The actual program was preceded by an analysis conducted by the Shipyard Foundation, as well as consultations with Polish and international experts. Information was gathered and published about the advancement of non-governmental organizations in utilizing digital tools, including adequate knowledge and competencies of their staff.
Under the program, thematic training for NGOs was carried out showing examples of effective use of modern technologies in communication, marketing, and management. Some of the NGOs received grants to buy hardware and software, and to carry out projects aimed at practical use of ICT in the third sector. The program offer also includes a Mobile ICT Advisors’ Network, currently consisting of 80 experts who provide free training and technological support for local non-governmental organizations. So far, the Mobile Advisers gave over 7,500 pieces of advice, and almost 15,000 NGO representatives from across Poland benefited from their help. Last year, because of the pandemic, Mobile Advisers focused mainly on supporting civil organizations in performing their tasks online.
The offer of the program also includes the means to support creating new ICT tools that could then be used by non-profit organizations. In 2020, the “Sector 3.0” Fund supported two projects. The first one, “Patients for Patients”, carried out by the People and Medicine Foundation, obtained PLN 30,000 to create an application that would offer mentorship in illness; it is addressed to people with chronic diseases. The “Find: Inductive Loop” project of the Culture Without Barriers Foundation has received a grant of PLN 20,000 to create a data base of places and events where an inductive loop is available; where people with hearing loss can take fuller part in social life.
Particular emphasis is placed on providing knowledge that enables the identification of potential areas where IT could be used in non-governmental organizations. A network of TechClubs was created for this purpose in 16 cities in Poland. The clubs hold regular meetings (online in 2020) for representatives of NGOs, businesses, local governments, and academia with the aim of sharing experiences related to the use of modern digital tools. Since 2012, TechClubs succeeded in attracting around 18,000 people.
Annual international conferences, “Sector 3.0” Festivals, play an important role in the program. These events attract representatives from non-governmental organizations, business ICT experts, politicians, scientists, and foreign experts (i.a. from the USA, the UK, South Korea, Israel, and India). They offer a platform to share information about modern trends in how to utilize ICTs for social actions. Between 2012 and 2019, the nine editions of the “Sector 3.0” conference held in Warsaw attracted 4,550 people. In 2020, the Festival was organized fully online for the first time. It reached 3.3 million Internet users, including 400,000 live viewings through the Onet.pl portal, and more than 1,300 people participated in events organized through the Hopin platform and social media.
The Foundation has disbursed $3.757.600 , including $420.909 for the current edition of the program.