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matching needs and wants in crisis and disaster management
Monday, August 30, 2010 5:29 PM

i-match is a management system created in support of a crisis. It allows people to post their haves and others to post their needs. Once a match is made of a have and a need, both parties are notified and delivery plans can be made.

i-match takes in needs and haves via email,sms or manual form filling and then, once a “match” is made (the pairing of a Need with a Have), the resultant matched pair back to the system of origin for the order fulfillment function.

Mobile Banking for poor via community phones
Saturday, August 28, 2010 5:45 AM

An app for poor people to provide banking coverage to by means of community mobile phones. Such an ecosystem would provide jobs to people manning the community phones. The population in general will see improvement is their lives by increase of banking coverage area. Will will not be dependent on money lenders. They will be able to manage their money and obtain credit in a more organized manner.

Stock market and local food market price updates
Saturday, August 28, 2010 5:25 AM

People on the basis of their SMS request or their location can be provided real time information about the updates in stock market. they can be also be provided knowledge about nearest food outlet, food prices and promotional offers so that they can make conscious purchasing decisions.these features will go a long way in empowering the people by providing them information which improves their day to day lives

Real Time climate information on mobile for farmers
Saturday, August 28, 2010 4:07 AM

A large number of farmers are exposed to vagaries of nature. If they can be provided real time update about impending rain and other act of nature,they can plans their operation much more effectively. For example if they know it is going to rain, then they can store their produce safely. They can plan their sowing, reaping and all such activities.


Following is example of such a project being run in India

Mobile App for increased Agricultural productivity and better Health
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 1:29 PM

Build a Java mobile application that runs on low cost mobile phones and uses the Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP), an instant messaging and presence protocol with widespread adoption, to enable the following:

Field workers collect samples, carry out tests. Health workers post symptoms, test results. Results can be sent in real time to experts. Experts respond with advice, recommendations, and prescriptions (can be in real time with the use of XMPP).

Educative Mobile Games
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 8:59 PM

People are always playing simple mobile games like snakes & ladders to pass time either while standing in queues, while in transit by public transport etc. This presents an opportunity to deliver educative games t:at could teach basic principles such as business principles, or math or other kinds of knowledge.

Mobile Micro-Work
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 8:44 PM

A way to deliver (crowdsource) small tasks for people to do on their mobile p:ones and/or web and they earn money either as p:one credit or by mobile money transfer/deposit(MKesho). The aim would be to provide people a way to earn some kind of income.

Maternal health information application
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 8:39 PM

Aimed at MDG #5 - Maternal health: - http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/maternal.shtml

An SMS or USSD based application that aims at providing bits of information to expectant mothers and mid-wives in rural areas who cannot get access to pre-natal care. It could also be used to provide assistance to mid-wives during delivery in case of complications.

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