This is an interesting and timely post from Tim Kelly of the World Bank “Tech Hubs Across Africa: Which Will Be The Legacy-Makers?”, With data gathered by iHub Research, Bongohive (which I hope to visit in July) and the World Bank. Eric Hersman (White African on Twitter) has already provided a nice update to the … More Tech Hubs in Africa…and beyond?
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
“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
The whole is more than the sum of its parts. – Aristotle. Recently, while working in Haiti for our Notre Dame Haiti Program, I had an incredible opportunity to meet some amazing folks doing great things in aid and development to assist the Haitian people. This group also shared a common interest in the FrontlineSMS … More Community of Practice in M4D
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