Change is a group at the University of Washington exploring how technology
can improve the lives of underserved populations in low-income regions.

Jake Kendall – Digital Financial Service Innovation Lab

January 9th, 2017 by Trevor Perrier
I’d like to welcome you back to Change for the 2017 Winter Quarter.
Please join us tomorrow for a talk and discussion about digital financial services for the poor.  Jake Kendall will be joining us to to talk about the Digital Financial Service Innovation Lab which is part of Caribou Digital.  His group is helping jump-start lots of exciting financial inclusion projects and recently conducted a design sprint in Dar es Salaam.

What:  Digital Financial Service Innovation Lab

When:  12pm Tuesday, Jan 10

Where: The Allen Center, CSE 203

Jake is a visiting researcher in ICTD at UW CSE focusing on fintech innovations for developing countries. He is also the Director of the Digital Financial Services Innovation Lab (DFS Lab) housed at Caribou Digital. The DFSLab engages in seed stage investing and rapid prototyping of internally-generated ideas to create fintech innovations that will profitably bring households in developing countries from the cash economy into the digital financial realm. Formerly Jake was Deputy Director of Research and Emerging Technologies within the Financial Services for the Poor Team at the Gates Foundation where his team helped create the global data architecture for tracking financial inclusion.

Mustafa Naseem – Make-i-stan: Makerspaces for collaboration

October 24th, 2016 by Trevor Perrier

Please join us tomorrow at Change for a talk by Mustafa Naseem from CU Boulder’s ATLAS Institute.  Mustafa will be talking about makerspaces in Pakistan.

What:  Make-i-stan: Makerspaces as a tool to spur cross-disciplinary collaboration.

When:  Tuesday,  October 24

Where: The Allen Center, CSE 203


Pakistan has an education emergency – 6.7 million Pakistanis aged 5-9 are not enrolled in primary school. At the secondary level, the number of out-of-school children jumps to 25 million, with only 39 percent of boys and 29 percent of girls enrolled. The system of education discourages critical thinking and lacks opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. This talk presents findings from Make-i-stan, a makerspace that welcomes interdisciplinary collaboration and critical thinking through learning by doing in an informal setting.



Mustafa Naseem is a Pakistani educator, social entrepreneur and ICTD Expert in Residence at the University of Colorado Boulder’s ATLAS Institute. Prior to joining CU Boulder, Naseem was the founding director of the Innovations for Poverty Alleviation Lab (IPAL) in Lahore, Pakistan. Mustafa has worked with the MIT Global Startup Labs (formerly MIT AITI) South Africa Program, the Deming Center Venture Fund (DCVF) and the International Development Design Summit (IDDS). Mustafa’s interests lie at the intersection of technology, policy and entrepreneurship geared towards solving global development challenges. Mustafa was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Colorado at Boulder where his work focused on Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD).

Waylon Brunette – ODK: Where we’ve come from where we’re going

April 11th, 2016 by Trevor Perrier

Please join us tomorrow at Change for a talk about ODK – one of the ICTD labs major projects.  Waylon Brunette will be taking about the lessons learned from ODK 1.x that have lead to the ODK 2.0 tool suite.

What: ODK: Where we’ve come from where we’re going
When: Tuesday,  April 12, 2016
Where: The Allen Center, CSE 203
Open Data Kit (ODK) is an open-source, modular set of tools for building mobile data collection systems. ODK provides an out-of-the-box solution for organizations to author, deploy, and manage mobile data collection solutions. The goal of ODK is to create an ecosystem of data collection tools through modularized abstractions to enable users to mix-and-match pieces needed to build application-specific mobile information service as well as develop their own components. This presentation will give a brief introduction to ODK 1.x with a discussion of some of the successes and lessons learned from ODK 1.x. The second half of the presentation will give a preview of the new ODK 2.0 tool suite which is a parallel set of tools designed based on feedback from users and developers about limitations experienced with ODK 1.x tools. The ODK 2.0 tool suite aims to increase an organization’s data collection and management capabilities by supporting data synchronization, malleable workflows, configurable presentation screens, and new data input methods on mobile devices.
Waylon Brunette is one of the founders of Open Data Kit and is a current member of the ODK core development team. Waylon is currently a PhD student in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. He is advised by Professors Richard Anderson and Magdalena Balazinska (previously by Gaetano Borriello). Waylon’s research interests include mobile systems, sensing, ubiquitous computing, and data management. His work focuses on designing systems that improve the lives of underserved populations in low-income regions by leveraging mobile computing devices and sensors.

Richard Anderson – Computing and Financial Services for the Poor

March 28th, 2016 by Trevor Perrier

Please join us tomorrow for the first Change seminar of the quarter.  Professor Richard Anderson from UW CSE will be talking about a new project focused on financial access.

What: Computing and Financial Services for the Poor
When: Tuesday,  March 29, 2016
Where: The Allen Center, CSE 203
Improving access to financial services has been identified as an important mechanism for reducing poverty.  While mobile money offers opportunities for creating new services, and there have been notable successes such as mPesa in Kenya, uptake in many countries have remained slow.  Challenges that have been identified include fraud and cyber security, managing identity, credit scoring, and developing easy to use proximity payment solutions.  Work is being initiated at University of Washington to investigate these challenges from a computer science perspective.  This talk will provide an introduction to the area, and discuss some the potential research problems at the intersection of Computer Science and the development of financial services for the poor.

Dykki Settle – Open Source Health Workforce Informatics

February 23rd, 2016 by Trevor Perrier

Please join us tomorrow at Change. We are excited to welcome Dykki Settle, the Deputy Director of Digital Health Solutions at Seattle based PATH. Dykki will be talking about his extensive experience with Open Source Health Workforce Informatics.

What: Open Source for Global Health
When: Tuesday, Feb 23 at 12pm
Where: The Allen Center, CSE 203
Speaker Bio: Dykki Settle, who joined the Digital Health Solutions team as Deputy Director in June 2015, will build on PATH’s work bridging the gap between global health and how users learn and adopt information and communication technology (ICT), focusing on technical strategy development, overseeing project implementations, and solution assessment. Most recently, Settle served as the Director of Health Workforce Informatics at IntraHealth International. In that role, he led the design, development, and implementations of the iHRIS Suite of open-source health workforce information system software, the mHero health workforce mobile communications and coordination platform and other tools that are now being rolled out in global, regional and country programs worldwide. Settle has provided technical leadership in bringing together consortia focusing on health workforce information systems and ICT applications in developing countries, utilizing his open-source experience and expertise to support a global agenda in health technologies and approaches. He has led and supported global health informatics work around the world in more than twenty-five countries.