Track-day-image On 23 May 2013 we will be hosting the next Akvo Track Day. This will be the first international edition, with concurrent events running at our AmLab HQ in Amsterdam as well as in Nairobi and Washington DC. With different programmes in each location, all three events offer a chance to learn about and discuss the latest ways people are implementing, reporting, monitoring and communicating development programmes, hear about how Akvo partners are using our tools in the field and catch up on all our news – including new product developments.

Amsterdam Track Day
At our Amsterdam event, we are excited to have several guest speakers willing to share their experiences. Evariste Kouassi Komlan from UNICEF will join us to talk about how UNICEF is using Akvo tools in Africa to modernise water, sanitation and hygiene monitoring. During the Autumn Track Day in October last year, Manuel Salazar showed us how Mars Chocolate piloted Akvo FLOW in the Ivory Coast to map cocoa farms and Akvo RSR to tell farmers’ stories. During the upcoming Track Day, Andrew Pederson will share with us the more strategic sustainability approach of Mars’ ‘Vision for Change’ programme. We will have KNVB WorldCoach Doreen Nabwire talking about WorldCoaches and girl empowerment. Martijn Marijnis from ICCO will present a baseline survey on food security conducted in Indonesia. Sunita Nadhamuni, former director of Arghyam and an Akvo board member, will talk more about her initiative in India to improve rural governance through data and volunteers. And we will share with you the recent launch of the prototype ‘Go Three60’, the AmLab Phase 2 proposal to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenge Explorations programme. Button AMS2

Nairobi Track Day: 
Nairobi event includes a mix of presentations and interactive demo sessions. In the morning, Pontus Westerberg of UN Habitat will share insights from the development of Open UN-Habitat and Siem Vaessen of Zimmerman & Zimmerman will present the new and improved They will be followed by speakers from the Football for Water and Connect4Change consortia discussing how they’re using Akvo RSR to report their activities and communicate within and beyond the programmes they’re working on. After lunch, speakers from CARE Kenya and Food for the Hungry will talk about how Akvo FLOW is being used by the Millennium Water Alliance (MWA) Kenya programme.
The visual identity of this Track Day, seen above, was designed by our resident graphic designer Linda Leunissen and is based on vehicle race tracks at night.
Button NBO2 At the Washington DC Track Day, we will provide an overview of the latest developments from around Akvo and will welcome guest speaker Ben Mann, who will talk about the Millennium Water Alliance Latin America (MWA-LAP) program and how the organisations in the alliance are using Akvo tools to help increase access to safe water and improve sanitation and hygiene in rural Latin America. Button DC2 You can read about earlier Track Day events in Amsterdam to get an impression of the day here: Spring Track Day and Autumn Track Day 2012.

Charlotte Soedjak is a project officer at Akvo Updates: 9 May (Mark Charmer) – Some tweaks to text. Added signup button graphics.