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.

 

Digital Storytelling : Making or Breaking

A powerful digital campaign can make or break impact on its audience.

Recognizing the importance of good storytelling skills, our Taiwan Partner NGO, Frontier Foundation Taiwan, organised a series of storytelling workshops facilitated by media practitioners Wang Jian-Xiong, Program Director of PeoPo of Public Television and Huang, Zi-Ming, Director of Photography of Chinatimes.

The training focused on basic but often overlooked skills – digital photography and videography, how to develop a storyline and align it to an organization’s advocacy campaign, ways to increase social media fan base, and how storytelling can be used to create emotional appeal, either leading to an action or donation.

A total of 104 participants representing 89 local nonprofits attended the workshop that was co-funded by Microsoft Taiwan and Taiwan Network Information Center.

These digital skills were put to the test leading up to International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December 2016. Nine NGOs participated in a week-long campaign, developing either a photo or video campaign, creating awareness on disabled issues, cross-posting and promoting their campaigns across all 9 NGOs. Many NGOs used a donated video editing software Power Director of Cyberlink to complete their videos. The campaign garnered an audience reach of 79,566.

Below are the two videos created by the participants of the workshop:

http://disable.yam.org.tw/node/4599

http://disable.yam.org.tw/node/4600

To learn more about Frontier Foundation’s work, visit their website.