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Building Apps for Good
with MIT App Inventor
Leo Burd, PhD
Research Scientist, MIT Center for Mobile Learning
App Inventor...
We should provide local entrepreneurs and grassroots non-
profits with tools – and where appropriate and requested,
expert...
App Inventor has a tremendous potential to democratize app
development for and by all, bringing information, facilitating
...
App Inventor in Action
Apps for Better Health Care
Developed by three college students, the ComPal App uses the phone’s
camera to perform analysi...
Apps for Safety: No Texting While Driving
MyPapp app for women’s health
http://mypapp.info/
http://notes.hfoss.org/index.php/TreeCalc:Main_Page
Science Apps in the Field:
Measuring Tree Height
Science Apps in the Field:
Tracking Wild Hogs
Apps for humanitarian and social good
With support from external agents, Haiti relief workers developed an app
to facilita...
BroadcastHub
Destroy Mines Safely
A soldier in the U.S. Marine Corps created an app
that computes the quantity of explosives needed to
...
BroadcastHub
BroadcastHub
Guiding questions
• What kinds of initiatives are more likely to foster the implementation of
mobile apps and services for...
Typical App 4 Good initiatives
• Youth-oriented mobile entrepreneurship programs
• CDIs Apps for Good, Samsung Mobile App ...
Typical App 4 Good initiatives
Outcomes
• Meaningful context for technology development
• Increased self-esteem
• Communit...
Looking ahead
• Seek funding and partnerships to take AI4G to the next level
• Establish a Mobile Innovation Network (MIN)...
Additional references
 General information:
http://appinventor.mit.edu/
 App Inventor for Good group:
https://groups.goo...
http://mobilelearning.mit.edu/
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  • The Center for Mobile Learning invents and studies new mobile technologies to promote learning anywhere, anytime, and for anyone. By being able to take the technology with them, students can learn in their own way and in their own time. As a result, the student’s learning environment becomes personal.
  • The Center for Mobile Learning invents and studies new mobile technologies to promote learning anywhere, anytime, and for anyone. By being able to take the technology with them, students can learn in their own way and in their own time. As a result, the student’s learning environment becomes personal.
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  • And finally, App Inventor is still technically in beta testing so we are actively improving it every day. Stay tuned to our website to follow the project.As the education manager I invite you to contact me if you are interested in getting started with App Inventor either for yourself or with your students. I’d like to use the rest of the time to take questions. So.. What did my presentation leave you wondering about?
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    1. 1. Building Apps for Good with MIT App Inventor Leo Burd, PhD Research Scientist, MIT Center for Mobile Learning App Inventor Summit - July 17, 2013
    2. 2. We should provide local entrepreneurs and grassroots non- profits with tools – and where appropriate and requested, expertise – for them to create their own projects that make a difference... [...] we shouldn’t develop solutions to problems we don’t understand, we shouldn’t take ownership of a problem that isn’t ours and we certainly shouldn’t build things thousands of miles away and then jump on a plane in search of a home for them. http://www.kiwanja.net/blog/2012/12/an-inconvenient-truth/
    3. 3. App Inventor has a tremendous potential to democratize app development for and by all, bringing information, facilitating communication, and raising voices even in the most underserved corners of the planet. The goal of the App Inventor for Good initiative is to turn that potential into reality
    4. 4. App Inventor in Action
    5. 5. Apps for Better Health Care Developed by three college students, the ComPal App uses the phone’s camera to perform analysis of medical tests in places where regular medical care is not readily available.
    6. 6. Apps for Safety: No Texting While Driving
    7. 7. MyPapp app for women’s health http://mypapp.info/
    8. 8. http://notes.hfoss.org/index.php/TreeCalc:Main_Page Science Apps in the Field: Measuring Tree Height
    9. 9. Science Apps in the Field: Tracking Wild Hogs
    10. 10. Apps for humanitarian and social good With support from external agents, Haiti relief workers developed an app to facilitate monitor food and water distribution. How can we help others build apps to improve the quality of life in their own communities?
    11. 11. BroadcastHub
    12. 12. Destroy Mines Safely A soldier in the U.S. Marine Corps created an app that computes the quantity of explosives needed to destroy ammunition and mines that are found or seized in the field.
    13. 13. BroadcastHub
    14. 14. BroadcastHub
    15. 15. Guiding questions • What kinds of initiatives are more likely to foster the implementation of mobile apps and services for social good? • In what ways App Inventor might have to be enhanced in order to facilitate the implementation of those initiatives? • What other technologies and support structures might have to be provided? • How to assess the quality of an “App Inventor for Good” project?
    16. 16. Typical App 4 Good initiatives • Youth-oriented mobile entrepreneurship programs • CDIs Apps for Good, Samsung Mobile App Academy, Technovation, Verizon’s Innovative App Challenge, Youth Radio’s Mobile Action Lab • App design competitions, grants and events • AT&T Hackaton, Global Apps to Empower, Qualcomm’s Wireless Reach, Sanitation App Challenge, Vodafone’s Mobile for Good, Windows 8 Apps for Social Good Contest • University classes, theses and long-term research • Humanitarian FOSS group (Trinity College and others) • Community-oriented businesses and non-profits • FrontlineSMS, Open Data Kit, Urban Launchpad • Long-term community-based initiatives • ???
    17. 17. Typical App 4 Good initiatives Outcomes • Meaningful context for technology development • Increased self-esteem • Community impact Challenges • Smart phone and data plan availability • Appropriate time, space and guidance • Complexity of the tools used • Transition concept -> prototype -> product • Long term sustainability of the initiative and its products
    18. 18. Looking ahead • Seek funding and partnerships to take AI4G to the next level • Establish a Mobile Innovation Network (MIN) to foster the creation of "Mobile Innovation Clubs" with partner organizations in Latin America and other parts of the world. MIN will facilitate the exchange of experiences among these clubs, create support materials, and identify appropriate tools for the job. In addition, feedback from the clubs will be used to adapt App Inventor to fit the needs of the Network and its constituents.
    19. 19. Additional references  General information: http://appinventor.mit.edu/  App Inventor for Good group: https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/ai4g  App Inventor for Good use cases: http://bit.ly/13bCfbz
    20. 20. http://mobilelearning.mit.edu/
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