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Inveneo Welcomes New Intern from Columbia University

  1. Posted by Jana Melpolder on August 4, 2015 in the categories: News

The Inveneo team has been privileged this summer to welcome onto its staff Mariela Machado Fantacchiotti, a graduate student currently enrolled in the Master of Public Administration in Development Practice department at Columbia University. Mariela came to Inveneo highly recommended from the program’s manager, Ms. Debi Spindelman.

Mariela (4)Mariela is a telecommunications engineer with 5 years of work experience in the ICT sector and describes herself as “passionate about applying ICT for development issues of education, health, agriculture improvements and poverty reduction”. This passion started back in 2006 when she worked for an ICT for development project for the Peruvian NGO EHAS, where she designed and implemented an Internet and IP phone for a local health center. In addition, she speaks five languages and previously earned a Master’s Degree in Information and Communications Technologies in Spain.

Throughout her Inveneo internship, Mariela will be spending most of her time working alongside the engineering department, developing a new M&E approach for new existing Inveneo projects and studying drones for Inveneo’s upcoming Drones 4 Good project. Inveneo has also asked her to research current Internet connectivity in Cuba, including national policies and laws related to ICT and freedom of speech. Additionally, she will be testing the new promise of ICT4D for rural areas called Lantern from Outernet. This device claims to provide Internet connectivity from the satellite for educational purposes, providing offline libraries to rural settings that lack ICT infrastructure. The results will be published on ICTworks.

In her spare time this summer, Mariela is also conducting research for the Earth Institute  together with Jeffrey Sachs that will be presented to the United Nations General Assembly this fall. She is looking into how ICT could be an enabler to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) related to health, education, energy and financial inclusion. She is focusing on the health sector and how ICT innovations could help improve health outcomes in the world. Be sure to look for a snapshot of her research and findings on ICTworks, coming early this fall.

Welcome to the team, Mariela! We’re so glad to have you on board!

Inveneo Publishes White Paper on Top ICT Hardware Challenges

  1. Posted by Jana Melpolder 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

Fail Faire DC 2011 – A Celebration of Failure As Leadership in ICT4D

  1. Posted by Inveneo on October 17, 2011 in the categories: Events, News, Relief

As part of the ICTworks community, Inveneo organized Fail Faire DC 2011 on October 13th at the World Bank. The event was an amazing celebration of failure as a mark of innovation and leadership in ICT interventions.

With fun, fast, Ignite-style presentations of professional failures, we had much laughter as we navel-gazed at where we have all gone wrong in mixing technology and international development.

Yet we LEARNED from failure. Failure is no reason to be ashamed. Failure shows leadership, innovation, and risk-taking in pushing the boundaries of what is possible in scaling ideas from pilots to global programs. As Slate.com says, there is great value in examining our mistakes as we go beyond the easy and the simple.

To be involved in Fail Faire DC 2012, be sure to sign up for alerts on this and other Fail Faire activities.