The 'Sector 3.0' conference, a joint initiative of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation and Information Society Development Foundation, was held in Fabryka Trzciny in Warsaw on May 21st-23rd. The workshops and presentations conducted by more than 20 Polish and foreign speakers were attended by almost 200 representatives of non-governmental organizations as well as business and academic circles.
The Conference was opened by Jacek Michałowski, Chief of the Presidential Chancellery. ‘New technologies are not an end in itself but a tool which allows for creating, together with the first, second and third sectors, the reality – not only Polish but European and global as well,’ said Minister Michałowski.
Next Chris Worman, Director of Communication and Special Projects for TechSoup in Europe spoke about the world trends in the development of new technologies and Aleksander Tarkowski, PhD, Director of the Digital Center, pondered whether ICT has more to do with our ambitions or whether it is the challenge of time. At the end of the opening part of the conference Andrzej Gontarz, Senior Editor of Computerworld magazine intrigued with a question if the significance of new technologies in the third sector has not been overrated.
The second part of the Conference made the participants take part in selected thematic blocks dealing with a wide range of topics on ICT such as Modern Communication, Networking and People, Organization Management, Effective Fundraising, Technology and Security. They could learn, among other things, how modern technologies can support NGO’s cooperation with volunteers and business and how they can be used for the organization’s communication with its local community.
The „Sector 3.0. conference was organized for the second time. It is the biggest event of its kind addressed to NGO representatives, IT sector leaders, academics and all those who see ICT as an opportunity for improving the operation of their institutions.