[IAEP] Web4dev conference in Feb - taking suggestions

Samuel Klein meta.sj at gmail.com
Mon Jan 26 15:18:55 EST 2009

Sounds great.

Some questions to answer:
 what classes of information that are most important?
    in situations where there is perfect access to information, what
is most used?
    what information is needed but not often used?  (awareness rather
than technological access)
 what are the standard "emergency" and "remote" use cases?
 what is the scope of "social reporting"?


On Thu, Jan 15, 2009 at 2:34 PM, Mel Chua <mel at melchua.com> wrote:
> I'll be headed to NYC to hang out at UNICEF for this - let me know if
> there's anything I should be bringing up / anyone I should be meeting /
> talking-to / etc. - it's the 2nd week of Feb. As usual, copious notes
> will be taken and posted. (Ed McNierney has declared the "Mel-a-gram" a
> new form of communication, wherein to get ridiculously detailed notes
> from something all you have to do is send me there. ;)
> http://www.web4dev.org/index.php/Main_Page
> I'm also looking for good questions to ask, problems to bring up on
> behalf of the SL (and OLPC) communities, and that sort of thing - I told
> the folks who invited me that I would be going for the "Innovation
> Track," which talks about... *copypaste*
> "Web4Dev Innovation Track is divided into 3 workshops, each addressing
> one of three key event themes: Access to Innovation, Monitoring and
> Evaluation and the Supply Chain. Leaders representing each of these
> areas of innovation will guide participants in thought-provoking
> discussion and real-world problem-solving exercises.
> Improving Access to Information & Communities of Practice – How can new
> developments in technology support access to information in the most
> extreme circumstances? For example, what are the most efficient
> strategies for providing education or rapid assessments in emergencies
> and remote locations? How can communities of practice and social
> reporting contribute to and strengthen development?
> Monitoring and Evaluation – What are the best practices for using mobile
> technologies for monitoring and evaluation? Which case studies and
> initiatives can be reproduced on a global scale? What amount and kind of
> data can we get from mobile phones? How valuable is it? How can it
> improve our programming? What is the incentive to report and the
> significance of social reporting?
> Supporting the Supply Chain – From procurement to delivery and use - How
> do we support the delivery of supply-chain items using technologies like
> mobile phones, SMS, and PDAs for communication, stocktaking and
> results-driven process change? How do we address challenges such as
> low-budgets, and delivery to remote locations and in emergency
> situations? What are the challenges and potential innovative solutions
> for: forecasting, shipping, documentations, customs processing,
> handling, storage conditions, type of transport, distribution
> methodology and end-user use?"
> --Mel
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