[Plone-AsiaPacific] CMS Showdown for NPO at ICOS09 in Taiwan

TsungWei Hu marr.tw at gmail.com
Tue Oct 13 17:04:43 UTC 2009

Report on CMS Showdown for NPO

Inspired by "the SXSW Showdown on CMS [1]," charlesc, a Drupal folk in
Taiwan, organizes a similiar event called "Open Source CMS Showdown for
NPO." This is a joint event held in the ICOS 2009, a conference by Software
Liberty Association of Taiwan [2].

The whole story begins with a call for participation on mid June. Plone,
Joomla and Drupal (LifeType quits on early September) are the CMS teams.
These CMS teams are paired with the NPOs, who put their needs into website
specs. The goal is to demonstrate CMS features and to foster interaction
among open source communities and non-profit organizations.

The participating NPOs are Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation, Taipei Family
Caregiver Association, and Se Den Society Foundation. They go through at
least five workshops coordinated by Frontier Foundation, to work on the
requirement specs. The CMS teams have to implement as many as possible the
specs within non-stop 12 hours to meet the NPO needs. The facilities for
teams are sponsored by IIS Academia Sinica and OpenFoundry.

Each CMS team has at most 5 members of different expertise. The deliverables
are the website codes, the team report, and a presentation. According to
criteria such as web usability, technique, user satisfaction, and visual
design, the three judges evaluate the results [3]. If the NPO loves the
result, it will be their new running website. The website work can be seen

* http://plone.ngo.org.tw/ - Best Web Standard Compliance and Team
* http://joomla.ngo.org.tw/ - Best Open Source Utilization and Team
* http://drupal.ngo.org.tw/ - Best User Satisfaction and Easy Maintenance

Joomla and Drupal team members are Taiwan-based, with one Drupal member
participating online from Australia. Plone team is made possible by Jay
Hotta and led by CMS Communications Inc. from Japan [4]. Through out the
process, they also need to overcome the language barriers. The whole event
is video recorded by csrCommunity [5]. There is also a follow-up gathering
by late October, to find out the next steps.

[1] Idea from SXSW CMS showdown and NTC 09 Iron Chief
[2] ICOS 2009 website
[3] The whole event records
[4] Announcement to Plone-AsiaPacific

[5] Event Video
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