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slides from a presentation at AFNOG courtesy of the Web Foundation
#AFNOG, 2011

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  • 1. Innovation & Work Victor Miclovich twitter: @miclovich Web foundation workshop: Mobile/Tech communities in Africa (Uganda)Saturday, June 4, 2011
  • 2. Mobile communities and innovationSaturday, June 4, 2011
  • 3. Introduction ❖ I’m a software engineer @ AgileFarm, mspoti and storyspaces (3 different entities) ❖ I’m director of Tech @ The Kuyu Project ❖ I’m a researcher with MIT-EPROM’s programSaturday, June 4, 2011
  • 4. Economic/Social Development ❖ Good policies ❖ Superb investment ❖ Good governance ❖ Less corruption ❖ Lots of other things must be developed...Saturday, June 4, 2011
  • 5. Changing the world in a day ❖ Not interested in that... ❖ My interests are in... (tech)Saturday, June 4, 2011
  • 6. Beliefs that get us there... ❖ Two things ❖ A healthy population ❖ An educated populationSaturday, June 4, 2011
  • 7. Results ❖ A wealthy population ❖ A prosperous nation(s)Saturday, June 4, 2011
  • 8. why?? ❖ a healthy mind can improvise much better ❖ a healthy body means people will be happy ❖ a healthy body means people will be able to work (earn a living) ❖ a healthy body can do lots more... (lets not start to list the potential things it can do)Saturday, June 4, 2011
  • 9. Educated people? ❖ Ideally they should: ❖ create jobs (improvise) ❖ work at jobs ❖ THINK and get INNOVATIVESaturday, June 4, 2011
  • 10. Does Africa have all this? ❖Yes ❖ ...and... NOSaturday, June 4, 2011
  • 11. Can we change that? YESSaturday, June 4, 2011
  • 12. Innovation (Tech-specific) ❖ A high number of graduates in CS/IT departments across Africa ❖ How many tech solutions have impacted lives positively and sustainably?Saturday, June 4, 2011
  • 13. Some things tech can change... ❖ Governance (thru’ e-/m-governance)Saturday, June 4, 2011
  • 14. When governance is good... ❖ We can spot this... ❖ And force governments to act...Saturday, June 4, 2011
  • 15. Business.. ❖ Tech makes things quite easy... ❖ connecting prospective buyers (clients) ❖ Selling stuff online ❖ Crowdsourcing ideas ❖ And lots more ❖ Tax collection is faster (better economies are a result)Saturday, June 4, 2011
  • 16. Use case: How a government can encourage tech uses through innovation. Tax collection...Saturday, June 4, 2011
  • 17. a prototype by AgileFarmSaturday, June 4, 2011
  • 18. Pay your Tax ❖ For every sale, most tax authorities levy a Tax (e.g. VAT, sales, etc.) ❖ This means a government can easily improve its revenue while giving a service (The Business Manager)Saturday, June 4, 2011
  • 19. Business manager ❖ Book keeping ❖ Tips to improve business ❖ Access to advertising channels (Google adwords, localized solution i.e. through radio stations, local newspapers, etc.)Saturday, June 4, 2011
  • 20. Others... ❖ Mobile web ❖ Mobile apps Source: Tapworthy (Josh Clark, O’reilly)Saturday, June 4, 2011
  • 21. Technologies ❖ USSD (as simple as sending network messages) ❖ SMSSaturday, June 4, 2011
  • 22. Important... ❖ Design Apps that are localized.... :)Saturday, June 4, 2011
  • 23. Design systems ❖ Systems that people can use...Saturday, June 4, 2011
  • 24. Health ❖ Can we improve health in a nation (or continent) with TECH? ❖ YesSaturday, June 4, 2011
  • 25. The Health Side of life...Saturday, June 4, 2011
  • 26. m-Health example ❖ pThor (monitoring pre- and ante- natal periods) ❖ RapidSMS (malnutrition surveys) ❖ Frontline:MedicSaturday, June 4, 2011
  • 27. pThor Health service provider Information flows freely Patient Health ministry pThor TelcoSaturday, June 4, 2011
  • 28. Health system breakdown Ministry of health Regional/District health office County-level office/administrationSaturday, June 4, 2011
  • 29. Systems... ❖ They are complex and vary from country to country... ❖ Communication between sub-systems/components is importantSaturday, June 4, 2011
  • 30. Results... ❖ This will guarantee transparency ❖ It will improve the skill-sets of personnel ❖ It will do lots of things... we’ve got to be innovative.Saturday, June 4, 2011
  • 31. Quick prototype...Saturday, June 4, 2011
  • 32. pThorSaturday, June 4, 2011
  • 33. Protocol ❖ Health ministries can use pThor to set up protocols or methodologies ❖ Call centers at health centers (very positive impact) ❖ .... lots of other stuff!!! :)Saturday, June 4, 2011
  • 34. Guided instructions: available by voice source:Prototypes- AgileFarmSaturday, June 4, 2011
  • 35. about pThor ❖ Reminder systems ❖ Emergency response system for birth ❖ Follow up systemsSaturday, June 4, 2011
  • 36. People ❖ Medics ❖ TBAs (traditional birth attendants) ❖ Many others that are involved in this ecosystemSaturday, June 4, 2011
  • 37. Technology ❖ SMS ❖ A web server (about 300GB, Linux, Kannel and django: ALL FREE)Saturday, June 4, 2011
  • 38. Education ❖ Web technologies: ❖ Innovative learning methods (Khan Academy, MIT OCW) ❖ Can Africa create and distribute knowledge from within (Knowledge banks)? (Yes... tech is relatively cheap to run this)Saturday, June 4, 2011
  • 39. The future... ❖ Lets leverage connections ❖ Lets leverage talent ❖ Lets be AWESOME...Saturday, June 4, 2011
  • 40. The End... Victor Miclovich twitter: @miclovichSaturday, June 4, 2011