Thursday, March 5, 2009

Free Software Camp for Ngo's and Civil Society Groups in India

Free Software Camp for Ngo's and Civil Society Groups

NGO In a Box
5 day residential workshop on free software tools and methodologies
March 24 - 28 ,2009,Madhya Pradesh,India
Call for Participation

What is Ngo in a Box?
NGO-in-a-box is a collection of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) tools selected for use by non-profit organizations,along with workshops conducted to help users effectively deploy the software in their organizations.The software is distributed in down-loadable form and as a physical box set of cd's. Several customized editions of NGO-in-a-box exist to provide organizations with the software they need in relation to different topics and requirements.

This is a Call for participants for our 7th workshop.Make use of this free software camp to enrich your knowledge and help your organization effectively leverage free software without the licensing hassles.Learn about free software components and methodologies and how to enable it in your everyday work.

Limited number of scholarships are available for select participants based on past work,area of expertise and ability to spread the concept to other voluntary organizations.These participants will receive free training,food and accomodation.Travel expenses will be reimbursed at the end of the workshop.

For details of our previous workshops, visit

Organizers: The workshops are being organized by Mahiti, Bangalore with the support of HIVOS, Netherlands and in collaboration with Tactical Technology Collective.

Participant profile: This event is geared towards the technology professionals working in Ngo's and similar voluntary organizations; consultants and tech support groups providing IT service and support to such non governmental bodies.

The workshop will cover the following broad domains:

  1. Free Software: What to consider when migrating to free and open source software(FOSS), installation of a Linux operating system, commonly used office and internet packages.
  2. Open Publishing: Desktop publishing, image editing, web publishing and collaboration, content management.
  3. Audio Visual: Audio-Video editing and distribution, media capture, audio visual playing tools.
  4. Security: Internet security, passwords, data storage and backup, communication and encryption.

Techniques and methodologies:To help you effectively communicate with your audience in india and across the world.

Date and Place: This event will be held in the state of Madhya Pradesh from March 24 - 28, 2009. Participants are required to attend the entire event, which means arriving at the venue on or before 24 March and leaving on 28 March evening. The exact venue will be communicated to successful applicants.

Last date for submitting application forms: March 5, 2009

Intimation of final list of participants by : March 10, 2009

Interested? Visit and fill up the online application form

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