Txteagle in Flight: Mobile Data Collection for Disaster Preparedness

Posted by MelissaUlbricht on Feb 07, 2011. Txteagle is a data collection and engagement platform that leverages mobile airtime compensation for data collection and customer engagement. It is currently used by one nonprofit organization to survey constituents about disaster preparedness. We looked into the company and one of its customers.  Txteagle widely advertises its ability to… Continue reading Txteagle in Flight: Mobile Data Collection for Disaster Preparedness

Mapping Snow Via Mobile Phone

Posted by MelissaUlbricht on Jan 28, 2011. The radio station WNYC is creating on-air and online stories from two things very familiar to people in the Northeastern United States: mobile phones and snow. A snowstorm over the holidays was the heaviest December snowfall in six decades and dumped up to 20 inches in many parts of New York City.… Continue reading Mapping Snow Via Mobile Phone

Top Ten Tips for Working With Operators (Part Two)

Posted by MelissaUlbricht on Jan 14, 2011. In part one of "How to Work With Operators," we investigated key considerations for mobile-for-change projects that, for better or worse, have to deal with mobile operations. In this second part of the series we look at the ten top tips for a successful relationship. While there is no one-size… Continue reading Top Ten Tips for Working With Operators (Part Two)

How to Work With Operators (Part One)

Posted by MelissaUlbricht on Jan 09, 2011. Mobile-based projects for social change can be found in any issue area: mobile health, mobile money, initiatives that promote advocacy, citizen journalism, democratic participation, and economic livelihoods. While projects vary in scope, objectives, and platforms, one consistency between many successful projects is a good working relationship with the… Continue reading How to Work With Operators (Part One)

Can You Find Me Now? Refugees United Goes Mobile to Help Reunite Refugees

Posted by MelissaUlbricht on Oct 28, 2010. As part of a pilot project in Uganda, Refugees United is using mobile tools to help connect refugees who have been displaced by war, persecution, and natural disasters. Refugees Unitedis a Danish NGO that designed and runs a web-based program to help people directly reconnect with missing loved ones.… Continue reading Can You Find Me Now? Refugees United Goes Mobile to Help Reunite Refugees

SMS SOS: Reporting Gender-Based Violence in Haiti

Posted by MelissaUlbricht on Oct 14, 2010 Since the devastating earthquake in Haiti in January, thousands of internally displaced persons are living in camps, where it is often not easy to report incidences of violence. An ongoing project from Survivors Connect uses mobile phones to support camp managers and community leaders to protect women and encourage people to report… Continue reading SMS SOS: Reporting Gender-Based Violence in Haiti