IOG & ICT4D.at – Guest Lecture at Vienna TU

This Wednesday (10/14/15 – 06:30 PM) the Austrian chapter of Engineers Without Borders start with their series of lectures at the Vienna University of Technology. They call their educational program Technik trifft Entwicklungszusammenarbeit (Technology meets development cooperation) and will include several topics from sanitation to renewable energy, different projects in general and more. The program and the dates can be found here: http://www.iog-austria.at/veranstaltungen/vortragsreihe/

We are proud to participate within their lectures and we will talk about our last ICT4DMZ project in a 20 minute presentation next to other researchers of the Vienna TU. Save the date:

25th of October, 06:30 PM
at TU Wien Hörsaal BD 02 Getreidemarkt 9, 1060 Wien

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ICT4D presentation at TU Vienna

Next Monday, 17.11. we will be holding a small presentation about the topic ICT4D at University of Technology Vienna. We were invited by the Austrian chapter of Engineers Without Borders to contribute to their series of lectures about different topics concerning technology and development.

We will give a broad overview of the topic and an insight in current development. If you’re around Vienna make sure to come by – it’s on Monday 17.11, 18:00 in the TU Wien lecture hall BD02a (Getreidemarkt 9, 1060 Wien).

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News from academia

Our member Margarete is busy writing her thesis and has in the course of this recently published a paper about her experiences in Ghana.

Grimus, M.; Ebner, M. Learning and Teaching with Mobile Devices – An Approach in Secondary Education in Ghana.
In: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Mobile Learning 2014. IADIS (International Association for Development of the Information Society), Inmaculada Arnedillo Sánchez and Pedro Isaías (Eds.) March 2014.
ISBN: 978-989-8704-02-3 © 2014 IADIS, pp 66-74.

She has also held a presentation at the university of Graz about “Societal aspects of the information technology – mobile learning: chances in education for sub-sahara Africa, e.g. in Ghana”. Below you can watch it – it’s in German.

Gesellschaftliche Aspekte der Informationstechnologie: GADI: “Mobile Learning: Bildungschancen für Sub Sahara Afrika, zB. in Ghana”

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German article – Learning for a Responsible Life with a Global Horizon: Education Projects in Africa

Last month, at the international conference “Interactive and Competence-Orientated Education” in Brussels our member Margarete Grimus presented her article about education in Africa with a focus on ICT. The article is in German, the title “Lernen für ein verantwortliches Leben im globalen Horizont: Bildungsprojekte in Afrika” approximately translates to “Learning for a Responsible Life with a Global Horizon: Education Projects in Africa”.

I took the liberty to translate the abstract to English:

The development of the internet has opened perspectives in Africa in the last century which have been hampered by under-developed infrastructure before. The World Wide Web (WWW) can constitute a meaningful contribution to an increase in education standards – if lectureres know the potentials, have the necessary carefulness in dealing with ICTs and implements this in class. Education processes aim at the acquisition of knowledge, skills and approaches, digital literacy is a substantial part of education.

The different weight which is put on sectors such as gender or AIDS in the “first world” and in developing countries is extending experiences in both worlds. Insights in the education scene in Sub Sahara Africa are given with examples of the teacher education in Kano (Nigeria), health education in Cape Town (South Africa) and teacher education in Ghana.

So here you can download the article of Margarete Grimus. Here’s also the presentation slides she used:

Here’s the link for citation:

Grimus, Margarete. Lernen für ein verantwortliches Leben im globalen Horizont: Bildungsprojekte in Afrika. In: Holz, Oliver; Seebauer, Renate (Hrsg.): Interaktiver und kompetenzorientierter Unterricht. Interactive and Competence-Orientated Education. Verlag Dr. Kovac. Hamburg. S. 124-148 (ISBN: 978-3-8300-6422-0)

Thanks a lot to Margarete for providing this, it’s a very interesting read – especially having in mind our own projects.

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Planning for a new project & presentation at Ars Electronica

Although we haven’t announced any news during the summer, we were not only travelling and relaxing but we were also working behind the scenes.

One major outcome is a proposal for a new project in Ghana with exciting local and Austrian partners, which we want to start later this year.  The main objective of this project

is to equip teachers in public schools with skills in internet research and presentation to support their teaching and learning process” [quote from our proposal]

By assisting teachers to use the internet, we think several aspects in education can be improved. This in turn makes not only the teachers, but the students and other stakeholders benefit. By teaching teachers, we are aiming for a multiplier effect and replication across the country.

We will publish more about the project and our partners (Ghana: Worlali Senyo, Charles Amega Selrom, Gameli Adzaho;Austria: Prof. Emerita Maragete Grimus) as soon as we’re finished planning and have concrete dates.

However, we will present the proposal on 1. September in Linz at the event “Mein Beitrag zum Wandel” at the “Create Your World” subfestival of “Festival Ars Electronica”.

Check here for the exact time and date of the “Create Your World” event.

We’re proud to get the chance to present there and I’m sure we’ll get to know many interested and interesting people.

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Presentation on ICT4D in German

Two weeks ago me and Christoph from OLPC Austria had a presentation at Secure Business Austria about topics such as ICT4D (plus a bit of ICT4D.at), the OLPC project and Sugar Labs.

Here you can see and download my presentation. It’s in German and CC-licensed (attribution, share-alike) so you can reuse it – you just have to mention our organization and the following Flickr-users whose pictures I used:

Furthermore, thanks to Ismael-Peña-López and Richard Heeks for providing the info-graphics.

The video which is missing on slide 29 is our Hello Africa trailer:

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IDDS – final presentation

This Monday at the Great Hall of Kwame Nkrumah University was the final presentation of the International Development Design Summit.

The organizers and participants of IDDS were present as well as representatives of the university and the villages where the IDDS people went to.

First Amy Smith, founder of IDDS and lecturer at MIT gave a short speech. She outlined how extraordinary this whole experience had been and showed a small video to give an impression what IDDS was like. The participants had made a lot of experiences:

  • how to do design – stages of design
  • moving projects from paper to ideas to discuss
  • learning a lot about different types of technologies
  • how to make many many things – at Suame Magazine
  • people from the outside came to share their visions
  • the village visits which gave the participants an idea who they were working with and what their desires are
  • building & prototyping

After her presentation, Rajnish Jain, one of the participants shared his impressions. He praised IDDS as an event which lights the flame of innovation and creativity in everyone of its participants.

Then all the 12 teams shortly introduced their project and the solution they found. In the following some notes on their presentations and some pictures of the presentation of the prototypes afterwards (sorry for the quality, my camera isn’t the newest anymore).

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Shea Nut Oil

Improve the Shae oil extraction process for women in rural areas
-> decreasing the time and labour involved
hydraulic powered oil press – eliminates 5 of the 10 traditional steps
response of the communities – quality of oil appeared to be the same
-> further testing necessary

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Electricity from the river

many villages don’t have electricity -> challenge: bringing it to them through the river
tested the rivers to see how fast they flow, unfortunately it wasn’t enough to produce a significant amount of electricity
-> decision for another approach
children were playing everywhere -> merry-go-round to produce electricity
goes in a battery -> charging mobile phones or likewise

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Chlorine dosing team – making water safe to drink

every minute 4 children die of waterbourne diseases, chlorine is an accurate and easy solution to purify the water
chlorine is available almost everywhere in the world
problem: dosing
project – creating a smple chlorine dosing machine
three simple prototypes

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Chlorine production team – producing chlorine to make water safe

should allow people with no access to chlorine and energy to produce chlorine
everything needed

  • salt
  • water
  • human power

two devices with two different methods – hand-crank and bicycle

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Cool storage team

many farmers lose valueable revenue due to vegetables that go bad while storing
they also have no access to cooling solution
-> creating a device to prevent vegetables from spoiling

  • absorber (corn-combs)
  • phase change material to maintain a constant temperature
  • doesn’t need electricity and is much cheaper than a fridge

tomatoes last up to 8 days longer

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Family friendly latrines

around 700 000 children die annually because of hygiene
challenge: creating a latrine which is safe to use for children and easy to maintain to have a hygienic environment

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Cassava processing/grating machine

when processing cassavas, the grating is the most exhausting and dangerous step – injuries might occur
-> providing a machine to grate cassava

  • no energy is needed
  • protects the user from injuries

efficiency of women processing cassava tripled

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Rice destoning

Ghana consumes a lot of rice

  • imports are more popular, although it is more expensive
  • because it is seen as having more quality
  • local rice has a lot more stones
  • stones come in because farmers thrash rice on the ground

challenge: low cost, treadle driven rice thrashing machine

  • rice doesn’t hit the ground at all
  • low cost – now: 100GhC
  • completely, with parts, available in Ghana

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Local plastic recycling

plastic waste is a big problem for communities
-> creating plastic sheets which can be used for different purposes

  • creates income
  • removes waste
  • provides scarce material

Device:

  • uses aluminium heating elements
  • small motor for slow and steady movement
  • artisans created great items out of the material

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Mobile child monitoring

challenge: tool that can improve child monitoring
many children are underweight
15 million die every year from malnutrition – related illnesses
devices currently used are not sufficient
data is stored analogue and is hard to use
device:

  • measures weight and height
  • automatically sends data to server and receives feedback
  • from 0-5 years
  • sends data immediately -> reduces human error

tested in a community – trying to incorporate as much of the feedback as possible now

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Small scale energy

1/4 people worldwide live without reliable, accessible access to energy
poor people spend a lot of money on batteries, keronsene, …
designed low-tech batteries from local available materials to replace imported batteries

  • uses aluminium cans to create electricity
  • to power LED lights & radios – mobile phones to come
  • 4V battery costs 5GhC to make – our would last twice as long
  • manufactured and distributed at a low cost
  • can be built and maintained everywhere in the villages

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Threshing technologies for groundnut smallholders

developing a machine to speed up threshing process
threshing = removing the nut from the plant with your hand
removing the nur is slow, tedious & exhausting
process can be sped up with the device

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For more detailed information on the event and better pictures, visit the official IDDS blog.

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Presentation: Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) with special focus on Web 2.0 and Mashups of existing Services

Today I presented my Master thesis “Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) with special focus on Web 2.0 and Mashups of existing Services” to examiners at the Faculty of Knowledge and Business Engineering at the University of Vienna.

These are the slides I presented:

The presentation worked out very well and we ended up discussing issues concerning the next step of automating mashups which would increase the need for automated negiotiatian engines (SLAs) or the substantial importance of simplicity when developing in an ICT4D context.

What was also quite interesting to me was the claim of Mr. Schikuta, one on the examiners, that technology nowadays is like religion in former times – when it comes to standards which we impose to people we consider to be underdeveloped.

What I especially stressed during my presentation was the ongoing shift of ICT4D projects – from development for the local population, to development with or even by the local population. I really think that in this context technologies such as the so-called web 2.0 and mashups have great potentials as they emphasize collaboration and contribution of everybody using the internet.

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Presentation at the DECO group

Just yesterday we had a small presentation of our work and the UZI-film project for the Designing Comfort (DECO) group at the Research Group for Industrial Software - Vienna University of Technology.

We presented the idea of ICT4D in general and the purpose behind our platform ICT4D.at. Furthermore we showed some clips we filmed in Africa last month. As we presented for an academic audience, we included some slides on interesting institutions in ICT4D.

ICT4D for Academics

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Our current mission in this regard is to monitor our material for interesting scientific conclustions.

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