It’s been a year and half since our soft launch in February 2012, and we are now super excited to finally formally launch Urban Voice! Over the past 18 months, we have been working hard to develop the site, from adding a blog section and SMS reporting function, to developing a video with step by step instructions for how to add a report to the site. We have also run several campaigns, from our campaign to (successfully) save the internet cafes, through our widely popular power cuts campaign, to our extensive data collection on road conditions in the capital.
As we formally launch Urban Voice, we are excited to also launch a new campaign, this time focusing on flooding in Phnom Penh. Despite extensive drainage works, many streets in the city still flood during heavy rains, and we want to know where! The resulting map will help Phnom Penh residents avoid badly flooding areas during heavy rains, as well as help guide efforts to improve drainage.
We are also excited to announce the formation of an Urban Voice Task Force. The Urban Voice Task Force is a volunteer group that meets on a monthly basis to discuss urban issues, the latest developments on Urban Voice, and give back to the city through mass clean-ups. The first Task Force meeting will be held on Oct. 12. We will start by gathering at the Urban Voice office (73b Street 97), where we will have a short presentation and discussion about the role of the Task Force. We will then together make our way to Kandal Market where we will spend a few hours cleaning up the area. Cleaning materials and T-shirts will be provided to all participants. To sign or get more information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, let’s not forget our launch party! To coincide with the global celebrations for World Habitat Day, Urban Voice will be formally launched at an event at Meta House (37 Sothearos Boulevard) on Oct. 8. The evening will feature a presentation about Urban Voice, screening of our first ever short film, as well as opportunities to get hands-on experience in using the site, supported by our Team. An interactive art exhibition entitled “The City Speaks!” will also open on the evening, and continue for two weeks following the launch. Drinks and snacks will be provided.
We hope to see you on Oct. 8, and appreciate it if you could register for the event. Registration is not compulsory, but the first 50 who register will receive a free Urban Voice T-shirt if they bring their registration to the event!
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Hope to see you soon, both online and off!
The Urban Voice Team