HotCity Wireless facilitated in the selection of six (6) youth
who are residents of Barangay San Vicente (definition of: Barangay)
to participate in the 1st International Symposium of Power Users
These are the photos from the 1st Global gathering
of "power users" of information and communication technology
held in San Jose, Costa Rica. The Symposium involved exploring
the potential of young Power Users of ICT by engaging them in
Learning Challenges designed to address the United
Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG).
Sponsored by The Education Development
Center (EDC) and the United
Nations Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP). This
initiative is a key milestone in development of a long term research
agenda to study the emerging global culture of Power Users of
Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Mr. Jay Plaza,
Co-Founder of HotCity Wireless, was assigned as the Facilitator
for the Philippine Power Users of ICT Team.
by Dr. Joyce Malyn-Smith, Directress
of Strategic Initiatives of Education
Development Center (EDC) on the World Summit on Information
Society Part 2 held in Tunis, Tunisia on November 17, 2005. Within
the 5 recommendations of the UN
ICT Task Force…
more on the Power Users Global Initiative
An update on recent research conducted by EDC's Global Research
Network on Power Users of ICT was presented at the World Summit.
The research framework shared at the Summit is based on investigations
conducted through the First International
Power Users of ICT Symposium (Costa Rica, August 2005), where
45 youth from 15 countries came together to conceive solutions
and make recommendations to challenge questions posed to them,
around topics geared at addressing the United Nations Millennium
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Our promo video will serve as a media in inviting youth from diverse
cultures and religions to join our initiative. This media will
encourage unseen and unheared voices to come forward and join
us to work towards a Culture of PEACE.
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Hot City Wireless, a non-profit
organization, has been established to promote the use of low-cost
wireless technology as a media and tool for economic, social
and educational advancement to underprivileged citizens in the
HotCity Wireless, a non-profit organization, has been
established to promote the use of low-cost wireless technology as a
media and tool for economic, social and educational advancement to underprivileged
citizens in the Philippines.
The organization is dedicated toward advancing ICT through the participation
of underprivileged citizens in Global Collaboration, Distance Education
and Knowledge Sharing.
Challenge 2006 Finalist
Stockholm Challenge Jury nominated HotCity Wireless (Project entry:
ICT: Global Collaboration and Knowledge Exchange) as one of the
2006 finalists in the Public
Administration Category. The Stockholm
Challenge Award ceremony took place in the beautiful Blue Hall,
Stockholm City Hall, venue of the Nobel Banquet. To view the promo video
of the 2006 Stockholm Challenge click here.
Global Junior Challenge 2007
International Jury are pleased to announce HotCity Wireless as one of
the finalists of the 4th edition of the Global
The Award Ceremony of the Global Junior Challenge 2007
will be held in Rome on 3rd-5th October 2007. Events will unfold on
three historical locations of the Eternal City: the Istituto
Tecnico Industriale Statale Galileo Galilei, a multicultural school
in the heart of the Esquilino, one of the seven hills of Rome, the beautiful
Giulio Cesar Room in the Campidoglio
City Hall, and the Quirinale
Palace, home of the President of the Italian Republic. There will
exhibitions, workshop and seminars, music gigs, the meeting with the
President of the Italian Republic and the final award ceremony in the
wonderful scenario of the Giulio Cesare Hall in the presence of the
Mayor of Rome Walter Veltroni.
Establish a low cost wireless
infrastructure to be utilized for global collaborative learning, knowledge
sharing and community participation.
Our Key Strategies:
Infrastructure: Our Wire Free Access.
Internet accessibility and affordability was our primary concern. Through
the use of recycled computers/servers, and the use of low-cost WiFi
equipment, we have created and deployed an outdoor "line-of-sight" wireless
infrastructure. This simple propagation method has resulted in a "Hot
Zone" wireless connection with a two to three kilometer radius.
By our example, this resulted in 'dissolving the barriers'
in implementing cost effective ICT opportunities to economically disadvantage
and cash strapped communities in the Philippines.
Local level Government Participation.
We asked Barangay San Vicente (definition of: Barangay/Barangay
Captain) to become involved, and its local leadership (Barangay
Captain) has depicted readiness and enthusiasm. Under a local government
level of responsibility, he acknowledges the need for promoting this
initiative to his local citizens and neighboring communities. He is
facilitating this goal by increasing the awareness of existing free
public access to the web in their own local public library and increasing
the awareness of the benefits and opportunities that ICT can provide.
Community involvement and strong support from its own local government
leadership were set as one of our criteria for greater sustainability.
Our initiative recently generated the attention of public administrators
of Region 4 (Lucena City). Its priority is to adapt the use of low cost
wireless infrastructure for purposes of "access for learners" in their
and Knowledge Sharing: Empowerment, Inclusion and Participation of underprivileged
youth in under resourced communities.
To further advance our goals, we identified and approached organizations
that have similar interests and needs in the surrounding community and
the world abroad. Through our collaboration with the Education
and Development Center (EDC), we selected six youths from the community
of Barangay San
Vicente to participate in the 1st International Symposium of Power Users
of ICT. The Symposium involved exploring the potential of young Power
Users of ICT by engaging them in Learning Challenges by way of using
web conferencing tool designed to address the United Nation's Millennium
Development Goals (MDG).
This gave our youth opportunities to access better tools,
tap resources, exchange information and acquired more skills which we
are now sharing with other members of our community. We continue to
use the tool (synchronous web conferencing tool) by collaborating with
other developed countries, regions with on-going insurgency issues,
share knowledge in achieving a positive Global endeavor and encourage
the use of ICT in promoting a culture of PEACE with diverse cultures
and religions around the world.
Information technology...is a powerful force that can and must
be harnessed to our global mission of peace and development. This
matter of both ethics and economics; over the long term, the new
economy can only be productive and sustainable if it spreads worldwide
and responds to the need and demands of all people. I urge everyone
in a position to make a difference to add his or her energies
to this effort
Kofi Annan, Secretary-General United Nations