Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Sapna and Angana showcase WAVE in Washington DC
We're back! Angana and I were in the US for 3 weeks, first preparing for our first WAVE showcase event for our funders - HASTAC and the MacArthur Foundation - in Washington DC on May 12 & 13, and then taking a much needed break.
I'm happy to tell you that our achievements were praised by many at the Digital Media and Learning showcase, including being called 'the gold standard' by Sheryl Grant who works with HASTAC at Duke University.
One of the highlights I'd like to share is meeting Aneesh Chopra, the first Chief Technology Officer, appointed by President Obama to advise him on matters related to technology. He addressed the 150-strong audience, mentioning how important it was to innovate in the field of education, and fielded all kinds of questions displaying how well informed he was about many areas. He especially gave kudos to the 'Hole in the Wall' project from Delhi, who have put 500 computer kiosks in villages and slums all around India for children to educate themselves. We were also happy to hear that Hole in the Wall had won this year's DML award and congratulated Neeraj Agarwal, who was there for the event.
I'd like to invite anyone reading this to watch the video about WAVE, that we created especially for this showcase, which I'll upload next on the blog, and also to email us if you would like a compilation DVD of 15 of our videos which we prepared for the DC event.
Finally, stay tuned for an invite to a showcase event in Bombay on June 5!
Thanks for reading :)