Sunday, April 30, 2006

London: design defined

We had some interesting (networking) talks yesterday, BBQ with IDEO, Design Council folks. It feels good to have such a business card that includes a project in Africa, microfinance, peer to peer, Microsoft... Interest was raised and presentation possibilities discussed when back in London after context research. It feels like London has a pretty developed design community, strategic designer, interaction designer, experience designer, narrative interaction designer...everybody tags its own field with the appropiate words. We should create our own: intocontext designer.

Slow travel...enjoy

Our first transportation choice: Ferry to London before we take the plane to Entebbe (Uganda). It feels good to travel by boat, a more natural speed. Soul and body arrive together. Cinema included. Goodbye Holland...welcome adventure!

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

We met with Kin Kaliisa Ibrahim the special presidential assistant in charge of information and communication technology for the Republic of Uganda. He is currently a PhD student in the Security of Systems group at Radboud University Nijmegen.

Our discussion was concentrated on gaining a better understanding of the factors and forces influencing the diffusion of ICT in Uganda. He provided us with an image of the future roadmap for development, specifically in the rural areas of Uganda. A sound file of the interview can be found at the link below.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

While arranging some meetings in some ICT university people in Uganda we receive this e-mail answer "With Microsoft in the backyard, I am wondering how will this research benefitTHE PEOPLE!!!!!"

It looks like having the Microsoft label doesn't give a positive image everywhere. Microsoft might be too big to evaluate as good or bad, we are happy to have benefited by the Digital Inclusion Awards, and we feel the freedom to use it in a manner that might benefit several people working with Kiva. We hope it does.

Thursday, April 20, 2006