Tech for Development Workshops

As part of the Digital for Development program, ACODEV, NGO Federatie, Close the Gap and Agoria join forces to organize a series of “Tech for Development” workshops.  These are hands-on, free workshops specifically developed to the needs of NGOs and non-profits active in Development Cooperation (in English). Private sector actors in the same field are also welcome.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to the Covid-19 (Corona) virus that is affecting many countries around the world, including Belgium, all Tech for Development Workshops are postponed until further notice. We will keep you posted on any updates regarding new dates.

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Feb 6: Digital Marketing (in French)

Communication/advertising/media/PR/others responsible in NGOs and non-profits will learn about the the basics to digital marketing that are potentially applicable in their field of work. They will also get an introduction on how to use video in their digital marketing strategies. 

  • Date: Thursday, February 6, 2019
  • Location: Google Digital Atelier (BeCentral, Brussels)
  • Time: 9:30 to 13:00 (including lunch)
  • Speakers: Google, Socialware,...
  • Register here


Earth Observation and Geospatial Apps

NGOs and other actors in development cooperation will discover what remote sensing is all about, what the possible applications in the field are, and they will also receive an overview of the tools and key stakeholders that can help implement such projects.

  • Date: Tuesday, April, 28, 2020
  • Location: Agoria (Brussels)
  • Time: 9:30 to 13:30 (including lunch)
  • The following speakers will take the stage:   

    Roland Gueubel (UC Louvain) on B-Life

    Stéphanie Bonnet (SpaceBel) on NADiRA

    Thierry Engels (Walphot) on the ‘challenges, constraints & applications of operationalizing earth observation’

    Eric Hallot (ISSeP) on ‘the preservation of small watersheds and reservoirs in Burkina Faso’

    Bernard Tychon (Agroptimize) on ‘Space support for food security and drought monitoring in various developing countries’

    Sven Gilliams (VITO) on EO projects in developing countries
  • OPTIONAL 13:30 to 14:30: “reverse pitching” session: Enabel, the Belgian Development Agency, will pitch their potential needs to engage a discussion with key actors of the private sector in that field.

  • Register here.


Artificial Intelligence

During this workshop, NGOs will discover Artificial Intelligence and the practical ways in which this technology could help them generate more impact. We will be kindly hosted by the AI Black Belt team, headed by Roald Sieberath, at Be-Central.

  • Date: Thursday, May, 28, 2020
  • Location: BeCentral (Brussels)
  • Time: 9.30-13.00 (lunch included)
  • Register here.




Oct 10: Digital Marketing - SOLD OUT

Communication/advertising/media/PR/others responsible in NGOs and non-profits will learn about the latest opportunities and trends in digital marketing (including the latest Facebook tools and others) that are potentially applicable in their field of work. They will also get an overview of some of the key players, tools and trainings available, including some practical info such as cost, scope, requirements, timing to put such projects in place.

  • Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019
  • Location: Facebook offices (Brussels)
  • Time: 9:30 to 13:00 (including lunch)
  • Speakers: Facebook, Techsoup/Socialware, Emakina
  • This session is sold out! But you can still register here to be on the waiting list. The deadline to register is 1st October!

Oct 16: Blockchain Opportunities

In this workshop, several speakers will try to demystify the Blockchain technology.  And, by hand of very practical examples, NGO’s and non-profits will learn more about the potential opportunities and applications possible in the field of development cooperation, such as tracking, transparency, and accountability not only in funding & donations, but also in governance, food & agriculture, healthcare & medicine, environment, identity, and education. The audience will get a concrete overview from different actors in the blockchain value-chain to put such projects in place.

  • Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019
  • Location: Hub Brussels
  • Agenda:
    • 9:30-10: Welcome
    • 10-12: Workshop
    • 12-13: Network luncheon
  • Speakers:  Hub Brussels, SettleMint, Via Don Bosco, World Food Organisation (TBC),…
  • Register here.

Nov 28: Mobile Applications

NGOs and non-profits will learn more about the latest opportunities and key players in mobile application development.  Examples will be shown that can better assist them in their work in the field, in Monitoring & Evaluation, fundraising, etc.  The audience will also get a concrete overview of the cost, scope, requirements, timing and key players to put such projects in place.

  • Date: Nov 28, 2019
  • Location: BeCentral (Google Atelier Digital)
  • Time: 1:15-4:30
  • Speakers: Flow Pilots, Google Digital Atelier, …
  • Register here