Beginning of Second cohort of DIAL – Creating Next Gen Mapping Leaders and Activists (Day 2)

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In the second day, we intended to educate our interns on the bigger picture of why we designed the DIAL program for them. We designed the sessions to inform them of the larger context of connecting data, technology and society; transitioning from undergraduate studies to starting a career; and how citizens can contribute to larger causes like crisis response.


The day started with reflections of interns from the day before and overview of how the second day was organized. Dr. Rajib Subba, DIG of Nepal Police and Director of Communications Directorate at Nepal Police Headquarters shared his experiences and ideas on “Leadership and Crisis Response in the Digital Age”. He introduced the concept of crisis, difference between response and reaction, and what leadership actually means. He explained how “leadership is not tied to a position, but a relationship.” He also shared his valuable and insightful experiences of doing a PhD in the use of social media during the Haiti Earthquake, and how he used his PhD experience during Nepal Earthquake 2015.


Manoj introduced field mapping tool OSMTracker to the interns. The interns were divided into groups, with each group including interns who had used the tool before. All groups went outside and collected data to be mapped in OpenStreetMap.


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After lunch, two panel discussions on career transition, and connecting data, technology and society was moderated by Dr. Nama Budhathoki. In the first panel discussion on university-career transition, Sushma Giri (Android Developer at KLL), Arogya Koiral (Data Science and UI/UX at KLL), and Arjun Gautam (Web Engineer at KLL) shared their experiences of transition from being undergraduate students to working at KLL. Sushma inspired with her passionate talk on tackling the stereotypes against being a female programmer and gaining valuable experience while still in college. Arogya shared his experiences of transitions from being a mechanical engineering student, to working as a Data Scientist at KLL, to wearing multiple hats at KLL. Arjun shared his learnings on working as a web developer.


In the second panel discussion, Nirab Pudasaini (Technology and Innovation Lead at KLL) shared his experience of connecting Data, Technology and People after Nepal Earthquake 2015. Sukhdev Amgain (Socio-technical Research Associate at KLL) shared his experiences of working with local government and people to make public service delivery efficient with technology. Bhawak Pokhrel (Android Developer at KLL) talked about appropriating existing technology in local context. Dr. Nama summarized and added his remarks after the panel discussions.


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After the round of panel discussions, Pradip Khatiwada moderated reflections and discussions. He also conducted an activity called Human Photography, in essence the Dumb Charades of mapping where each person enacts feature related to mapping without speaking anything and others guess what they enacted. When correct feature is guessed, the enactor elaborates on the act. The activity was also a way to express what the interns learned about mapping so far.


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