We here at NetSquared are proud to announce the beta launch of Hacker Helper. Hacker Helper is a website that helps prepare developers for hackathons by providing issue-specific problem statements written by NGOs and activists who are working on the ground to solve social problems. It also provides developers with links to relevant data sets, APIs, and other people who are working on projects to solve the social problem.
Big data is still one of those concepts that baffle me. How big does the data have to be? Where does it come from? And how can nonprofits and public libraries actually make use of it? At SOCAP13, a social enterprise conference in San Francisco, I attended two back-to-back panel presentations on big data with some nonprofit representation. Hearing directly from those working in big data for good gave some context around what's actually happening. Still, though, I had some questions around the definition of big data — and it seemed like the presenters did too.
East Africa has made huge progress towards achieving Universal Primary Education UPE,but sadly around 10 million primary school pupils drop out each year ,and many children who do manage to complete school have very poor reading skills in English and in their mother tongue.this proves a huge hurdle for those children who go on to attend secondary school where all lessons are taught in English.most schools have no library ,and the books that do exist in classrooms are often out of date and are shared between 10 or more children .For most families,books are luxury they simply cannot afford ,
Digital technologies have fundamentally transformed the entire health care ecosystem. Surgeon-controlled robots perform surgeries from other cities, Electronic Medical Records store our health histories, and we use the internet to seek information about everything from the side-effects of medications to how our physician is rated by other patients. In the U.S. alone, it's estimated that 35% of adults have gone online to get information about a medical condition, and one-fifth of smartphone owners have health apps.
This is the first post in a series of roundups on social change news from Africa. This is a look at how Africa is struggling with climate change challenges as well as Africans’ continued efforts toward self-reliance even as international donors continue their support.
Africa Should Build Capacity to Use Green Climate Funds, Says African Development Bank Vice-President