Summary – During the month of May Akvo has been focusing on development of Akvo Really Simple Reporting (RSR) and get the Akvopedia team started. Several of the team have been hampered by sickness (including food poisoning, a fractured arm and several colds) or on holiday during the month, which limited the work we were doing somewhat.

We have added one heading under the Organisational development, Akvo organisation

Product development

Akvopedia
Status: 20%

Akvo RSR
Status: 25%

Organisation development

Akvo partners
Status: 20%

Akvo people
Status: 80%

Akvo funding
Status: 25%

Akvo communications
Status: 20%

Akvo organisation
Status: 20%

Technical infrastructure

Akvo web site update
Status: 5%

Akvo web server infrastructure
Status: 80%

Akvo video conferencing tools
Status: 40%

Akvo Stockholm infrastucture
Status: 75%

End of report summary.


Detailed report

The Completed tasks are what has been completed in the last month. The Tasks coming up are what we anticipate working on in the coming month.

Product development

Akvopedia
Status: 20%
Goal: To have a well populated Akvopedia by World Water Week, in August 2008.

Completed tasks
Tasks coming up
  • Held an Akvopedia team meeting, with Akvo, IRC and Acacia Institute.
  • Work started on editing content
  • Set up the Akvopedia mailing list
  • Refined content structure
  • Define Akvopedia policies
  • Define work with IRC
  • Review refined content structure
  • Identify further content partners
  • Identify new content to put in

  • Akvo RSR
    Status: 25%
    Goal: To have an operational Akvo RSR system at World Water Week, in August 2008.

    Completed tasks
    Tasks coming up
  • First wireframes completed
  • First template drafts completed
  • Collected first complete pilot project data
  • User interface sketches
  • Collect pilot project data in Akvo project format
  • Build prototype
  • Review prototype with Akvo Sprint partners
  • Refine prototype

  • Organisation development

    Akvo partners
    Status: 20%
    Goal: Establish partnership to execute pilot projects on Akvo’s platform and be prepared to roll it out widely when the tools are ready. Establish relationships with content contributors to make the Akvopedia a world class information source in its area.

    Completed tasks
    Tasks coming up
  • Worked with RSR pilot partners
  • Define sponsor programme
  • Finalise corporate programme
  • Follow up with all partners

  • Akvo people
    Status: 80%
    Goal: To be fully staffed by May 2008.

    Completed tasks
    Tasks coming up
  • Completed recruitment for web quality assurance manager
  • Completed recruitment for community / partner manager
  • Recruit World Water Week volunteers

  • Akvo funding
    Status: 25%
    Goal: Provide Akvo with the funds required to develop the platform and achive breakeven.

    Completed tasks
    Tasks coming up
  • Submitted paperwork to UN-Habitat
  • Created Akvo social investment memorandum
  • Created shortlist for Akvo social investment memorandum
  • Follow up on loans part of 3rd round
  • Follow up on grants part of 3rd round

  • Akvo communications
    Status: 20%
    Goal: Tell the Akvo story in an open, discoverable way. Inspire while managing expectations. Continue to improve how we pitch Akvo to key groups.

    Completed tasks
    Tasks coming up
  • Completed Akvo communications strategy for summer 2008
  • Communications team Sprint in Barcelona
  • Drew up detailed plans for Stockholm World Water Week
  • Started the rewrite of Akvo’s key messages to target audiences.
  • Write first partner story
  • Draw up 2008 media relations strategy
  • Create target press list for summer 2008.
  • Finalise Akvo messaging and positioning for second half of 2008
  • Secure sponsors for Stockholm World Water Week
  • Test-market corporate offer pitch with initial potential partners
  • Test broadcast e-mail lists

  • Akvo organisation
    Status: 20%
    Goal: To set up Stichting Akvo (Akvo Foundation). To make Akvo a great place to work.

    Completed tasks
    Tasks coming up
  • Moved Akvo Netherlands office into the NWP offices.
  • Reviewed draft Article of Association for Akvo
  • Finalise the Articles of Association for Akvo

  • Technical infrastructure

    Akvo web site update
    Status: 5%
    Goal: To have a fresh new website by World Water Week, in August 2008.

    Completed tasks
    Tasks coming up
  • None
  • New web site wireframes
  • Start implementing new style

  • Akvo web server infrastructure
    Status: 80%
    Goal: Enable the deployment of the Akvo platform.

    Completed tasks
    Tasks coming up
  • Fixed problems with phplist – Highrise connector stemming from server move
  • Database backups arranged
  • Reconfigured DNS for new site
  • New web server fully live, nice and fast
  • Sent web traffic logs for verification by ISSEL
  • Install web traffic analysis
  • Install Drupal
  • Migrate mail server to Zimbra

  • Akvo video conferencing tools
    Status: 40%
    Goal: Provide nearly seamless and cheap communications.

    Completed tasks
    Tasks coming up
  • Agreed strategy to get sponsor for hardware
  • iChat Video for Anna
  • Evaluate AccessGrid
  • Install AXIS web cam Stockholm
  • Install AXIS web cam Delft

  • Akvo Stockholm infrastucture
    Status: 75%
    Goal: Support the Akvo software development efforts.

    Completed tasks
    Tasks coming up
  • Decomission old backup server
  • Install backup solution
  • Decomission old backup server
  • Upgrade 100 mbps router firmware
  • Configure development server

  • Thomas Bjelkeman is the founder of Akvo.

    Edit: Added a couple of communications items done