Exploring Data and the Cloud in Taiwan

Big data and cloud technology arguably are the driving force behind technology advancements today. This past  April and May, the Frontier Foundation (FFO) in Taiwan looked into harnessing the power of these for good and how local NPOs can utilize these for their own work.

On April 29, FFO held the AI4SG Data Salon, an event dedicated specifically for CEOs and managers of NPOs. The goal of the event was to help them understand how their own NPOs can engage in utilizing big data. With the help of local data experts along with key speakers from Junyi Academy (a local NPO) and the social bureau, the NPOs in attendance were introduced to various ways in which big data can be used for social programs related to land pollution, domestic violence and various youth development programs.

Following the AI4SG Data Salon, FFO also held NPO Days in Taipei and Kaohsiung that focused on Cloud strategies for NPOs. The event served as a platform for NPOs to learn from other NPOs’ experience in planning, implementing and utilizing Cloud solutions such as Office 365. These included success stories shared by NPOs as well as sessions on sharing best practices in implementing their own Office 365 systems.

Throughout the 3 events held across the past 2 months, FFO has collectively engaged over 149 attendees representing 102 local NPOs.

 

Building Storytellers in Taiwan

As cyber space becoming increasingly crowded with a myriad of content where everyone is fighting for space and attention, nonprofits have to learn how to capture the essence of their impact in the most visually appealing way.

Over July and August, Frontier Foundation in Taiwan organized another successful series of storytelling workshops for TechSoup Taiwan members. A total of 137 participants from more than 100 organizations across northern Taiwan attended three sessions that showed them basic video making tools.

The first two sessions focused on basic shooting techniques and how to make videos via Power Director 14. The last workshop taught the participants to make short films on their mobile phones using Quik.

For some participants, it was their first time learning video making apps on their mobile phones, an extremely convenient way for most nonprofits who often do not have the resources for a dedicated social media staff.

Participants were also encouraged to send their stories to TechSoup’s Storymakers campaign, an annual campaign designed to encourage nonprofits to submit their short digital stories to let the world see. In addition to submitting their videos to Storymakers, Frontier Foundation has also encouraged nonprofits to deliver their stories to PeoPo, the citizen journalism arm of Taiwan Public Television Service. Winning videos are broadcasted on national television, giving them free access to paid media, which they otherwise would not have.

For more information and photos on the workshop, click on the link here.

Data4SocialGood Hackathon in Taiwan

In June 24 and 25, Frontier Foundation and DSP held D4SG Workshop at NCCU. Data for Social Good (D4SG) is a long-term project set up by Frontier Foundation and DSP since 2016. Its goal is to provide a platform for data analysts and nonprofits to collaborate.

Originated from Code for Tomorrow in Taiwan, DSP focuses on leveraging the power of data to address social issues. DSP’s main mission is to train and recruit data analysts and provide consultancy services to solve problems across government, profit and nonprofit sectors.

While nonprofits are constantly trying to develop solutions to bring about positive social impact, they’re unable to do so without help to understand, analyze and process the digital data.

Therefore, Frontier Foundation Taiwan co-organized a two-day hackathon held at National Cheng-Chi University in June this year. A total of five nonprofits joined, including services for the disabled, long-term care for elder people, orphanage, community services, and sex abuse rescue.

With advice and support from the various mentors, participants had a chance to understand data collection, cleaning and ways to best use the data. Some of the proposals will be kept for the Data Hero Project, a three-month long project that encourages data analysis on a deeper scale.