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This post is about the later half of this track!

For the first presentation, please view it here:

2. Exploring employment opportunities through microtasks via cybercafé

By Mrunal Gawade

+ There are so many tasks to do on computers, and many people who don’t have work but are literate. The problem is that they don’t have computers. Why not providing them cybercafés, to tackle this problem?

+ microtasking

+ some enterprises have done this approach … but they are setting up their own infrastructure. What this group is suggesting to use cybercafé which already exists.

In research …

+ typing most focused because it’s the most basic skill. There will be some data to be typed, so people will be doing these works.

+ the studies were done on the demographics of users. Comparison between India and Kenya.

Research questions addressed:

+ Are workers interested in working in cybercafé? >> Yes, but cybercafé should be close to houses.

+ Are cybercafé owners willing to participate in this initiative? >> Some of them really are, some are not.

+ Are the workers skilled enough to earn an acceptable pay rate? >> Yes, but people were distracted to do some personal stuff in cybercafé.

+ what keyboard should be used? >> people who have never used netbook are more comfortable with typing on cellphones like nokia phone. But computers should be used for more intense work.

3. Human Factors in Safe Driving

By Sajan Pillai

+ Distraction while driving was analyzed.

+ The severity of the driving accidents got worse in India.

+ The video of driving in India was shown. (It looks quite impressive.)

+ Development of driving simulation and training of drivers in India is also work in progress

4. Software for Tracking Vulnerable Children

Tata Consultancy Services

+ Corporate Social Responsibility in TCS

+ 24 hour helpline where children can reach out to get help

The details of the program “Childline” :

+ 24 hour helpline with one hour mandate to reach a child physically in direct intervention cases

+ Tie up with local NGOs operating in child space

+ 15 – 18 months of designing, developing and testing of the system

+ Still in the progress of running the system fully.

5. Sahaaya: Gesture Recognising System to Provide Effective Communication for Specially-abled People

By Piyush Madan

+ Sahaaya helps the communication of those who feel moving arms etc. difficult to move, or have difficulties in talking.

+ It takes the live stream from the webcam and analyzes it

+ Open source, cross platform, low-cost of hardware, can go on mobile

More improvements to be made

+ User interface needs to be improved in the near future

+ Audio message callout

+ Currently, users can use it only in front of the screen

+ Flexibility to add and modify gesture

Open Source code available: https://github.com/madanpiyush/Sahaaya

It was a long track! Sorry for no picture on this post.

Now, let’s go to have some break and keep blogging for another session … see you later.:)

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speaker: Guiseppe Ruello

Guisseppe Ruello present at the technical paper track

WARM_SAR: Utilizing Italian Satellite to and remote sensing for water resource management
The important aspect is to develop models that represents the reality.
The program has developed low cost equipment for remote sensing at poor countries.

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Dr. Mark Henderson is leading the session and it’s started in a nice cozy room of Federal on the basement level.

The room is pretty full, showing everyone’s interest in opportunities that they can actually contribute to!

1. Socio-economic Development of Extremely Poor Communities in Kapgari Area

By  Ranjan Sen

+ Agricultural processing technologies in communities

+ Using informatics technology to let people know what technologies can do

About project in Kapagari

+ In India, 60% of population of India depends on agriculture and only 18% contribute to GDP.

+ Showing the results of technological improvement on agriculture to villagers was good

+ Empowering people to run the technologies was important in the process

+Self-help group was responsible for some small projects. It helped them learn how to run and continue the project by themselves.

+ Next step: IT for village development … kapgari.com

This was the first presentation … and I’m going to post about the rest of the presentations in the next post.

Come stop by to see this series of presentations, in Federal room in the basement! The room is a small one next to where lunch was served.

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