FW: Tunisia ElecTech Un/Conference

March 4-5, 2013

Golden Tulip Mechtel

Tunis, Tunisia

March 4

8:30        Participant Registration

9:00        Opening Remarks – Welcome to the FW: Network

Michael Baldassaro, Project Director, Democracy International (DI)

9:15        Keynote Speech – The Future of Technology in Elections

               Ian Schuler, Executive Director, New Rights Group (NRG)

9:45        Panel Discussion onElection Observation & Applied Technology

A moderated discussion with election observation group leaders from Lebanon and Tunisia about their experience; the challenges they face in implementing observation activities; how they currently use technology in their work; and the opportunities they see for using technology during the upcoming elections.

Moderator:         Abbas Abouzeid, Electoral Expert

Panelists:            Omar Abdel Samad, Board Member,LADE

Said Issa, Director, Lebanese Transparency Association

Moez Bouraoui, Executive Director, ATIDE

Lilia Rebai, Co-Founder, ATIDE

Rafik Halouani, Executive Director, Mourakiboun

11:15     Coffee / Tea

11:30     ElecTech Talks

A series of brief (five to 10 minute) talks by regional and international technology experts on different approaches to be considered and/or tools that could be used to improve data collection, analysis, and visualization. 

Mapbox(Data Mapping Visualization Tool)

Eric Gundersen, President, Development Seed

Formhub(Cloud-based Data Collection / Visualization Toolkit)

Matt Berg, Lead Developer, Formhub

Freedom Fone (Interactive Voice Response Data Collection Tool)

Brenda Burrell, Technical Director, FreedomFone

Completure(Smartphone Reporting App)

Mark Malkoun, CEO, Completure

Citivox (Observation / Crowdsourcing Platform)

Jorge Soto,Co-Founder, Citivox

WebRadar (Digital Media Monitoring Tool)

JazemHalioui, CEO, WebRadar

12:30     Lunch

13:30     Presentations on Applied Technology in Election Observation &

Innovative Approaches to Electoral Oversight

Ahmed Kassem, CEO, Advanced Computer Systems

A presentation and demonstration of the Project Rakeeb SMS reporting system used in the 2011-12 Egyptian elections

Leila Dal Santo, Project Manager, Souktel

Presentation on SMS/IVR reporting systems for elections in Libya (2012) and Tunisia (2011)

Jorge Soto, Co-Founder, Citivox

Presentation on how the Cuidemos El Voto Crowdsourcing Platform has used as a crowdsourcing-observation platform in Mexico elections

Eric Gundersen, President, Development Seed

Presentation on how the Afghanistan Elections Data open data portal was developed and is evolving as a resource providing electoral oversight

15:30     Coffee / Tea–Into Unconferencing Breakout Sessions


Unconferencing breakout sessions will be based on the interests of participants.   Participants may request regional and international experts to discuss a concept or tool presented in greater depth either in a small group session or in a one-on-one consultation.  Participants may also propose a project that they are interested in discussing – and possibly collaborating on – with other interested participants. 

17:30   Schedule Meetings w/International and Regional Experts on March 5


March 5


Meetings Upon Request @ Golden Tulip “Ruby” & “Coral” Rooms

Participants who wish to discuss a concept, tool, or project in greater depth may request the time of an international regional expert(s).  Participants interested in collaborating on a project may use the time to develop proposals with expert consultation for consideration by DI.  At the Un/Conference, DI will issue a call for proposals from participants who wish to partner on a project for the 2013 elections. 


Proposals eligible for consideration must include a plan to:develop, adapt, and/or apply a new or existing technological tool to address a problem faced by an election observation group; or develop, adapt, and/or apply a new or innovative approach using technology to promote greater electoral oversight and accountability    Participants will be requested to submit proposals within two weeks of the event and awards of up to 15,000 USD each may be issued for winning proposals.