IT Skills for Urban NGOs in #Mumbai!

By: BigTech
Tue, 23/10/2012 - 12:57

The first ConnectIT workshop was held in Mumbai in 2009. So after 46 workshops in 9 states, we thought it was a perfect destination for a second workshop! Don Bosco Institute of Technology, an engineering college, agreed to lend their computer lab and thus on 26th September we started our three day journey into IT skills training for 32 participants from 20 NGOs.

NASSCOM Foundation in partnership with  Microsoft organizes these workshops for NGO & Government employees across the country to enable them to leverage technology for better impact.   NGO staff gets to improve their skills in documentation, project budgeting, marketing tools, social media and online tools for collaboration by using MS Office and Internet.
Although ConnectIT comes in with an agenda, we keep it quite open to make sure we cater to the audience. So when Nagabhusan from Annamitra asked about email marketing and project management tools, we included such discussions.
Zarine Gupta, Trustee of Salaam Balaak Trust, was amazed at the advanced features of Microsoft Office that can help NGOs save lot of design costs.  Many ideas were shared to help understand not only how IT can be used, but also where IT can be used. Her feedback on the workshop. 
Now about the big surprise. Who did we find in our audience? Chandni Parekh! For those of you who don’t know that name, you need to revise your  online outreach plan! Because Chandni is the person behind the Twitter handle, @FundACause, that has got itself almost 4000 followers. But it’s not just about numbers she said and went on to show the true potential of social media. We got to know  some inspiring stories of how she was able to connect with like-minded people and create impact. We couldn’t thank her enough for agreeing impromptu to be the guest-lecturer for our social media.  

While Excel and Word were the most popular topics, the participants were also excited to know about Moviemaker, Skydrive and Publisher. 
The Power of Internet was a new session introduced into the agenda to help participants independently handle their own queries using the internet. As always, the BiGTech session got many ‘wow!’s when they heard about how NGOs can receive software donations to compliment the training provided.
To know more about ConnectIT and to participate, write to us on connectit@nasscomfoundation.org.
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