The aim of this seminar aim is to update the project stakeholders on progress and present the work to the teams’ campus community as well as to development and education actors. It will be delivered by Khartoum University Innovation Lab on their work on a School Kits Distribution Monitoring System.
About the Pilot Project and the Seminar:
Innovation Labs are national facilities developed by UNICEF in partnership with universities to support the work of UNICEF and governments by building local technological capacities for humanitarian development. The project involves setting up two innovation lab pilots for a period of 4 months to (1) prototype software solutions for selected priorities at UNICEF Sudan Country Office; and (2) use pilots as capacity building mechanisms for innovation teams at participating universities and discussion tools on future innovation possibilities at UNICEF and R & D and Training facilities at Universities.
In collaboration with colleagues at the Faculty of Mathematical Sciences (University of Khartoum) and the Computer Centre (Sudan University of Science and Technology), the Innovation Labs pilot project started in October 2012. The project is based on UNICEF’s Innovation Lab model and their approach to “Technology for Development” which is situated within the growing worldwide momentum and enthusiasm to capitalize on improvements in telecommunications and the rapid uptake of mobile technologies to support development work. The project teams are utilising RapidSMS which is an open source software to improve information flows and access as well as provide real-time data monitoring capabilities for two development programmes where UNICEF is providing support for government. The team at Khartoum University is developing a system to monitor the distribution of school kits while the team at Sudan University of Science and Technology will support national efforts to improve coverage of routine vaccination. The teams are composed of fresh graduates and final year students who volunteered to take part in this pilot which consists of several phases that started with a knowledge sharing exercise using a guided self-learning approach. With one month left, the teams have made considerable progress to work collaboratively, liaise with their customers and technical support network to specify and design the system. They are currently in the coding phase and will be demonstrating in this seminar their first working system component as well as what they learned so far. The seminar will also include a preliminary evaluation of the group’s experience and ideas for the way forward.