It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything here, though I have about 4-6 posts in the pipeline. I guess its just finding time to commit to this space, and finding that time seems to be a constant struggle and obviously a finite resource. Anyhow, a little news here….ready? drumroll please…….I’ve decided to pursue a masters … More Global Technology and Development masters
In early January, a small gathering of the tech community took place in Uganda to discuss technology for social change and in particular, using mobiles for international development (M4D) and the application FrontlineSMS. The lunch meeting was held in the relaxing, poolside atmosphere of the Cayenne Restaurant in Kampala, a great place to share ideas … More M4D and FrontlineSMS meetup in Kampala
So, I’m finally getting around to writing up some of my thoughts more than two weeks after returning from Haiti. First of all a little history is in order about my involvement with the program. In late Summer of 2010, I began working with the Notre Dame Haiti Program on an advisory basis for some … More My work with the ND Haiti Program
Last weekend, I decided to finally test Ushahidi Crowdmap and sync it with FrontlineSMS. It turned out to be a great learning experience and really got me thinking about how these combined applications could be used. There is an upcoming project where these applications may prove very beneficial. FrontlineSMS is quite familiar to me as … More Syncing FrontlineSMS to Ushahidi Crowdmap
The last several months, in my spare time, I’ve been consulting with the ND Haiti Program on a number of initiatives related to Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) to assist their program and mission. Most recently I’ve been investigating how mobile usage and ownership can be leveraged for a positive impact. In particular, looking at … More Haiti mobile money research
Let’s get this on the table, I am not an international development professional. I’m an IT communications guy with a passion for social good. A year ago, I was just returning from Uganda, as part of an ICT consulting visit for a partner university. The experience, I’ve come to realize, has changed me tremendously, on … More ICT4D – from passion to practitioner?
About a month ago, I visited the eastern end of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with my family. My wife grew up in the UP, as it’s known, so we’ve made the trip many times. August is a busy time of the year for me in my job so I had every intention of making … More Digital withdrawal in the UP