Saturday, July 25, 2009

The Power of Study Abroad: An Interview with Wangari Maathai

If anyone's into Dr. Wangari Maathai, the Nobel Peace prize winner "tree lady" from Africa, i just did a little side gig for WorldLearning editing and putting up a good interview their president got last time she was here in Brattleboro. She's a great talker, I didn't even need any edits (at least not on their budget) except the beginning and end!
Interview on channel:
Video source, with YouTube's new "call to action" lower third popup 10 seconds in:

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W3C Workshop on the Role of Mobile Technologies in Fostering Social and Economic Development

held in Maputo, Mozambique on 1-2 April 2009. This workshop was organized by the W3C Mobile Web for Social Development Interest Group, part of the EU FP7 project Digital World Forum. During the two day event, the 70+ participants held discussions regarding the potential of mobile technologies in the development sector. The key outcomes that are expanded in this document can be summarized here

Kenyans invent bike phone charger

Two Kenyan university students invent a device that allows bicycle riders to charge their mobile phones.

How I built my family a windmill

See William Kamkwamba in an acclaimed TED talk here. Visit the project web site.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Africa: New Technologies Strengthening Continent's Economy

Across Africa, new technologies are being joined with local customs to strengthen the continent's infrastructure and economy


Farmer Info Station with mobile Internet and solar power

To make information on improving agriculture accessible for small scale farmers Avallain E4D is refining the "Info Station". It consists of the XO hardware, better known as the "$100 laptop", enhanced with bandwidth-controlled mobile Internet access, solar energy power and a custom software set based on the Ubuntu OS.


Boots on the Ground' - The Only Way to Ensure Impact in ICT4D Projects?

The following text formed the base of Avallain's presentation at eLearnig Africa 2009)

In the context of our so-far successful Organic Farming information system "Infonet-Biovision", we have reached the critical phase of ensuring effective dissemination to the target audience, small scale farmers in rural Kenya.