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IDIA 620: Information Culture - Ecommerce


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IDIA 620: Information Culture - Ecommerce

  1. 1. “Silicon Cottage Industry” Melda M. Washington Information Culture, November19, 2012
  2. 2. Overview Introduction The Manifesto Examples Conclusion
  3. 3. Introduction Frugal Digital is a research group at Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID) that focuses on researching methods and practices that center around creating digital solutions in low resource, economically developing locations.
  4. 4. The Frugal Digital Manifesto Cost is the starting point, social impact is the goal, technology is the medium.  Make it economically worthwhile for all stakeholders – create direct economic benefits  Source locally – Use what is readily available  Re-purpose available technology  Upcycle if possible – recycle if not  Make it serviceable, dismantable and reusable  Its not enough to make it open source – try to embed know-how in the design.
  5. 5. The Frugal Digital Manifestocont. How do we create tools for an emerging digital cottage industry? How do we create methods to spark creativity within constrains? How do we create appropriate tech with high impact? How do we create an unsubsidized, demand-driven approach towards social innovation?
  6. 6. Snapture Labs LLC  Snaptures co- founders work on their iPhone business in their free time from one of their apartments  New cottage industry is thriving even as other businesses in the area cut back in the recession.
  7. 7. LoVoCo Mobile  LoVoCo Mobile is a low cost mobile radio station running from a cellphone.  It is possible to call it from anywhere in the world and be broadcasting live – wherever it goes.  You can broadcast by playing audio files from the phone or by speaking into the microphone of it.  Standard earphones can be connected to the cellphone, enabling the broadcaster to verify what goes on-air.
  8. 8. BodaPhone  Cellular payphones.  This one is in Uganda.  200 Shillings equals roughly 11 cents US.  The phone doesn’t charge from a bike generator, but that grey slab is a spare battery
  9. 9. Conclusion We can change the way the economics of public health care, technology, local businesses works Thus, it changes the way systems actually function, not just on a systematic planning level, but in a grassroots, bottom-up level.
  10. 10. References