TechCamp Kathmandu

Clean Air for South Asia

Nepal View Map
July 29-31, 2019

Participants from

Bangladesh; Bhutan; India; Maldives; Nepal; Pakistan; Sri Lanka


TechCamp Kathmandu, Clean Air for South Asia will be hosted in Kathmandu, Nepal on July 29-31, 2019 in partnership with our implementing partner Kathmandu Living Labs.  TechCamp is a U.S. Department of State initiative to connect those who have demonstrated expertise and knowledge working to combat air pollution and promote government transparency in South Asia. TechCamp Kathmandu aims to increase the effectiveness of South Asian influencers and practitioners to conduct data-driven advocacy on air quality and increase communities’ access to reliable data and information that will help them make better health decisions and take action toward solutions.

This will be a regional event, working to promote local, national and cross-border efforts to address clean air as a global environment priority. Participants will work with local and international technology experts to help advance the incredible work that you are already doing in the field. 



Monday July 29, 2019 | Kathmandu, Nepal

12:30 pm - 5:00 pm - Registration

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm  - Informal Networking

6:30 pm - 7:00 pm  - Opening Remarks/Icebreaker

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Challenge Discussion Groups/Topics - What's the biggest challenge you face in your work on air quality? Participants select one topic with a challenge they identify with/have faced in their work. This is an informal discussion, sharing challenges and finding common ground.

Reliable Data/Access to DataPallavi, Chloe, Bhupesh
Regulations/Enforcement of Existing RegulationsJohn, Mukunda, Eva
Proper Monitoring Systems or Collection of Data Georges, Santosh, Neelam
Awareness/Targeting the Right AudienceMaureen, Soni, Rajneesh
Coordination: Among Stakeholders or Across BordersLathika, Amrit, Gaurav

8:00pm - 9:00pm - Dinner

Tuesday July 30, 2019 | Kathmandu, Nepal

7:00 am - 8:00 am - Breakfast

8:00 am - 8:30 am - Sign-In & Networking

8:30 am - 8:35 am -Welcome Remarks - U.S. Ambassador to Kathmandu, Randy Berry

8:35 am - 8:50 am - Air Quality 101 - Bhupesh Adhikary, ICIMOD 

8:50 am - 9:00 am - Technology in Context - Nama Budhathoki, Kathmandu Living Labs

9:00 am - 9:15 am - Overview & What to Expect: Jamie Findlater & Jessica McCue, U.S. State Department - TechCamp Team 

9:15 am - 10:30 am - “Speed-Geeking” - Participants spend five minutes with each trainer in small groups. The objective is to tell a story of how that particular technology/strategy can help address challenges. Participants will visit each station and rotate at the sound of a bell. 

Communications Strategies for ScientistsMaureen McCarty
Access to Data Pallavi Pant
Open Gov & Data: Data research, Scraping, CollectionGeorges L. J. Labrèche
Raising the Profile of your Organization Lathika Pai
Structuring digital products to convey dataAmrit Sharma
Online Advocacy CampaignsMukunda Nepal
Digital StorytellingEva Sander
Mobile Journalism & VideoRajneesh Bhandari
Interactive Graphics & DesignJohn Oquist
Engaging the Rural CommunityNeelam Azmat
Offline Advocacy StrategiesSoni Khanal
Data & InfographicsSantosh Gartaula
Air quality tools: low-cost sensors and data platformChloe Parkin
Mapping Local KnowledgeGaurav Shumsher Thapa

10:30 am - 10:45 am - Coffee Break 

10:45 am - 11:00 amIntroduction to Interactive Session

11:00 am - 12:30 pm - First Interactive Session - Participants select one topic, technology or strategy that they would like to learn in more depth. Facilitators/Trainers give examples, showcase what's possible and brainstorm potential solutions.

1. Communications Strategies for Effective Online AdvocacyMaureen McCarty & Mukunda Nepal
2. Access to Data Pallavi Pant
3. Open Gov & Data: Data research, Scraping, CollectionGeorges L. J. Labrèche
4. Raising your Business Profile & Sustainability/ResourcesLathika Pai
5. Structuring digital products to convey data, data visualization via mapping & chat bots.Amrit Sharma & Gaurav Thapa
6. Digital Storytelling for Advocacy to Government & Online/Offline Campaigns for Open Gov/TransparencyEva Sander & Soni Khanal
7. Mobile Journalism/VideoRajneesh Bhandari
8. Interactive Graphics & DesignJohn Oquist & Santosh Gartaula
9. Inclusive Community Building Neelam Azmat & Chloe Parkin

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm - Lunch

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm - Second Interactive Session - Participants pick a second tech or strategy training session. 

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm - Coffee Break

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm - Defining a Challenge Statements

 (Participants work closely with technologists to map out and define two potential specific challenges they would like to solve the following day. Participants are encouraged to join the same groups as the challenge discussions in the mornings)

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Participants Select a Group - Small Group work begins

5:00 pm - End of Day Announcements


Wednesday July 31, 2019 | Kathmandu, Nepal

7:00 am - 8:00 am - Breakfast

8:00 am - 8:10 am - Opening - What to Expect

8:10 am - 12:00 pm - Working session: participants work to develop solutions to challenges

10:00 am - 11:00 am - Optional Consultation Time

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Lunch

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm - Experts provide feedback to participants as they shape their ideas/solutions

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm - Participants develop and define presentations

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm - Pitches/Presentations

4:30 pm - 4:45 pm - Survey

4:45 pm Group Picture & Certificates (TBD)

5:30 pm - 9:00 pm - Head to the city for a taste of Nepalese culture



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