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Mobile App Fever: How to Spot the Symptoms

Heather Franzese | Posted 10.27.2016 | Impact
Heather Franzese

The idea of building an app is attractive for many reasons. First, it's tangible. You can build it and put your name on it. Second, it's completely customizable. The canvas is only limited to your imagination and your coding skill. Third, you can track it, monitoring downloads and usage. And of course, you stand to gain money and fame if your app is successful with the masses.

Wearables in the Workplace: 3 Reasons to Test in Manufacturing

Heather Franzese | Posted 07.14.2016 | Impact
Heather Franzese

Similarly, we need to know more than what workers say they need. There's an opportunity to add depth to worker data by plugging them into the 'internet of everything' and finding out what is the physical behavior of a worker who self-reports as satisfied, compared with one who reports otherwise.

What Do Factory Workers In Asia Want?

Heather Franzese | Posted 08.06.2014 | Impact
Heather Franzese

What do factory workers want? They sew our clothes and assemble our mobile phones -- things we use every day -- but they remain a mystery to us. Most are working thousands of miles away behind secure company gates.

How Learning To Use An ATM is Changing Lives in India

Heather Franzese | Posted 07.13.2014 | Impact
Heather Franzese

Do you remember the first time you used an ATM? Probably not. It's one of those everyday conveniences we take for granted.

From Brazil to Bangladesh: Saving Lives the Old-Fashioned Way, with Fire Drills and Phone Calls

Heather Franzese | Posted 04.20.2014 | Impact
Heather Franzese

Imagine yourself working in a factory. One day you smell smoke. What do you do? Ignore it? Panic? Or follow the fire drill procedure you learned at a training last week? What you choose could save your life.

What's Poverty? Ask 10 Simple Questions

Heather Franzese | Posted 08.10.2013 | Impact
Heather Franzese

Do you have a sewing machine? Do you have a blender? These are not questions you would hear from a mortgage broker if you were trying to qualify for a home mortgage loan. But surprisingly, they are questions that give us insight into household wealth in countries like India and Peru.

Closing the Mobile Gender Gap

Heather Franzese | Posted 05.01.2013 | Impact
Heather Franzese

According to USAID, 41% of mobile subscribers in the developing world use their phones to "increase their income and professional opportunities." How do we close this gap so women can access the same professional and economic opportunities as men?