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Building for mobile at the margins

Fortunately for us, many of the day-to-day technologies which drive large chunks of our on-line lives quietly tick away in the background, only reminding us of our total dependence on them when something breaks or goes wrong. We take the complex ecosystem which drives much of this for granted.

Last month I was invited to speak at a conference at Georgia Tech and give my perspective on building social mobile tools that work in the opposite, resource-challenged environments, a reality for the majority of people in the world today. My short ten minute talk is available above, courtesy of Georgia Tech, along with a PDF of the slides.

The motivation behind the Computing at The Margins Symposium grew out of a research agenda at the university aimed at “understanding the technology needs of under-served communities, both domestically and abroad, and driving the creation of innovative technology to serve and empower these communities”.

Figuring out how we build useful, appropriate mobile tools for grassroots NGOs is crucial if we’re not to create a digital divide within the digital divide. Additional posts and video on my thinking behind this “Social Mobile Long Tail” are available here.

23 comments

1 changefeed (changefeed) { 06.02.09 at 4:49 pm }

->@kiwanja: Building for mobile at the margins http://tinyurl.com/kvkxra

2 changefeed { 06.02.09 at 4:49 pm }

->@kiwanja: Building for mobile at the margins http://tinyurl.com/kvkxra

3 ischke (ischke) { 06.02.09 at 10:24 pm }

Figuring out how we build useful, appropriate mobile tools for grassroots NGOs is crucial… (via @kiwanja) http://tinyurl.com/kvkxra

4 Nathalie Abejero { 06.03.09 at 12:09 am }

Avoiding a digital divide within a digital divide. Ten minute video on building for mobile at the margins. http://is.gd/MoGj RT @kiwanja

5 lovisa { 06.03.09 at 12:39 am }

RT @kiwanja: Avoiding a digital divide within a digital divide. Ten minute video on building for mobile at the margins. http://is.gd/MoGj

6 lovisatalk { 06.03.09 at 12:39 am }

RT @kiwanja: Avoiding a digital divide within a digital divide. Ten minute video on building for mobile at the margins. http://is.gd/MoGj

7 Erik Hersman { 06.04.09 at 12:34 pm }

Excellent talk on “Building for mobile at the margins”: http://bit.ly/tRaHl (video by @kiwanja)

8 Erik Hersman { 06.04.09 at 12:34 pm }

Excellent talk on "Building for mobile at the margins": http://bit.ly/tRaHl (video by @kiwanja)

9 whiteafrican { 06.04.09 at 12:34 pm }

Excellent talk on “Building for mobile at the margins”: http://bit.ly/tRaHl (video by @kiwanja)

10 Heather LaGarde { 06.04.09 at 12:49 pm }

RT @whiteafrican: Excellent talk on “Building for mobile at the margins”: http://bit.ly/tRaHl (video by @kiwanja)

11 heatherlagarde { 06.04.09 at 12:49 pm }

RT @whiteafrican: Excellent talk on “Building for mobile at the margins”: http://bit.ly/tRaHl (video by @kiwanja)

12 rob allen { 06.04.09 at 12:56 pm }

http://bit.ly/tRaHl – Ken Banks @kiwanja – Building for mobile at the margins – Agree with what Ken says apart from ‘ignore the internet’

13 roballen101 { 06.04.09 at 12:56 pm }

http://bit.ly/tRaHl – Ken Banks @kiwanja – Building for mobile at the margins – Agree with what Ken says apart from ‘ignore the internet’

14 Don Osborn { 06.04.09 at 1:16 pm }

RT @whiteafrican: Excellent talk on “Building for mobile at the margins”: http://bit.ly/tRaHl (video by @kiwanja) [good, but lang dimension?

15 Don Osborn { 06.04.09 at 1:16 pm }

RT @whiteafrican: Excellent talk on "Building for mobile at the margins": http://bit.ly/tRaHl (video by @kiwanja) [good, but lang dimension?

16 donosborn { 06.04.09 at 1:16 pm }

RT @whiteafrican: Excellent talk on “Building for mobile at the margins”: http://bit.ly/tRaHl (video by @kiwanja) [good, but lang dimension?

17 paconmiller { 06.05.09 at 2:38 am }

RT @whiteafrican Excellent talk on "Building for mobile at the margins": http://bit.ly/tRaHl (video by @kiwanja)

18 paconmiller { 06.05.09 at 2:38 am }

RT @whiteafrican Excellent talk on “Building for mobile at the margins”: http://bit.ly/tRaHl (video by @kiwanja)

19 jranck { 06.05.09 at 3:22 am }

@kiwanja has a nice summary of his thinking on m4dev in this presentation: http://bit.ly/KDRic

20 Jody Ranck { 06.05.09 at 3:22 am }

@kiwanja has a nice summary of his thinking on m4dev in this presentation: http://bit.ly/KDRic

21 Mobile Design. Sans Frontieres. | Build it Kenny, and they will come... { 01.10.10 at 3:38 pm }

[...] see the “Mobile applications development” section of this blog, which also includes a 10 minute video on the [...]

22 Mobile Design. Sans Frontieres. : FrontlineSMS { 07.12.10 at 12:16 pm }

[...] see the “Mobile applications development” section of this blog, which includes a 10 minute video on the [...]

23 Maria Rosa Maurizi { 08.21.10 at 6:19 pm }

RT @TopsyRT: Building for mobile at the margins http://bit.ly/tRaHl

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