Check Out Inveneo’s New Website!

As one of my last acts at Inveneo, I helped design and launch their new website. Well, I did a bit more than that. I spent the last two years bemoaning our old website and lobbying for a new one. For a small company that sold best though in-person meetings, it was hard convincing others […]

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My First Week of Accelerated MBA Graduate School at George Washington University

In addition to switching jobs, I am now starting my Masters of Business Administration at George Washington University. Why? Because I don’t have enough going on in my life, what with a new job, a wife, two kids, a dog, house, and all my ICT4D friends. So to just make it that much more intense, […]

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Goodbye Inveneo, the best job I’ve ever had

Four and a quarter years ago, I joined Inveneo with the dream to accomplish three goals with the company. I aimed to grow the local ICT partner program to a market differentiator for Inveneo, raise the company’s profile in the Washington DC market, and get Inveneo on large USAID programs. I am proud to say […]

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How to be an Exciting ICT4D Conference Presenter

I am often asked to speak at conferences, meetings, and workshops on Information and Communication Technologies for Development – ICT4D. My goal is to be a lively presenter, engaging the audience as active participants in the discussion. I am succeeding at my goal from feedback like the responses above on the Learning@Hand back channel. So […]

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USAID Report: Designing Effective Education Programs Using ICT

I’m proud to announce the publication of USAID’s First Principles: Designing Effective Education Programs Using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Compendium, to which I contributed during its formation and development. Yes, I am even listed as an author on the back cover with Anthony Bloome, Ed Gaible, Analice Schwartz, and Janel Hoppes Poché. Designing Effective […]

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Surprise! There are more ICT4D Job Opportunities than Quality Applicants

Last year, I started the ICT4D Career Network to help people start and grow their career in information and communication technologies for development. At first, I thought there would be more ICT experts than employers with job openings. Now I know better. There are more ICT4D jobs than ICT experts Recently, I spoke at an […]

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Wayan Vota Joins the VSO International Board

Picture a dusty, hot Saturday afternoon in Kaduna, Nigeria, the buzz of cheap Chinese motorbikes filling the air. In the backroom of a small community foundation, I introduce myself to the two people told to me as the “hardest working loan officers at Fantsuam Foundation.” Bent over their laptops, sweat dripping on their brow, two […]

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The $35 Aakash Tablet Will Fail Education Just Like the $100 OLPC Laptop Did

Recently, the CEO of Datawind presented his case to the World Bank on why the Aakash tablet computer will revolutionize education in India. During his talk, he presented this slide as justification that his tablet was not the XO and that Datawind would be more successful in reaching a 5 million units sold milestone than […]

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My ICT4D Postcard from Wuse Market in Abuja, Nigeria

Dear Mom, Whenever you hear of how poor, hungry, or desperate Africa is, I want you to think of this photo. This is innovation happening in real time in Nigeria. Two teenagers have a business with a laptop and an SD card reader. They take DVD movies people buy in the market and convert them […]

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The Challenge of Defining ICT4D Or Why Erik Hersman is ICT4$

Yesterday, Erik Hersman (aka. White African) dropped a blog bomb into the sometimes contentious debate around the term ICT4D – information and communication technologies for development. In his The Subtle Condescension of “ICT4D” post he says: I have cognitive dissonance over the term “ICT4D“. The term “ICT4D” is confusing, hypocritical and has a whiff of […]

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