ICTD Student Andrew Kiproff used game theory principles to develop a new platform to aggregate and reward social impact fundraising campaigns.
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences
ICTD student Barbara MacFerrin used photography, video, and audio technology to communicate the scientific, environmental, and societal impact of climate change.
CU Boulder ICTD student Emily Porter spent her practicum semester researching visual rhetoric and collective memory in political crises and how this impacted across languages.
ICTD Student Leland Smith worked with Tetra Tech to developing an ICTD division within the organization.
ICTD student Joellen Radersdorf spent her practicum on the ground working to improve the quality of life for communities in Namibia, by pioneering ventures that provide access to appropriate sustainable energy technologies.
Sikuli Lab — working on 3D printing tactile storybooks for children/parents with vision disability
During her practicum, ICTD Student Abigale Stangl used 3D printing to create textile-based technology for the visually impaired. This allowed preliterate children and parents to experience storybook classics like, Goodnight Moon.
With a background in economics and a strong interest in social impact lending, ICTD student Neil DiMuccio spent his practicum working with Zidisha, the first online peer-to-peer micro lending community. On the ground in Kenya, Neil focused on usability and scalability of the microfinance mobile application.
ICTD student Mustafa Naseem worked on internet policy at Verizon headquarters, where he focused on accessibility policy.
ICTD Student Matthew Hulse spent his practicum with the World Bank aiding telecommunications, software infrastructure, energy, and technology-for-change initiatives.
Rachel Powers spent her practicum working with the ITU to highlight the ICT opportunity for persons with disabilities.
Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation
During her practicum, ICTD student Rachel Strobel spent her time at the CTO focused on telecommunication policy and regulatory analysis as it relates to developing countries.
ICTD student Isla Schanuel spent her practicum working with the foundation to aggregate a needs and services platform for Broomfield County. This resulted in a more usable and accessible system for goods and services to be matched with needs in the community.
For his practicum semester, Chris Carruth designed and implemented a curriculum for participatory meida with the South Sudanese diaspora community. By using cameras to take images and upload those to editing software, participants were able to tell their stories, while also learning technical skills (both photo hardware and computer software).
Working with Ecocycle, ICTD student Lakshmi Haridas developed a planning tool that could be used by cities and countries to simulate a transition from existing traditional waste management practices to a zero-waste system – and that can do a cost-benefit analysis of such a transition.
ICTD student Luke Groeninger worked on a research with Dr. Sarah Sterling focused on mental health trauma, as part of a larger goal to examine how trauma may impact ICTD intervention readiness.
ICTD Student Hawra Rabaan worked with the organization on mobile tracking via Frontline SMS for monitoring fog water harvesting in Morocco
We have had more than one student engaged in women in tech who have done their practicum with NCWIT. ICTD student Aaron Vimont focused him practicum on developing a narrative based computer game that would encourage STEM learning. ICTD student Joey Lyon used geographical geographical mapping to help visualize NCWIT’s data to better serve participants in the STEM programs.
ICTD student Maryam Moghaddam-Zadeh helped establish an SMS messaging system to help communicate medical information to epilepsy patients in rural areas and/or affected by societal stigmas that often impact access to medical services/knowledge.
ICTD Student Alexis Wagnon used social media to disseminate information and education to marginalized communities in Southeast Asia around climate disaster prevention and preparedness.
ICTD student Cassianne Cladis worked with Mercy Corps on measurement and evaluation programs following the Ebola outbreak.
University of New Mexico Libraries
ICTD student Mary Bowannie created a database to archive Native American oral histories.
ICTD student Dani Rodriguez spent her practicum focused on educational and vocational support and training to refugee families.
Green Wifi – solar charging in the developing world (Haiti)
Green WiFi, a nonprofit organization based in California, used solar powered long-distance WiFi Networks to help fix the gap between the digitally literate and people who do not have access to digital educational materials. Formed in 2010, the organization successfully helped many people living in poverty gain control of their education and advance toward the digital world. Kevin McElhinney created a free and open source Web-based solar photovoltaic monitoring platform to track solar input, usage and system health. His pilot site was in Laschobas, Haiti.
World Vision Haiti/Clinton Global Initiative – Curriculum development for Teachers in rural Haiti (Haiti)
World Vision is a global Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation committed to partnering with the people of Haiti to rebuild their lives today and to help enact sustainable solutions for the future of their children, families, and communities. World Vision’s child sponsorship program plays a vital role in this partnership. Alexandra Morgan-Kisarale together with Miami Dade College, developed customized 25-hour teacher training in Haitian Creole based on best practice frameworks, governmental standards, and a diagnostic assessment with teachers/directors. She provided oversight of training delivery and evaluation; and coordinated an embedded training-of-trainers to maximize the return on training dollars, build local capacity, and increase the likelihood of sustainability.
Inveneo – hardware solutions for ICTD projects worldwide (San Francisco/Kenya)
Inveneo delivers the tools of technology – sustainable computing and broadband – to those who need it most in the developing world, transforming lives through better education, healthcare, economic opportunities and faster emergency relief. Matt Crum worked with Inveneo on multiple hardware projects, including setting up communication in cooperation with Orange SA (telecom) in the world’s largest refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya.
NapoNet – ICT Use in Amazonian Communities (Peru)
NapoNET designs ICT solutions for an existing internet backbone. Originally intended to fight malaria and dengue, and now the increasing threat of HIV/AIDs, the long-distance WiFi internet network (17 towers operating at 5.88 GHz, with ~2 Mbps of bandwidth for 120 hosts) serves primarily as a (VOIP) telephone system with Internet accessibility that connects 15 rural village health posts to regional hospitals. The network runs across 445 km of river from the border of Ecuador to the city of Iquitos (the largest city in the world unreachable by car) and serves a largely indigenous population of over 23,000. McClees Stephens conducted over 50 interviews with doctors, nurses, administrators, farmers, petroleum workers, government leaders, indigenous chiefs, regional research institutions, maintenance partners, economists & national telecommunications regulators, while travelling up and down the river in order to understand the role the communications system plays in social, environmental and economical issues in the region.
Iranian Epilepsy Association – Electronic communication with patients (Iran)
Iranian Epilepsy Association is a national non-governmental organization whose mission is to increase public awareness & knowledge about epilepsy to enhance the quality of life for people with epilepsy through changing attitude toward epilepsy. Maryam Moghaddam-Zadeh spent two months in Tehran working as a consultant, helping the Iranian Epilepsy Association use technology for better communication with epilepsy patients, doctors, and the public.
Association for Craft Producers – Supply Chain of Fair-Trade Arts and Crafts (Nepal)
The Association for Craft Producers (ACP) is a local, not for profit, fair trade organization providing design, marketing, management, and technical services to low-income Nepalese craft producers. ACP is a resource to advance and globally distribute their work, for which they receive fair wages and generous benefits. Nicole Stephan worked in and around Kathmandu with one of the largest production houses in Nepal, where fair trade native artisan crafts and art are sourced and created. She studied the supply chain, the partnerships with ACP and buyers around the world and attempted to streamline processes.