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1 Perché un nuovo laboratorio? TangoLab Tecnology Assistance to NGO Laboratory Roberto Polillo DISCO, 16 June 2009 Lab site:

2 TangoLab: Mission  Identify, design & prototype innovative, effective, low-cost and sustainable ICT solutions, for no-profit orgs and their “customers” – and promote their use

3 Almost half the world — over three billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day ?

4 “Now”, change we can! In very recent years, entrance barriers to ICT have dramatically lowered  Low-cost internet connectivity  Low-cost mobile devices  VOIP  Open source software  Free high-quality content management systems  “Free” cloud computing  “Free” social computing  Integration and mashup technologies  Usability research

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6 The Third Sector galaxy IMPRESE THIRD SECTOR FOUNDATIONS ASSOCIATIONS VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATIONS ONLUS In Italy, in 2001: orgs - 4 ml people (3.2 ml volunteers) NO-PROFIT SOCIAL GOALS NGO

7 No-profit & ICT  No-profit orgs (and volunteers orgs above all) often small and unstructured  ICT often rudimentary:  No money  No know-how  Focus on main organization activities  But ICT might produce a powerful “leverage effect”:  Web site: promotion, fund rising, volunteers recruitment, communications and internal organization support  Domain specific applications  Communications, communications, communications  Problems:  Technology: low-tech, low-bandwith, costs, technical support  Context: logistics, education, sustainability

8 Sustainable?

9 TangoLab: Philosophy  No software development, but identification of free sw components, integration and mashup  No local ICT infrastructures, but use of cloud computing  The net as the primary enabler  Simple, usable, low cost and sustainable solutions  Requirements and field testing through partnerships  All output freely reusable

10 TangoLab: Activities  “Container” for student thesis (different levels and degrees)  Cohoperation with no-profit orgs for user requirements and field testing  Partnership with Informatici senza frontiere (also for shared systems)  Promotion and circulation of experiences, know-how and software

11 Current projects  Site & social network for Cooperativa Sociale Lambro di Monza (1 thesi s TTC, finished)  Observatory on quality and best-practices of Italian NGO web sites (2 thesis TTC)  “Global Health” project for Children Hospital in Managua (with Medicine and Sociology Faculties, and UNAN Managua University)  Experiences with“viral marketing” of no-profit events (1 thesis TTC: Homeless World Cup ; 1 thesis TTC: Promotion Chia.Ve project, with Municipalities of Chiasso, Vergiate and Sesto Calende)  TangoNet Project: ICT for no-profit Social Portal (started with1 thesis LM Inf, cohoperation with ISF)

12  “Social portal” for ICT for no-profit in Italy  Social portal = social network + repository + aggregator + portal  Open and free  Developed through partnerships  Piattaform: ning TangoNet

13 Cohoperation proposals will be “estremely” welcome! “Meta-lab” concept (?) Thank you


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