Learning From My 11 Failed Technology Projects

It’s always great to look at one’s current or past successes, but what about the failures? Every entrepreneur (hell, every person person) has failed at something… even if it’s failing at being humble enough to admit it.

London Technology Salon: How Can We Empower Women and Girls with Mobiles?

We would be delighted to invite you to RSVP to join a select cohort of thought leaders and decision makers for the first Technology Salon in London, where Henriette Kolb, Cherie Blair Foundation for W

ID Hack for International Development… Would you?

Technology is powerful. Powerful enough to make a tremendous impact on international development. The rapid proliferation of mobile phones across the world has enabled mobile health technology to improve health care for people living in rural areas of developing countries. Crowd-sourcing data has forever changed the impact and organization of disaster relief.

How to Use Data Visualization for Immigration Advocacy

The November 14, 2012, Technology Salon NYC (TSNYC) focused on ways that ICTs can support work with children who migrate. An earlier post covers the discussion around Population Council’s upcoming ‘Adolescent Girls on the Move’ report.

Thankfully, ICT4D is Now About Strategy and Implementations, Not Technovelty

Just like any other industry, the ICT for Development (ICT4D) field has experienced significant shifts. As major international development stakeholders have begun focusing on funding ICT projects, these shifts have widespread implications for how programs develop in the field.

Better than "Smart Handpumps" are Empowered Handpump Users

Every so often, I see ICT4D projects that have way over-thought their solution, going for whiz-bang technology over simpler, human solutions. Here is an example from DfID, which is trying to help with water shortages in Kenya.

Mobile Monday Fourth Annual Mobile Africa Research Report

The Mobile Monday Fourth Annual Mobile Africa Research Report, produced by MobileMonday and released at the annual Innovation Africa Digital Summit, addresses the growing strength of mobile innovation practices in Africa.

Be Aware of Participant Response Bias in ICT4D Product Development

I am Nicki Dell, a PhD student at the University of Washington in Seattle. I’d like to tell you about a project that I did recently during an internship at Microsoft Research India with the Technology for Emerging Markets lab.

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