Engineering for Change

Interest: Information Systems

The boom in mobile phone ownership has been one of the unanticipated success stories of global development. And with all of that computing power in the hands of so many people, software engineers are at the leading edge of the work to improve lives. Other electronic hardware is also gaining momentum, with innovations like e-readers, drones and 3D printers. These tools are how communities can leapfrog over phases of development to catch up with the pack.

Interest: Information Systems

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Mariela Machado

Applications of Big Data for Development

July 22, 2016

Big data for development has many definitions, but one that is used most often refers to the analysis of...

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Shivani Siroya

How to use big data to make sure that financial inclusion is inclusive

July 18, 2016

InVenture is a data science company that builds financial identities for people who previously had none. Using over 10,000...

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Jessica Pothering

Five Questions with Shashi Buluswar and Subarna Mitra, Institute for Transformative Technologies

July 12, 2016

Two years ago, a small team from the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in Berkeley, Calif. released an enormous volume...

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Rob Goodier

How the Internet of Things Is Improving Lives and Livelihoods in Developing Countries

July 1, 2016

Wirelessly connected sensors, actuators and other hardware have already changed global development work, and signs point to bigger changes...

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Kevin M Passino

Humanitarian Engineering Principle Three: Understand Social and Physical Context

June 23, 2016

This is the third in a series on principles based on the textbook Humanitarian Engineering: Creating Technologies that Help People, by Kevin...

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Rob Goodier

Welcome to E4C’s Fellows

June 5, 2016

We are pleased to welcome 11 fellows into our new Research Fellowship program. To introduce our fellows, we asked...

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Rob Goodier

Five Questions with Kamau Gachigi, Head of Gearbox

May 22, 2016

Inventors and tinkerers who have had a place to build things in Nairobi, and tools to build them with, can...

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Rob Goodier

Five Questions with Ken Banks: ICT4D Writer, Editor and FrontlineSMS Founder

May 12, 2016

Ken Banks launched FrontlineSMS in 2005 as a tool that turns a computer into a hub that broadcasts text messages...

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Rob Goodier

Upgrading electronics with paper cards smooths the work to digitize medical records in rural Uganda

April 28, 2016

Mobile devices that replaced paper records in rural healthcare in Uganda have recently had a much-needed upgrade back to...

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Rob Goodier

Hardware Innovator: Five questions with Ashwin Ramachandran

April 27, 2016

From Intel to Villgro, Ashwin Ramachandran left a career in the semiconductor industry to work in social enterprise and technology that...

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