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Students in the ATLAS Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD) master's degree program presented their practicum projects on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, in the Board Room of the Roser ATLAS Building.
The practicum portion of the program consists of an internship or service project with a company engaged in ICTD efforts, an international development agency, foundation, non-governmental organization, or other organization in the public or private sector.
Two individual projects and three team projects will be presented. The individual projects are:
Ecocycle Zero Waste Planning Tool: Lakshmi Haridas has developed a planning tool, working with Boulder-based Ecocycle, that could be used by cities and counties to simulate a transition from existing traditional waste management practices to a zero-waste system - and that can do a cost-benefit analysis of such a transition.
Information Communication Technology (ICT) Needs Assessment for Iranian Epilepsy Association: Maryam Moghaddam-Zadeh collaborated with the Iranian Epilepsy Association (IEA) to design surveys and to assist with the collecting of data from epilepsy patients, their families, neurologists, neuro-surgeons, psychiatrists and donors of the IEA. This needs assessment was aimed at identifying the most convenient and effective methods of communication and conveying of information between these groups, through both technological and traditional approaches.
The team projects are:
Integrating SMS Agricultural Platform with Frontline SMS Communications Platform: AMIS Cameroon (Agricultural Marketing Information System) specializes in connecting rural farmers to markets using various communication technologies. This team project worked to enhance AMIS' technical environment in Boulder by testing and evaluating various mobile technologies, remote desktop technologies and FOSS communication platforms such as FrontlineSMS. Team members are Hawra Al-Rabaan, Chris Carruth, Diana Pesenti, Joellen Raderstorf and Danielle Rodriguez.
Social Good Networking Tool: The goal of this team project has been to create a website that serves as a resource for Broomfield citizens seeking assistance from, and interaction with, service providers; as well as a hub through which those same service providers will be able to communicate with one another and solve problems more efficiently. Team members are Isla Schanuel, Josephine Kilde, Manny Wayo and Abigale Stangl.
Musoni Microfinance Project: Musoni BV is a social enterprise that assists with financial services to low income, underbanked and unbanked individuals in the developing world. Musoni Kenya has seen great strides over the past two years in its client base growth and subsequent local administrative capacity. This team worked on designing, prototyping and deploying a Learning Management System that Musoni BV could use for its field officer training and assessment. Team members are Matt Hulse, McClees Stephens, Neil DiMuccio, Rachel Powers, Rachel Strobel and Lakshmi Haridas.