Archive for October, 2008

Technology Empowerment

Over the last few days I’ve had a thought running through my head: is there a need for an NGO whose mission is to provide individuals and businesses in the developing world with the technology tools they need to get ahead?

Right now this is definitely a solution looking for a problem, but I wonder if, in fact, there is a problem to be solved here. If so, how could i find out? Is there a demand for technology or technological expertise that can translate to the developing world? What is needed more: funds to acquire technology, or the knowledge of how to use it?

This is still just a seed of an idea that is bouncing around in my head. I’m trying to look for resources that might help to educate me on this problem. Searches through amazon and the web aren’t yielding anything particularly helpful. If anyone happens to come across this post and has some ideas i would love to hear them.

Other questions to ponder:

  • What are major barriers to adoption of technology solutions in developing nations today (this is a crazy broad question and i know that)
  • Are applications for cell phones a viable distribution mechanism for software in developing nations
  • What incentives to western corporations need to become more involved in the developing world (i.e. when does the ROI become attractive?)
  • At what point will nations such as India turn their technologically educated minority toward empowering the technologically uneducated majority?