The Global Team
Our team members are spread around the globe. Although all of us are Indonesian, some of us have migrated overseas and live far away from the others. Three members are in Indonesia, the other two are in Singapore, and one in the United States.
Having three different time zones was one of our obstacles in collaborating ideas as different time zones means different activities. It is not that hard for us in Singapore to follow the schedule of Bandung folks as the time difference is only one hour. However, Satrio who stays in United States had to struggle in adjusting his time to attend the online meeting every week. The twelve hour difference did not lessen his encouragement. Sometimes he even woke up at 3 a.m. to make it for the online conference. His enthusiasm has always given a new spirit for the team to keep going and cultivating each of our own creativity.
La source de l'information
We have done an extensive research on the migration topic and have gathered first and secondary data to complete this website. Gita even mugged some books written by world's economists and journalists such as Philippe Legrain, Tamar Jacoby, George J. Borjas, and Nigel Harris to understand how migration issue has developed from time to time, including different reactions that resulted from it. Besides, we also look at the statistic report generated from UN agencies such as IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development) which enumerates the detail remittance record received by different countries. In addition, we also gathered experts' and people's opinion about migration by capturing their idea through videos interview articles, and survey that was generated with SurveyMonkey free online tools. Not to forget the interactive part, we created a quiz with an interesting Flash design and captured the experts' quotes and migrants' testimonials and presented them in a nicely but touching animation.
Technology: Our Saviour
Thanks to Sergey Brin and Eric E. Schmidt the co-founders of Google Inc., and Jerry Yang and David Filo who co-founded Yahoo Inc.; we can communicate easily with each other using Google Mail and Google Groups for uploading our finished tasks and letting others to see and give comments; and Yahoo Messenger, for the online conference tools and the send-file-over service. In fact, thanks to the migrants, because Jerry Yang and Sergey Brin both migrated to America and finally developing these two gigantic companies. Jerry Yang came from Taiwan, while Sergey Brin came from Russia. Had they not followed the pursuit of migration, we might not be able to interact with our group members as easily as we did, and this project might not be finished in the first place.
The Techies' Tools
The Bilingual Website
Our website is the second website in ThinkQuest library which incorporates Bahasa Indonesia as a second language of its content. Bahasa Indonesia is spoken in Indonesia, the fourth most populated country in the world. Out of 234,693,997 Indonesians, quite a small fraction of it has used English as their main language. Most of them still use Bahasa Indonesia in their daily conversation. Therefore, we feel the urgency to outreach to Indonesians to fulfill the need of knowledge sharing by using Bahasa Indonesia as one of our communication devices. The Bahasa Indonesia version of this website is the product of manual translation by one of our team members, Satya.
Check Out Our Cool Feature!
Migrant workers have gone through even the harshest experience of life. Do you know what it is like to be migrant workers? You think you don't get the sense? Fret not! We managed to correspondent with John Hulme, a documentary photographer whose work has focused on documenting social issues in Europe, Thailand, Burma and India. His works on Burmese migrant workers, which are published in Flickr, caught our attention. His skill has captured various expressions that depict the real life of migrant workers. We managed to get his consent for using his photos and check out some very cool wallpapers that we made from his pictures. You can find them easily in MEDIA and download them just for you.