Anxiety – the good kind

For someone who wants to be based all over the world for work, I get some serious travel anxiety.  Today, I rationalize that it is nerves for the upcoming competition and conference as well as that old impatience to arrive somewhere new.  I’m sitting in the Amsterdam airport waiting for my connecting flight to Geneva. […]

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SMS Integrated Survey Tool for Health Education in Uganda – with the Infectious Disease Institute

For those of you who are interested in the work we are doing that is bringing us to Geneva, here is a summary.  Please, feel free to comment and ask questions.  The more we discuss this idea, the more we will be ready to present it in two weeks! Open Innovation Competition of the ITU […]

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Going to the field – Part 2

September 31 Today was my first experience giving a survey in Uganda and giving a survey about technology.  I’ve surveyed people before, but usually about human rights, or their use of public space, or what they would like to see changed in their community.  Never about something as cold and distant as technology.  Particularly in […]

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mHealth, eh?

One of the cooler things I’m working on at IDI is an mHealth project. Pilot, of course. The running joke in Uganda is everything is a pilot, nothing is a program…we can unpack the implications of this joke on the entire development paradigm, but leave that for another post.  mHealth is the idea of using […]

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Data visualization in Uganda

I hopped on a boda after work on August 18 (I’m a bit behind the times in blogging) and rode for what seemed like forever from Mulago to Muyenga where eventually Ray and I found the Mountbatten office. View Larger Map There I awkwardly stood around for a bit, smoked a cigarette and the lecture […]

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How to avoid computer infection while working with low-bandwidth/high rates of computer infection

Sitting in a Monitoring and Evaluation training at the Infectious Disease Institute in Kampala, I start typing up our group work on my computer. Being a fast typist, I knew this would be my contribution to the group as my fellow group members were M&E officers, statisticians, data managers and project managers. Mid-career Ugandan professionals. […]

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