The origins of Hyogontech date back to 2003. It started as a working group of the “Hyogo NPO/NGO Network” also referred to as HYOGON. In 2004, Hyogontech was established with financial support from a private foundation. Since then it has become a part of the Takatori Comuunity Center (hereinafter referred to as TCC), and it has conducted projects to provide IT related assistance for NPOs and civic groups, including delivering refurbished PCs to NPOs, holding IT classes for foreign residents, and raising awareness on Open Source Software among NPOs. In 2008, since it was determined that it would be difficult to continue operations due mainly to financial reasons, it ceased staff employment as well as the organization’s membership system, and relaunched with minimized management and volunteer support.
As 8 years have passed since its relaunching, our steering members have been decreasing, and our activities have become limited within TCC. During that time, we continued to support FMYY, a local community radio station affiliated with TCC, which eventually began experiencing a number of difficulties related to its FM broadcasting operations. Through providing such support, Hyogontech has been able to reestablish relationships with other NPOs and their IT staff, and we hope our activities will be renewed.
Starting from the fiscal year of 2016, our client-paid services are now being offered through Leaf Green (also a part of TCC), thanks to which the staff member’s workload has been reduced. Receiving support from the local community in and around TCC, we co-hosted a “tablet computer class for seniors” with the “Council for Promotion of Local Information, Communication and Technology” also known as COPLI, as well as the cooperation of Leaf Green, which helped in registering participants.
As this year marks the 10th year since TCC returned to its original site, we, even as members of a small community, have a mountain of things to do, such as coping with the ever-changing nature of telecommunication and internet technology, providing replacements for aging hardware, providing upgrades for end of support software, and protecting against the security risks of Web and local network environments. Even as it reexamines its position, Hyogontech will continue to strive to function effectively as a human network to provide IT related assistance that serves NPOs and civic groups. We would be grateful for the continued support of all the members of TCC and the local community.