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      • Mobile Crowd Sourcing in the Developing World
      Nathan Eagle [email_address]
    • Who Uses Mobile Phones?
    • Why Africa?
      • Africa: fastest growing mobile phone market in the world
      • Vibrant, growing community of computer science graduates
      • Mobile airtime and money Transfers
      • Truly innovative mobile applications and services
    • EPROM: Entrepreneurial Programming and Research on Mobiles
      • Education
      • Research
      • Entrepreneurship
        • Mozambique, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Senegal, Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania, Rwanda, Nigeria
      http://eprom.mit.edu
    • EPROM: Entrepreneurship Mobile Application Development
      • SMS Gateway
      • Air Time Regulator
      • Stolen Car Alerts
      • Business Directories
      • Pre-Paid Electricity
      • Weather Forecasts
      • MoSoko (Craig’s List)
      • Crush Lists...
    • EPROM: SMS BloodBank
      • Real-time monitoring of blood supplies at local district hospitals in Eastern Kenya
    • Empowering the largest knowledge workforce on Earth.
    • Idle Times in Africa… Kenya - English Speaking - >75% Literacy Rates - 12M mobile phone subscribers Yet almost half the country is unemployed.
    • Crowd-Sourcing There are over 2 billion literate, mobile phone subscribers in the developing world, many living on less than $5 a day .
    • Corporations are inundated with small tasks that need to be done.
    • Cellular Networks How to increase ARPU? How to monetize underutilized capacity?
    • The Opportunity We can now enable these tasks to be distributed and completed via a mobile phone anywhere in the world.
    • Spring ‘09 Deployment The Dominican Republic Kenya Rwanda
    • Accuracy Inference
    • Expertise Inference
    • Translation Tasks There are over 100 languages in Kenya alone; companies like Nokia would love to localize their software, but don’t know how.
    • Citizen Journalism Compensate subscribers for reporting news as it happens.
    • Rural Banking Accumulate enough txteagle credit, and have a bank account opened in your name.
    • Village Phone Operators Grameen VPOs have downtime too… Multiple accounts can be set up for users of a single phone.
    • Surveys and Market Research Significant amounts of money on surveys in the field; we can provided targeted questionnaires to specific regions of interest.
    • USSD Sessions-based SMS! No preconceived cost. Lots of experience. Menu driven.
    • Beyond txt The Voice Channel… Targeted Radio Ads Speech Recognition Training Transcription
    • Service Now Live in Kenya Pilot Users: Security Guards Taxi Drivers High-School Students
    • Translation Tasks Completed. Enormous Uptake – no advertising required. > 15 languages completed shortcode 3007
    • 15 million Africans are ready for work. Got tasks?
    •