On 1 March 2012, Microsoft Indonesia and ASEAN Foundation jointly presented a talk show discussion in @america, Pacific Place Mall Jakarta, with the topic “Fun Chat on IT”.
At the event, Ms. Mariski Nirwan, Corporate Affairs Manager of Microsoft Indonesia, showcased some new technologies from Microsoft that could be useful to improve the efficiency of NGOs in serving the communities. From the ASEAN Foundation, Mr. Ajie Akhmad Wahidin (Program Officer) and Mr. Niko Atmadja (IT Systems Engineer) presented an overview of the ASEAN Foundation and how technology could help institutions like the ASEAN Foundation to grow and achieve its missions. While Mr. Anton Suwoto, IT Manager of Yayasan Cinta Anak Bangsa (YCAB) Foundation, explained about affordable technologies adaptable for NGOs by using Cloud computing and Virtualization.
The event was successfully held. From the expected of only 50 participants, the event was attended by around 80 participants from various NGOs, private companies, as well as students, who were very keen to learn more about new technologies. The event was also live-broadcasted worldwide. The video recording could be accessed in the following link: http://livestre.am/1jsUe
During the half-day program, the participants showed their enthusiasm by asking various questions related to technology for the use of their organizations. Knowing the response, it is a good sign that participants were actively involved in the questions and answers session since the program was held as a teaser to the “NGO Connection Day” Seminar that would be held on 20 March 2012 at Pullman Hotel Jakarta (formerly Nikko Hotel Jakarta). The programme is funded by Microsoft Indonesia that will provide venue for NGOs to learn more about new technologies applicable for the use of NGO. The “NGO Connection Day” will be graced by H. E. Mr. Tifatul Sembiring, Minister of Communication and Information of the Republic of Indonesia and is expected to be attended by much bigger audiences. For more information and registration on this event, public may visit the following link: http://itngo.aseanfoundation.org or send e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ASEAN Foundation was established by the ASEAN Leaders in December 1997 during ASEAN’s 30th Anniversary Commemorative Summit to help bring about shared prosperity and a sustainable future to all 10 ASEAN Member Countries, namely, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.