2016 has already brought about exciting and significant changes for the Jakarta Lab. This year, we’re looking forward to hosting more events, collaborating with new partners, and an expanded team with new colleagues joining us.
The Jakarta Lab has relocated to Jl. Kudus 3 in Menteng, Jakarta. Although we’re just a block away from our old office, our new space provides bigger areas for trainings, events, and co-working opportunities. While we’ve been actively engaging in public spaces around Jakarta (and will continue to do so!), we’ll also be hosting more happenings ourselves, from tech talks to innovation workshops and more. Make sure to follow us on Twitter @ODLabJkt to keep up-to-date with all we have in store!
We’ve sealed a new partnership
We’re delighted to announce that Konsil LSM is our new host organisation.
Konsil is dedicated to establishing a robust environment wherein NGOs across Indonesia can work democratically and unhindered on legal and political topics, within the established and existing legal framework. By demonstrating accountability, Konsil aims to cultivate citizen trust and support for civil society. Their activities include boosting capacities of member institutions, championing policy advocacies that enable and strengthen the practice of NGOs’ answerability, and fostering partnerships between fellow organisations, among others.
Prior to Konsil, the Jakarta Lab was hosted by Wikimedia Indonesia. In our co-working space also shared with HOT OSM Indonesia, we organised meetups and trainings such as last year’s Open Data Day. We are thankful to Wikimedia for their support, especially during the Lab’s starting years as we got off the ground, and definitely look forward to more activities and collaborations with them!
Meet our new colleagues
We’re welcoming three new members to the Jakarta Lab team.
Ivy Ong – Lab Director
Ivy Ong is joining the team as the new Lab Director in Jakarta, and will bring with her strong expertise in open data and passion in making government work for and with citizens. Prior to the Jakarta Lab, she launched and was part of the Open Data Task Force of the Philippine government—laying the foundations for open data in the Philippine government, and building cross-sectoral relationships with various stakeholders (private sector, civil society, academia) to raise open data awareness. In the field, she has worked closely with local communities and governments to improve the state of public education in specific areas in the Philippines, and has kickstarted budget reform schemes that paved the way for better governmental inter-agency work through the harmonisation of ICT budgets. As the new Jakarta Lab Director, she will be at the forefront of cultivating key partnerships while ensuring the smooth flow of Lab operations – including the design and execution of on-going and future projects.
Indra Krishnamurti – Project Manager
Armed with his professional experience as a lecturer for various universities in Jakarta and a stint at the ASEAN Secretariat, Indra Krishnamurti is our new Project Manager. He will take the lead in managing the implementation of projects at the local level, coordinating with partners from government, academia, civil society, and the media.
Antya Widita – Innovation and Engagement Manager
Our Innovation and Engagement Manager, Antya Widita, will be the main point of contact for growing our network in the broader tech and governance space. Supported by the team, he will be conducting joint activities to strengthen our partnerships with tech hubs, labs, and innovation spaces, with the overarching goal of fostering a dynamic open data community in Jakarta, across Indonesia, and the Southeast Asia region. Before joining the Jakarta Lab, Antya was involved in the USAID and Indonesia Higher Education Leadership and Management Project, and worked with Realitas and Business Innovation Center in Banten, to name a few of his experiences.
With this flying start, 2016 is bound to be an exciting year for the Jakarta Lab. To keep track of what we’re up to and the events we have in the pipeline, follow us on Twitter @ODLabJkt or make sure to visit our blog regularly for updates!