Sounded like a wanky kind of workshop, and it did end up being run like a kindergarten (“I want to see you all drawing on the butcher paper and putting it up on the wall for everyone to see”). It did however prove to be really interesting, youth from all over the world trying to make a difference, trying to figure out the issues of their respective countries. It is all well and good to talk about donating computers to the socio-economically disadvantaged, but what if they don’t have electricity, how can technology help them?
I participated in two discussions, one on developers and how we can change government policies to demand Open Standards, and facilitate community groups for support and discussion. the second discussion was about Youth Empowerment, how and why we as the youth for the world can make a difference on a large scale.
Rock on! Many great and motivated people.