Chapterthon 2020 Projects

In a year marked by turmoil across the world, Internet Society Chapters and Members have risen to the challenge with tenacity and innovation. They created initiatives to help see their communities through – in times of crisis and in years to come. They understand the power of the Internet to better lives.

Chapterthon 2020 shines a light on their important work. Their impactful initiatives are captured here as a blueprint for all. For the community, with the community, and by the community.

Through two rounds of voting, you made your voice heard, electing three Chapterthon winners. Congratulations to:

Project Key

Grows the Internet so everyone can benefit from it.

Strengthens the Internet so it remains a force for good.

1. Internet Society Haiti Chapter that developed SmartMom 2020 program and trained local women and mothers in using mobile money.

2. Internet Society Panama Chapter that developed an incredible manual for digital inclusion through the use of Raspberry PI

3. Internet Society Yemen Chapter that reinforced digital awareness in schools and trained high-school students in continuing their education during emergencies.

Haiti Chapter: Smart Mom 2020

We’ve trained 20 women and mothers who do not have a bank account or mobile money, giving them a small fund in an initiative to overcome poverty. With mobile money we can reach the last mile and bring well-being to the lives of mothers and their children.

Panama Chapter: Inclusion Digital por medio del use del Raspberry PI

Programación de dispositivos para creación de redes inalámbricas en el sitio. 

Yemen Chapter: Reinforcement of Digital Awareness in Schools

Teaching and training students in high schools how they can continue their study during emergencies like COVID-19 or local conflicts. This includes basic Internet concepts, how to study and do schools assignments online, and how to research information.

A big thank you to our Chapters! Review the manuals and tutorials submitted:

Armenia Chapter: Internet Access and Digital Skills

Helping rural schools by providing computers. We purchase used computers, often not operational, bring them in order, supply missing parts, and install the software. We provide  rural libraries with computers equipped with library management software, install it, and train librarians on how to use it.

Bangladesh Dhaka Chapter: Ensuring Online Safety and Security While Working from Home for Journalists during COVID-19

During the COVID-19 many of the journalists started to work from home. Now instead of relying on institutional hardware and digital practices, most journalists were using personal hardware and software to publish news. These led to several issues including prone to cyber attacks and disinformation due to lack of means of verification. Understanding this problem, the Chapter hosted a two-hour long session for journalists working from home.

Bolivia Chapter: Red Comunitaria en la Comunidad Salinas

Conectar a los no conectados Comunidad de Salinas conectados

Brazil Chapter: Learning How to Use the Internet in Your Business

Vem pra Rede (Come to the Network) is a project that helps countless people use the Internet for new business and sales during the pandemic.

Chad Chapter: Police Net*

This project aims to help the government of Chad to implement facilitation measures in terms of Internet governance. It allows the use of technology to implement digital policing. It will undoubtedly support strategies and initiatives to facilitate exchanges within the National Police. It will allow the capacity building of National Police personnel related to the Internet.

*This Chapter did not submit all materials on time and did not participate in voting.

Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Chapter Tutorial: e Class

A guide for teachers on how to use Zoom.

Ecuador Chapter: Crear Redes de Adultos Mayores Amigos en tiempos de Pandemia

Proyecto Familia y Amigos unidos por la RED ISOC Ecuador Chapterton 2020. Un proyecto con apoyo de Internet Society para asegurarnos de que Internet es para Todos y nos une, en cualquier circunstancia.

France Chapter: Internet pour désenclaver les publics empêchés

Opening up access to the Internet for those who are excluded. Teaming up with WebForce3 team, we’ve conducted video interviews and launched digital training for prisoners in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.

Gambia Chapter: Internet Connectivity and Digital Skills to the Visually Impaired*

The Gambia Chapter targeted three institutions, namely Gambia Organisation of the Visually Impaired (GOVI), St. John’s School for the Deaf and Methodist School for children with learning difficulties. None of the institutions had proper working internet access or functioning computer labs. We refurbished and networked their computer labs including donating computers.

*This Chapter did not submit all materials on time and did not participate in voting.

Guinea Chapter: Internet pour faciliter les interactions entre patients et structure de santé

Ce projet consiste à doter une structure de santé d’une connexion Internet et de services Internet (plateforme web interactive, messagerie) pour faciliter les interactions et la communication entre les citoyens (patients potentiels) et la structure de santé.

Jamaica Chapter: Social Media Mask-a-Thon and IoT Fashion Show

Educating and informing people of the proper way to wear a mask – while broadening their horizons with new technology.

Nicaragua Chapter: Agents of Change for an Inclusive Internet*

Nicaragua Chapter provided training to 30 individuals from around the country including students, young professionals, and adults. The training was based on the TCP/IP protocol, delivery of a package, latency of packages and the different layers of the OSI model.

*This Chapter did not submit all materials on time and did not participate in voting.

Somalia Chapter: Data Privacy and Secure Internet

The Chapter provided content related to data security and accessing reliable information from the Internet. The focus of this Chapterthon project was educating and informing the Somali community about the importance of privacy, securing information, and getting reliable information, especially about health data as we tackle the COVID-19 challenge.

South Africa Chapter: Internet-In-A-Box Setup for Everyone

An Internet-in-a-box in a place that will always offer access, like a grocery store or municipal office, so kids are always able to learn. During COVID, most places where people usually have free Internet access have been closed: libraries are closed or have limited access and schools have restricted access to their facilities.

Sri Lanka Chapter: An Online Guide to Catching Up on Missing Lessons

A blueprint to produce an online catalog of online educational resources, building the capacity of school teachers to use online tools.

SVG Chapter: A Guide to Automate Small Businesses Booking Services

Blueprints to create awareness of how a small business, such as a hair salon, can automate their booking services using available digital tools. This will enhance business efficiency and gain more satisfying clients.

Togo Chapter: Ecole du Numérique Communautaire de DokitaEyes (ENC)

Notre projet Ecole du Numérique Communautaire de DokitaEyes (ENC) consiste à former dans des districts sanitaires du Togo, des agents de santé communautaires du projet Innovation pour la Santé des Mères et des Enfants du Togo (ISME-Togo) sur des outils numériques notamment l’utilisation efficience d’un smartphone, d’Internet et des applications courantes dont Dokitayes.

Trinidad and Tobago Chapter: Crowdsourcing Teacher Education in Online Teaching and Learning

In order to quickly shift to online teaching and learning in the pandemic, the project builds community, encourages teachers to collaborate and support each other, helps with online training for the teachers, serves as a repository for shared resources, and helps teachers find each other when skills are needed. It’s a envisioned as a community-based, self-sustaining website project.

Turkey Chapter: NGO-RMSD for Disasters

We have a dream of a decentralized (blockchain) network where non-governmental organizations and academies can develop and deploy decentralized applications.

Let’s work together on making the Internet decentralized again.

Uganda Chapter: Promoting Digital Safety for Educators during the Pandemic

Empowering educators with digital skills to enable them to safely navigate the digital educational challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic in Uganda.

Zimbabwe Chapter: ZIM Self E-Services

ISOC ZIM eServices, a fully DIY (do it yourself) platform and one stop portal for all essential resources that enhance access during COVID-19. It brings access to the following services under one portal/ roof: agriculture, education, health, gender and equality, jobs, and water and sanitation.