Akvo Track Day – Washington DC edition

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

By Emily Armanetti


The inaugural Washington, D.C. Akvo Track Day took place last week at theOpenGovHub, where our U.S. hub is based. After a brief speed dating exercise to warm up the group, we kicked off with an update from Akvo FLOW product manager Caetie Ofiesh on new developments from around Akvo. Caetie’s presentation spanned the latest on Akvo Openaid, Akvopedia, RSR and FLOW. We had quite a few questions from the group on how it all works, so it seemed to be a good basis on which to start the conversation with partners who may not be as familiar with what we do as yet.

Following our update, we were keen to give the floor to our partners. Akvo Track Days are as much about hearing from partners as they are about sharing information with them.

First, we welcomed Ben Mann of the University of North Carolina Water Institute, who talked about how the Millennium Water Alliance is using Akvo FLOW and RSR across six partner organisations in five countries in Latin America. Ben’s presentation covered the processes of training and using tools across teams, but also covered key learnings and challenges that the MWA-LAP has identified, having used FLOW for baseline surveys and water point mapping and RSR to allow donors to see things as they are happening. This was a great live case study to really breathe life into the how-it-all-works discussion. Here, Ben gives us a summary of his presentation.

Next up was John Sauer from Water For People, who led a dynamic discussion on water and open data. Ben Mann has captured the highlights of the session on his blog The Water Wonk. We were also able to get John’s view on how the session went.

For additional interviews with attendees, check out our playlist on Akvo.tv. Ideally, we’ll get post-event feedback from all of our attendees about the value they see in participating in similar events. On our part, we thought it was really useful to get a mix of our partners together in one room and, by the end of the day, we found ourselves discussing what types of events we can potentially host in the future.

For details on the Akvo Track Day events in Amsterdam and Nairobi, see the Akvo website.

Emily Armanetti is communications manager at Akvo, based in New York City. This blog post originally appeared on the Akvo website here.