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.
can improve the lives of underserved populations in low-income regions.
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.
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.
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 Yet, PAVs have not been replaced by mobiles.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.
See more at: http://www.saravannini.com
Please join us for the this Change this week as we welcome Dr. Skyler Speakman from IBM Research — Africa.
What: Micro-loan Credit Scoring Based on Mobile Phone Data
When: Tuesday, Jan 19 at 12pm
Where: The Allen Center, CSE 203
Abstract: Mobile money, or the ability to make send and receive money through feature phones, has swept through Eastern Africa in the past few years. IBM believes this technology will serve as the building block for more complex, risk-based financial services tailored for the growing lower and middle classes. This talk will demonstrate how two common themes in data science, boosting and transfer learning, are being used to create credit scores based on mobile phone usage.
Bio: Dr. Skyler Speakman is a research scientist at IBM Research — Africa where he applies multiple flavors of data science to large-scale, real world problems. Most recently he has been working in the Financial Services space which focuses on using technology and non-traditional data sources to increase the breadth and depth of financial services to millions of Africans. He completed his doctorate from Carnegie Mellon University and lives in Nairobi, Kenya, with his wife and young son.