MobileActive08: Frederico Dava

Frederico Dava represents Centro Terra Viva (Living Land Center), a NGO based in Moçambique. He is coordinating an ICT program which works for making information available to areas in his country where there is no distribution or access to TV, radio or newspapers. He explains that mobile technology is being used today for collecting basic information in the health- and cultural sectors, but that the technology needs to be distributed on a larger scale in the society, so that the benefits of communication and information technologies becomes widely accessible for the people. He continues to say that this is an issue that needs more attention and promotion, especially in a developing country like Moçambique, but that they are open to sustainable solutions and that there is great potential for the uses of mobile technology in the future.

This is the 10th interview from our MobileActive08 podcast series, shot at the conference in Johannesburg (organized by MobileActive and sangonet).

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MobileActive08: Frederico Dava
was published on 23.01.2009 by Anders Bolin. It files under sub saharan africa
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MobileActive08: Jørn Klungsøyr

In this interview Jørn Klungsøyr, who works as researcher and developer at the University of Bergen, demonstrates how their EpiHandy system allows setting up large-scale surveys at much lower costs than traditional surveys. He points out the importance of connecting workflow and forms by using mobile phones and explains how this was incorporated in the EpiHandy project.

Jørn Klungsøyr further talks about their recent collaboration with Makerere University in Uganda and with the open source project OpenRosa.

See also the earlier blog post on the EpiHandy project and our interview with Peter Wakholi.

This is the 9th interview from our MobileActive08 video podcast series, shot at the conference in Johannesburg (organized by MobileActive and sangonet).

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MobileActive08: Jørn Klungsøyr
was published on 09.01.2009 by Martin Tomitsch. It files under sub saharan africa
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MobileActive08: Francis Mijiga

In the interview below Francis Mijiga shares his perspective on the potentials of mobile phones for rural areas in Africa. He explains how government regulations have contributed to the penetration of mobile phones into rural areas. In his opinion mobile access to information will help to improve the economy and social issues in those areas. Francis Mijiga works as a communication technology consultant for TCCL in Malawi.

This is the 8th interview from our MobileActive08 video podcast series, shot at the conference in Johannesburg (organized by MobileActive and sangonet).

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MobileActive08: Francis Mijiga
was published on 02.01.2009 by Martin Tomitsch. It files under sub saharan africa
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MobileActive08: Jennifer Sly

Jennifer Sly from YouthAssets investigates how mobile phones can support young people who are living in rural areas and supporting their families at home. She has done some interesting studies in Swaziland (Southern Africa) to collect insights how mobile phones are currently used in this context. One of the things she found out is that the mobile phone is an important networking tool for young men, who lost their parents and are taking care of their family. During her field studies she met orphans, who used the phone to ask people in the neighborhood for jobs, food, and clothes, but also to receive emotional support.

This is the 7th interview from our MobileActive08 video podcast series, shot at the conference in Johannesburg (organized by MobileActive and sangonet).

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MobileActive08: Jennifer Sly
was published on 19.12.2008 by Martin Tomitsch. It files under sub saharan africa
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MobileActive08: Eben Conley

Eben Conley works as business analyst at cell life, an organization that develops web and mobile solutions for the HIV sector in Africa. In this interview he talks about his work at cell life and explains how creating mobile applications for collecting data from patients and organizations helps them to make concise decisions for creating mobile solutions.

This is the 7th interview from our MobileActive08 video podcast series, shot at the conference in Johannesburg (organized by MobileActive and sangonet).

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MobileActive08: Eben Conley
was published on 12.12.2008 by Martin Tomitsch. It files under sub saharan africa
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MobileActive08: Ugo Vallauri

In this interview Ugo Vallauri from the Royal Holloway University of London (Department of Geography) talks about the role of ICT4D for grassroots rural community development. In his research he also looks at previously available technologies, like radios, and their value for grassroots development. He points out the importance of bridging the divide between the old and the new, stating that people often get excited about new technologies and forget the value of already existing technologies.

Ugo also briefly introduces some other projects, which sound interesting and promising, like low-power computing for rural areas and an open source software project for blind and visually impaired people. (Ugo, can you provide links?)

This is the 6th interview from our MobileActive08 video podcast series, shot at the conference in Johannesburg (organized by MobileActive and sangonet).

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MobileActive08: Ugo Vallauri
was published on 05.12.2008 by Martin Tomitsch. It files under sub saharan africa
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MobileActive08: Peter Wakholi

In this interview Peter Wakholi, vice head of a department unit and lecturer at Makerere University (the largest university in Uganda), talks about his work on open source applications that allow people to gather data in the field using mobile phones. Some projects involve partners from South Africa, the U.S., and Norway. (See also our earlier blog post about the EpiHandy project.)

There was just the set up of a mobile development lab, supported by Nokia, at his university. The lab aims at developing mobile applications that fit the African context.

We shot the interview at MobileActive08 (organized by MobileActive and sangonet) in Johannesburg last month, as part of our interview podcast series.

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MobileActive08: Peter Wakholi
was published on 28.11.2008 by Martin Tomitsch. It files under global
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MobileActive08: Erik Hersman

This is the fourth interview from the video podcasts that we shot at MobileActive08 in Johannesburg last month (organized by MobileActive and sangonet).

In this interview Erik Hersman talks about Ushahidi, an online platform that was developed as a response to post-election violence in Kenya. (See also this and this blog post.) He further says that there is no lack of innovation in Africa, but rather a lack of capital, or lack of willingness to take risks by people who have that capital.

Erik Hersman also writes a great blog about high-tech mobile and web technology change in Africa (White African) and also contributes to another blog, which is about low-tech ingenuity and microentrepreneurs in Africa (AfriGadget).

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MobileActive08: Erik Hersman
was published on 22.11.2008 by Martin Tomitsch. It files under global
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MobileActive08: Gary Marsden

We had the opportunity to interview Gary Marsden at MobileActive08 in Johannesburg (organized by MobileActive and sangonet). Gary is associate professor at the Department of Computer Science, University of Cape Town.

In the interview he talks about internationalization of user interfaces. While working in Africa he made the experience that translating text into local language and changing icons is not sufficient. There are other issues that people from non-western cultures have with computing interfaces. For example many of them have difficulties understanding hierarchies. Gary describes his approach to address these issues, which he calls Empowered Design. The idea of this approach is to create technology that allows people in Africa to create their own applications, rather than having researchers dictating which applications people in Africa should have.

Gary also introduces briefly some projects to illustrate his approach to mobile interaction design in Africa. One of the applications he mentions is Big Board – a public display that allows people to download media for free – which he also presented at the MobileActive08 conference.

Anyone who’s interested in this topic, should also check out his book on Mobile Interaction Design (that he wrote together with Matt Jones) and his article on Empowered Design.

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MobileActive08: Gary Marsden
was published on 14.11.2008 by Martin Tomitsch. It files under sub saharan africa
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MobileActive08: Kutoma Wakunuma

This is the second of the interviews we shot the MobileActive08 conference in Johannesburg last month (organized by MobileActive.org and sangonet). In this video Dr Kutoma Wakunuma from Sheffield Hallam University (UK) talks about the social and economic impacts of new technologies in developing countries. She is specifically interested in gender aspects and investigates how mobile phones and the Internet can empower women in countries like Zambia. In the interview she discusses results from a study that she conducted in Zambia four years ago, regarding differences of mobile phone use between men and women. Her conclusion is that there is a need for more research focusing on the downsides (like social conflicts) of new technologies in developing countries.

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MobileActive08: Kutoma Wakunuma
was published on 07.11.2008 by Martin Tomitsch. It files under sub saharan africa
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