During one of our village visits, students from a local primary school snapped this photo of me with some new friends while playing with my camera.

During one of our village visits, students from a local primary school snapped this photo of me with some new friends while playing with my camera.

Overview

During the summer of 2017, while working at the Information and Computing Technology for Development (ICTD) Lab at the University of Washington, I traveled to Tanzania for 3 weeks to study how people in rural villages used a prototype version of electronic phonebook that I developed.

After my trip to Tanzania, we deployed the application to a group of approximately 100 people in four villages for a month trial. Results from preliminary focus groups, analysis of the logs from the initial deployment, and follow-up phone surveys have been accepted, and will appear at SIGCHI 2018.

A draft of the paper is available here.

I will continue to work with other members of the Kichabi project throughout the fall of 2017 as research assistant, in collaboration with Professors Richard Anderson and Brian Dillon at the University of Washington, Joshua Blumenstock and Berkeley, Jenny Aker at Tufts, and Adalbertus Kamanzi at the Institute of Rural Development and Planning, in Dodoma, Tanzania.