“For global development, its not what the smartest phone can do, it’s what the 30 USD “smart-ish” data phone will do.” - Jonathan Donner, Microsoft Research
The conference, organized by SERD in collaboration with HumanIT, Karlstad University, was held at the Mapple Emerald Hotel from Feb. 28 – 29, 2012, with a pre-conference event on the 27th February.
iHub Research participated both as a presenter as well as in a panel session. iHub Research project manager, Angela Crandall presented her work on farmers’ use of cell phones in Kenya and was awarded the best oral presentation in the research track for her presentation. Hilda Moraa, iHub Research strategist, led and moderated the SPIDER International Workshop on Mobile Democracy while Angela spoke on behalf of iHub Research with the rest of the ICT4Dem Network organizations.
During the panel, iHub Research spoke about our m-governance project (supported and funded by SPIDER), which aims to understand the potential for mobile applications in improving governance in Kenya. We explained to the audience how we are interested in understanding how mobile apps can help push the democratization of information and improving citizens’ access to information.
The conference brought together m4d practitioners and researchers to share projects and discuss ideas. It was agreed that M4D research can guide practitioners and help drive digital inclusion by removing prosaic barriers to use. As researchers, we should promote natural user interfaces, address economics issues, and improve the conceptual clarity and scope of m4d.
We look forward to the next conference to be held in 2014. We will share the online conference proceedings once they are published on our resources page.