eBKF8 Chairperson's Foreword
As part of our continuing efforts to bring the benefits of innovation through research with our partner communities, we have established the eBorneo Knowledge Fair platform. The eBorneo Knowledge Fair (eBKF; which began as the eBario Knowledge Fair) is driven by community priorities and is evaluated by community beneficiaries. The eBKF has become a pioneering Development Conferencing initiative that involves academicians, development professionals, policy makers and activists who meet in remote Borneo sites (e.g. Bario or Ba'kelalan) with only rudimentary or challenged facilities for conferencing. Despite the challenges faced in access and uncertainties in technology, the event succeeds in enabling interaction among the participants who engage in insightful dialogues leading to lasting and meaningful relationships. This confluence of multiple stakeholders living and working together with the community in remote indigenous settings has produced valuable outcomes beyond our expectations.