Social Impact Organisations in India Invited to Register for the Chat for Impact Boot Camp Powered by WhatsApp

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National: Social impact organisations working in India are invited to register for the upcoming Chat for Impact Boot Camp, powered by WhatsApp in partnership with Praekelt.org and hosted by Turn.io.

Taking place on August 10 and 11, 2021, the Boot Camp is aimed at supporting the development and launch of WhatsApp as a messaging platform to advance the work being done by organisations in India, primarily in COVID-19 relief. Organisations working in other areas of social impact, including empowerment of women and communities, education, and health in general, are also invited to register.

One hundred organisations that meet the criteria will attend the two-day Boot Camp, which includes online sessions, pre-event work, and a follow-up session. Registration can be done online by visiting https://chatforimpactbootcamp.splashthat.com/

Registration closes at midnight (GMT) on July 25, 2021.

The Chat for Impact Boot Camp is a follow-on from the recent Chat for Impact Summit powered by WhatsApp which saw 30 organisations participating in two days of training to advance their goals of addressing societal issues using WhatsApp as a communication tool. The Summit featured keynote speakers Alicia Garza, Principal at Black Futures Lab, author of The Purpose of Power and Co-creator of BlackLivesMatter (America’s Summit) and Nadia Murad, human rights activist and co-recipient of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize (EMEA/APAC Summit).

“During the Chat for Impact Summit last month, we identified a need for a Boot Camp to support organizations in India working in COVID-19 relief and other areas impacted by the pandemic, including women’s empowerment and rights, legal rights and education. Organisations that are ready and strategically focused to build and drive a successful WhatsApp API should register,” says Simon de Haan, Co-Founder of Turn.io.

“Technology has been the most critical instrument in helping India win against COVID-19. As an easy and accessible platform, WhatsApp has been a preferred medium for several government institutions, municipal corporations, civic actors and volunteer groups to take COVID-19 relief efforts and information to people at scale. We feel honoured to have had the opportunity to work alongside some of these organisations to develop innovative and effective solutions for various communities in India. Through the Boot Camp, we look forward to supporting more such solutions and working with social impact organisations to continue contributing meaningfully,“ said Abhijit Bose, Head of WhatsApp India.

Both the recent Chat for Impact Summit and the upcoming Chat for Impact Bootcamp are aimed at supporting and accelerating the work that non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are doing to provide vulnerable, disempowered and minority communities with easy and secure access to vital information and support via WhatsApp.

Although having used WhatsApp previously or having a messaging service already running is not a prerequisite for organisations registering for the Boot Camp, those with a clear and suitable use case for WhatsApp will be given preference.