Summer camp gets high tech in Moldova

Jul 23, 2013
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Over the past spring, the Moldovan new-media NGO MediaPoint has been working with hundreds of youth across the country to get them up-to-speed on the ins and outs of social media, blogging, and web literacy.

In late June MediaPoint invited 35 of the most promising of those youth to attend its New Media Academy, a four-day camp geared at helping participants launch ten new community-centered websites.

During the camp, the participants got a chance to meet some of Moldova’s social-media heavyweights, such as Tudor Darie, Alex Lebedev, Lilia Barbarosie, and the New Media Academy trainers (Radu Lisita, Viorel Rodideal and Andrei Fornea). Guest trainers worked with the participants on how to take an idea, launch it, promote it using online tools, and of course, how to write for the web.

To motivate the participants, New Media Academy organized a competition, and the team with the biggest number of likes on Facebook won an advertising bonus. Assisted by the mentors, the participants set up the websites and wrote articles related to their project.

At the end of the project, each team presented what they managed to accomplish during two days of work. New Media Academy chose the three projects with the most interesting and attractive content.

The winning teams are:

1. “Be a volunteer”, from Balti
2. “Learning on internet”, from Straseni
3. “Rezinaon”, from Rezina

The remaining seven projects from the Summer camp include: Around Hincesti, Alert Orhei, Milestii Mici, Ungheneni, LT Dorotcaia, My Right, and Soroca Today.


 Images courtesy of MediaPoint

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