First Central Asian SICamp held in Kyrgyzstan

Translator’s note: The first Social Innovation Camp in Central Asia was held in Issyk-Kul on May 27-29, 2011. During these 3 days over 80 participants generated ideas of creative web-projects and simultaneously ran them. Here is a special reportage from the venue. Translated from sergey’s post (RUS). Watch the video or read the transcript below. Aibek Baratov (SICAMP CA 2011 Coordinator): The main goal of SICAMP CA is to bring together young people and active people of different age groups in general from all across Central Asia. These are mainly representatives of four Central Asian republics – Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan…

Translator’s note: The first Social Innovation Camp in Central Asia was held in Issyk-Kul on May 27-29, 2011. During these 3 days over 80 participants generated ideas of creative web-projects and simultaneously ran them. Here is a special reportage from the venue. Translated from sergey’s post (RUS).

Watch the video or read the transcript below.

Aibek Baratov (SICAMP CA 2011 Coordinator):

The main goal of SICAMP CA is to bring together young people and active people of different age groups in general from all across Central Asia. These are mainly representatives of four Central Asian republics – Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan. Bringing young people together is initially based on the ideas of the projects they have submitted for consideration.

Beishen Dayirbekov (SICAMP CA 2011 Coordinator):

All of the projects have shown interesting models, including original design from the technical point of view and also for their commercial application. I sat with each team for about half an hour; it was nice to see dynamic discussions in each of them. We have eight projects: (1) stopping blackmailing in schools, (2) recycling project, (3) project on individual rights as a foundation for individual freedom, (4) “Internet-radio”, (5) “Aching together” project, (6) KG news via SMS, (7) “Dobro” (Integrity) by our Tajik team, and (8) “Ketsin SMS”, which was later renamed as “Kelsin SMS”.

Neweurasia: What are future plans in the light of this event?

Dayirbekov: We, as coordinators, participants, jury, are also learning at the moment, we don’t know what comes next; it will depend on the teams. For example, Internet-radio team has an interesting project and tomorrow they will have their first broadcast. They are going to take interviews and display the results before the jury. So each team has definitely something interesting to show.

Neweurasia: What would you like to wish to all the SICAMP participants?

Dayirbekov:Not to stop doing what they are doing.

Neweurasia: What results do you expect?

Lira Samykbaeva (Information Program Coordinator at the Soros Foundation Kyrgyzstan):

It is a good question. Similar big events are usually expected to finish with some kind of grand social project, which would of course be socially important. We believe that most successful projects will be supported by our fund, and there is also a chance that they would attract other sponsors in future.

Video is also available @ YouTube (here)

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