Power Up #civictech! Transparencee community meetup georgia 2016

On 13 Septemeber 2016, TransparenCEE Community MeetUp took place for the very first time in Tbilisi, Georgia. It was an international event organized by TechSoup Europe, Europe Foundation ევროპისფონდი and ePanstwo under TransaprenCEE umbrella.

More than 100 tech activists, journalists, ngo employees, practitioners interested in using technology in transparency and accountability work from Central Eastern Europe came to Tbilisi, Georgia to share their experiences, good practices and know how.

The meetup took place in a beautiful venue - The Rooms Hotel in Tbilisi.

The meetup started with some opening and introductory remarks by Anna Sienicka (TechSoup), Jakub Górnicki (ePanstwo) and Ketevan Vashakidze (Europe Foundation).

TransparenCEE meetups are participants driven events. This was a first organized in Georgia, that's why we started with introductions of ourselves.

First Key Note Speaker - Frank Kresin, Research Director at Waag Society, Institute for Arts, Science and Technology in Amsterdam, inspired us with his story about smart tools, smart cities and smart citizens. He underlined the role of the one of the smart citizens groups - civic hackers - people who can make cities better places to live. They share knowledge freely cause it is the key to innovation.

How can we all make a change?

Teach IT skills, build labs, use open source by defaults, collaborate across boundaries, involve hackers, designers, fight for rights for privacy, EMPOWER civic hackers, BECOME CIVIC HACKERS!

The next part of the agenda was speed geeking. Six stations, six projects stories, six presenters, nine minutes for each:

Friedrich Lindenberg shows OCCRP’s work.

Cosmin Pojoranu presents the fact checking approach and the plugin for browser.

Eric Barrett presents Georgian ngo - JumpStart.

Damir Dautovic tells about Conflict of interest project.

Sandor Lederer informs about Red Flags project.

Natia Meladze speaks about open local budgets in Georgia.

The next part was practical workshops divided into 2 sessions. Participants could choose two from eight workshops: Fact Checking, Open data and Local Budgets, Privacy & Security of Activists, Data Advocacy, Open Public Procurement, Open Declarations of Assets, Surveillance, Investigative Journalism with CEE and Georgian perspective.

David Lee, President of Magticom, was the last Key Note Speaker. In his closing speech the representative of business described the power of internet and social media.

“#civilsociety should use this weapon better than propaganda and populists. Internet is the essential of democracy and civil society”.

Power up #civictech!

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