Recently: August

Posted on Sep 5, 2013
Recently: August

Doing: Recently [1], I haven’t been working on show-caseable projects, but I did finish my mission in UNICEF Nepal, which among its highlights included a trip to Baitadi in which I managed to take a few pictures. The other highlight of the Nepal trip was the conversations I had with so many amazing people doing […]

Bill Gates on saving lives, and why I do what I do

Posted on May 24, 2013

Peter sent me a link to this interview with Bill Gates, and I thought I’d post it here because much of it resonates with the work I do. One, because the below isn’t just relevant for public health, but for much public service delivery (this one is the astute interviewer, Ezra Klein): EK: This gets […]

Bamboo at ACM Dev ’13

Posted on Jan 14, 2013
Bamboo at ACM Dev ’13

I recently presented our paper, Improving Data Collection and Monitoring through Real-time Data Analysis at ACM DEV 2013 in Bangalore. The poster is below: The paper was coauthored with Peter Lubell-Doughtie, Mark Johnston, and Vijay Modi.  The abstract is below: Feedback based on real-time data is increasingly important for ICT-based interventions in the developing world. […]

Spatial summarization added to formhub

Posted on Aug 24, 2012
Spatial summarization added to formhub

In formhub, our map visualizations had so far focused on individual survey points–you saw responses distributed across space, and could click on each response to find out more. Recently, we added spatial summarization through hexbins to the mix. Two varieties exist, one to simply show density of submissions: And the other, which I think goes […]

Another Perspective from Nepal – Social Media As a Civic Activism Tool.

Posted on May 27, 2011
Another Perspective from Nepal – Social Media As a Civic Activism Tool.

Writers at various blogs and newspaper columns have responded to the protests demanding a constitution by the May 28 deadline organized largely on Facebook. In fact, I was inspired to write this article after reading the great summary at Global Vo…