By Leeuw van Moerkerken: a short report of a Living Lab. Four students from VU and UNIMAS built an educational app named EDUCOMX. It combines education in english with a game. The app was tested by 21 children.
Pinggan Jaya, 24 June 2018 – Five students from VU and UNIMAS — Tasos, Nip, Guusje, Deva and Ludwig — who are currently following the “ICT4D in the Field” course in Sarawak, Malaysia, — have delivered the first working prototype of EDUCOMX, an educational app for primary school age children. This app is meant to […]
Saturday 9th June 2018, Kota Samarahan, Sarawak The ICT4D team currently at UNIMAS, conducted a field trip to Asajaya, a 1 hour 30 minute drive from UNIMAS to conduct interview session and requirement analysis on the challenges faced by the local farmers in this area. The 11 postgraduate students and 2 lecturers from VU, accompanied […]
In 2017, VU and UNIMAS (the University of Malaysia in Sarawak) started a collaboration project in the field of ICT4D research and education. At VU, researchers from the Network Institute, in the research program W4RA, have developed methods to build information systems in low-resource, low-tech environments, based on collaboration, iteration, adaptation. This methodology has been […]
Members of the W4RA team and partners from AOPP visited Radio Sikidolo in Konobougou, Mali. Radio Sikidolo and W4RA have worked together on the co-creation of the Foroba Blon radio/mobbile voice-based system since 2012. Adama Tessougué, director of Radio Sikidolo and key-user of the Foroba Blon system want to use this system to collect reports […]
In June 2018 a new elective VU master course “ICT for Development in the Field” will be given for the first time on location, in Sarawak, Malaysia, jointly with the Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS). The 6 ECTS course is open for master students of Information Sciences, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence. ICT4D is the study […]
User involvement is key to building sustainable and useful ICTs. Of course that principle also holds for ICTs that have to serve people in a rural setting in Africa. This is an evaluation session of systems built by students of the ICT4D course 2017 at VU. Two key users in Mali and Burkina Faso are evaluating its usefulness and giving feedback on the requirements.
In track 5 of the NDDHO event (Nationale Duurzaamheidsdag in het Hoger Onderwijs): “Sustainability and ICT for development (ICT4D)” Presented by Anna Bon, Victor de Boer, Francis Dittoh, André Baart and others 11.15 – VU Hoofgebouw, Auditorium Prototype demos of ICT4D systems for rural Africa: Master students Information Science, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence in the ICT4D course. […]
Many farmers in Africa are in urgent need for weather forecasts and rain data services, to better plan and improve their harvests. However, language and illiteracy issues, as well a total lack of computers, smartphones and internet, pose obstacles to access this very relevant information. Last week, the W4RA team from VU Amsterdam held a […]