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 RSVP here, space is limited). This easy-to-learn technology allows users to create surveys for use on any type of mobile phone. Using Episurveyor, you can:

  • Quickly and easily create customized surveys online
  • Collect data in remote locations
  • Upload data via wireless Internet connection
  • Send data via standard SMS text message
  • Manage and analyze data online

But wait, there’s more! Before you get down with a hands-on training of Episurveyor, enjoy a dinner (at 6pm sharp) and a talk by Datadyne’s CEO and co-founder, Joel Selanikio about the company’s groundbreaking work to make affordable, viable improvements to healthcare provision across the globe through the mobile data collection tool. Here’s some more on our guest speaker:

Joel Selanikio, MD Director,, named FastCompany’s 2009 Social Enterprise of the Year; Recipient of the $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize for Sustainability

Joel Selanikio is a practicing pediatrician, former Wall Street computer consultant, and CDC epidemiologist who has worked to address issues in health service provision in developing countries through technology. He co-founded DataDyne with technologist Rose Donna and developed Episurveyor, a free, open-source mobile data collection platform in collaboration with the Kenyan Ministry of Health. He is a pioneer in the promotion of open-source development for public health. His work has been reported on by The Economist, BBC, and the Washington Post, among others.

In his former role as an officer of the Public Health Service, Dr. Selanikio served as the Chief of Operations for the HHS Secretary’s Emergency Command Center in the aftermath of 9/11.Selanikio is the recipient of several awards for his work for field epidemiology and outbreak response, including the Tech Museum Award for Health, three Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary’s Awards for Outstanding Service, and the U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal. He received the Haverford Award for Service to Humanity for his work with the International Rescue Committee in Indonesia treating victims of the 2005 tsunami.

Dr. Selanikio holds a bachelor’s degree from Haverford College, and an MD from Brown University, and is a graduate of the Epidemic Intelligence Service fellowship of the CDC. He continues to practice clinical pediatrics both as an Assistant Professor at Georgetown University and on the Emergency Response Team of the International Rescue Committee, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Convinced? Of course you are! So RSVP here already! [space is limited]

Where: 6th Floor Cafe, IAB When: Tuesday, November 20th from 6 to 8pm. Dinner will be provided. Please bring your laptop (fully charged!) and cell phone.