Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD) Lab is an inter-disciplinary group that explores how technology can improve the lives of underserved populations in low-income regions. Our research has wide range that includes HCI, Systems, Communication and Data Analytics. We are part of the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. We collaborate with folks from other departments like Department of Global Health and organizations like PATH and Red Cross.
The Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD) and ACM Computing and Sustainabile Societies (COMPASS) conferences will be hosted at UW this June!
Esther Jang, Spencer Sevilla, Firn Tieanklin, and Innocent Obi have been instructors at the Tribal Broadband Bootcamp over the past year!
In partnership with the Black Brilliance Research Project, API Chaya, and the Breakfast Group, we taught a 12-week Youth Digital Stewards program as a STEM educational initiative of the Seattle Community Network.
Matt Ziegler traveled to Ol Pejeta Conservancy to conduct a feasibility and needs-finding assessment for a potential anti-poaching hotline, sponsored by a grant from the UW Center for Environmental Forensic Science.
Waylon Brunette travelled to Kampala Uganda for launch of the ODK-X Cold Chain Information System (CCIS). This is a joint project between the ICTD Lab, PATH (a Seattle based NGO), and the Ugandan ministry of health. The system allows immunization workers to track the status of the country’s vaccine cold chain and to provide information to the immunization system to help manage national logistics. The system was built on the ODK-X mobile data management platform. Waylon went to Uganda to work on system integration and to participate in the national training for district level immunization managers.
Esther Jang, Matt Johnson, and Kurtis Heimerl led an undergraduate Community Networks Capstone. We had 4 great project teams developing a project to Teach The Internet Better, VPNize Routers, Visualize the NYC Mesh Network, and Survey The Coverage of the Seattle Community Network.
We won a NSF Smart & Connected Communities grant ($1.3 million over 3 years) for participatory design of community-focused applications on top of the Seattle Community Network! Our community partners include the Black Brilliance Research Project, the Tacoma Cooperative Network, and the Tacoma Public Libraries.
Philip Garrison and Esther Jang won best paper at CSCW! Check out their work: ‘“The Network Is an Excuse”: Hardware Maintenance Supporting Community’