Monday, December 17, 2007


This past week, I attended GK3 organised by the Global Knowledge Partnership in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The conference was held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre which is an outstanding conference venue, surrounded by a range of hotels within walking distance.

The conference itself was a somewhat eclectic mix of people covering civil society, private sector, public sector, social entrepreneurs and others, all with an interest in ICT for Development (another buzzword! ICT4D) and knowledge sharing.

There were numerous sessions organised around the conference covering all sorts of topics (full details available online here. The sessions were a bit of a mish-mash and their relevance really depended on one's background and level of engagement with the topics under discussion.

I did have a feeling that there were too many topics under discussion; with an attempt to somewhat throw things together for a session to happen for the sake of covering a topic, perhaps a bit more focus would have worked better. Then again maybe it was just me......

The greatest value I saw for GK3 was as a meeting place. It brought together a large mix of people together in one venue and was great for networking with folks from across a range of sectors and professions.

Would I attend "GK4"? Most probably, if I can manage it.