden voyage into the technological waters for most of the participants.

More power to you!