Category: Technology

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Article cross-posted on the TechChange Blog

Best practices conferences are critical to the growth of any community. The sharing of ideas and capturing of collective lessons-learned allows for those both in attendance, and those reading any after-action report, to proceed with their respective related projects having gained new insight, or having made new partnerships with other like-minded individuals and organizations. However, just as websites are now building responsive design as “mobile first” and desktop second, it’s time to start thinking about these events differently. No longer should we think only about planning offline events that “we webcast,” but rather about global conversations facilitated by online engagement that have an in-person conversation or presentation at its core.
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Alrighty. The project has started to take shape over the past few days, and it has become clear that there is a bit of mapping work to do in order to streamline the information flow between health providers and patients. To start, the region of Jasola has different road systems if you look at google and bing, and doesn’t really exist on Open Street Map. Google is actually pretty good…. though I think a team will be going through and checking on the roads with GPS units this coming week. We can then compare Googlemaps to OSM and see what looks right.

The reason we need the maps to be right is so that we can work to create an information system that provides up-to-date information on the availability of health clinics in the region to supply services and medicine to those who need it most, and hopefully in a timely fashion. A number of surveys have been conducted in the past on what health centers are currently available, though much of that information doesn’t make it to the child or mother simply due to information sharing problems. As such, we figured it would be great if we could find a way to keep this information regularly updated on a system that all can access.
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TC105: Thoughts on Mobile Money for Development.

Great recap of TC105 by Chrissy Martin

“A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of supporting the TechChange Mobiles for Development (TC105) course as a moderator. I was interviewed for the course by co-founder Nick Martin, which stimulated a interesting conversation with many of the highly experienced and knowledgeable course participants. Excerpts from that interviews are below.”

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I’ve had my Apogee Duet 2 for about a year now, but it was until recently that I really had the chance to test out its abilities as a preamp for tracking multiple instruments and layering them together in a DAW. That said – here are my thoughts on this amazing little device:

The Duet 2, for those of you who haven’t had the chance to use one, is a two line in four line out box with one button on it – that uses a set of breakout cables to handle the ins and outs. Kind of like an iPad or iPhone: it’s incredibly minimal. One big knob that functions as a controller for a variety of purposes – from switching between sources, to controlling the volume – it’s a very intuitive design.
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Originally Posted on the TechChange Blogroll

Anyone who has planned a conference knows that they’re a lot of work. Lining up speakers. Coordinating room schedules. Coming up with discussion topics. Promoting the event so that people show up. And, oh yeah… learning stuff! That’s important too.

The event we’re talking about here is TechWeek@DU, which ran from April 16th – 19th at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies in Denver, Colorado, and was brought together by the school’s Global Health Affairs Program, Humanitarian Assistance Program, and the Center for Sustainable Development and International Peace. Five events in four days involving experts from Denver, Washington DC, and the greater Boston area, and discussing some of the most pressing issues in and around ICT4D. From crisis mapping to mHealth – for a week the Korbel School had tech on its mind.
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