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PDF Document Umati Final Report 2013
This report presents key findings from the 9-month Umati Project.
PDF Document Community Feedback Forum
Summary of Feedback received from participants of Uchaguzi and NipeUkweli campaigns. March 2013
PDF Document Comparative study on innovation Hubs across Africa
Description of 7 innovation Hubs across Africa: (iHub-Kenya; Activspaces –Cameroon; Hive Colab –Uganda; KLab-Rwanda; MEST-Ghana, BongoHive hub-Zambia and KINU hub-Tanzania).
PDF Document KINU model report
Description of the factors that make up the KINU model
PDF Document Bongo Hive model report
Description of the factors that make up the Bongo Hive model
PDF Document MEST model report
Description of the factors that make up the MEST model
PDF Document kLab model report
Description of the factors that make up the kLab model
PDF Document Hive Colab model report
Description of the factors that make up the Hive Colab model
PDF Document Activspaces model report
Description of the factors that make up the Activspaces model
PDF Document iHub model
Description of the factors that make up the iHub model
PDF Document Mobile Phone Usage at the Base of the Pyramid in Kenya
With 6 billion mobile phones around the world, of which 75% in developing countries, telephones reach most corners of the African continent. Mobile phones have improved the lives of the poor. Two new infoDev-led studies, focusing on South Africa and Kenya, provide insights on how useful mobile phone
PDF Document Umati February to March 2013 Brief
Umati report for trends from February to March 2013.
PDF Document Uchaguzi M&E Brief
During Kenya's 2013 General Election, Uchaguzi Kenya 2013, a joint initiative between SODNET, Ushahidi, CRECO, and Hivos (with support from CIDA), was used to help increase transparency and accountability through active citizen participation in the electoral cycle. Uchaguzi was coordinated through a
PDF Document Invitation to apply to New MSc Courses at the University of Nairobi
New courses for SCI - University of Nairobi
PDF Document Brochure New MSc Programs Final March 2013
New courses for SCI - University of Nairobi
PDF Document Intellectual Property In Technological Innovations: December 2012
Perceptions From Tech Startups In Kenyan ICT Hubs
PDF Document Intellectual Property In Technological Innovations
Perceptions From Tech Startups In Kenyan ICT Hubs
PDF Document NipeUkweli - Swahili Flyer
Nipe Ukweli Flyer in Swahili
PDF Document NipeUkweli
Nipe Ukweli flyer - in English
PDF Document Umati October 2012 to January 2013 Report
Umati findings from trends across October to January 2013. For more information, email umati[at]ihub.co.ke
PDF Document Draft report: Use of Mobile Technology in promoting transparency issues in water governance
This report is part of iHub Research?s M-Governance project, that aims to evaluate how mobile phone technology can be used to improve governance in Kenya, especially in enhancing transparency through access to water information,service charters and effective communication amongst the different stake
PDF Document Activspaces Entrepreneurs report
This report details the impact of Activspaces model on its entrepreneurs
PDF Document Activspaces Entrepreneurs report
This report details the impact of Activspaces model on its entrepreneurs
PDF Document IP Perceptions From Tech Startups In Kenyan ICT Hubs-Final report
Intellectual Property In Technological Innovations- Perceptions From Tech Startups In Kenyan ICT Hubs
PDF Document Consumer Insights and Analysis- Pete's Coffee
iHub Research (Nairobi, Kenya) conducted a week long survey at the iHub between September 20th and 24th to understand the consumption habits and preferences of Pete’s Coffee customers. These findings were to supplement a content analysis done on data collected from M-Payer, a business application de
PDF Document Patenting in kenya
Number of patents granted in Kenya
PDF Document Mobile Technology in WestAfrica
Over the past two decades the mobile industry in West Africa has grown from a government controlled space to become a huge market fueling economic growth and technological innovation.This report highlights mobile penetration in Ghana, Nigeria and Cote D'Ivoire
PDF Document Code4Kenya October Newsletter
The report contains October 2012 updates on the Open Data Pre-Incubator process reporting on the work done by the fellows up to this point.
PDF Document ICT Hubs study: Activspaces Final Model Report
An iHub Research report focussing on the factors that make the Activspaces model in Buea, Cameroon.
PDF Document ICT Hubs study: Activspaces Model Report
An iHub Research report focussing on the factors that make the Activspaces model in Buea, Cameroon.
PDF Document Aitec Africa
This summit takes place 23-24th October 2012. It will focus on deploying ICT solutions to improve the quality of life for East Africa’s citizens and empower them to export their knowledge and skills. Specialised focus areas will include:Building smart cities, developing smart societies, creating sm
PDF Document ICT Hubs -Hive Colab Model Report Uganda
An iHub Research report focusing on Understanding the factors that make up the Hive Colab Model in Uganda
PDF Document Summary: Lessons on supporting open data
Lessons learnt in the course of the Kenya Open Data Initiatives and next steps forward
PDF Document Open Data Deck
A quick overview of the Kenya Open Data Initiative
PNG Image Open Data Infographic - The Open Data Eco-System
The Open Data Ecosystem and how the different aspects work together to achieve the objectives of increasing Open Data Consumption in Kenya.
PDF Document Water Apps Paper
The potential of technology to solve societal water problems is vast. Water storage, drought, flooding, vague water policies, and lack of information transparency on access to water are some of the water-related problems that citizens face
PDF Document An Insiders Guide to Mobile/Web Marketing in Kenya
A snapshot of mobile technology in Kenya in particular mobile web and mobile marketing
PDF Document Water Governance in Kenya Report
An iHub Research Report on the water governance situation in Kenya- Ensuring Accessibility, Service delivery and Citizen Participation
PDF Document Technology in Solving Society’s Water Problems in Kenya
The potential of technology to solve societal water problems is vast. Water storage,drought, flooding, vague water policies, and lack of information transparency on accessto water are some of the water-related problems that citizens face...
PDF Document Insider's Guide to Mobile Web/Marketing in Kenya
How mobile is the Kenyan population? What distinguishes mobile in Kenya from the rest of Africa and other leading mobile markets worldwide?
PDF Document Consumer ordering habits
Weza Tele (Nairobi, Kenya) and iHub Research (Nairobi, Kenya) conducted a 2-month exploratory study in Nairobi beginning in March 2012 to understand various consumers' ordering and vendors' distribution habits
PDF Document Hiring field researchers in 7 African countries
The engine room’s TechScape project is initiating civil society assessments in 7 countries and seeks field researchers in those countries to conduct desk research and interviews.Angola,Uganda,Rwanda,Egypt,Somalia,Burundi,Niger Send a copy of your CV and an email telling us why you are interested to
PDF Document Kenyan Farmers use of Cellphones,Calling preferred over Sms
Angella Crandall's report on Kenyan Farmers use of cellphones. The increasing penetration of mobile phones in Kenya has led to a rise in SMS-based information dissemination services.Findings revealed that Kenyan cell phone users still prefer to call rather than SMS (short message service) due to th
PDF Document Nairobi Burning; Post election violence from the urban perspective
In the aftermath of the elections held in December of 2007, Kenya burst into flames. For nearly three months, the country was unsettled by a wave of ethno-political violence. This period of post-election violence saw more than a thousand Kenyans killed and between 300,000 and 500,000 internally disp
PDF Document Vacancy Lecturer/Senior Lecturer Information Systems
There are vacancies for Lecturers/Senior Lecturers in Information Technology & Information Systems at the School of Technology, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).
PDF Document Vacancy - Lecturers/Senior Lecturers in IT & IS @ GIMPA
There are vacancies for Lecturers/Senior Lecturers in Information Technology & Information Systems at the School of Technology, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). Please see more details in the attachment
PDF Document Mobile Health Report
Mobile Health Report
Microsoft Powerpoint Presentation ICTD African Researchers Network Session
The ICTD African Researchers Network is a growing group of Africa-based researchers, started at ICTD 2010, interested in improving ICTD scholarship on the continent. This session will provide a space to collaborate practically on research ideas and quality with the goal of producing short papers
PDF Document m-Legal: Data Democracy
M-legal makes use of the prevalence of mobile phones for the extension and digitalisation of legal services to last-mile populations.
PDF Document Audience Spaces: Mobile for the Unbanked- Lessons from Tanzania (December 2010)
A report on the sharp increase in the use of m-money services in Tanzania, where the growth has been higher than in Kenya.
PDF Document MIT Press Journal; Innovations
Lead Essays on Data Democracy
PDF Document A Periodic Table of Visualisation Method
This is a periodic table representation of the visualisation method involves data, information, concept, strategy, metaphor and compound visualisation which are color-coded in the table. The periodic table model allows a detailed vs. overview representation, detail and overview,structure visualisat
PDF Document IST Africa 2012 Conference and Exhibition
IST-Africa 2012 will focus on the Role of ICT for Africa's Development and specifically on Applied ICT research topics addressing major societal and economic challenges, which is part of the European Commission's Information Communications Technologies (ICT) Theme of FP7. IST-Africa 2012 will take
PDF Document Economics of M-PESA
This is an update on a previous paper "Mobile Money". This document shows the growth of users of M-PESA and in agents over the period covered by the data. The number of users is measured by the total number of SIM cards registered to M-PESA
PDF Document 6th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV2012)
ICEGOV series focuses on the use of technology to transform relationships between government and citizens, businesses, civil society and other arms of government (Electronic Governance). ICEGOV2012 will be organized by the Center for Technology in Government , University at Albany in Albany, New Yor
PNG Image Kenya infographic
The arrival of the undersea fiber cables in Kenya in 2009 has revolutionized the technology and economic sectors. Kenya is one of very few countries in Africa with a comprehensive framework set up in this regard.
PNG Image Uganda infographic
Uganda has one the lowest internet penetration rates in the world. However, the government has completed two phases of laying fibre optic cables and all Uganda government and parastatal offices are set to be connected via this fibre cable.
PNG Image Tanzania infographic
The mobile market in Tanzania is growing in a steadfast manner and has managed to break the 50% penetration barrier as of mid June 2011. While the Tanzania Communication Regulation Authority (TCRA) are yet to release publicly statistics on the mobile sector beyond June 2011, it is estimated that ove
Link Mobile Usage at the Base of the Pyramid in Kenya
With 6 billion mobile phones around the world, of which 75% in developing countries, telephones reach most corners of the African continent. Mobile phones have improved the lives of the poor. Two new infoDev-led studies, focusing on South Africa and Kenya, provide insights on how useful mobile phones are for economic and social empowerment of people living off less than $2.50 a day.
Link Africa's UbuntuNet Alliance Conference
For those of you interested in Africa infrastructure research especially at the higher education and networking level, you must try to follow the annual conference by UbuntuNet Alliance called UbuntuNet-Connect 2012: http://www.ubuntunet.net/uc2012_programme or on twitter #uc2012. 15-16 November 2012 Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.
Link Global Impact Study - report on Mobile Internet and public access released
The Global Impact Study is pleased to announce the release of the Mobile Internet in-depth study research report, Public access, private mobile: The interplay of shared access and the mobile Internet for Teenagers in Cape Town.This study assesses and describes the interplay between public PC-based Internet access and private mobile-based access for urban teenaged public access venue users in Cape Town.
Link ICA pre-conference - 10 Years On: Looking Forwards in Mobile ICT Research
This Workshop aims to understand more about the implications of the fast moving mobile world both on the social practices of the users of mobile ICTs as well as, and following the main ICA conference theme, on the ability of researchers to deliver reliable and effective research material. An Award for the best paper will be given at this event; only full papers submitted by the entry date can be included for consideration for this award.Abstracts 250 – 500 words to be sent to j.vincent@surrey.ac.uk deadline 16th Nov 2012
Link Open Applications for the Afya Bora Consortium Fellowship
Afya Bora Consortium Fellowships in Global Health Leadership is now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 Fellowship year. There are 20 positions available for health professionals interested in a 12-month fellowship (starting June 2013) in one of our African partner countries (Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda). The purpose of the Afya Bora Fellowship is to provide trainees with a set of practical skills that will prepare them for leadership positions in government, non-government, and academic health institutions in developing countries. Applications are due January 24, 2013.
Link IDEO.org Fellowship 2013 Applications
The application window has now opened for next year's IDEO.org Fellowship class. The Fellowship lasts for 13 months and is paid. Deadline for registration 3rd Jan 2013. visit link for more details
Link Introduction to Inforgraphics and Data Visualization, January 2013
Registration is now open for the Knight Center's second MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). The course will formally begin on January 12, 2013 through February 23, 2013.Visit link for more details on how to register
Link Joint funding of European-African research projects agreed
The first initiative of European and African countries to jointly fund collaborative research projects has a budget of €11 million and will offer research funding in areas such as agriculture, health, climate change and energy, grouped under three headings: "Renewable Energy", "Interfacing Challenges" and "Idea driven research". The calls have been developed within the framework of the €2 million, three-year "ERA-Net for Africa" (ERAfrica) project.
Link Africa News Innovation Challenge
This year’s innovation challenge focuses on journalism and the news media. the competition is looking for looking for disruptive digital ideas for improving the way that news is collected and disseminated.Your innovation should fall into any of four broad categories: news gathering; story telling; audience engagement; or the business of news.
Link Startup Ecosystem Report 2012
Overall, the Start-up Ecosystem Index paints a glowingly positive picture of the state of entrepreneurship around the world.
Link IP Perceptions From Tech Startups In Kenyan ICT Hubs
Intellectual Property In Technological Innovations: Perceptions From Tech Startups In Kenyan ICT Hubs
Link Entreprenuership in Africa
The report into attitudes towards on entrepreneurship among ABE’s African students
Link Python African Tour
Bungeni is an open source "Parliamentary and Legislative Information" System that aims at making Parliaments more open and accessible to citizens thus virtually allowing them " inside Parliament" or "Bungeni" the Kiswahili word for "inside Parliament". Kenya (Nairobi) is the 1st stop of the Python African Tour 2nd edition, focused on contributing to the Bungeni project.This training event is organised by Africa i-Parliaments Action Plan and the University of Nairobi.
Link The Rise of Women in Tech
It’s time for the old adage that women neither like nor do well in math and science be put to rest .This infographic delves deeper into how the phenomenon of women in tech is on the rise.
Link Development Research Day in Helsinki February 8th 2013
The event is organized by the Finnish Society for Development Research. The theme for the day is Civil Society in Development.The Development Research Day is aimed particularly at Masters and PhD students. Those interesting in presenting their research are invited to submit an abstract of maximum 250 words (in English or Finnish) by 30 November 2012. All abstracts should be submitted to kamilla.karhunmaa (at) utu.fi. Additional questions can be directed to Kamilla Karhunmaa: kamilla.karhunmaa (at) utu.fi
Link Scholarships for Info. Systems MSc from Manchester University by Distance Learning
The University of Manchester is providing five scholarships available specifically for Bangladesh, Ugandan, Tanzanian or Rwandan citizens. The scholarships are for study starting in January 2013 on the following distance learning Masters programme offered by the University's Institute for Development Policy and Management. Applications are now being accepted, and the deadline for completion is Friday 9 November 2012.
Link University of Pretoria 2013 Master’s and Doctoral Scholarships in Wireless and Telecommunications Engineering
The BWMC invites applications for its 2013 Master’s and Doctoral Scholarships in Wireless and Telecommunications Engineering. These scholarships are for applicants who are exceptional academic achievers in Electrical or Computer Engineering and passionate about pursuing fulltime postgraduate research in Wireless Communications or Telecommunications Engineering in 2013. Inquiries: Tel: 012 420 2775, E-mail: lynn.chetty@up.ac.za.
Link Vodafone Americas Foundation Wireless Innovation Project
the 5th annual Wireless Innovation Project has been announced. Vodafone Americas Foundation is awarding a total of $600,000 to innovators using technology for social good. The competition is open to nonprofit organizations, universities, NGOs (non-governmental organizations), and social entrepreneurs with a 501(c)(3) status. Details about eligibility and the application can be found at project.vodafone-us.com. The deadline to apply is January 13, 2013.
Link Innovation Prize for Africa
The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Innovation Foundation (AIF) have announced the call for applications for the 2013 Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA). The IPA 2013 recognizes innovation in the five priority areas which are Agriculture/Agribusiness; Environment, Energy and Water; Health and Well-being; ICT and Manufacturing and Service Industry. The deadline for submitting applications is 31st October, 2012.
Link African Guest Researchers' Scholarship Programme
The Guest Researchers’ Scholarship Programme is directed at scholars in Africa engaged in research on/about the African continent and with a proven track record of extensive research experience. The applicant should be placed at or affiliated with an African university or other African research institution. Deadline for applications: 1 April 2013 (for a scholarship in 2014)
Link 4th PhD Seminar of the International Telecommunications Society: Announcement and Call for papers
The International Telecommunication Society (ITS), an association for academics and professionals in ICT, has announced a call for papers for its 4th PhD seminar that will be linked with the ITS2012 Bankok Biennal Conference from 22-23rd November, 2012. The conference, which will be hosted by the University of Thai Chamber of Commerce, will focus on discussing papers presented by the 15 PhD students selected in the regulation of telecommunication markets, challenges of the convergence of telecommunication markets and content supply, the development of telecommunication markets, as well as telecommunications and society. Students who have successfully completed the seminar will receive a certificate in cooperation with Chalmers University of Technology and Waseda University.
Link 4th PhD Seminar of the International Telecommunications Society: Announcement and Call for papers
The International Telecommunication Society (ITS), an association for academics and professionals in ICT, has announced a call for papers for its 4th PhD seminar that will be linked with the ITS2012 Bankok Biennal Conference from 22-23rd November, 2012. The conference, which will be hosted by the University of Thai Chamber of Commerce, will focus on discussing papers presented by the 15 PhD students selected in the regulation of telecommunication markets, challenges of the convergence of telecommunication markets and content supply, the development of telecommunication markets, as well as telecommunications and society. Students who have successfully completed the seminar will receive a certificate in cooperation with Chalmers University of Technology and Waseda University.
Link WordCamp Kenya 2012: Responsible Blogging & Positive Social Media Influence
WordCamp Kenya 2012 is an informal forum that brings together WordPress enthusiasts, bloggers, podcasters, developers and designers for a two-day gathering to promote positive and responsible engagement in preparation for the upcoming elections.
Link Call for participation: 2012 MyCOE / SERVIR Initiative in East Africa
The MyCOE / SERVIR Initiative in East Africa is a 10-month fellowship program for undergraduate and graduate students in eligible countries* who are currently enrolled in any field at an institution of higher education in an eligible country with ideas and plans for research that address themes of Climate Change, Agriculture, or Food Security using geographic technologies. Visit the link for more information, Inquiries may be directed to mycoe@aag.org
Link Web 2.0 and Social Media Learning Opportunity
This event takes place in Durban University of Technology (DUT), Durban, South Africa, 5-9 November 2012.Participants will be introduced to selected web 2.0 applications including social media and will learn how to use them hands-on. The Learning Opportunity will cover advanced online searching, getting information served via alerts and RSS, collaborating remotely using wikis and Google Docs, using VoIP, online mapping and social networking.
Link How to Get Published in a Journal - Dr. Dorothea Kleine
Notes from Publishing Workshop with Dr. Dorothea Kleine.
Link How to Get Published in a Journal - Dr. Dorothea Kleine
Notes from Publishing Workshop with Dr. Dorothea Kleine
Link 13th Strathmore University Annual ICT Conference "ICT AND SOCIETY: ADAPTIVE COMPUTING AND TECHNOLOGIES- 7 - 8 September 2012
Takes place 7 - 8 September 2012. The Conference theme will be "ICT AND SOCIETY: ADAPTIVE COMPUTING AND TECHNOLOGIES". The words "Adaptive Computing and Technologies"in the theme emphasizes on how ICT Innovations and technologies is critical to the current dynamism and globalization of day-to-day activities. Previous years’ proceedings are available online - http://www.strathmore.edu/ictconference/2012/ and could also be purchased during this year’s ICT Conference.
Link Intensive Course on the Justiciability of Economic, Social and Cultual rights
This one week intensive course is offered by the Law Faculty at Stellenbosch University, South Africa and the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights at the University of Oslo. Participants will have an opportunity to develop specialist-level knowledge in the field of economic, social and cultural rights (ESC rights), with a particular focus on justiciability at the national, regional and international level.Time and place: 12 - 16 November 2012, Turku/Åbo, Finland
Link iHub Entrepreneurs Report
The iHub Research paper outlining the impact of ICT Hubs on African entrepreneurs.
Link iHub Model Report
A detailed report outlining the concept of the iHub which outlines what makes the iHub work. It also showcases some entrepreneurs in the iHub
Link Enroll in Upcoming Summer Courses on Coursera
How does the Internet work? Why were LinkedIn passwords easier to break into? What is the time value of money? What do the novels Alice and Wonderland, Dracula, and Frankenstein say about the relationship between science, technology, and our hopes and fears? Did my 3rd-grade teacher explain only a suboptimal algorithm for multiplying two numbers? Come geek-out with Cousera over these and tons of other interesting questions explored through our summer courses!
Link Product Design Fellow / Uganda / Grameen Foundation
The Product Design Fellow (PDF) will drive human-centered design thinking for AppLab Money’s projects. The PDF will work with the AppLab Money team to develop and execute user research and product testing strategies, track the user experience during pilots, and work with the technology team to ensure that the products are improved to meet the needs of users.
Link Applications Open for ISOC Fellowships to the OECD Technology Foresight Forum
Fellowships to the OECD Technology Foresight Forum are part of the Internet Society's Next Generation Leaders (NGL) programme and are available to Internet Society members aged between 20 and 40 years. Fellows to the OECD may be given the opportunity to engage in various tasks at the Forum, including assisting the OECD Secretariat with preparatory work, reporting, and speaking. Details of these opportunities will be confirmed with the OECD Secretariat and successful applicants in advance of the Forum.
Link On smart phones in the village of Berekuso
Diary entries of a summer project by students from Carnegie Mellon (CMU). They are collaborating with Ashesi students in Ghana todevelop a waste and water monitoring system for Ashesi.
Link Research Methods
Check out this resource when you need some idea for research methods.
Link Social media and journalism in Africa
This Special Issue of Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies will survey the intersection of SOCIAL MEDIA and JOURNALISM in Africa. Publication will be in early 2013 .Contact the editor of this issue with expressions of interest: c.paterson@leeds.ac.uk. The deadline for articles is July 15 2012, but earlier submissions are welcome. All submissions will be peer reviewed, with notification of acceptance by September 1, and revision required by October 1 2012.
Link HCI Online class by Stanford
An online course that teaches the principles of HCI to aid in software development. The course is taught by Associate Prof. Scott Klemmer of Stanford University
Link Our Mobile Planet
Learn about smartphone adoption and usage across 40 countries. Create custom charts to deepen your understanding of the mobile consumer and get the data you need to guide your mobile strategy.
Link Getting the most out of personas
The link shows how you can go about creating personas of different users for your organisation and you get to understand why personas are important in UX design
Link Training Kit on Participatory Spatial Information Management and Communication
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation (CTA) ACP-EU has developed a training kit on Participatory Spatial Information Management and Communication available online and on DVD, which is intended to support indigenous and marginalised communities’ participation in documenting, representing, and communicating their spatial knowledge and land-related issues, while taking control over the processes involved and also to be used to raise awareness about ethics in the participatory Geographic Information systems (PGIS) practice to influence the attitudes and behaviour of stakeholders
Link Funding opportunities from the ESRC
ESRC provides a range of funding opportunities, including schemes, competitions and initiatives. This funding opportunities enable individuals and groups to pursue world-class research in academic institutions and independent research centres. ESRC has made some changes to the way that they process grants and range of funding opportunities. Familiarise yourself with these changes before you start to prepare your application for a funding opportunity.
Link Google Fellowship at the Personal Democracy Forum & Global Junior Challenge
Google and Personal Democracy Forum are teaming up to offer registration fellowships that cover the full forum registration costs and a meal with Googlers for fifteen well-qualified, creative political entrepreneurs to attend this year’s conference on June 11-12 at NYU Skirball Center in New York City. Fellows will be chosen based on evidence of how you’ve turned ideas into action and into new applications of technology in the political or civic arena. To get started, take a few minutes to fill out the form by 12 noon on May 9th 2012.
Link ICTs, New Media and Social Change in Africa
Conference organised by the Africa Media Centre Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI), Date: 15 June 2012 Venue: University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2UW.Invite calls for abstracts . The new deadline for abstracts is Wednesday 2 May 2012. Successful applicants will be notified by Monday 7 May 2012. Abstracts should be 300 words long. They must include the presenter's name, affiliation, email and postal address, together with the title of the paper. Please send abstracts to Helen Cohen at journalism@westminster.ac.uk
Link Etsy Hacker Grants: Supporting Women in Technology
Etsy is announcing a new scholarship and sponsorship program for women in technology: they’ll be hosting the summer 2012 session of Hacker School in the Etsy headquarters, and they’re providing ten Etsy Hacker Grants of $5,000 each—a total of $50,000—to women who want to join but need financial support to do so. Etsy’s goal is to bring 20 women to New York to participate, and they hope this will be the first of many steps to encourage more women into engineering at Etsy and across the industry.
Link 5th Annual International Conference on ICT for Africa 2013
5th Annual International Conference on ICT for Africa 2013 takes place in the National University of Science and Technology(NUST), Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, March 20-23, 2013 Theme: Consolidating Africa’s Competitiveness through Bespoke ICTs Call for Conference Track Proposals – ICT for Africa 2013. Deadline:Proposals for new conference tracks due by April 30, 2012.
Link Google EMEA Travel and Conference Grants for women
Google is offering Google EMEA Travel and Conference Grants to encourage women to excel in computing and Technology. Click the link to see the conferences being sponsored
Link Scholarships PHD Studentship in ICTforDevelopment
The Hasso Plattner Institute and the University of Cape Town are offering PhD studentships in the field of ICT for Development. These will be made available to students from the African continent who already hold an MSc and wish to enroll in full-time study at the University of Cape Town. To apply for the studentships, please send us your CV and a brief research proposal (2-3 pages) outlining the research question that you would like to tackle and how you would go about conducting the research. Proposals must be submitted before the 31st of May 2012.
Link Youth Employment Forum-Call for applications for Young Journalists/Bloggers
The ILO will offer five young journalists/bloggers the opportunity to promote and cover the Youth Employment Forum, which will take place in Geneva from 23 to 25 May 2012. Applications should be sent to youth@ilo.org with the subject “I am a young journalist / blogger” The deadline for submission of applications is 18 April 2012 at 12:00 PM EST.
Link International Development Informatics Association (IDIA 2012) Conference
Alleviating Digital Poverty with ICT innovation in emerging economies. Will ICT Rights make a difference? A conference about ICTs, poverty (digital and other) and rights (digital and other). We invite you to submit an abstract for a proposed paper in the area of Developing Informatics / ICT4D for IDIA 2012 (the 6th International Development Informatics Association Conference) to be held on 6-8 September 2012, in Istanbul, Turkey. Abstracts of no longer than 300 words may be submitted through the electronic submission system: http://www.conftool.net/idia2012/
Link DFID - Funding opportunities
A list of various funding opportunities from DFID ranging from business, educational institutions, individuals, local authorities, media and partnerships.
Link Google Summer of Code
Attention students! There is a project to build a web application that imports slide presentations into Connexions accepted as part of the Connexions Google Summer of Code. The tool will help unlock original material in professors' slides and will make it really easy to provide ancillaries that faculty need in order to adopt and use open textbooks. March 26th - Student application period opens. April 6th (12pm) - All applications must be submitted by April 6th. April 23rd - Accepted student proposals announced. May 22nd - August 20th: Students coding!
Link SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE - 1 year Masters in Practising Sustainable Development (ICT4D specialism)
The UNESCO Chair/Centre in ICT4D at Royal Holloway, University of London, is offering an exciting ICT4D specialism within its reputed Practising Sustainable Development Masters. It is designed for IT-experts, designers, students, professionals and development practitioners who want to develop their skills specifically in the area of ICT4D. Intake: Sept 2012-Sept 2013 (12 month full-time, or 24 months part-time)
Link NGL eLearning course, “Shaping the Internet – History and Futures"
Call for applications forthe 2012 online course which covers essential topics for effective interactions and relationships within the Internet ecosystem and key concepts and emerging issues in Internet governance. The course is available in English, Spanish and French. Applications are available from all countries. The deadline for applications is 10 April 2012, by midnight UTC/GMT.
Link World Education Summit Call for abstracts/proposals
With the aim of enriching global efforts at inclusive education, the organizers of World Education Summit seek detailed abstracts/ proposal(s)-(see link for topics) Last date for online submission of Abstracts is 31 March 2012. Selected papers will be notified for full paper submission by 15 April 2012. Last date for full paper submission 15 May 2012. Selected papers will be notified by 30 May 2012.
Link INTERACT CONFERENCE 2013
It takes place from 2nd -6th September 2013 in Capetown South Africa. The conference will be held at the Cape Town International Conference Centre (CTICC) For more information contact: interact2013@gmail.com
Link PhD Research Fellowship in Mobile Health Information Systems
Position as PhD Research fellow (Stipendiat SKO 1017) available at The Department for Informatics, University of Oslo The fellowship is for a period of up to 4 years, with 25 % compulsory work. Starting date no later than 01.10.2012 The position belongs to the mobiHealth action research project within the Global Infrastructures research group at the Department of Informatics. For information about the mobiHealth project see: http://www.hisp.uio.no/projects/mobihealth/
Link Making things happen
Stories of how DONATAs platforms are strengthening farming communities around Africa
Link ICTD ATLANTA LIVE STREAM
The Fifth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD2012) hosted at the Georgia Institute of Technology, March 12-15, 2012, Atlanta, Georgia USA Day two and Day 3 of the Atlanta ICTD conference will be webcast live on this link.
Link ICTD ATLANTA LIVE STREAM
The Fifth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD2012) hosted at the Georgia Institute of Technology, March 12-15, 2012, Atlanta, Georgia USA Day two and Day 3 of the Atlanta ICTD conference will be webcast live on this link.
Link Seeking African Organization to Head Network for Africa
Request for Expression of Interest to Manage the Network for Africa Submissions Due: March 30, 201
Link Research ICT Africa Network
The Research ICT Africa Network conducts research on ICT policy and regulation that facilitates evidence-based and informed policy making for improved access, use and application of ICT for social development and economic growth. It provides African researchers, governments, regulators, operators, multilateral institutions, development agencies, community organizations and trade unions with the information and analysis required to develop innovative and appropriate policies, effective implementation and successful network operations that can contribute to sustainable development.
Link Engage International Competition
Open data provide an unprecedented opportunity for societies to move towards transparency, evidence-based decisions, enhanced cohesion, public engagement and trust. ENGAGE project (http://www.engage-project.eu ), funded by the European Commission under the e-Infrastructures Programme, aims at the deployment and use of an advanced service infrastructure, incorporating distributed and diverse public sector information resources as well as data curation, semantic annotation and visualization tools, capable of empowering the deployment of open governmental data towards citizens. ENGAGE aims to attract high-quality innovative contributions, in the form of short papers that depict sound positions and views for advancing the provision, usage and final utilization of open data by scientists of all scientific domains, citizens and businesses Deadline for submission of position papers: 15th March 2012
Link How Higher Education Is Going Digital
People are talking about digital tech’s opportunity to improve the classroom. Many schools are dipping their toes in the promise of a digital future, and it’s not just about textbooks.The folks at OnlineUniversities.com have compiled an infographic that explores the pros and cons of various platforms and technologies that have found their way into the halls of higher ed.
Link The Internet Society Fellowship to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
The IETF is the world’s premier Internet standards-development body. The Internet Society Fellowship to the IETF is available to technology professionals, advanced IT students, and other qualified individuals from developing and emerging economies The Fellowship to the IETF helps to increase the diversity of inputs to, and global awareness of the IETF’s vital work. At the same time, the Fellows participate in the development of Internet standards and best practices and make valuable connections with global peers with similar interests. Fellowships are available to first-time and returning Fellows
Link UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)
The primary source for cross-nationally comparable statistics on education, science and technology, culture, and communication for more than 200 countries and territories
Link Empowering women through ICT
Spider ICD4D document, a report on empowering women through ICT The aim of the workshop was to get an overview of actors and activities in Sweden in the area of ICT, development and gender. The workshop focused on areas where ICT could promote and create equality between men and women. Other points raised were how to empower women through ICT because women cannot achieve equality if they continue to have limited or no access to information and communication
Link IAMCR 2012 Call for Proposals
The International Association for Media and Communication Research invites submissions of abstracts for papers and panel proposals for the 2012 IAMCR conference to be held from July 15-19, 2012 at the Howard College Campus of the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) in Durban, South Africa. The conference will be held under the general theme, 'South-North Conversations'. The theme reflects the asymmetry of global communication flows, but without implying the negatives that usually accompany discussions of the 'digital divide'. Selected Issues Some of the sub-themes that lend themselves to exploration across many of the IAMCR Sections and Working groups include: Uneven access to technological, political and social capital Issues of the so-called ‘digital divide’ post WSIS Asymmetrical news and information flows Trend lines and origins of innovations, apps and new media The spectre or reality of cultural imperialism Fighting back: empowerment of the local, the regional and
Link UNESCO Institute for Statistics
An information source for cross-nationally comparable statistics on education, science and technology, culture, and communication for more than 200 countries and territories.
Link Weave open-data visualization offers power, flexibility
Weave is an open whose-data visualization tool whose goal is to make data visualization and analysis more broadly available to the public - engaging the public and democratizing data. Future implementations within Weave will be large scale collaboration - several hundreds of users, a microAPI, InfoMaps, a simpleWeave, and an API to the session history.
Link Tech Researcher, (Human Rights) Mobile Security Lab
A new project focused on mobile security and human rights is looking for mobile security researchers and developers. A number of positions are available in DC and NYC as well as remotely for the right person. 
Link Connecting Agriculture: The Role of Mobile in Driving Efficiency and Sustainability in Food and Agriculture Value Chain
A report from Vodafone and Accenture looking at "The Role of Mobile in Driving Efficiency and Sustainability in the Food and Agriculture Value Chain." 
Link Mobile Technologies for Child Protection
UNICEF released "Mobile Technologies for Child Protection," which looks at the data collection and reporting potential of mobile phones for child welfare.
Link m-Science: Sensing, Computing and Dissemination
m-Science is on the rise. The use of mobiles for sensing, computing, and dissemination of content means that mobiles can be applied to a wide variety of subjects; this research paper looks at the potential.
Link Improved Response to Disaster and Outbreaks by Tracking Population Movements with Mobile Networks Data:A Post-Earthquake Geospatial Study in Haiti
The Haitian earthquake and subsequent cholera outbreak inspired a new method of estimating population shifts. This white paper looks at how SIM card data can be applied to population movement.
Link mDirectory
The MobileActive.org mDirectory has lots of new research on how mobile technology is being used for development around the world.
Link Apple's iOS problem: Contacts uploading is just the tip of the iceberg. Apps can also upload all your photos, calendar or record conversations.
The recent controversy about iPhone address book uploads to third parties without the user's knowledge or explicit permission is just the tip of the iceberg, argues this piece.
Link Twitter Acquires Second Security Firm in Three Months
Twitter is working on building it's security by acquiring Daisent, a web security company, just after buying mobile security company, Whisper Systems.
Link Build your phone's defenses against hackers
The New York Times looks into mobile security and how to better protect your phone from security threats.
Link AVG Technologies Unveils a Global Community Powered Threat Report-Q4 2011
A report by AVG on the major security threat posed by QR codes and malware in this coming year.
Link Bill Requires Cellphone Carriers to Disclose Tracking Software
A new bill, the Mobile Device Privacy Act (MDPA), has been put in place to ensure that mobile service providers to disclose information collect by the mobile tracking software.
Link The Day The Internet Stood Still
A tribute info graphic to January 18th, the day many online websites went dark in protest to SOPA and PIPA.
Link Safer Mobile: Mobile Privacy and Security
SaferMobile is a project of MobileActive.org that focuses on increasing awareness of mobile security risks and teaching methods and tactics to mitigate those risks. Here are a tips on how to use mobile technology more securely.
Link Newest Case Study for the Toolkit: Mobile Media Lessons from Afghanistan
A project between iMedia Associates and Media Support Partnership Afghanistan (MSPA) which aims to enhance the interactivity and access of audio news programs via mobile phone. Users call in to a local short code, hang up, then receive a call back and can navigate and listen to top news stories, in Pashto, via an integrated voice response (IVR) system.
Link Mobile Penetration in Tanzania
An infographic on the mobile penetration and number of subscribers in Tanzania. Statistics represented are on the mobile network operators markets share, the common mobile operating systems in use, text messages and talk time, average weighted tariffs per operator, access and use of the Internet as well as Tanzania's online presence.
Link Nearly 1 million people jail broke their iPhone or iPad in One Weekend.
Nearly 1 million people jail broke their iPhone 4S or iPad 2 in one weekend thanks to the increasingly popular Absinthe A5. This tools, popular mostly with tinkerers, lets jail breakers have access to tools that would never be allowed on Apple's official App store.
Link Qualcomm Working to Boost Arabic Language Mobile Apps
Qualcomm and Saudi Arabia based Mobily have announced a collaboration to encourage developpers to create Arabic language applications by providing the necessary tools and resources to do so. These tools will cater for the needs of the large number of Arab mobile users in Saudi Arabia.
Link The beginning of Africa’s long, slow transition away from SMS – new browser kids on the block making mobile Internet access easier
An exploration of how mobile Internet has lead to the rapid decrease in the use of SMS which can be attributed to it's restrictions in use and higher cost compared to platforms offered via mobile Internet.
Link Mobile Learning In Developing Countries In 2012: What's Happening?
Interest in m-learning is increasingly becoming a topic of discussion on the use of mobiles and tablets in creating an innovative and interactive platform for educating children. Nevertheless, questions continue to be raised on how to cost-effectively make an impact in education using these new tools.
Link Cross-Border Telephone Remittances Increase in Africa
A report on how mobile banking has lead to the increase in oversea remittances to families back home using "mobile wallets", as it offers a cheap and efficient means, given more people in Africa have mobile phones than bank accounts.
Link More mobiles than humans in 2012, says Cisco
According to Cisco, the number of mobile phone will outnumber the size of the human population by the end of this year. Mobile data traffic and data consumption is expected to explode with the increasing use of smartphones and tablets which use the 4G connection.
Link Is mobile Africa's future?
An infographic on the impact in the sectors of banking, healthcare and agriculture in Africa- a continent that will have approximately 735 million Mobile subscribers by the end of 2012.
Link EOI Enhancing Access to Finance for Technology Entrepreneurs in East Africa: Gaps Analysis in Rwanda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya
It is an expression of interest inviting firms to participate in providing expert services to perform a study on; Enhancing Access to Finance for Technology Entrepreneurs in East Africa: Gaps Analysis in Rwanda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya. The study will be commissioned to better understand the nature of the financing gap in East Africa for innovative technology SMEs whose needs are between $50K-$1M, and to provide recommendations on a solution to the gap, including the feasibility and requirements for creating a regional Public-Private Partnership (PPP) facility
Link International Conference Computing Communicatoin and Iniformatics Management-Dubai, UAE
The Conference will run from 29 - 30 th July, 2012 and it aims to offer a collaborative platform for the people in Academics, Research and Industry to address emerging issues and solutions in the above mentioned areas. The deadline for paper submission is 10th April , 2012.
Link International Conference on Engineering and ICT (ICEI 2012)
ICEA 2012 aims to foster a broad range of sustainable collaboration among leading researchers, experts, educators, practitioners and developers seeking knowledge sharing in addressing various issues of engineering and ICT fields. The deadline for abstracts/proposals is 31 December 2011.
Link Project Associate, Crowd-Sourcing Citizen Voices to Improve Public Service Delivery (Kenya)
Innovations for Poverty Action seeks a qualified applicant for the position of Project Associate for the project “Crowd-Sourcing Citizen Voices to Improve Public Service Delivery: A Pilot Study in Kenya.”
Link 4 Innovative Project Making Water More Accessible in the Developing World
A write up featuring innovative projects that are addressing the problem of access to fresh water in developing nations through the use of donations, mobile technology and water purifiers.
Link Beyond Payments or Just Different Payments?
An exploration on the effect of using mobile money transfers and the questions raised on the response of both merchants and consumers if they are charged an electronic transcation fee. The article dicusses some of the difference mobile payments available in parts of the world and how they have been intergrated with the pre-existing policies.
Link Advice for social innovators at heart
Advice for social innovators at heart 1. Don’t be in a hurry. Grow your organisation on your own terms. 2. Don’t assume you need money to grow. Do what you can before you reach out to external funders. 3. Volunteers and Interns may not be the silver bullet to your human resource issues. 4. Pursue and maximise every opportunity to promote your work. 5. Remember that your website, for most people, is the primary window to you and your idea. 6. Know when to say “no”. Manage expectations.7. Avoid being dragged down by the politics of the industry you’re in. Save your energy for more important things. 8. Learn to do what you can’t afford to pay other people to do. 9. Be open with the values that drive you.10. Collaborate if it’s in the best interests of solving your problem, even if it’s not in your best interests. 11. Make full use of your networks, and remember that the benefits of being in them may not always be immediate. 12. Remember the bigger picture.
Link How Social Media Supports Innovation
A detailed mind map of the different ways social media supports innovation
Link The Do's and Dont's of Infographic Designs
It outlines pointers that an info-graphic should have
Link New eBook: 99 Tools to Help You Generate Leads with Social Media
This eBook provides tools that can help you manage, create and monitor your social marketing efforts. The eBook provides information on how to manage multiple social media channels, create and integrate content, monitor qualitative social media (Sentiment Monitoring),and monitor quantitative social media (Tracking and Analytics).
Link Case Study, Open Data Kenya
A case study of the Underlying Drivers, Principal Objectives and Evolution of one of the first Open Data Initiatives in Africa.
Link [Infographic] The Open Governance Index – A new way of measuring openness
A research report that introduces a new way of measuring the openness of open source projects. The Open Governance Index measures the true openness of eight open source projects - Android, Qt, Symbian, MeeGo, Mozilla, WebKit, Linux and Eclipse - and analyses how governance, and not licenses, tell the full story of a project's openness, across transparency, influence and control.
Link The Mobile Financial Services Development Report 2011
The Mobile Financial Services Development Report 2011 assesses the development of the mobile financial services (MFS) ecosystem in twenty countries. The report analyses the relative areas of strength and weaknesses suitable for decision makers as well as that the adoption of mobile financial services is confined to a few countries where the scope of financial services is limited to mobile money transfer.
Link The Startup’s Toolkit [Infographic]
The Startup’s Toolkit [Infographic] A survey of 550 people at startups in the United States to find out what were the most common tools that they use. Here are just a few of the standouts: Company email category: Google Apps (used by 57 percent of startups) Storage/Backup/Virtualization: Dropbox (used by 39 percent of startups) Project Management: Basecamp Text Editor: TextMate Version Control: Git Email Marketing: Mail Chimp (used by 30 percent of startups) Note Taking: Evernote
Link The 9th International Conference on Mobile Web Information Systems (MobiWIS)
It takes place August 27-29, 2012, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada and aims to promote the state of the art in scientific and practical research of the mobile web and information systems. It provides a forum to present research work and share knowledge and experiences of the tools, techniques, technologies, models and methodologies that lead to better information and service provisioning in the mobile web and information systems. CALLS FOR PAPERS http://www.mobiwis.org/2012/#callforPapers due by 29th feb 2012 MobiWIS-2012 will be held in conjunction with the 3rd International Conference on Ambient Systems, Networks and Technologies (ANT-2012). http://cs-conferences.acadiau.ca/ant-12/ The ANT-2012 will be held at Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada in August 27-29, 2012
Link International Conference on ICT for Africa
The International Conference on ICT for Africa is an annual conference that brings together stakeholders of the educational and industrial sectors in Africa, with the aim of reflecting on how to transfer, diffuse and adopt the Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) within the African context.This year's conference will be held in Kampala, Uganda from 21st-24th March, 2012.The theme is on Africa's E-Inclusion: Defying the odds and leading the way in Global ICT Innovation.
Link M4D 2012 New Delhi
M4D is an annual international conference on mobile development. M4D2012 aims to provide a forum for researchers, practitioners and all those with interests in mobile communication for development. M4D2012 will combine two days of workshops, discussions, demos, plenary, paper and panel sessions. The conference activities will take place at a reputed hotel in Delhi .(Please visit following link to apply: https://www.easychair.org/account/signin.cgi?conf=m4d2012)
Link COMMONWEALTH FELLOWSHIP 2012
Commonwealth Academic Fellowships supports mid-career professionals from developing Commonwealth countries to spend around three months with a UK host organisation on a programme of professional development a UK university. These fellowships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).The fund includes living expenses and return airfare airfare to the UK The training courses to be followed will be selected by Fellows from a range of courses sourced by the CTO and then approved by the CSC.
Link Announcement of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Within the framework of the strategy of the German Federal Government for the internationalisation of science and research. Regulations governing the funding of mobility measures for the initialisation of knowledge-based partnerships for sustainable solutions with Sub-Saharan Africa
Link German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) Funding
The German government through the ministry of education is providing some grants for research partnerships between german universities and sub-saharan ones. Regulations governing the funding of mobility measures for the initialisation of knowledge-based partnerships for sustainable solutions with Sub-Saharan Africa are also provided here.
Link Nsight Newsletter
Resources for Studying and Teaching Qualitative Research. If you're a teacher, student or academic researcher - then you may find the following online events and resources useful. You're welcome to share these with your colleagues.
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