mobile technology

National Geographic: Interview

The following interview“Solving eco challenges with grassroots messaging” - was given to the National Geographic website last autumn.

The Bi-Weekly ICT4D Retrospective: Important Links for Nov 9 - 23, 2010

Welcome to the ICTworks bi-weekly ICT4D Retrospective, where we condense the last two weeks of news into a succinct list of links for your perusal. If you want your news to be featured, email them to ritse [at] ritseonline [dot] com. To get these links faster, follow me on Twitter: @RitseOnline

Empowering Chilean Farmers via SMS

COOPEUMO, a grassroots farmer’s cooperative with more than 350 small scale farmers as members provides a number of services to farmers such as technical assistance, credit and training.  Last year COOPEUMO started a pilot project called DatAgro to provide SMS based information to farmers

An Interview with DataDyne's Joel Selanikio

About 1 year ago, some colleagues from graduate school and I had the privelage to work with DataDyne for our final project for our studies. We had the opportunity to work with Dr. Joel Selanikio, the co-founder, and evaluate user adoption of DataDyne's EpiSurveyor in Kenya.

WiHood Bracelets Make Computer Education Portable

This post contributed by Ashley Metz Cummings.
WiHood - handshake
Across the globe, the computers used in underfunded schools share similar characteristics.  Outdated hardware grumbles to a start each morning to serve classrooms crowded with children.  Slow processors and limited storage space confine the possibilities for learning computer skills and using the Internet.  The students in these classrooms have never dreamt of owning their own PCs and cannot fathom the world on the other side of an Internet connection – they have enough on their minds at home.

Ever Fussed About “Spectrum”? You Can Start Now

The Chairman of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) warned a few weeks ago of a looming “spectrum shortage” in the United States. What is even more curious in this affair is the admission by senior legislators in the US that they are largely ignorant about the precise distribution of the airwaves and their uses, much less about the best means of optimizing said distribution.

Make way for the Info Ladies

bangladesh, grameen, mobile technology
Photo by:flickr/Jeevs Sinclair
Today we're talking about mobile technology-the kind that comes via a woman on a bicycle, deftly providing answers on everything from cows to legal rights with her trusty laptop.

A Jamii Bora Story-the Power of Tech Meets the Power of People

I’ve written previously about Jamii Bora’s biometric card and POS microfinance banking system, but I haven’t written about the amazing people we met there.  For as much as we talk about the power of technology, I think it’s important to remember that the power of technology often pales in comparison to the power of the people using it.  With that, here’s a story from our visit to Jamii Bora, one that I won’t be forgetting for a long time:

Mobile Technology is growing fast. Really really fast.

According to The World Bank Group: between 2000 and 2007 internet subscribers in low-income countries grew from 0.1 to 0.8 (per 100 people), but mobile cellular subscriptions grew from 0.3 to 21.5 (per 100 people).
With this market statistic in mind, social entrepreneurship has been moving strongly to include mobile technology in its scope of work from health care (see video below) to banking.

From Nairobi: Ashoka-Lemelson Fellows in Action

Driving through Nairobi to visit Senior Fellow, Ingrid Munro and her organization, Jamii Bora

Visiting one of Ashoka-Lemelson Fellow David Kuria's Iko Toilet market and sanitation kiosks.  The kiosks halt environmental degredation, create jobs, and improve health in Kenya's slums. From Left: Ashoka-Lemelson, Fellow David Kuria; Lemelson Program Director, Peggy Reid; Ashoka-Lemelson Fellows, Adrian Mukhebi and Vincent Bagiire.

An outside view of one of David Kuria's Iko Toilet kiosk.

Driving Mobile Activism Adoption

How can social entrepreneurs drive the adoption of their mobile activism tools? Participants in Ashoka’s Social Entrepreneurship Twitter chat identified several key themes. Broadly speaking, the key drivers of adoption fall into three categories: design, distribution and context.

Follow Up on Mobile Technology Twitter Conversation

Messages to the #SocEntChat hash tag trickled in all day.  the drizzle turned into a downpour Five minutes before the event was to sta, as users deluged their networks with tweets and re-tweets that the discussion was about to sta.  Like a flash flood, the group materialized, changed the world, and was gone.
 click the word cloud to see what was most talked about.

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