Sunday, May 29, 2011

"Civil-Society Hacker" barcamp at Google Gurgaon

Without extra comment, an email I received. If you are interested in this kind of thing and/or live near Gurgaon, maybe you should take a look.


"Laina Emmanuel" < >

Dear Ravi,

I came across your blog while looking for hackers in India. I am looking for civil-society hackers who would like to use their programming skills to develop innovative solutions for governance. To facilitate a conversation between programmers and policy-makers, I am organizing (if it can be called organizing) a bar-camp at the Google Campus in Gurgaon, on "Technology, Transparency and Accountability" on the 5th of June.

This bar-camp is being held by Accountability Initiative. Founded in 2008, Accountability Initiative is a research initiative that aims to improve the quality of public services in India by promoting informed and accountable governance. To this end, one of AI's key efforts is to develop innovative models for tracking government led social sector programs in India. The Centre for Policy Research, an independent and non-partisan research institute and think-tank, is the institutional anchor for this initiative.

We have a wide variety of participants for the bar-camp ranging from policy-makers to technology-enthusiasts. We would be honored if you could also join us at this bar-camp and help show how hackers can contribute to governance. Also, we would really appreciate it if you could forward this invitation to others who would be interested.

Thanks and regards
Laina Emmanuel

I have no affiliation with any of the organizations mentioned in the email. Write to Laina for details.