The goal of the ICT4G group is looking at novel ways of using technology to foster economic and social development, often targeting areas characterized by a low penetration of ICT. With “low penetration of ICT”, we not only refer to developing countries, but also to societies with significant and tangible gaps.
Our society is demonstrating a growing need to measure development not only in terms of profit, but also in terms of fairness, support to the community, reduction of the externalities to help build a better world for future generations. ICTs can and should have a significant role in supporting communities and making this social collaboration process more efficient and more transparent.
Concerning research directions, the unit is implementing and experimenting solutions to foster development through social collaboration. The longer term problem we are trying to tackle is understanding what processes and what tools can best promote ICT-mediated collaboration and mobilize and support the implementation of global-scale changes. The approach we take is bottom up, developing and experimenting solutions in specific applicative domains.
From the applicative point of view we are focusing on web and mobile applications to promote efficient allocation of resources and trigger virtuous behaviors by imitation. Along this line of development BringFood. In Italy, about 149 kilograms of food are wasted per person, per year. BringFood simplifies food donations, thus helping people redistributing food excess, give access to people in need and, in the process, help allocate resources more efficiently.
A second line of development focuses on tools to empower citizens and decentralize the process of evaluation of procurement indicators. In this line of development the activities in collaboration with the Maputo Living Lab and the World Bank. Among the problems to tackle here, aspects related to trust and data reliability.
Finally the unit strongly believes in “capability building” and “awareness” as tools to foster development. For these reason it is the promoter of the Summer School of ICTs in Mozambique, during which selected students of the Mozambican Universities are trained in mobile and web development. In Trentino, the group is the organizer of Random Hacks of Kindness hackathon,. The event allows local students to work on solutions which can have a positive impact for developing countries. The hackathon is becoming a tool to improve the skills of students and raise awareness on development issues.
NEWS AND EVENTS
Our paper "Stimulating Development through Transnational Living Labs: the Italo-Mozambican Vision" has been presented on May 11 in Gaborone at the last edition of the IST-Africa conference!
Full paper here.
The call for papers for the 3rd International ICST Conference on e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries (AFRICOMM) is out!
The conference will be held in Zanzibar, Tanzania on November 23-24, 2011.
Check out the conference website http://www.africommconference.org/
Hackers, mark your calendars. On June 4th and 5th, 2011 Random Hacks of Kindness is coming to a city near you. Taking place in 20 locations around the globe, RHoK #3 will be RHoK’s fourth hackathon, and the first with an expanded focus on both disaster risk and climate change. So we are issuing a call to action: Experts in disaster risk and climate change—send your challenges our way. And to the coders, designers, engineers, programmers and geeks of every variety—join us on June 4th and 5th to tackle some real-world problems and hack for humanity.
FBK's ICT4G group will be hosting a satellite event for the first time in Italy at FBK Scientific and Technological Hub.
Register for RHoK #3 Trento Satellite Event HERE!!
RHoK #3 will be taking place in:
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.A.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
Stay tuned for the announcement of additional RHoK #3 locations and the opening of registration, and get ready for a weekend of intensive brainstorming, collaborating and problem solving.
Check out the original news at http://www.rhok.org