Paiwand 2013: Summit Report

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Paiwand: Afganistan's First National Social Media Summit took place in Kabul from September 22-23rd, 2013. It was a historical event marking the growth of social media in Afghanistan. …

Paiwand: Afganistan's First National Social Media Summit took place in Kabul from September 22-23rd, 2013. It was a historical event marking the growth of social media in Afghanistan.

The conference report highlights some of the key trends and takeaways from the two days of workshops, interactive discussions, and presentations.

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  • 1. P AND: AFGHANISTAN’S AIW FIRST NATIONAL SOCIAL MEDIA SUMMIT 22-23 September 2013 SUMMIT REPORT Afghanistan’s First Social Media Summit
  • 2. TABLE OF CONTENTS Pref ace: Notes from the Organizers Paiwand was an event six months in the making. 1. Pref ace: Notes from the Organizers 2. P and by the Numbers aiw 3. The Final Schedule 4. Key Takeaw ays a. Trends b. Suggestions 5. Coverage 6. Acknowledgements 7. What’s Next? Eileen Guo Paiwand Director Paiwand Emcee 01 P AND: AFGHANISTAN'S FIRST NATIONAL SOCIAL MEDIA SUMMIT AIW SUMMIT REPORT 22-23 September 2013 02
  • 3. P and by the numbers aiw 262 29 Total P articip ants (including VIPs, journalists, speakers, and p articip ants] 24 provinces represented interactive workshops 30 25 speakers 160 5 Total P articip ants selected to attend p and aiw P AND: AFGHANISTAN'S FIRST NATIONAL SOCIAL MEDIA SUMMIT AIW joining via video Women 03 speakers conference SUMMIT REPORT 22-23 September 2013 04
  • 4. p articip ants by province Key takeaw ays: TRENDS W Name of Province Herat Helmand Farah Ghor 05 P AND: AFGHANISTAN'S FIRST NATIONAL SOCIAL MEDIA SUMMIT AIW number of Attendees 101 17 6 5 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Social media is not just for fun, it also carries real responsibilities For all of you [who are literate], p articularly the youth here at the summit, you are responsible for those who do not have the f acilities or ability to create new initiatives in this country.” Renaud Meyer, Senior Deputy Country Director for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) The Afghan government is taking notice of the Internet SUMMIT REPORT 22-23 September 2013 06
  • 5. Social media has broad-ranging imp act across Afghan society Social media has the potential to do great things, but it also has negative effects as well Social media use in Afghanistan will only grow A cross between the ted conferences and an 'unconference', P and: Afghanistan's First National aiw social media summit w an event unlike anything as Afghanistan has ever seen before. 07 P AND: AFGHANISTAN'S FIRST NATIONAL SOCIAL MEDIA SUMMIT AIW SUMMIT REPORT 22-23 September 2013 08
  • 6. Massoud Hossaini, Puliter Prize Winning Photographer, giving a workshop on 'visual storytelling' The event was covered by national and international Press, including our exclusive tv partner, 1TV. Women were both present and active throughout the summit, and had the special opportunity to discuss gender issues in a closed, women's-only focus group discussion. 09 P AND: AFGHANISTAN'S FIRST NATIONAL SOCIAL MEDIA SUMMIT AIW SUMMIT REPORT 22-23 September 2013 10
  • 7. The Taliban is active on social media, with many implications for Afghan society Social media is the best platform for citizens, especially youth, to get their voices heard “Of those who use our F acebook p age, 45 percentof them are between 18-24 years old, and 35 percent of them are between 25-34. This indicates that the younger generation in Afghanistan is active in the use of social media.” Adela Raz Deputy Spokesman to President Karzai Social media can be used as a tool for social activism 'If war is the answer we are asking the wrong question.' Kabir Mokamel OF Kuchi Films, giving a workshop on Social Media and Social Activism 11 P AND: AFGHANISTAN'S FIRST NATIONAL SOCIAL MEDIA SUMMIT AIW SUMMIT REPORT 22-23 September 2013 12
  • 8. Key takeaw ays: suggestions What's Next? Set the conditions for more women to use social media and other information and communications technologies (ICT). Take adv antage of all of the applications of mobile technology W ant to help us achieve this vision? Get in touch with us at summit@imp assion.af. Localize social media 13 P AND: AFGHANISTAN'S FIRST NATIONAL SOCIAL MEDIA SUMMIT AIW SUMMIT REPORT 22-23 September 2013 14
  • 9. Coverage: PRESS Foreign Policy / AFP AK THE GUARDIAN The HUFFINGTON POST MS Magazine F ast Comp any F astCo 17 P AND: AFGHANISTAN'S FIRST NATIONAL SOCIAL MEDIA SUMMIT AIW SUMMIT REPORT 22-23 September 2013 18
  • 10. Coverage: Social Media #P and trended across multiple social aiw media platforms including, Tumblr, Instagram, F acebook and Twitter in p articular. The content w mainly p as articip ant driven, and shared widely across the world by an international audience. 'A kid with great ambition' w one of many stand-out p as articip ants - blogging about the event and subject matters We received Combined average of 500 tweets/ day during the two-day summit 56 IP addresses w atched the events from over from the @P and_Eng and aiw unfolding live via our Livestream channel 10 countries @P and_Dari Twitter accounts aiw Tweets 15 P AND: AFGHANISTAN'S FIRST NATIONAL SOCIAL MEDIA SUMMIT AIW SUMMIT REPORT 22-23 September 2013 16
  • 11. Acknowledgements P and wishes to thank all of our sponsors and event p aiw artners that made the summit possible: We also wish to thank the volunteers who not only worked long hours alongside our staff, but did so with w armth, generosity, and teamwork. The Paiwand team, of staff and volunteers after the successful summit. SUMMIT REPORT 22-23 September 2013 19