This year (2016) The Goa Project features a separate track on Entrepreneurship.
Any form of Entrepreneurship is not easy. But there are specific sectors that are more challenging than the others. If you are trying to build a sustainable organization in a difficult and / or unglamorous market, this is a great opportunity to show case it to the world. Please come and share your success stories, failures, learnings and experiences.
Some examples (but not limited to) are:
Creative entrepreneurs in design / performing arts / social impact space
Consumer facing business that is self-sustainable and profitable
Sectors like infrastructure, waste management, renewable energy, engineering, agri-food..
The tragedy of the commons
Useful technologies that require behavioural change / have poor adoption curves..
Developing markets outside India
Difficult to monetize sectors such as music or entertainment
Any thing else and more..
The emphasis is not really on the sector or even the problem-opportunity-solution. Tell us how you are cracking the challenges of adoption, sustainability and scalability. Even if it is Work in Progress, there is a lot we can all learn from you.
COWMesh - Changing the Connectivity Landscape with Community Owned Communitications Infrastructure
To demonstrate, distinguish, discuss and dissect how community owned, peer managed, distributed infrastructure can provide a strong alternative and complement to centralized corporate and state owned telecommunication.
A Network that was 48 times faster and a 125 times cheaper than 3G…2 years ago..and is CHEAPER now!
Hackergram and Mojolab have been working on building and deploying low cost communication technology with several communities in the developing world. In this session I hope to share our experiences of setting up community owned and operated communications infrastructure and demonstrate how we envision the future of connectivity through comunity ownership and peer operation. I will be demonstrating how we can use Community Owned Wireless Mesh Networks (COWMesh) to share data costs between communities and how a regular CRT based TV can be turned into a wireless communication terminal among other things. Would like to use the session to engage with people who are indignant enough about the pathetic state of telecommunications in the country to take matters into their own hands…literally!
A desire to communicate freely
A healthy respect for peer governance
Willingness to give up technophobia
Willingness to give up notions of entitlement
Desire to have a say in the matter of large scale communication
I’m the co-founder and managing trustee of The Mojolab Foundation, a research lab focussed on making technology accessible, usable and sustainable, and Hackergram a network of innovators who seek to find creative solutions to chronic problems of the world through direct, immersive experimentation.
I spent the first half of my career architecting, servicing and selling enterprise software solutions to some of the richest customers in the world, i.e. telcos and banks and the last half building and deploying technology solutions for the opposite end of the spectrum, i.e. people who earn less than a dollar a day. Having seen both sides of the technology equation, I now focus on training self driven, independently sustainable technologists and innovators who can provide quality technology services to all kinds of consumers, irrespective of the depth of their pockets.