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

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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

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

In Tanzania Media, Speak Up and Be Heard

Posted by MelissaUlbricht on Jun 01, 2011. For the largest civil society media platform in Tanzania, back talk is good. In fact, talking back is the objective of a new service at Femina HIPcalled Speak Up! The service aims to increase access of marginalized youth and rural communities and promote a participatory, user-driven media scene in Tanzania. Femina… Continue reading In Tanzania Media, Speak Up and Be Heard

Mobiles for Women. Part 1: The Good.

Posted by MelissaUlbricht on May 11, 2011. A village in India last year banned unmarried women from using mobile phones for fear they would arrange forbidden marriages. The village council suspected young men and women were secretly calling one another to arrange to elope. Meanwhile, unmarried men could use mobile phones under parental supervision. As mobile penetration… Continue reading Mobiles for Women. Part 1: The Good.