Projects

I have managed many tech and mobile projects over the last few years, but these are two that I led and am particularly proud of:

Yoza Cellphone Stories (previously m4Lit)
Using mobile phones to support teen reading and writing in South Africa and Kenya since 2009. Over 47,000 user comments have been posted on the award-winning yoza.mobi site.

Yoza.mobi

Digital Hero Book
In 2006-07 I was a fellow of the Reuters Digital Vision Program at Stanford University. The fellowship program was in social entrepreneurship and incubated innovative projects that best utilised ICT for social change. Through seminars, mentoring and full immersion at Stanford University the program taught how to apply Silicon Valley innovation, technology and entrepreneurship to ICT4D projects in developing countries.

My research project was the Digital Hero Book, which used digital storytelling to educate and connect low-income youth from around the world. By combining digital storytelling with social networking, it promoted young voices for positive social change, developed 21st century skills and increased cross-cultural awareness.

The pilot project involved kids from Cape Town, San Francisco and Kenya.

Digital Hero Book Project

The project was funded by the Reuters Foundation, Shuttleworth Foundation and Firelight Foundation. Read the final project report.