September 30 to October 2 was PeaceTech Exchange: Islamabad, an event where PeaceTech Lab connected small peacebuilding non-profits based in Islamabad to low-cost, easy to use tech for their work on preventing radicalization and violence. I ended up training on engageSPARK and helping participants use SMS and IVR to communicate with their audiences.
In 2015 I helped the Girls for Change from the Dharavi slum in Mumbai to bugfix and publish their app to prevent sexual violence. After a fire burned many of the girls' homes and interrupted their technology studies, I helped them to set up a crowdfunding campaign on Generosity. We worked together to choose a platform, design the narrative of their movie, target the audience for fundraising, and reach out to news and blog outlets. After 2 months of campaigning, a story that was covered by Forbes and Mashable, the Dharavi Girls met and blew past their fundraising goal of $10,000. The money will go to clothes, food, fire sensors, laptops, and the girls' continuing education.
"The second core PeaceTech Lab program is PeaceTech Exchange, information-sharing meetings in which the lab brings in technologists from the U.S. to work with activists on conflict resolution. “Our basic operating theory is that if peace builders are equipped with low-cost, easy-to-use tools that help them communicate better, collect information better, make better decisions, then they'll be more effective,” says Derek Caelin, a lab specialist who runs exchanges in countries including Iraq and Afghanistan. The technologies range from mapping software to track attacks against journalists to a website that improves government transparency."