Inveneo Publishes White Paper on Top ICT Hardware Challenges

  1. Posted by Inveneo on July 21, 2014 in the categories: Publications

    WhitePaperCoverInveneo has teamed up with USAID and ARM Limited to publish our newest White Paper, “Emerging Markets: Top ICT Hardware Challenges”. Led by researcher Dr. Laura Hosman, formerly of the Illinois Institute of Technology, this publication has been created to educate engineers, designers, and manufacturers. Our report is to make ICT practitioners keenly aware of developing world hardware technology requirements and realities.

    The top five ICT hardware challenges are:

    • Electricity/Power/Energy
    • Cost
    • Environment-Related Issues
    • Connectivity
    • Maintenance & Support

    Inveneo has been happy to partner with ARM, USAID, Dr. Hosman, and ICTworks to conduct this research and release this White Paper. Read the full report here.

     

    The infograph was created by Eric Zan. Check out his website at http://www.ericzan.info

    The infograph was created by Eric Zan. Check out his website at http://www.ericzan.info

    Inveneo and Twitter Join Forces in San Francisco

    1. Posted by Inveneo on July 8, 2014 in the categories: Economic Development, News, Relief
      Inveneo Engineer Sam Perales discussing installation plans with Twitter volunteers.

      Inveneo Engineer Sam Perales discussing installation plans with Twitter volunteers.

      A charitable housing complex may be one of the last places you’d expect to find a group of Twitter coworkers gathered together on a Friday morning. But early on June 6th, they met up to join forces with the San Francisco-based WiFi organization called Inveneo to bring high-performing Internet access to Compass Clara House, a transitional housing program of Compass Family Services that helps homeless families get back on their feet.

      Based in San Francisco, Compass Clara House consists of 13 apartments housing 13 families, which vary in size.  Parents and their children live in an apartment for up to two years and are offered services including employment counseling, enriched childcare, counseling and therapy and an afterschool program.  During their stay, parents are enrolled in an either an education or program with the goal of finding a self-sustaining job and all families are working towards finding a permanent home.

      Twice a year Twitter encourages communities to band together and volunteer time at local charities. This program – known as #FridayforGood – brought Inveneo staff members together with Twitter employees.

      The Clara House’s Internet connection was slow and left residents frustrated while they tried to look for jobs online. It was time to create a faster and more reliable link for the residents and their families.

      Twitter and Inveneo brought 15 volunteers for the day. Sam Perales, Inveneo’s Senior Field Engineer, and Aaron Mason, Inveneo’s previous Sr. Marketing and Communications Manager, led the team. The event was also managed by one of San Francisco’s community leaders, Mike McCarthy.

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      Step by step, Inveneo guided Twitter employees on how to survey the building, run cables, and install the equipment. As soon as individual access points were plugged in, they were connected to the city’s WiFi configurations and fiber ring. By the end of the day the whole building was covered with better WiFi connectivity.

      Twitter volunteers assembling wireless radio antenna mount.

      Twitter volunteers assembling wireless radio antenna mount.

      The Clara House’s new WiFi connection is now 15 Mbps, and the residents now have Internet that’s 10 to 15 times faster than before. Aaron Mason reported that as soon as the WiFi connection was up a few of the building’s kids rushed to try their online games.

      The city of San Francisco is currently offering bandwidth and is working to bring city housing online. Current residents of Clara House do not pay for the Internet because the city is giving the building broadband access for free.

      In just one day Clara House gained fast, reliable Internet access thanks to Twitter and Inveneo employees coming together. Sam Perales said, “It was great to see such a collaborative program between Inveneo, Twitter, and the city of San Francisco to help Clara House. The Twitter volunteers were very motivated and positive, and Inveneo was happy to help facilitate the technological aspect of it.”

      If you would like to learn more about Twitter’s Friday for Good program or how you can get involved, please visit the Twitter blog.

      Members of the team connecting WiFi access points on top of Clara House.

      Members of the team connecting WiFi access points on top of Clara House.

      The E-Waste Dilemma: Where Do Broken Computers Go?

      1. Posted by Inveneo on July 2, 2014 in the categories: Healthcare, News

        That question gets pretty complicated based on where you live, and whether you’re talking about individually-owned computers or those held by large corporations. If you live in a country where there are electronic waste facilities nearby and you don’t have overseas relationships, you may want to stop reading this article now.  But what if you’re a tech enthusiast helping start-up programs in low-resource parts of the world?

        OldComputersMy name is Neelley Hicks and I work as the Director for ICT4D Church Initiatives at United Methodist Communications, the communications agency for The United Methodist Church. We have relationships with people and ministries around the world and have a moral mandate to care for the earth. So this is an important question to ask, in this era of emerging technologies, that can make a big difference in quality of life for those who’ve been most left behind by the information age. I’ve been reaching out to colleagues who are fluent in e-waste policies to look at how we can be environmentally responsible, while still promoting the use of technologies for social good in low-resource areas. Here are some good practices I’ve found:

        1) Determine What Is Right for the Context

        If you think that the computers that work well in your regularly air-conditioned office are going to benefit the program you’re supporting in Africa or Haiti, think again. Instead, look at newer low-energy computers that survive high-heat, humidity, and dust and that run on batteries for extended periods of time. They’ll last longer, fulfill intended purposes better, and keep some of the toxins found in old computers out of areas that don’t have local e-waste management. If you still want to re-use an old computer, consider using it in a similar context – there may be a program right down the road from you that will really appreciate the donation!

        2) Local Repair, Local Maintenance

        If you donate or install technology overseas, what’s going to happen when you leave? Have you connected reliable ICT specialists with your program, or will users have to wait until you visit again for questions to be answered and repairs to take place? You can find certified specialists through Inveneo in 25 different countries. Also, NetHope provides a good network of in-country technicians, and they have an ongoing program to build field capacity. Consider strengthening in-field capacity and ICT knowledge during installation – not only will equipment be used to greater capacity, but you may also spark some new income-generating ideas for the programs you care about.

        3) Rebuild Computers and Build Local Workforce

        One broken component doesn’t mean the whole computer is bad. Maybe this is a good opportunity for a local university to dissect, test, and retain the good parts. In time, there will be enough good parts to make a whole computer that could be sold locally or used at the university. Along the way, knowledge will be gained – helping local workforce development.

        United Methodist Communications is hosting an ICT4D conference September 3-5, 2014, focusing on how to implement successful tech projects in low-resource areas. Join the discussion with others who care about living into this technological era equitably and responsibly. Go to www.umcom.org/gamechangers to learn more.

        Have other e-waste tips to share? Add comments below to be considered for inclusion during the conference.

        Meet Inveneo’s 2014 Summer ICT Interns

        1. Posted by Inveneo on June 24, 2014 in the categories: Education, News

          The Inveneo team has been lucky to bring on four new interns this summer. Hailing from Harvard, Northwestern, and UC Berkeley, these four individuals are bringing innovative ideas and fresh insight to our current ICT projects. They are helping our engineers by conducting online research, surveys, and technical documentation. A few are also providing assistance to the editorial team for both the Inveneo and ICTworks websites and newsletters.

          We are very happy to have these four individuals join the Inveneo staff for the summer. Check out who recently joined our team!

           

          AtulSquareAtul Adhikari was born in Cambodia, where he spent the first five years of his life. He then went to Nepal and lived in the capital city Kathmandu for 13 years. He is currently in the U.S. studying Computer Engineering and Economics at Northwestern University. He loves to travel, read, and meet new people. Having recently interned at two different education development organizations in Nepal, he is very excited by the idea of introducing technology to rural parts of the world in order to address problems and improve the quality of life for communities everywhere.

          At Northwestern, he is part of Engineering World Health and the NUSTARS satellite team where he has been involved with several interesting projects, one of them being the development of a multi-parameter tester for hospital equipments in Rwanda. He loves startups and hopes to create one of his own after graduation. Currently he is working with a startup group of Northwestern MBA students named Reachey. You can reach him by email.

           

          CorbinSquareCorbin Halliwill studies Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley, with an additional focus in Global Poverty and Practice. In addition to working at Inveneo this summer, Corbin is building a mobile app that empowers students to connect with each other to walk home at night. This app will aggregate data about crime and street lighting to find safer walking paths and integrate existing campus safety tools with an intuitive user-experience at its core.

          Corbin was recently a finalist at the Big Ideas at Berkeley Contest. He is also a webmaster and an executive board member for Engineers without Borders at the UC Berkeley Chapter. He spends his free time outdoors as much as possible sailing, backpacking, and skiing.

           

          DanielleSquareHappily trekking from the east coast to the west coast, Danielle Schulkin is a recent graduate of Harvard University (’14) where she studied the History of Science and Government. At school, she worked for the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, where she fostered an interest in the ways new technologies can be harnessed for the public good. She is looking forward to delving into the many ways Inveneo leverages ICT4D and expanding her understanding of the intersection between innovation, law, and society.

          In the past she has interned at The Washington Post and has worked as a student coordinator for Harvard’s 2013 Hack IP Challenge. Upon completion of her Inveneo internship she will be travelling to Tel Aviv, Israel as a fellow for the prestigious Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Fellowship Award. You can follow her on Twitter.

           

          EricSquareEric Zan is interested in how information can play an empowering role in human lives by enhancing a person’s agency and freedoms. Eric was first introduced to the ICT4D world after he quit his software engineering job to help start an ICT4E program in Cameroon with Helps International. He then attended graduate school at UC Berkeley where he spent much of his time researching best practices for ICT4D projects, telling stories with data, and designing products for social impact. His affinity for nature and conservation led him to use his newfound skills as a product designer and user researcher to improve the visitor experience in California’s public places and the United States’ National Parks.

          He is a co-founder of Sahay, a social enterprise leveraging information technologies to empower domestic help workers through greater access to job opportunities in India. Eric has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas and a Master’s Degree in Information Management from UC Berkeley’s School of Information. He is currently working on his startup, Sahay, and enjoys helping the great people at Inveneo for the summer. You may find Eric hiking, biking, or kayaking Northern California or virtually at LinkedIn, Twitter, on the web, or by email.

          ICT Brings Students and Communities Together in the DR Congo

          1. Posted by Inveneo on June 19, 2014 in the categories: Education, News
            A happy computer user in the DR Congo.

            A happy computer user in the DR Congo.

            The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) is one of Africa’s most conflict-ridden and war-torn countries. Covering a vast expanse of over 900,000 square miles (the same as two-thirds of the European Union), the country holds a rich store of minerals. But, tragically, this abundance of resources fuels fire for hostile war. Civil war, genocide, and mass rape have all contributed to the brutality many have seen during the DR Congo’s history. In addition, corruption is extremely common and, according to the United States Institute of Peace, the DR Congo ranks at the bottom for every corruption index. Although its people are incredibly resilient, the country continues to suffer from poor infrastructure and weak governmental organizations.

            Inveneo’s Manager of Special Projects, Jill Costello, traveled last month to DR Congo knowing it would be a challenge. But she arrived with her sleeves rolled up and ready to get to work.

            A class at KMU. The IT students currently don't have access to many computers making their IT studies difficult.

            A class at KMU. The IT students currently don’t have access to many computers making their IT studies difficult.

            Inveneo teamed up with United Methodist Communications (UMCom) and Steve Bryant from the General Board of Discipleship to begin building a power and financially sustainable Computer Center serving three institutions of higher learning in Kamina. Currently, Kamina Methodist University (KMU) is unable to offer students in its ICT program a functioning computer lab, a loss which results in the inability to do hands-on work to support their theoretical learnings. Once completed, however, the Computer Center will be used by KMU students, the Health Sciences College, the Teachers College, and local community members as a place to gather knowledge and build skills. It will serve 1,000 people!

            On behalf of Inveneo, Jill travelled to Kamina to discuss the technical nature of the ICT project with academic and local community members. Along with UMCom and Steve Bryant, she hosted presentations and meetings for IT and general faculty at KMU and interested community members in order to listen to and truly understand their needs. The team also worked to identify an ideal location for the Center and to begin to determine suitable computing equipment for challenging environments such as these.

            But there is still work to be done. In order for the Computer Center to come to fruition, the Kamina community must meet and expand upon the business plan in development. The Center will bring in funds to cover staff salaries, provide for additional computing purchases, and replace equipment when needed.

            Inveneo's Jill Costello (left) meets with community members to discuss details on an United Methodist Communications project for DRCongo.

            Inveneo’s Jill Costello (left) meets with community members to discuss details on an United Methodist Communications project for DRCongo.

            The Inveneo team will continue to help guide and contribute to this building process. Inveneo is currently recommending what equipment is needed and appropriate for the new Center (both solar and computing equipment). In addition, it is researching French-based University-level IT content that will eventually be used offline by KMU. Relevant content should be available for use by late 2014. Communication and development on both sides of the Atlantic will continue to push the project forward.

            Our team welcomed the opportunity to partner with UMCom, Steve Bryant, university-level and local community leaders in Kamina on this meaningful project in the DR Congo. We look forward to continue bringing online connections and educational resources to the many students and community members in Kamina!

            Learn how you can partner with Inveneo in this project by visiting our Donate page.

            Why Education Improves with Tablets in Rural Haiti

            1. Posted by Inveneo on June 16, 2014 in the categories: Education, News, Projects
              One of the sessions from Inveneo's TTT Project. Photo credit: Michelet Guerrier - Inveneo

              One of the sessions from Inveneo’s TTT Project. Photo credit: Michelet Guerrier – Inveneo

              Inveneo has worked very hard to help teachers in rural Haiti gain adequate access to new educational tools and resources. Led by the our team’s project manager in Haiti, Michelet Guerrier, Inveneo recently held a third Tablet training event, part of the Transforming Teaching through Tablets (TTT) project. The training, which was held in a remote part of southeast Haiti called Cascade Pichon, lasted three days. It hosted a total of 15 teachers who came from three separate schools.

              How are these Tablets and training session helping teachers achieve greater educational success with their students? What are teachers using them for, and what are the challenges that come with the Tablets?

              Greater Access to Digital Content

              A session on different learning styles. Photo credit: Michelet Guerrier - Inveneo

              A session on different learning styles. Photo credit: Michelet Guerrier – Inveneo

              Michelet reports that Haitian teachers have been using their Tablets as a resource library. They were most interested in the offline dictionaries and the digital library that offers hundreds of books right at their fingertips. In addition, the Tablets also offer French grammar content which the teachers found useful to create better lessons for their students.

              Professional Development

              During Inveneo’s training sessions, not only were teachers provided the apps and tools to work on their Tablets, but they were also given a session on professional development. Michelet held a few sessions where he presented apps on the Tablet to model how some of the apps can be adapted for teaching, learning, and evaluation. To gain practice the teachers did a simulation class for each other, and feedback was then offered from their peers.

              The school under construction. This is what the school looked like on May 30, 2014. Photo credit: Michelet Guerrier - Inveneo

              The school under construction. This is what the school looked like on May 30, 2014. Photo credit: Michelet Guerrier – Inveneo

              Awareness of ICT Issues

              The teachers in Haiti were very happy with the Tablets and tablet training process. It’s been reported that they are using Tablets at least five days per week! With all these positive points there are also a few problems that go along with using Tablets.

              Internet connectivity is not very strong but very much a challenge in Cascade Pichon. During the training Michelet and a few others traveled to nearby hills to see if there was a better connection. A weak signal was available (at times) but it wasn’t good enough to send emails or to use Google’s search engine.

              The second issue at hand is the lack of electricity. The school nearby is currently under construction and does not yet offer the community electricity. This gives the teachers limited time that they can use the Tablets. To charge up, teachers end up going outside of Cascade Pichon to charging stations (where they also charge their phones). To charge a Tablet it costs 25 Haitian gourdes which equals about $0.55 USD.

              Michelet left the latest TTT training session in Haiti on a positive note. He describes “after these sessions, we are convinced that the decision to bring the Teacher Tablet project to this remote community was a complete gain considering the long-term impact that [it] should have on the teachers, students, and the community as [a] whole.”

              Inveneo is proud to partner with other organizations to make this project possible. We would like to thank UMCom, Library for All, Gumdrop Cases, Heart to Heart, the Craig Newmark Philanthropic Fund, Google, and the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection for being a part of this continued project in rural Haiti.

              Inveneo Joins with U.S. Students to Further ICT Research

              1. Posted by Inveneo on June 11, 2014 in the categories: Education, News
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                Dr. Hosman (center) and her IIT class, 2014.

                Inveneo recently joined with Illinois Institute of Technology’s Professor Laura Hosman to lead student teams in addressing the challenges facing off-grid schools that want to harness ICTs to improve educational opportunities for local students. Bridging together their hard work, skills, and efforts, the student teams successfully developed the SolarCubed ICT Lab, which is a portable solar computer lab in a box that can be conveniently transported to developing schools in need of technology.

                A school in Chuuk, Micronesia

                A school in Chuuk, Micronesia

                SolarCubed was initially deployed to a school in the island state of Chuuk, in the Federated States of Micronesia in 2012. Chuuk is one of four states that comprise the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). The FSM consists of approximately 607 total islands strewn about the Western Pacific that maintain an average temperature of around 87 degrees Fahrenheit year round. Chuuk is the most populous of the states and is home to 11 main lagoon islands and 14 surrounding atolls and lower islands. There is a very high population of youth on these islands.

                After the first SolarCubed deployment, it was discovered that the technology was not being used in the school in Chuuk as hoped. What was contributing to the lack of technology use? One of Dr. Hosman’s classes recently created a technology readiness site survey that would determine a school’s readiness and capacity to make use of the solar-powered computer lab. This baseline survey was made to have a factor of universality so it could be used in many different locations around the world to evaluate existing conditions.

                With the leadership of Prof. Hosman and partnership of the Inveneo team, the class was given the opportunity to push the envelope on ICT initiatives even further. Inveneo was a huge help when it came to getting this team to think critically from a global point of view. The students wanted to facilitate the survey via Android mobile devices, so that it could be administered on-the-go on the most commonly used devices across the developing world.

                When the class started in the spring semester of 2014, the students learned that simply providing the SolarCubed ICT Lab to less privileged schools was not an effective method to helping them take advantage of this technology efficiently. The main challenge was figuring out the best way to know which schools could be considered “ready” to make use of the technology, in terms of both the infrastructure and the human side of things, while not being able to travel to Chuuk ourselves.

                The class was tasked with creating a technology readiness site survey designed to capture the attitudes of school administrators and teachers towards ICT and the school’s capability of sustaining it. The survey would be administered on a mobile device (for ease of use by the survey administrator), and local partners in Chuuk would be the ones carrying out the survey. Although connectivity would not be a necessity while the survey enumerators were administering the survey, they would eventually upload the survey data to us back in Chicago.  The class planned to assess the factors that were deemed important in terms of schools being able to take advantage of computer-related technology.

                The survey-making process included:

                • Forming suitable questions that would be easy to comprehend in different regions of the world and would help reveal needs, capabilities, and interest in ICT.

                • Assessing existing open-source software options for creating and administering surveys on mobile devices. The class chose to use ODK (Open Data Kit) Collect as the main survey software, along with FormHub for creating the survey spreadsheet.

                • Administering the survey to multiple test groups, in Chicago and abroad, to help filter out any questions that seemed to be unnecessary or confusing.

                The class’ local partner on the ground in Chuuk was the team at iSolutions, a computer networking and consulting business located on the main island of Weno, which is the capital of Chuuk. This team was lead by TR Mori, whom Dr. Hosman originally met while working in Chuuk, Micronesia. iSolutions also runs the only Internet cafe in Chuuk.

                To help with this project, the iSolutions team administered the survey on the ground in Chuuk. The iSolutions team members needed to learn how to use “ODK Collect,” the mobile technology platform that was chosen to administer the survey, as well as to familiarize them with both the questions and the overall goals of our survey.

                Ultimately, data was collected from six schools. Unfortunately, all of these schools were on the main island, and were not the intended targets. Outer-island schools would be good candidates to receive technology in the future–specifically, the SolarCubed ICT Labs. Each of the main-island schools that was surveyed already had access to both electricity and ICT. Nonetheless, the class could begin analyzing the data to determine whether the assessment tools that were created would be useful.

                DataEvaluation

                The data evaluation metric

                Data was analyzed by breaking down the portions of our survey into four key attributes that determined overall readiness. The four key attributes included:

                • Potential Impact of the Technology

                • Infrastructure

                • Experience with Technology

                • Attitude Towards Technology

                From this point, questions from the survey were grouped based upon their relation to each attribute, and the answers were evaluated to determine readiness.

                The students were surprised to have received data from schools that already had access to technology, but this underscored a point that Prof. Hosman emphasized throughout the semester: the human side of technology initiatives is always the most complicated and challenging. Nonetheless, we are confident that with time (and relevant data), our site survey does have the ability to promote accuracy and increase successful efforts to assess the readiness of schools around the world for ICT initiatives, due to its global clarity and effectiveness in assessing global technological needs.

                If you would like more information on our project or SolarCubed hubs, please visit www.solarcubed.org to keep up with our progress. Additionally, online versions of the surveys have been uploaded to FormHub and may be found here:

                SiteAssessment V1.5 Part 1

                SiteAssessment V1.5 Part 2

                Written by Anndriene Bell, one of Dr. Hosman’s students at IIT. You can reach Anndriene Bell by email.

                Tour Our Unique Coworking Space: mission*social

                1. Posted by Inveneo on May 20, 2014 in the categories: Events

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                  Looking to rent out office space for your growing start-up? Our uniquely shared coworking space, mission*social, welcomes small businesses, social enterprises, and creative entrepreneurs. Feel free to stop by our office at 972 Mission Street in San Francisco to take a tour. Or call (415) 901-1969 ext. 1230 for more information.

                  What Sets mission*social Apart From the Rest?

                  mission*social features an open loft layout that houses over a dozen non-profits and small businesses. It comes complete with hardwood floors, full access to video conference rooms, high-speed Internet, a freight elevator, pool table, and a full kitchen, along with the bevy of other amenities no coworking space should be without.

                  We’re currently renting out space starting at just $5.00 per square foot. Call us today for an appointment to learn more! (415) 901-1969 ext. 1230

                  Project Manager

                  1. Posted by Inveneo on May 16, 2014 in the categories: Jobs, News

                    We’re looking for a hands-on Senior Project Manager with deep experience in implementing international development projects, preferable with “Information and Communication Technology” (ICT) components, with an emphasis in computing and wireless networking.

                    MISSION
                    Inveneo is a 501c3 nonprofit social enterprise, which means that we operate like a business with a social mission. Our mission is to get the tools of technology, through computing and regional networking, to organizations operating in rural and highly underserved communities of the developing world.

                    Our model is built on development, not aid. We operate in a number of countries. We work with local partners to develop homegrown ability to deliver quality communications technology and alternative power solutions. The organizations we serve address some of the most pressing problems in their communities: health care, education, economic development, and infrastructure.

                    We’re looking for an experienced Project Manager, with background leading multi-year, large-scale international and technical implementation projects (up to 100 locations), who can lead at least 2 projects at time in countries like Uganda, Ethiopia, Benin, Cameroon, Ghana, and Micronesica. The position will be based in San Francisco, CA, and will require travel in austere locations.

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                    GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES
                    The Project Manager will be responsible for launching, leading, and completing large scale implementation projects with our local Inveneo “Certified ICT Partners” (ICIPs) in-country that will result in regional broadband network implementations and/or computing, and local area networking installations for 100s of schools or clinics.

                     

                    Project Manager Responsibilities

                    • Design, lead, and manage projects from conception (after the project is won) to completion.
                    • Lead an internal team of engineering and program delivery resources (including trainers for technical and business skills).
                    • Contract and manage local Inveneo partners as part of local delivery team.
                    • Interface with multiple external organizations that are responsible for delivering certain projects’ components in partnership with Inveneo.
                    • Develop and lead schedules and priority setting.
                    • Lead work planning processes, monitoring and evaluation indicators (M&E), deliverables and milestones, report writing, and monitoring contract compliance.
                    • Manage internal projects’ operation budgets, including monthly actual costs and projections.
                    • Work with others on project management team to develop consistent, useful project management processes as the Inveneo portfolio of projects grows.

                     

                    Examples of Potential Projects

                    • Implementing regional rural broadband network with 1 – 3 local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in an African country.
                    • Implementing a range of software, computing, and networking infrastructure solutions (including solar and battery power systems) in 500 rural schools.
                    • Implementing a regional broadband network and complete computing and server infrastructure for rural clinics, hospitals and dispensaries.

                     

                    Required Skills and Experience

                    • BA or BS in related field, MA or MS preferred.
                    • 4+ years experience in project management and contract compliance with large scale international development projects.
                    • Leading projects with multiple external partners and contractors to deliver results for external clients.
                    • International project management experience, preferably in developing countries.
                    • Willingness to travel to different countries on Inveneo’s business.
                    • Highly collaborative work style, flexibility, and excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Must play well with others on the Inveneo team.

                     

                    Desired Skills

                    • Experience in systems integration projects – software, computing, networking and all elements for delivering, including skills transfer/training.
                    • Previous experience implementing USAID projects and other international donor agencies.
                    • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification.
                    • Fluency in French or Spanish, in addition to English.
                    • Subject matter expertise with development projects related to education, health, or economic development.

                     

                    WORK LOCATION

                    • Downtown San Francisco
                    • International Travel – up to 30%
                    • To apply, please send a resume and thoughtful cover letter to jobs [at] inveneo [dot] org

                    Proof Positive of the Potential of Online Education: Inveneo’s Own Michelet Guerrier

                    1. Posted by Inveneo on May 15, 2014 in the categories: Education, News
                      Michelet Guerrier (front) at his Graduation Ceremony in Michigan.

                      Michelet Guerrier (front) at his Graduation Ceremony in Michigan.

                      Inveneo is proud to have an incredibly diverse staff. One of our team members, the Project Manager in Haiti, Michelet Guerrier, recently graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Certificate in Community Development from Madonna University, which is located in Livonia, Michigan.

                      Even more impressive, Michelet completed his degree while still living in his home country, Haiti.

                      Back in 2011, Michelet saw an advertisement in the local Haitian newspaper. The ad was for Madonna University who was looking for intelligent students living in Haiti to apply for its first Haitian scholarship program. Michelet quickly applied for the scholarship, and within a few months, was one of the seven winners.

                      Madonna University is a Catholic University, and the Haitian scholarship is supported by the Felician Sisters, members of the Catholic Church. Michelet received books, supplies, and equipment so he could study at home in Haiti and interact with teachers and peers via the Internet. Over the next three years, Michelet worked incredibly hard for Inveneo while also completing courses in marketing research, business management, and community leadership.

                      Finally, this past month Michelet moved to the University Campus in Michigan where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Congratulations, Michelet!

                      Michelet values how ICT allows for greater educational resources for people around the world, and he greatly appreciates the fact that he can earn a degree from the United States while still living in Haiti. He says further, “It has been a very good experience. I know Inveneo has a focus on education. The more we can design training to minimize onsite visits and keep it as high quality as possible, the more exciting it will be.”

                      Michelet helps lead teacher Tablet training projects in Haiti. Here, his co-worker Rico helps explain apps on the Tablet. Photo credit: Michelet Guerrier - Inveneo

                      Michelet helps lead teacher Tablet training projects in Haiti. Here, his co-worker Rico helps explain apps on the Tablet. Photo credit: Michelet Guerrier – Inveneo

                      Online classes are becoming a very popular choice for those seeking out higher education. Not only do offsite courses allow for the flexibility in scheduling that so many busy adults need in today’s fast-paced world, but they also offer the convenience of learning from anywhere – a vital component for those living in remote places in the developing world.

                      Michelet says that his education has added incredible value to the work he does for Inveneo. For the past several years, he has managed ICT projects in Haiti with other staff members like Sybille Fleischmann. With his new degree he will continue to train Haitian teachers on Tablets to develop the quality of education throughout the country. Inveneo intends to continue improving teacher capacity through ICT to deliver quality education, and we are happy that Michelet is our leader in Haiti to make that a reality.

                      Haiti is a country filled with students who have great talent, skill, and intelligence. Inveneo is proud to continue partnering with Haiti’s local leaders like Michelet to provide educational resources that will impact students and benefit communities around the country.