Hi folks! I know many of you are attending the ICT4D Conference this week in Lusaka. Later today, there will be a “Big Discussion” on Collaboration and Openness:
A discussion and debate on the promises and pitfalls of open approaches and collaboration in ICT4D programs.
Part one - debate moderated by Kate Wilson
Part two - Q&A moderated by Kentaro Toyama
I’m wondering what questions we as a group might have for the panel Q&A, and thought we might try to add some here in this topic. Here are a few to get things started that are on my mind:
- From your experiences, what do you see as some of the major challenges when multiple organizations collaborate on a single ICT4D project?
- What do you see as the value (or drawbacks) to using open source software in international development projects?
- In the private sector, organizations like Salesforce have learned how to leverage cross-organization collaboration on open source “commodity” platforms and then often build proprietary “value added” services on top. Might this model work for aid organizations and others in the ICT4D space? Why or why not?
These are obviously things from my personal point of view that are on my mind. I’m curious what other people are thinking about … what other questions might we have as a group?