For the second time, we organized a Fail Fest during the GeOnG. While not all failures are good to share, we believe at CartONG that some should be highlighted and discussed so that humanitarian and development actors can benefit from such constructive feedback. The notion of failure must be destigmatized in order to promote the spontaneous exchange of lessons learned within the sector. This session was scheduled to take place on Tuesday, 3rd of November from 6:00 pm to 7:15pm (CET - French Time). The 3 presentations were pre-recorded and displayed live during the session.
You will find below the 3 topics that has been presented during the Fail Fest as well as 2 recordings.
Mindset Over Mandate: Moving beyond the conversation about responsible data at your organization
The key take aways of this fail fest presentation about responsible data will be:
This Fail Fest was presented by Twisha Mehta from Humanity United
SOLIS: The challenge of onboarding digital technical expertise to your project
Working on digital projects in the humanitarian sector requires the use of relatively technical human resources. Whether they are beginners or experts, internal or outsourced: it is always a challenge, in particular because of the widespread lack of digital maturity and understanding of the sector's needs. Let’s look back on SOLIS’s experience on this key topic.
This Fail Fest was presented by François Xavier Dosogne from SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL
When a great idea just does not gain traction – Why NOMAD; a service set up to support humanitarians in finding and deploying the right Mobile Data Collection Tool, never took off
The project, which was started in 2009 by iMMAP and was jointly run with CartONG, had seemingly all the right ingredients in place: a big grant and technical partnership to start it off, large organizations being interested to partner and pilot it, a sector wide appetite for Mobile Data Collection processes which were just picking up as well as a series of successful workshops and a follow up grant to support the dissemination of the service. Yet, the service and the tools, designed to help organizations to decide which tool could be the best one in their given setting based on their specific requirements and if of interest to support the organizations with implementing the chosen tool, never took off. This is why and what we can learn from the experience.
We warmly thank all the humanitarian and development actors who have prepared and recorded a Fail Fest presentation for this year's edition.