Online video distribution is rapidly reshaping social change film
making, huge opportunities now exist to distribute video work widely,
independently and at minimal cost. The potential of online distribution
to advance social justice, human rights, environmental and other causes
is significant. With this in mind Transmission Asia-Pacific (TX-AP)
aims to bring together free software web developers and video activists
from throughout the region to share skills and forge collaborations.
Organised by EngageMedia and Ruangrupa
TX-AP will bring together 50 people for five days on the edge of the
Gede Pangrango National Park near Sukabumi, 120km from Jakarta. TX-AP
will be a space for video makers to learn about free and open source
video tools and interface with the technologists developing them. For
developers it will be an opportunity to share skills and share code in
order to be more effective. The meeting will allow developers to better
understand the needs of video makers and for video makers to understand
and contribute to the processes of development. TX-AP is a meeting of
peers where everyone brings something to contribute.
The TX-AP meeting will link into the existing Transmission network.
Transmission is a network of video activists, artists, researchers,
programmers and web producers who are developing online video
distribution tools for social justice and media democracy. The network
aims to build the necessary tools, standards, documentation and social
networks to make independent online distribution possible. http://transmission.cc
The core aims of the meeting are to
- build a regional network of online video web developers, online
video projects and video makers who can work together into the future
- develop the skills of video activists in the areas of encoding, online distribution, open formats and Free software.
- develop and discuss new online video tactics in campaigning
- increase the uptake and collaboration around shared FOSS online video distribution tools such as Content Management Systems
- build upon existing Transmission projects such as translation
tools, metadata standard, FOSS codecs, documentation etc. and their
application in the region
- ensure programmers leave with an enhanced understanding of online
video development, understanding of video makers needs and the ability
to run video distribution software
Who should apply?
We’re looking for activist video makers, organisers and web-developers
from the Asia-Pacific region. If you are a web developer you should
have a keen interest in open source technologies, have some knowledge
of software programming and preferably already be working with video.
If you are a video maker you should already be accomplished in your
field and have made several videos. We’re looking for video makers and
web developers who will take back the skills they learn to their
communities and pass them on.
How to Apply?
To apply to attend you need to fill out the online form here which you can find here:
We particularly encourage women to apply.
Please note that given the range of countries participants will be
coming from English will be the main language used at the meeting. If
you have any questions about the application form or the event you can
contact the organisers here:
APPLICATIONS CLOSE ON MARCH 28
Why isn’t the meeting open?
Due to funding and venue limitations we’re not able to make the meeting
open for anyone to attend. Apart from specific trainers and
Transmission network project leads participants are restricted to the
Asia-Pacific region. We are also committed to at least 1/3 of
participants being women and that the meeting as a whole is
representative of the region, ie that wealthier attendees from a couple
of countries do not dominate the meeting.
Costs and Scholarships
There are a limited number of travel scholarships for people to attend.
In the application form you should specify if you need a scholarship
There is also a small, scaled attendance fee to help cover costs
such as food an accommodation. This is either $75, $50 or $25. This fee
can be waived if an attendee or organisation is unable to afford it.
All food, accomodation and local transport will be covered for all
Transmission Asia-Pacific is supported by Hivos and the Open Society Institute.
More info: http://transmission.cc/txap