The University of Washington's Computer Science and Engineering (UW CSE) program has received a $600K grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to continue improving ODK. Nafundi is a sub-grantee on this effort and will be responsible for providing technical support to organizations implementing ODK. The two-year grant accelerates UW CSE and Nafundi's ongoing work making data collection easier and we are excited to have the support of the Gates Foundation.
I'm excited to announce the launch of the ODK Discussion Series! The goal of the discussion series is to explore the many and varied uses of ODK around the world, as well as to celebrate the contribution of Gaetano Borriello, the visionary behind the ODK project, who passed away earlier this year, far too young.
Starting Oct 5th, each week will begin with a brief post on the ODK Community email list and during the course of the week, we'll have back and forth questions, answers, and general discussion. The goal of each discussion is to look at both what worked and did not work and/or explore important topics related to mobile data collection.
We've got a number of great presenters and topics lined up already:
- Oct 5: The three principles that guided ODK's design (Yaw Anokwa, Nafundi)
- Oct 12: Implementing ODK 2.0 (Neil Hendrick)
- Oct 19: How have you raised the bar on data quality? (Christopher Robert, SurveyCTO)
- Nov 2: The importance of Open Standards. What we learned collaborating on the XLSForm spec (Matt Berg and Alex Dorey, Ona and KoboToolbox)
- Nov 16: Incorporating ODK components into existing toolset (Marc Abbyad, Medic Mobile)
- Nov 25: Use of ODK after the Nepal Earthquake (Prabhas Pokharel)
- Nov 30: Vigilancia Comunitaria - An ODK tool for improving community-based health surveillance in Nicaragua (Heather Zornetzer)
- Dec 7: ELMO - The role of ODK in the Carter Center's efforts in elections, human rights, and health (Connie Moon Sehat, ELMO)
Thanks to Neal Lesh for putting this series together and I'm looking forward to a great discussion!
Agricultural organizations across East Africa are working hard to help smallholder farmers adapt to a changing climate and marketplace. Data is crucial to this adaptation, but organizations face challenges collecting reliable field data, sharing information with partners, and communicating actionable insights back to farmers.
From October 16th to October 18th at Sankara Nairobi, the partners will train developers on useful data collection tools like Open Data Kit, connect these developers with organizations in need, and support both as they brainstorm and build solutions during a hackathon. Teams will compete for the best solution and the winner will earn a consultancy contract to further develop their idea.
In addition to the training and hackathon, there will be a kickoff and networking reception on the evening of October 16th. The reception will feature a keynote speech by Dr. Bitange Ndemo, former Permanent Secretary of Kenya's Ministry of Information and Communication.
To sign up for Hack4Farming hackathon in Nairobi from October 16th to 18th, go to https://hack4farming.github.io.