Summer School on Computing for Socio-Economic Development

The Technology for Emerging Markets Group at Microsoft Research India, in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Science, hosted a summer school to bring together attendees from engineering and the social sciences and expose them to cutting edge research in this exciting field. Several eminent researchers in the Information and Communication Technologies and Development research area and related fields presented lectures in their areas of specialization and attendees experienced a range of current research and practice.

About ICTD

Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD) is an inter-disciplinary research area that aims to understand, design, and apply ICTs in efforts to improve the socioeconomic well-being of disadvantaged people in poor communities and the developing world. Researchers in this area include computer scientists, social scientists, designers and a range of other fields.

Objective of the Summer School

The summer school hopes to excite and equip graduate students, faculty members and outstanding undergraduate students with the tools needed to conduct research in the area of ICTD. The school is also an opportunity for researchers and faculty members to network with their peers and the speakers. While students comprised the bulk of the attendees, we also had participation from post-doctoral researchers, research staff and faculty members.

This page includes a detailed schedule on the summer school including slides and relevant papers for many of the presentations made during the school.

Organizing Committee

Ed Cutrell - Microsoft Research India
H.S. Jamadagni - Indian Institute of Science
Kentaro Toyama - University of California, Berkeley

Speakers

Michael Best - Georgia Tech
Ashok V. Desai - Consulting Editor, Businessworld; Formerly Chief Consultant, Ministry of Finance, Government of India
Joyojeet Pal - Polytechnic Institute of New York University and ATLAS Institute, CU Boulder
Tapan Parikh - University of California, Berkeley
Isha Ray - University of California, Berkeley
Revi Sterling - University of Colorado at Boulder
Kentaro Toyama - University of California, Berkeley

Researchers from Technology for Emerging Markets research group, Microsoft Research India

Schedule and Content

Venue: Auditorium, Center for Electronics Design & Technology (CEDT), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

Sunday, June 13: Welcome to the summer school!

0800 - 0900  Breakfast     
0900 - 1030  Lecture  Ed Cutrell  Welcome and overview PDF
1030 - 1100  Tea/Coffee    
1100 - 1230  Activity  Ed Cutrell  Introductions and icebreakers 
1230 - 1400  Lunch     
1400 - 1530  Exercise  TEM staff Small-group discussion on goals of development 

 

Monday, June 14: What is development?

0800 - 0900  Breakfast     
0900 - 1030  Lecture  Revi Sterling 

History of Development Theory and Practice PDF

1030 - 1100  Tea/Coffee     
1100 - 1230  Exercise  Aishwarya Ratan 

Development Practice Examined through Case Studies PDF 

Readings: [1], Ch. 2 of [2]

1230 - 1400  Lunch     
1400 - 1415  Lecture  Jonathan Donner, Aishwarya Ratan, Bill Thies Overview of Field Activity PDF
1415 - 1800  Activity  Students  Field activity in small groups DOC

 

Tuesday, June 15: ICTs & development

0800 - 0900  Breakfast     
0900 - 1030  Lecture  Jonathan Donner 

Understanding Technology & Society through Mobile Phone Behaviors PDF

Reading: [1]

1030 - 1100  Tea/Coffee     
1100 - 1230  Activity  Michael Best  Why Focus on ICTs for Development PDF
1230 - 1400  Lunch     
1400 - 1530  Excercise  Revi Sterling Informed Consent in ICTD Projects PDF
1530 - 1600  Tea/Coffee      
1600 - 1730  Panel  Ed Cutrell Panel on Informed Consent (Michael Best, Revi Sterling, Jonathan Donner, Nimmi Rangaswamy)Informed consent in ICTD projects 

 

Wednesday, June 16: Projects in ICTD

0800 - 0900  Breakfast     
0900 - 1030  Conference Talks 

Nimmi Rangaswamy 

Entrepreneurship and ICTD PDF 
Revi Sterling  Advancement through Interactive Radio PDF 
Mike Best  Impact of ICTs in Post-Conflict Liberia 
1030 - 1100  Tea/Coffee     
1100 - 1230  Conference Talks 

Saurabh Panjwani

Secure and Usable Authentication for Mobile Banking PPT
Jonathan Donner   Mobile Use by Micro and Small Enterprises PDF 
1230 - 1400  Lunch     
1400 - 1800  Field Activity  Students  Continuation of field activity 

 

Thursday, June 17: Qualitative methods

0800 - 0900 Breakfast
0900 - 1030 Lectures

Isha Ray

Qualitative Methods & Social Science PDF

Reading: [1]

Nimmi Rangaswamy 

The Art of the Interview PDF 

Reading: [2]

1030 - 1100 Tea/Coffee
1100 - 1230 Lectures

Isha Ray

Designing Surveys PDF

Nimmi Rangaswamy 

Conducting Ethnographies PDF 
1230 - 1400 Lunch
1400 - 1730 Exercise Students Practice with Qualitative Methods

 

 

Friday, June 18: Design: What to build, why and how?

0800 - 0900 Breakfast
0900 - 1030 Lecture

Tapan Parikh 

Development as Design PDF

1030 - 1100 Tea/Coffee
1100 - 1230 Lecture

Indrani Medhi

Design Challenges in Working with Low-literate Users PDF

1230 - 1400 Lunch
1400 - 1530 Lecture Tapan Parikh Techniques for working with NGOs and other field partners PDF
1530 - 1600 Tea/Coffee
1600 - 1800 Field Activity Students

Continuation of field activity

 

Saturday, June 19: Understanding poor communities

0800 - 0900 Breakfast
0900 - 1030 Lecture

Indrani Medhi

A portrait of everyday life in a village PDF

1030 - 1100 Tea/Coffee
1100 - 1230 Lecture

Geeta Menon

Life in an urban slum

1230 - 1400 Lunch
1400 - 1800 Field Trip Indrani Medhi Guided tours of slum communities

 

Sunday, June 20: Rest Day

Monday, June 21: Projects in ICTD

0800 - 0900 Breakfast
0900 - 1030 Conference Talks

Prof. Jamadagni

You and Your Research PDF

Good Books to read

Ed Cutrell  Intermediated Technology Use in Developing Communities PDF 
1030 - 1100 Tea/Coffee
1100 - 1230 Conference Talks

Yaw Anowka

Carl Hartung

Open Data Kit: Building Information Services for Low-Income Regions PDF

David Hutchful  Cloze: An Authoring Tool for Teachers  PDF

Bill Thies 

Interactive DVDs for Education 
1230 - 1400 Lunch
1400 - 1530 Poster Session Students Poster presentations based on results from field activity. (Files will be posted soon.)
1530 - 1600 Tea/Coffee
1600 - 1800 Group Activity Students

Research proposal preparation – session 1 PDF

 

Tuesday, June 22: Study methodologies, study design and evaluation issues

0800 - 0900 Breakfast
0900 - 1030 Lectures

Aishwarya Ratan

Quantitative Data Analysis PDF

Nimmi Rangaswamy  Analyzing Qualitative Data PDF 

1030 - 1100

Tea/Coffee
1100 - 1230 Lecture + Exercise

Aishwarya Ratan

Impact Evaluation PDF

Reading: [1]

1230 - 1400

Lunch
1400 - 1530 Lectures Ed Cutrell Fundamentals of User Studies PDF
Aishwarya Ratan 

Paper Discussion (The Digital Provide: Information Technology, Market Performance and Welfare in the South Indian Fisheries Sector)

Reading: [2]

1530 - 1600 Tea/Coffee
1600 - 1800 Activity All

Movie & discussion

 

Wednesday, June 23: Pessimism & optimism in ICTD

0800 - 0900 Breakfast
0900 - 1030 Lecture

Kentaro Toyama

Ten Myths of ICTD PDF

1030 - 1100

Tea/Coffee
1100 - 1230 Lecture

Rikin Gandhi

The Digital Green Story PPSX

1230 - 1400

Lunch
1400 - 1530 Discussion Kentaro Toyama

Paper discussion (What Constitutes Good ICTD Research)

Readings: [1], [2]

1530 - 1600 Tea/Coffee
1600 - 1800 Group Activity Students

Research proposal preparation – session 2

 

Thursday, June 24: From government policy to development outcomes

0800 - 0900 Breakfast
0900 - 1030 Lecture

Ashok Desai

Economic policy and implications for technology and development PDF

1030 - 1100

Tea/Coffee
1100 - 1230 Lecture

Joyojeet Pal

Technology and Disability in the Developing World PDF

1230 - 1400

Lunch
1400 - 1530 Lecture Solomon Jaya Prakash Labournet PDF
1530 - 1600 Tea/Coffee
1600 - 1800 Panel Bill Thies

Professional development advice on pursuing a research career (Kentaro Toyama, Isha Ray, Joyojeet Pal, Solomon Jay Prakash, Ed Cutrell)

 

Friday, June 25: Beyond research

0800 - 0900 Breakfast
0900 - 1030 Lecture

 

Sean Blagsvedt

Sustaining development interventions beyond pilot phase—the Babajob Case PDF

1030 - 1100

Tea/Coffee

1100 - 1230 Lectures

Rikin Gandhi

Spinning Out: How hard can this be? PPSX

Kentaro Toyama  Make it Memorable: A Presentation on Presentations PPT

1230 - 1400

Lunch

1400 - 1530 Short Presentations Students "Open mic” feedback session on students' research projects
1530 - 1600 Tea/Coffee
1600 - 1800 Group Activity Students

Research proposal preparation – session 3

 

Saturday, June 26: Professional development/conference day

1100 - 1230 Short Presentations

 

Students

Single-track, 5-minute presentation of research proposal + 5-minute Q&A per group

1230 - 1400

Lunch

1400 - 1530 Short Presentations

Students

Single-track, 5-minute presentation of research proposal + 5-minute Q&A per group

 

Sunday, June 27: Wrap up and farewell

0800 - 0900 Breakfast
0900 - 1030 Activity

Group

Feedback and Wrap-Up

1030 - 1100

Tea/Coffee

1100 - 1230 Lecture

Ed Cutrell

Open discussion

1230 - 1400

Lunch

 

 

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