Mobile Technology

Pitch Competition this Friday – The Teams and Their Ideas

The Innovating Mobile Technology for Development pitch competition is this Friday at 2pm! You are all invited to listen to our keynote speaker, hear ignite talks from 6 teams and decisions from a panel of judges. And then interact with all of these people during our post-competition happy hour networking event! We will be posting about the teams, the judges, and the keynote speaker over the next few days. First up, the teams and their ideas! Idea: Monster Appetite – Promoting children’s awareness of the […]

Deadline Extended to October 20th for Mobile Pitch Competition!

For those of you scrambling to get your team together and your ideas organized, we have good news: the deadline for applying to the Innovating Mobile Technology for Development Pitch Competition has been extended to October 20th! For those of you still searching for teammates, we have set up a Google Doc to facilitate connections! For those of you who are still hesitating about joining the competition, now is the time to get involved!  Why? Glad you asked… In 1999 fifty percent of the world’s population […]

Is Mobile’s “Potential” Enough? Some Thoughts on Day 1 of 2012 Social Good Summit

Saturday I had an opportunity to attend the Social Good Summit, which included numerous speakers, bloggers, internationally-minded folks, and meet-ups around the world (#SGSGlobal). One theme that ran throughout the conference was the potential of technology, and especially mobile technology, to provide solutions to all sorts of problems throughout the world: health inadequacies, development projects, citizen engagement, etc. As a board member here at SIPA’s New Media Task Force, I am very interested in the potential of technology to address these issues; yet I often […]

Innovating Mobile Tech for Development Competition

Interested in mobile technology? Did our post about Maximizing Mobile peak your interest and get your creative juices flowing? Now is your chance: this semester, the New Media Task Force is holding its first pitch competition, “Innovating Mobile Tech for Development Competition.” The Innovating Mobile Tech for Development Competition encourages current university students from diverse universities and backgrounds to explore the development field through technology. We are calling for innovative mobile application designs that seek to address a specific need, whether political, economic, or social. […]

Maximize and Mobilize with the World Bank’s ICT 2012 Report

Interested in the possibilities of mobile phone technology? You should check out the World Bank’s recent report, IC4D 2012: Maximizing Mobile. The report is made up of case studies and lessons from various sectors, including health, agriculture, banking, and governance. You can download each chapter here. Need some more enticing? Here’s a run-down of a few of the interesting points and case studies: Power to the Users! (Chapter 1) As a result of the rise of the smartphone, operators have much less control over the […]