“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ― Nelson Mandela Over the years I’ve lectured every so often on various technology topics at Notre Dame, but this past Spring semester I had the opportunity and honor of co-teaching my first class at the University of Notre Dame. The … More Teaching to learn
Does SMS increase the utilization of available medical resources in the developing world? To find the answer, a cross functional team from the University of Notre Dame has launched a mobile health (mHealth) pilot in the Nnindye Villages in rural Uganda. By providing the local health center with open source SMS mobile technology and training, … More Improving Maternal Health Through Mobile Technology
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
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?
Over the past few weeks I’ve been performing some testing on FrontlineSMS, a freely available software program, that can create a “communications hub” out of a laptop and a mobile phone (or broadband modem). I’m fortunate in my workplace to have access to various GSM phones and modems, and I’ll be making arrangements soon to … More FrontlineSMS testing and passion