NetSquared Camp Cameroon - The Wifi Village

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NetSquared is focused on the intersection of technology and social impact. We create opportunities for all those involved in creating change to connect: whether you are a nonprofit or a foundation, a …

NetSquared is focused on the intersection of technology and social impact. We create opportunities for all those involved in creating change to connect: whether you are a nonprofit or a foundation, a designer or a developer, a changemaker or an entrepreneur.

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  • 1. The wifi village the university of buea netsquared meetup team
  • 2. Its uniqueness in nature
    • PROJECT DESCRIPTION
    • A community based wireless internet access area called “The Wi-Fi Village” will be established in Buea, the town surrounding the only Anglo-Saxon university in Cameroon, The University of Buea. The wifi village will focus on educating this student community on how to use the internet for her own growth and development. It will also focus on spreading information technology knowledge to this needy population. This student community will be able to see the importance of the internet and how readily it can greatly impact their lives both educationally and socially. People in this community from extremely low income areas will be able to join the world in its quest for modernity. It is expected that through the provision of this information, this area will completely embrace the internet and all its other benefits will be their portion. A wireless antenna is planted on a well define and accessible location in this community. The range of the wireless antenna forms this village which will be about 100 square meters. In this fenced village people will be able to access the internet from any spot within it freely using their notebook computers. Limited amount of computers shall be provided in this village where people of this community will be able to come in and browse. These members will be able to participate in this village just by paying a very small fee called the sustainability fee through the entrance or gateway. This village will be design to look like a touristic site of attraction for many activities shall also be taking place to attract people with little or no interest for the internet. Seminars will be organized in this village to educate the business men and women in this community on how to carry their business online and through forums, they will be able to sell this goods in various parts of the nation and even to the stranger faraway.
    • The Wi-Fi village will utilize volunteers who will be members of The Buea Netsquared Meetup Group. These members will be expected to acquire a kind of skill which will be given to them at the beginning. This training program will provide information on how to talk to people of this community by meeting them in their homes, through the media, in churches and other social gathering environments in this community. Each member volunteer will be expected to provide 3-5 hours each week and to continue working with the Wi-Fi village for a length of time. In this light the wifi village will be operating with full and part time workers. A Governing board made up of Meetup members will operate to provide overall sanctioning of the Center’s operation. Periodic evaluations will be conducted to assess the value and growth of the wifi village on
  • 3. Review of Key Objectives & Critical Success Factors
    • Helping the Netsquared volunteers to become effective educators.
    • Organizing seminars to form Meetup teams that have common goals.
    • And to improve on the growth of the wifi village.
    • Many Meetup groups shall germinate and easily spread to the entire nation. Conferences shall be organized each year to monitor the growth and spread of information technology.
    • BACKGROUND INFORMATION/STATEMENT OF PROBLEM
    • Major obstacles to the internet and knowledge about it in many communities in Cameroon includes, the benefits of the user, access to computers, how to use the computer, how to browse or surf the internet. Though there are spots of cyber cafes available in this community, it is hard to believe that most people do not have the understanding of exactly what the internet is meant for. The most significant thing in a world where information is badly needed is the internet. From recent statistic that was made from most colleges and universities in Cameroon shows that, student with knowledge on how to use the internet always have extended knowledge in most courses and will perform well in courses than students with little or no knowledge. Also statistic of the spread of information technology in most African countries shows that countries with more knowledge of the internet have most of their citizens embracing the need and importance of education than the others. The use of volunteers to provide community service is not a new concept in Buea and can be capitalized upon as a viable way to provide trained manpower for the offering of educational services.
    • The first Buea Netsquared service scheme, the Buea Netsquared green project, was created in this same community and the idea was broadcasted. Papers were also sent to most of the regional offices. But the green project idea is now spreading all over the nation from secondary schools, churches, people in communities now sit as to see how they can bring development in their communities as teams. The Buea Netsquared Meetup team realized with time that most of this community groups lack information, especially information base on the use of the internet.. They also could not speak or participate globally. This is due to the absence of the internet in the community. It is also due to the lack of the knowledge of the importance of the internet in this community. So the idea of the Wi-Fi village came up. There will be convinced to hold most of their gatherings in the Wi-Fi village. Here they can be invited to attain seminars and in this wise knowledge about the internet and its importance to them will spread. The work of the green project has been on the emphasis to provide information to local farmers on how to improve in farming practices.
  • 4. How Do We Do?
    • PROJECT DETAIL
    • Goals and Objectives
    • There are four major goals for the “Wifi Village” Project and and well define objectives within the goals.
    • GOAL 1
    • To construct a wireless internet area (Wi-Fi) with range of about 100 square meters and a base station made up of some offices and a conference hall where all the activities of the project will take place.
    • GOAL 2
    • To educate this community and spread the knowledge of the internet and its benefits.
    • Objectives
      • Through seminars and other seasonal events, people will be invited to participate in the Wi-Fi village. With the aid of a projector lectures will be carried out for free in this village.
      • Sensitization tours will target Students in the university and will brief them on how to use the internet as a medium of learning.
    • Clientele
    • There are two different clientele groups for this project.
    • The first important clientele group is the technicians who will be recruited by The WI-FI village project to build the village. This clientele group is represented in the project objectives for Goal #1.
    • The second clientele group is the members of the Buea Netsquared Meetup team who will participate in the project as volunteers. The clientele group is represented in the project Goal 2.
    • All the clientele groups are important and essential components of this project. It is expected that significant learning will take place for all this clientele groups.
    • .
    • Methods
    • The primary method for achieving the goals and objectives of the project will be the construction of the Wi-Fi village. This is where most of the seminars, workshops and other events will be taken place.
    • In addition, a Documentation Dissemination plan will be developed by staff to guarantee the systematic collection of information about the operation of the project and provide the basis for sharing information with other similar projects.
    • Another important method will be in the counseling and monitoring the growth of small groups that are formed under meettup.com, since they may find it always difficult to start due to their limited knowledge of the internet.
    • Staff/Administration
    • The Project will employ three full-time and five part time staff.
    • Project Director (full time) - Responsible for hiring project staff, overseeing project
    • Development and operation, establishing and maintaining links with local groups, and controlling budget. The Project Director will be Anagho Daniel (author of this Proposal).
    • Center Coordinator (full time) - Responsible for overseeing the establishment of the community Center, developing working relationships with formal and informal community leaders, establishing links to community groups, and scheduling of Center programs Volunteer Coordinator (full time) - Responsible for recruiting the Buea Netsquared
    • Volunteers, establishing and maintaining a working link with the buea netsquared, developing and offering training programs for volunteers, scheduling volunteers for service at the entire community. The Volunteer Coordinator will have background knowledge in public relations and the internet.
    • Project Evaluator (part time) - Responsible for collecting entry level data information and conducting periodic assessment of changes in their level of knowledge, comprehension, and application of that information. Also responsible for developing and implementing a system for periodic formative evaluation of the work of the volunteers.
    • Wi-Fi village assistant (part time) - Responsible for maintaining the structure and appearance of the Center, routine correspondence, and other forms of
  • 5. Organizational Overview
    • Introduction and broad goals of each organization
    • Any changes
    • Organization chart might be effective here
  • 6. Top Issues Facing Company
    • Address any high profile issues
  • 7. Review of Prior Goals
    • Financial
    • Competitive
    • Progress
  • 8. Progress Against Goals
    • Summary of key financial results
      • Revenue
      • Profit
      • Key spending areas
      • Headcount
  • 9. Revenue and Profit
    • Money matters
  • 10. Key Spending Areas
    • R&D
    • Sales and marketing
    • General and administration
    • Areas of improvement
    • Areas needing attention/caution
  • 11. Headcount
    • Goals
    • Results
  • 12. Goals for Next Period
    • Strategic undertakings
    • Financial goals
    • Other key efforts
  • 13. Summary
    • Summarize key successes/challenges
    • Reiterate key goals
    • Thanks