Mobile del Mar: How Mobile App Fisher Friend Helps Fishers in India

Posted by MelissaUlbricht on Mar 31, 2011. An ongoing project in coastal India is working to improve the livelihoods of “fisher folk.” A mobile app called Fisher Friend provides timely information on local fish markets, the weather, and the sea. A video about Fisher Friend suggests that, “for fishing communities, the key to livelihood is knowledge... knowledge… Continue reading Mobile del Mar: How Mobile App Fisher Friend Helps Fishers in India

SharedSolar: Mobiles and Micro-Grids for More Efficient Energy

Posted by MelissaUlbricht on Jun 13, 2011. It is an unfortunate irony that often the poorest people pay the most for the lowest quality energy. In many areas, the rural poor pay as much as 5 USD per month for kerosene or battery power. SharedSolar is a project that attempts to develop the technology and business case to connect… Continue reading SharedSolar: Mobiles and Micro-Grids for More Efficient Energy

The March of the Little Green Guy: $80 Android Phones in Developing Countries

Posted by MelissaUlbricht on Sep 12, 2011. This year, Chinese company Huawei launched an $80 Android phone, the IDEOS, through Kenyan telecom Safaricom. According to sources, the phone has sold over 350,000 units in Kenya, “a staggering statistic considering nearly half of Kenya’s population lives on less than two dollars per day.” We thought it important to take a closer look… Continue reading The March of the Little Green Guy: $80 Android Phones in Developing Countries

Animation Without Borders: Mobile Cartoons as a Teaching Tool

Posted by MelissaUlbricht on May 14, 2011. A team of scientists, animators, and educators are working together to create animated videos that can be sent and downloaded to mobile phones around the world. The animations can be done in any language, are targeted toward low-level literate learners, and convey methods to obtain safe water in Haiti or… Continue reading Animation Without Borders: Mobile Cartoons as a Teaching Tool

Konbit: Using Mobile Tech (And Your Voice) for Local Jobs in Haiti

Posted by MelissaUlbricht on Mar 15, 2011. Konbit is a service that aims to help communities rebuild themselves after a crisis by indexing the skill sets of local residents, allowing NGOs to find and employ them. Konbit development started after the earthquake in Haiti, and in response to complaints that NGOs were typically bringing in their… Continue reading Konbit: Using Mobile Tech (And Your Voice) for Local Jobs in Haiti

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)

Press 1 for Chickens

Posted by MelissaUlbricht on Aug 11, 2010 Two years ago, Bev Clark, the co-founder of Kubatana.net, was awarded a large grant as part of the Knight News Challenge for Freedom Fone, an open-source software platform for distributing news and information through interactive voice response (IVR) technology.  Freedom Fone was officially launched in late February of this… Continue reading Press 1 for Chickens