The North London Branch of the British Computer Society is hosting a free event on Thursday 12th July, 18:15 that might be of interest:
Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) such as the PC, the mobile phone and the internet have revolutionised the way people in the Developed World live. Now, there is increasing interest, supported by real-world instances, that ICT could have a similar effect on individuals and communities in the Developing World.
Examples include farmers in Uganda using mobile phones to check market prices of their crops in order to gain a fairer deal from buyers, health workers in Kenya using Personal Digital Assistants (PDA) to access medical information while out in the field and rural women’s artisan groups in southern India using the Web to sell their wares directly to consumers.
Come and join us to gain an introduction to ICT for Development (ICT4D). Learn about its theoretical underpinnings in IT and Development Studies. Find out if ICT really have the potential to reduce poverty. Gain an insight into what has been achieved to date and what is to come. Hear about actual ICT4D projects from Africa and the India Subcontinent.
Our expert presenters are:
* Dr. Shirin Madon – Senior Lecturer in Information Systems, London School of Economics
* Dr. Simon Batchelor – Director, Gamos Ltd