Help us in welcoming Chamal, one of our new summer fellows! He is currently a junior at Berea College, majoring in Economics with concentrations in International Politics, Policies, and International Business, with minors in Political Science and Business Administration. Born and raised in Sri Lanka, Chamal attended Trinity College for his primary and secondary education. In his spare time, he enjoys playing cricket, traveling, photography, social service, watching sports, …



We consume and produce data at ever growing rates, aiming to better understand the past, observe the now, and to be better prepared for the future. However, data can only fulfill its purpose when we can make sense of it, generate insights, and put it into action. The process of turning data into insights requires many steps, and doing it effectively involves many strategies.

Step 1: Visualization …



Please join us in welcoming Meronne, our new communications fellow here at TechChange!

Meronne is currently a student at the College of William & Mary, entering her senior year, and studying Computer Science, with a minor in Africana Studies. At W&M, she’s involved in Student Assembly, Undergraduate Admissions, and different diversity initiatives. She is super passionate about poverty alleviation and technology, and works extensively with the



Exciting News: We are launching our first ever online course on Agriculture, Innovation and Technology in coordination with ICTforAg 2016, a premier conference on the use of technology to improve smallholder value chains.

So far we have confirmed the following speakers:

Jamila Abass, CEO & Co-Founder, MFarm Ltd(K)
Judith Payne, e-Business Advisor, USAID
Hillary Miller-Wise, Esoko
Jaheil Oliver, CEO of Hello …



How do you make the invisible visible? How can we keep up with our ever-changing world, and how can we utilize the technologies of our time? Upon the completion of TechChange’s Mapping for Social Good course, we have found that some answers lie within the realm of digital mapping and geospatial data collection.

From Theory to Practice

The course features four …



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Today we had the opportunity to chat with Steve Ollis of D-tree International, who will be a guest expert for our Mobile Phones for Public Health course. Below, he discusses his experience working in the mHealth field!

Can you tell us about your background and experience in …



Mobile Health: How Far We’ve Come

When I first started in the field of technology for development back in around 2010, I was working specifically in global health tech, and there weren’t too many of us around. The idea of using technology in places besides the developed world was just starting to gain traction, and even then, it was limited to mostly technologists and a …



Let’s pick up where we left off in Part 1 of our survey design for quality data series, which was inspired by Dobility founder and CEO Dr. Christopher Robert’s presentation in the TechChange course “Technology for Data Collection and Survey Design.” Lesson 1 focused on designing your survey with empathy for field staff and respondents. Lesson 2 highlighted SurveyCTO tools for …



Last week, Dobility founder and CEO Dr. Christopher Robert presented on how to design surveys for quality data in the TechChange course “Technology for Data Collection and Survey Design.” We thought it would be fun to share highlights from his talk with the larger community of mobile data collection users (while also showing off some of the cool ways that SurveyCTO can help …



Live guest expert sessions are a key, and favorite, aspect of any of TechChange’s four-week, facilitated courses. Held 2-3 times per week, these events give our students the chance to engage with experts in the field and have active discussions. Our guest experts hail from diverse backgrounds and organizations.

Today, we had the opportunity to chat with Melissa Persaud, Director of Partnerships – North America at