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can improve the lives of underserved populations in low-income regions.

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.

Sara Vannini – Use of Mobile Devices in Public Access to ICTs

February 9th, 2016 by Trevor Perrier

Please join us for Change this week we are excited to have Sara Vannini – who is current a visiting scholar at TASCHA present on her work exploring mobile devices and public access to ICTs.

What: Use of Mobile Devices in Public Access to ICTs: Preliminary results from a study in Latin America

When: Tuesday, Feb 9 at 12pm

Where: The Allen Center, CSE 203

Abstract: Venues for Public Access to ICTs (PAVs) and Mobile Technologies have been extensively studied for their potential to give access to information and enabling underserved communities’ development, especially in the developing world. The field of ICT for Development (ICT4D) looked at them, one after the other, as possible ways to finally bridge the digital divide.

At first, the rapid growth of mobile technologies adoption, especially in developing countries, made researchers question the necessity to still invest in PAVs. With more than 6 billion mobile subscriptions in the world, and more people having access to a mobile than to electricity or clean water in developing countries, mobiles have indeed been reshaping the technological ecosystem of access. Yet, PAVs have not been replaced by mobiles. While we can envision that PAVs are starting to include mobile technologies to provide their services, very few studies have been considered the topic so far. In this presentation, preliminary results from an online survey conducted among Latin American PAVs’ operators will be presented. Results will inform on both the variety of mobile-related services that PAVs are providing in the region, and on operators’ perception of mobile technologies as having a role to support community development and PAVs goals.

Bio: Sara Vannini is a visiting scholar at UW’s Technology and Social Change Group (TASCHA). Sara is also a postdoctoral research fellow with the BeCHANGE group and Executive Director of the NewMinE – New Media in Education Lab at the University of Italian Switzerland (USI), Lugano, Switzerland. Sara’s research is in the field of Information and Communication Technologies for Development, focusing in particular on the issues of Public Access to ICTs and the appropriation and social representation of technologies in underserved areas of developing countries. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences from USI, and an M.A. in Latin American Literatures from Bologna University, Italy.

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