eBorneo Knowledge Fair
The eBorneo Knowledge Fair (eBKF) is a re-branded version of what was previously called the eBario Knowledge Fair and it represents the expansion of the eBario project to include more indigenous communities in Borneo, and beyond. The event is a bi-annual un-conference, held in the central Borneo highlands of Sarawak, Malaysia. It showcases the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for development in isolated rural communities, especially those that consist of indigenous peoples. It is organised by the Institute of Social Informatics and Technological Innovations at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak in conjunction with the local community, bringing together researchers, practitioners and policy makers with the resident indigenous peoples, in both Malaysia and neighbouring Indonesia.
*What is a Knowledge Fair?
A knowledge fair is an event designed to showcase information about an organization or a topic. During a Knowledge Fair, people draw strength and inspiration from the experience of others. They are "free-flowing, open, flexible, and non-hierarchical. People can see what is happening, can interact with each other, and can see what others are doing".
"Compared to traditional dissemination mechanisms such as seminars, conferences and forums, knowledge fairs have been demonstrated to be an innovative, dynamic and effective scenario to identify and promote experiences and to facilitate the transfer and reutilization of the knowledge derived from the variety of encounters that take place."
Knowledge Fairs: Mechanism for horizontal transfer and knowledge exchange. UNDP Regional Centre for Latin America and the Caribbean.