The Design Journey: Creating a Mobile Test Prep Application in South Africa

The Design Journey: Creating a Mobile Test Prep Application in South Africa

Published on: Jun 20 2018 by Steve Vosloo - Leave a Comment
You’re in for a treat! This is the story of my two-year design journey to build X-kit Achieve! Mobile from my view as project lead, written with Nicola du Toit, the UX Designer. On this journey we learned much about...
The Evidence that Open Government Data Improves Developing Economies

The Evidence that Open Government Data Improves Developing Economies

Published on: Jun 18 2018 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
In 2009, the United States launched the data.gov portal. Since then there has been a rapid increase in the systematic opening of government data around the world. The 2016 Open Data Barometer, published annually by the World...
Apply Now: USAID Funding to Aggregate Broadband Internet Demand for Better ICT4D Programs

Apply Now: USAID Funding to Aggregate Broadband Internet Demand for Better ICT4D Programs

Published on: Jun 14 2018 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
USAID programs are utilizing digital technology more than ever before – and the rapid expansion of mobile and internet access in the developing world holds the promise of becoming a platform for resilient economic and...
Introducing 4PBot: A Facebook Chatbot for 4 Million Philippine Households

Introducing 4PBot: A Facebook Chatbot for 4 Million Philippine Households

Published on: Jun 13 2018 by Guest Writer - Leave a Comment
The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps for short), is the Philippines national social welfare program, which gives financial assistance to households who are deemed the ‘poorest of the poor’. The 4Ps is...
ICTforAg Case Study: Success with Electronic Vouchers for Farmers in Mozambique

ICTforAg Case Study: Success with Electronic Vouchers for Farmers in Mozambique

Published on: Jun 11 2018 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
In Mozambique, approximately 4 million farm units are responsible for around 95% of national agricultural production, cultivating an average of 1.5 hectares/family.  Smallholder farmers are responsible for ensuring good...
There Are No Data Unicorns in Agriculture

There Are No Data Unicorns in Agriculture

Published on: Jun 07 2018 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
At a recent gathering in Houston, I spoke with a guy who told me his company is looking for a data unicorn. The term encapsulates what an ideal data scientist is: a coder, a statistician, a communicator, a fundraiser, a...
9 Lessons Learned From Failed ICTforAg Interventions

9 Lessons Learned From Failed ICTforAg Interventions

Published on: Jun 06 2018 by Wayan Vota - Leave a Comment
The potential for ICTs in agricultural development is almost endless and numerous applications are being developed and deployed. However, whilst everyone would like to share their success stories, very few have the confidence...
Don’t Miss These Exciting Sessions: Register Now for ICTforAg 2018!

Don’t Miss These Exciting Sessions: Register Now for ICTforAg 2018!

Published on: Jun 04 2018 by Wayan Vota - Leave a Comment
Blockchain, drones, data-driven precision agriculture – the ICTforAg conference has revolved around major breakthroughs and evolving trends in agriculture and technology since its founding in 2015. We know the loudest...
Look Who Is Riding the Blockchain Hype Train

Look Who Is Riding the Blockchain Hype Train

Published on: May 31 2018 by Guest Writer - 14 Comments
A blockchain is basically a special kind of database. They are inherently inefficient compared to a traditional database, but that is viewed as a sacrifice to gain security, transparency, censorship resistance, and even...