Monthly Archives: September 2013

#PitchTech4Dev Winner Takes App from Idea to Reality

Ben Dean and his partner Dhwani Bafna, entered the 2012 #PitchTech4Dev competition. Not only did his team win second place in the competition, but they went on to actually develop and test their app. The following is a reflection from Ben on his experience with the competition and his efforts to take OurCommons from idea to reality. Click here to learn about #PitchTech4Dev and enter your own team for the 2013 competition: OurCommons: A Kickstarter for Under-Funded Public Services By Benjamin Dean (LinkedIn) Last year, […]

Pitch Your Idea, Win Cash Prizes!!! – NMTF’s Second Annual Tech Pitch Competition

Have you heard about our technology pitch competition? You know, New Media Task Force‘s second annual multi-sector, multi-university technology ideation event? Well, you have now…which is perfect, because now is the time to get involved! The Technology for Development Pitch Competition, or #PitchTech4Dev for short, encourages current university students from diverse backgrounds to explore the development field through technology. We are calling for innovative mobile, web, or other technology ideas that seek to address a specific need, whether political, economic, or social. Participants will present to a panel of industry judges […]

Commuications Director Position Open on NMTF Board

The New Media Task Force (NMTF) is seeking a new person to be a part of the board as the Communications Director. As the voice of the NMTF, the primary responsibilities of this position will be to send out event notifications and news through email, facebook and other social media to NMTF membership, maintaining the NMTF website and blog, as well as other important correspondence as needed. Therefore a strong background in communications, public relations, blogging and social media is strongly preferred. Expect to spend […]

Summer Reflection #1: ICTD in Báhia Málaga, Colombia

The New Media Task Force has been all over the world this summer. In this series of blog posts, current NMTF members reflect on their summer experiences with information and communication technology in Colombia, New York and Rwanda.  Jesper Frant spent approximately eight weeks working with a rural afro-Colombian community inside the Uramba-Bahía Málaga National Natural Park helping to develop the community’s ecotourism business as an alternative to traditional (now-illegal) extractive economic activities such as fishing, logging and hunting. Despite the natural beauty of the surroundings, residents of Bahía Málaga suffer […]

New Media Courses at SIPA – Fall 2013

Please find below a list of classes offered this semester at SIPA that are related to new media or information and communication technology for development. Good luck with registration and don’t despair if your favorite class is full…there will be a lot of shopping and switching classes in the first weeks of school. INAF U6211 – Technology Solutions for Development & Social Change – 3 Credits Mobile and web technology play an increasingly critical role in the way that entrepreneurs and practitioners reach, serve, advocate […]