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Tech Challenge Series

IVR Junction: Connecting Unheard Voices to Global Social Media

Aditya Vashistha | Posted 10.08.2013 | Impact
Aditya Vashistha

The World Wide Web has enabled rich communities of user-generated content, lending a platform for users to broadcast their photos, videos, and commentaries to an international audience. But in rural India, is it possible for a smallholder farmer, owning only a basic mobile phone, lacking Internet access, and literate only in the local language, to participate in this global dialogue?

P.A.C.T. Platform: Enhancing Communication in Remote Regions

Richard Brion | Posted 10.07.2013 | Impact
Richard Brion

The key to P.A.C.T. is empowering people by giving them new resources. A rising tide raises all boats, and giving at-risk populations access to information provides a sustainable way to keep that tide rising.

Understanding Humanitarian Disasters Through Citizen Communication

Jakob Rogstadius | Posted 10.06.2013 | Impact
Jakob Rogstadius

Being able to tap into local populations for real-time country-wide monitoring can be particularly attractive, as trusted international monitors are often few and far apart, but can quickly be relocated to confirm emerging stories.

Thread: Connecting the World

T. Annie Nguyen | Posted 10.05.2013 | Impact
T. Annie Nguyen

Developing a deep level of empathy is important when designing for others on any project, but it felt even more so for this challenge. It was also important to understand the needs of aid organizations and the people on the ground working to help.

People's Intelligence: Networked Reporting and Verification by the People

Christophe Billen | Posted 10.02.2013 | Impact
Christophe Billen

Π (or People's Intelligence) will make use of SMS or Speak to Tweet technologies to establish a conversation with victims and witnesses of mass atrocities, providing them with guidance and actionable information that will facilitate early warnings and targeted assistance.

People's Radio: Tried and True Technology Meets New Innovation

Karoline Kirchhübel | Posted 10.01.2013 | Impact
Karoline Kirchhübel

People's Radio serves as an interesting thought experiment. How might we connect more robust and traditional communication systems such as landlines and radios to modern platforms like the Internet? Are there unexplored connections to be made?

Training Citizen Journalists: There's an App for That

Brian Conley | Posted 09.30.2013 | Impact
Brian Conley

The beta release of StoryMaker makes it possible for English and Arabic speakers all over the world to make their voices heard. From now on, individual citizens in Egypt or Syria can tell their own stories

The Serval Project: Reclaiming Your Phone

Paul Gardner-Stephen | Posted 09.29.2013 | Impact
Paul Gardner-Stephen

I still remember when I heard the first news about the earthquake in Haiti in early 2010. I knew that when a society loses the ability to communicate ...

The Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention: Bringing Light to the Darkness

Michael B. Kleinman | Posted 09.28.2013 | Impact
Michael B. Kleinman

New technologies are marking it harder for perpetrators to hide their crimes, allowing the rest of us to peer into this darkness and giving victims in affected communities the tools to tell the world what's happening.