Rural women gather to sprout ideas
Blogs, podcasts and webumentaries are just a few of the new digital technologies women in rural NSW can learn about from project sprout. A new initiative at this years NSW Womens Gathering, held in Grafton over the weekend of October 19-22, project sprout is a virtual space where regional women can jump online at www.projectsprout.com.au and chat to keynote speakers and guests gathered for the three days of workshops and discussions.
Over the weekend, participants will gain hands-on experience in new digital technologies and the material created will be uploaded onto the website for all the world to see.
Cate McQuillen, director of project sprout, describes the weekend as citizen journalism at its hottest and a chance for rural women to skill up on new media and become more computer savvy. She said it is also a chance for women in remote areas to build a social network and learn about the world wide web from the comfort of their home.
Its a real opportunity to announce that country chicks arent hicks and Im thrilled that you dont need to be at the Gathering to celebrate being women in rural NSW, said Cate. Its going to be a fast and furious weekend of filming and editing, making audio stories and then converting them to blogs, podcasts and downloadable film clips. We want to post new content on the site all through the weekend.
Women are encouraged to get involved by registering online and letting the Gathering in Grafton know all about being a woman in NSW.