Education Cohort Day 1

This blog post is written by Tejas from Reap Benefit

Day 1 at the Tech4Dev sprint. We are at a beautiful location off Pune called Garudmaachi and we are a mix of some amazing organizations like Lend a Hand India, Slam Out Loud, Dasra, Shelter Associates, Soft Corner, GOALKEEP, Indus Action, EdZola, Pehley Akshar Foundation, Avanti Fellows, Key Education Foundation, HyperVerge Academy, The Apprentice Project, VOPA, and Reap Benefit.

To start off the sprint, those of us brave enough to take on the onslaught of rains got the excellent opportunity to visit the beautiful mini waterfalls and walk the nature trails around the property at Garudmaachi. 

1- – Swapneel Rane kickstarted the talks by setting the tone for the tech4dev sprint and helping everyone to think about how nonprofits can be data-driven in their culture.

2- Samanvay Foundation: Arjun Khandelwal gave an overview of Avni platform shared about their work done through project Avni which is a community service and data collection platform for nonprofits. 

3- HyperVerge Academy – who among other things are also in partnership with the tech4dev team upskilling women from tier 2 and tier 3 cities in tech skills and helping them start and have successful careers in the tech field. Gayathri Meka shared their learning and observations on cohort 1 of their women in tech program and also shared about their upcoming plans with cohort 2. 

4- Shelter Associates –  who have worked extensively in slums and informal settlements to provide technical support for, and facilitate access to, improved housing and essential services. Kuldeep Lodha shared about how Avni is helping them in their projects on Sanitation and Covid

Through the conversations with the NGOs (Key Education Foundation, Pehley Akshar Foundation, Reap Benefit, The Apprentice Project,  and the Glific team we ended up having an impromptu roundtable of the NGOs to share the challenges the collective is facing and trying to overcome while implementing the technology and specifically the Glific chatbot. Some of the insights from the conversations. 

Topics that came up through the roundtable with the NGOs. 

  1. How to get creative to get users to opt-in 
  2. How to increase engagement 
  3. What gamification elements can be added 

We ended the day with a round of games, karaoke singing, lot of getting to know one another. “It has just been one day, but it feels like it has been years since we know each other” a statement made towards the end of the day from one of the sprinters kind of summarises the value in getting together for sprints like this where continuous peer to peer learning, sharing of best practices and overcoming challenges together can happen.

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