Technology Library Kabul

A Technology Community Lab with library

Current Status

iHub Kabul is currently accepting donations in form of books and cash in order to cover all the costs as described in the project description and budget outline below. We have received books from individuals and as well as UNESCO and EURID. We have also identified a potential space for the library and also for the hub shown in the images below. It's a small step forward but shows our commitment to our vision and to contribute to the tech community and society in general. We are looking for further support in form of books, equipment and cash to achieve our desired objectives.

 

 

Introduction

Afghanistan has adopted the latest telecommunication and digital technologies in the last 13 years. Mobile phone penetration has reached over 80% of the population and internet usage is over 5%, which was almost negligible 13 years ago. The government Information Technology basic infrastructure strategies have worked out and have provided opportunities to private sector. Private sector is slowly making its way to compete with regional and global players inside Afghanistan and are exploring the possibilities of going beyond the Afghanistan market. In academia, a number of higher education institutions have been established in the capital, Kabul.

However, with all these fascinating stories of development, there is a lack of public libraries and spaces for young professionals to collaborate for innovation and knowledge sharing. There is no library and a community space available in Kabul, outside of some of the big Universities, where students, fresh graduates and young professionals could read books, collaborate, innovate and develop their skills. There are no bookstore available in the country where latest technology books could be purchased. The field of IT is volatile and the number of new and updated books is very high. These books are usually used by students and professionals on a regular basis for certifications by private companies and other institutions such as Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, ISACA, ISC, PMI, Citrix, Vmware, Juniper, Alcatel, ITIL, RedHat, EMC, HP, SAS etc.  

There is a demand for latest technology published books and other materials. With the increase in the number of students in IT and business programs in Afghan Universities and as well as working professionals, the desire to update knowledge and the market demand to have latest vendor certifications has increased as well.

Current Market

Currently, the students and professionals order books through friends and family travelling to Dubai, India or Pakistan, which turns out to be very costly for professionals with low income and sometimes beyond the budget of most students and young professionals. The time it takes for them to want to read a book and getting it in hand could be discouraging and de-motivating.

The lack of a community spaces outside of universities have limited young professionals’ innovation and creativity. Regular power outages and high broadband internet costs are also major factors in low turnout for home broadband services.

Existing tech associations and communities do not have access to a permanent facility where they could regularly hold events without wasting their energies and moral in attempts to reserve university halls or private business meeting rooms for their activities. The lack of reliable broadband connection in these universities limit the innovative approaches and ideas of these communities and individuals.

Mission and objectives

In order to address the issue of lack of latest technology related books available to all members of the association and as well as all Information Technology, Computer Science and Computer Engineering students in the country and as well as working professionals in the field of IT. The objective is to provide access to PDF books, research papers, journals, white papers, video trainings, and compilations of latest and useful links to podcasts and other reading materials. iHub will also have a physical library with books, magazines and a computer lab as a resource center to be used as a shared co-working space for information exchange and educational development.

The iHub Kabul will be the catalyst for the growth of the Information Technology sector where people will be connected among each other, startups will be supported, students will be mentored and an equal opportunity platform will develop. Business ethics, gender equality, human rights in terms of the use of technology, data privacy, information security and using technology as an enabler for economic development will be at the heart of this institution.

Who will iHub cater to?

  • Students (Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Technology and other relevant majors in Universities and Colleges)
  • Fresh graduates
  • Working professionals in the field of Information Technology and relevant areas
  • Technology developers
  • Participants in training programs at the iHub Kabul.
  • Technology Researchers and Writers.

What facilities will iHub provide to the community?

  • Meeting rooms (6-10 persons)
  • Workstations (5-10 desktop computers)
  • High speed internet (wired and wifi)
  • Printer/copy machine
  • Projector and screen
  • Weekly hangout sessions
  • Workshops, Seminars & Trainings
  • Cafeteria
  • Printed books, magazines, newspapers etc.
  • Online access to Books, magazines, journals, white papers etc.

Budget

The cost estimation below is for a unit with one big hall and 2-3 meetings rooms and a kitchen and washroom. The library will have 8am-6pm working hours, which will require a librarian or an administrator to run the day to day activities, a helper and a security guard. The cost structure primarily comprises of equipment purchase or rent, salary and maintenance cost estimate for one year of operations.

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