Monthly Archives: November 2012

Photos of Innovating Mobile Technology for Development

Here are some of the photos from our first pitch competition! You can find them here as well. [gigya src=”″ width=”500″ flashvars=”offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=/photos/89843748@N07/sets/72157632022768726/show/&page_show_back_url=/photos/89843748@N07/sets/72157632022768726/&set_id=72157632022768726&jump_to=” allowFullScreen=”true” ]

Mobile Data Collection without the Hassle: Episurveyor Training November 20th

Are you interested in mobile data collection, but worried all of the services out there are too confusing to configure? Do you have a winter break research project coming up where you need to collect data quickly and easily? Have you been searching for some practical skills amidst your hours of econ problem sets and lines of Stata code? Then we have the perfect training for you! Join us Tuesday, November 20th, in the 6th floor cafe IAB (SIPA) from 6-8pm to learn about Episurveyor¬†(Please […]

Creating Your Own Free Columbia Website

Well, “Free” in that we pay tens of thousands of dollars to attend here…. but still, each Columbia student already has a personal Columbia University web space available to her/him! That’s right, you can host your own site, display files and working class projects, and more. The initial set-up is not too difficult, but the CUIT website can be hard to navigate for this purpose. So here’s a nice run-through on setting up your own webspace from your ol’ pals at NMTF; soon you’ll have […]

Innovating Mobile Tech 4 Dev: Competition Recap

Thanks to everyone who made it out to our recent, 1st-ever, NMTF pitch competition: “Innovating Mobile Technology 4 Development!” For those who could not make it, or those who just want to relive the glory of the day, here is a brief recap: Beth Noveck opened up the competition with her keynote speech. A brief summary of her comments (paraphrased): She noted the numerous inequities facing the world: economic, social, political… There are so many problems rampant in our global community that our traditional institutions […]

Mapping Election Results with Cartodb and Mapbox

How did those news agencies make such fancy / slick / interactive maps to display each party’s progress in last night’s US election? Surely they used high-tech solutions unavailable to the average person, right? Actually, No. Two of the main platforms utilized by news sites in the election are readily available to all! Mapbox (@mapbox): Development Seed utilized Mapbox maps to produce the visuals on USA Today’s site. Last semester we held a training with their powerful (and free) Tilemill software – check it out!¬†Here’s […]