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Introducing Mbeya Living Lab – RLabs and TanzICT

There was a  keen interest by the Gushit Team from Mbeya after reading a blog post that was written by Jukka  Siltanen on the TanzICT blog about the Social Media training we were doing with the community at  Kigamboni Community Centre . After discussions with Jukka  about them wanting to start something similar in Mbeya we  then decided to invite  them to the Iringa Living Lab training to get a first hand experience of what the training was all about.  After seeing what we were doing in Iringa they asked if we could then come to Mbeya and do similar training with members from their community. Gushit is a company that does web development for companies and they also train up students from the local university. Gushit said that the living lab concept was much needed in the Mbeya area and it was something they have been discussing for a while now.

 

After discussing this  with Kristiina we then agreed that I would go to Mbeya immediately after our 2 weeks training Iringa and start the process of setting up a living lab there. In Mbeya we  introduced the Living Lab concept to the community and they were excited to be part of this new initiative. We are had a  “Train the trainers “ workshop  with this group and they have agreed to transfer what they learnt in this workshop to the rest of the community.  Already some of the people in this were  speaking about doing training at their universities and with a group of abused women in the Mbeya  region. Also in this workshop there was a teacher from a disabled school and he was  very excited about starting Social Media training  with his scholars.Gushit has agreed that after the Social Media training they would get in someone to do some Entrepreneurship sessions with this group as part of their on- going training and capacity building . Gushit has a lab with 10 computers with a very reliable internet connection that is suitable for on going training with the community.

This was the 1st certificate this gentlemen has ever received in his life. He has never worked on a computer before and his progress during the training was amazing.This is our way of acknowledging him.

TanzICT and RLabs will be providing Mbeya Living Lab with ongoing support and are hoping to see more and more training sessions happening in the future.

 

Kigamboni Community Center now applying “Train-the-Trainer” skills

This is a post written by my Jukka Siltanen , Associate  Expert at TanzICT. TanzICT our partners and also the organisation we are doing consultancy work for here in Tanzania. TANZICT is a bilateral project between Tanzania and Finland. They work in the areas of information society, ICT sector & policies, mobile, ICT4D and entrepreneurship.

Read what Jukka wrote:

Following our collaboration with RLabs at the Iringa Living Lab in the beginning of July, Brent Williams has now spent several days over the last two weeks at the Kigamboni Community Center (KCC) on the other side of the ferry.

Brent testing the driver's seat on the bajaj he rides to Kigamboni Community CenterBrent testing the driver’s seat on the bajaj he rides to Kigamboni Community Center

Brent has been training the community trainers with the ‘RLabs curriculum’ – how to use Gmail, Google Docs, Blogger and other social media tools – and how to pay to the training forward. Only promise participants need to make is that they will use the skills learned for teaching others, who will again train others. This way ICT literacy and awareness will quickly spread in the community. Brent also wrote about of the first training session at KCC in his own blog.

Yesterday was an exciting day as it was the first day for the trainers to start training others, Brent being there only to assist if needed. As Brent said, it didn’t take long for everyone to start helping everyone and it was really great… :)

Trainers training the first participants - click to see more picturesTrainers training the first participants – click to see more pictures

Training sessions with Brent at KCC will still continue tomorrow and next week. Then Brent is off to Iringa to continue the “Train-the-Trainers” there. We are also excited about the opportunity and challenge Brent will be undertaking in training a group of deaf trainers at Neema Crafts in Iringa. Returning from Iringa, we’ll head for the first training sessions at the Zanzibar Living Lab, so the RLabs Social Revolution is spreading!

 

Kigamboni “Train The Trainer” Social Media Workshop

The “Train The Trainer” Social Media workshop at Kigamboni Community Centre has begun! RLabs and TanzICT whom is conducting the training went out to the rural village on Monday (16th July) to do the first session.  This training will happen over a period of 3 weeks and two times  per week. It was good meeting all the participants and it was good to see the founding members of the Community Centre attending this training as well.

We started off the session explaining the importance of this training and that this training they would receive will not just be for their benefit but for the benefit of the rest of the community. We emphasized the importance of paying it forward and how they would be the champs to empower  this community through the use of innovation and technology.

First I did a talk about the various Social Media tools and how one could maximize them. After that it was time to ” get their hands dirty” and start signing up for the various tools. Day one consisted of them only signing up to Gmail and exploring the different functions this emailing platform had to offer them.It was important to show them the many functions that this platform had to offer and that it was not just used send emails back and forth from.

After seeing what all they could do with their email account everyone was exited and hyped up. They all said that they were looking forward to the next session and to see what more the world of Social Media has to offer them. They are fast learners and their enthusiasm just makes the training so  much easier . Next I will be taking them through the world of blogging and speaking to them more about story -telling. ”

The Social Revolution in KIGAMBONI has begun!!!

Social and New Media: First Session x2

Tuesday evening was our first official Social and New Media class and there was quite a buzz as the participants arrived. In this class we have young and old, males and females which makes for an interesting mixture . We had initially catered to host 14 -15 people in this class but so many people came to register and we did not want to turn anyone away. The final numbers for this class was 32 and hence our need to have had to run two classes concurrently. So we run the same class in two rooms at the same time, doing the exact same presentations so that everyone gets to learn the same thing.

In our first sessions we have signed up everyone to Gmail and everyone has successfully sent an email to either their “class mates” or to the facilitators. So the journey begins and we look forward to seeing the progress of these individuals as we grow and learn together.

"Double Bypass Surgery" #RLABS

The Twins

Surgery in process

With our Social Media Surgeries we run we have “surgeons” that signs up people to various social media sites and show them how to use it. At our last Surgery I had the privilege of doing a”double bypass surgery” with two people that came to sign up a Gmail and Facebook accounts.

It just so happen that these two people were twins. When I was helping them sing up to Facebook I noticed that they had the same surnames and thought that they were probably cousins or something. But when I saw that they had the same birthdays I asked them what’s up and they told me that they are twins.

The twins are now sorted and on Facebook each, and will be connecting with the wwworld soon.

Speed dating with the moms

Speed dating with the moms

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Today we decided to do the Mom3.0 Cafe Session differently. We will be doing it Speed Dating style. Here is just a brief description of what speed dating is.

SPEED DATING: Wikipedia

Speed dating is a formalized matchmaking process or dating system whose purpose is to encourage people to meet a large number of new people.

SPEED DATING: RLABS

The reason for us doing the Mom3.0 session speed dating style is that we want to introduce the moms to as many Social Media sites as possible. This is also a good way of doing recap with the moms and for those that joined the class late.

Melissa Jonhson one of the students says: “I could do so many things today as I had many tabs open. I had my Facebook, Gmail, Blogger and Hootsuite (twitter) open at the same time. This session was so fruitful!” So it seems these new speed dating sessions are paying off and we will be looking forward to having more of them with the moms in the future.

A special thanks to all the moms for attending the speed dating session as this would not be possible without you ladies. And to all the facilitators. Keep up the good work.

This is a blog post from www.rlabs.org

1st Social Media For Teens class for 2010

Terence and Michael facillitating the teens class

Today Michael and Terence started the first Social Media for Teens class for this year (2010). This was more of a refreshing course for some of the teens  that attended,  as most of them has been with us from last year.

The new teens singed up for a gmail account and will soon be using these accounts to sign up for facebook ,and to be contributors to their teen blog. www.socialmediateens.com .This is the start and introduction to the wwworld for these teens and the start of great things.They have so much to contribute and the a huge potential to encourage other teens out there.

Stay tuned and follow the progress of these teens.

First Social Media Surgery in Africa

This Saturday we as RLABS hosted the first Social Media Surgery in Africa. The Social Media Surgery was conducted and hosted  at Vangate Mall, in Bridgetown. RLABS was taking Social Media into an open space and providing the local community the opportunity to sign up to any Social Media sites they desired free of charge. I was so honoured to be one of the”surgeons” . We know the wonders that Social Media has done for us in our own personal lives and how we have grown and developed individually since we signed up.

Busy setting up at Vangate Mall before the shoppers came

The day started off with a buzz as we signed up people to the various Social Media sites such as Gmail, Facebook, Twitter and Flickr .Some people even inquired as to what blogs were. Lots of the people were curious about  Twitter as they heard lots about it on Oprah and other  TV shows. But the order of the day was for  Facebook accounts.

Busy signing one of the mall goers onto Twitter and other Social Media sites

I can’t explain the joy and excitement this brought to us. We have come a long way and this was a milestone in its own. I have to commend Craig Ross (@Craigross316 on twitter) for a job well done. He was the project manager for this particular project. We managed to sign up 47 people to various Social Media sites by the end of the day.I am so looking forward to the next Social Media Surgery and trusting God that it will be in a bigger mall and that we will sign up and introduce more people to the World Wide Web.

You can read more about RLABS on Marlon Parker,s Blog. He is the founder and director of RLABS

Clive and Leon telling people about our outreach.

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