WHERE:Ouahigouya (Burkina Faso)WHO:20 locals between 18-40 with basicfamiliarity with computerWHAT:Teach Internet and explore the impacton people’s daily livesFOR HOW LONG:About 2 months
“WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITHTHIS?”
WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITHGOOGLE MAPS?
Provide visitors of a map
Provide visitors of a Tour guides through map mobile
What did we learn from this?Reveal hidden layer of location-based information,waiting to be surfacedCreate new set of services, based on the involvement oflocal people through a digital layerDisclose cultural elements:some people have the role of keeping information,through oral storytelling
WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITHSKYPE?
Combine Skypecontact with drum
Combine Skype Sell product + contactcontact with drum
Why is this good:For participants it was a more practical way of learning, anda chance to generate concepts of services and micro-businesses that would make sense into their lives.For us their ideas, were effective ways to gather insightsabout the local culture/context.The information gathered was usually pertinent to thespecific technology introduced and its application there.
Technology probes PARTICIPANT FACILITATOR1 GET TO KNOW THE TOOL PRESENT THE TOOL2 ABSORB FACILITATE CONCEPT GENERATION3 GENERATE POTENTIAL USES INTERPRET
TECHNOLOGY CULTURALPROBES PROBESDraw future scenarios Describe the presentDepict yourself through change Depict yourself through normalityDisruption Continuation
DON’T TEACH, MAKE!People are more interested when they practice andhave some autonomy
LET THEM DESIGNConcepts reveal people’s culture, needs and dreamsmuch more than a focus group
MISUSING IS DESIGNINGFacilitate tinkering beyond what is proposed
ANYBODY LEARNING SOMETHINGIS A POTENTIAL TEACHERCreate a core of people that can evolveinto a community over time