The two-day networking and information-sharing event brought together non-profit organizations from across the state to an interactive ICT capacity-building program enabling participants to learn more about Microsoft’s technologies and opportunities for non-profit organizations. Over 80 participants representing 42 NGOs from various part of the state attended the forum.
The 2013 Microsoft NGO connection day featured training sessions and technical demonstrations of Microsoft products such as Microsoft Office 2013, Windows 8 and Windows phone. There were also sessions on the Digital Literacy Standard Curriculum, Research Tools and Report Publishing, Internet Safety and Security, Social Media Tools and Website/Blog Development and Management.
During the 2-day workshop, participants had the opportunity to discuss technology use in their work, learn more about relevant technology tools and establish a faster online presence that helped make information regarding their services available to a broader audience. Participants came from several parts of the state such as Calabar Municipality, Odukpani, Biase and Akampka.
According to Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria “The NGO space is changing as everything else. Since many of these NGOs work in rural areas or with underserved groups that could benefit by employing the use of cost-saving ICT tools, NGOs need to be equipped with the applicable technologies required to make their work relevant to and effective in the 21st century”.The high point of the event was the launch of Microsoft Internet Safety, Security and Privacy Initiative for Nigeria (MISSPIN) documentary titled “Economic Cost of Cybercrime in Nigeria” which is in commemoration of the World IT day.
Microsoft NGO Connection Day 2013 will help fill a huge gap that will improve organizational efficiency while also help many non-profits save cost. The event previously held in North Central Nigeria (Abuja) in 2011 and South West (Lagos) in 2012.Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ ‘MSFT’) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.