Yearly Archives: 2014

!..AIDA-வும் நானும்..!

(Guest blog by Priya Devi Kuzhali)

இளநிலை இரண்டாமாண்டு பயின்று கொண்டிருந்த சமயம், மாணவிகளுக்கான இலவச பயிலரங்கத்தில் எனது பெயரையும் பதிவு செய்திருந்தார் என் துணைத்தலைவர்.

அந்த பயிலரங்கத்தைப் பற்றி மேலோட்டமாக சில செய்திகள் சேகரித்து, விடுமுறை தினத்தில் கூட கல்லூரி வர வேண்டி உள்ளதே என்ற சின்ன சலிப்போடு, கல்லூரியில் காத்துக்கொண்டிருந்தேன், அந்த பயிலரங்கை நட்த்தவிருந்த பெண்மணிக்காக.

என்னைப் போலவே கிட்ட்தட்ட இருபது மாணவிகள் (சிலர் வேறு கல்லூரிகளில் இருந்து) வந்திருந்தனர். சிறிது நேரத்தில் அந்த பெண்மணி வந்தார். தன்னைப் பற்றி ஓரிரு வார்த்தைகள் கூறிவிட்டு, எங்களை அறிமுகம்

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Learning is a Mindset

(Guest blog by Heather A. Moore)

Usha recently invited me to share some words of advice with the inspiring young women that had recently graduated from the pilot program of AIDA, Appropriate IT’s Development Academy, and with those from the community. Having gathered some sage advice from a few wise and generous mentors throughout my career, as well as the hard earned wisdom that comes

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கடைக்கோடி பெண்ணுக்கும் ஐடி : கனவை நனவாக்கும் அய்டா

(Guest blog by Geeta Ilangovan)

ஆஃப்கானிஸ்தான் விமானநிலையத்தில் இறங்கியபோது எனக்கு அதிர்ச்சி காத்திருந்தது. நான் செல்ல வேண்டிய நிறுவனத்திற்கு என்னை அழைத்துச் செல்ல வேண்டிய நபரைக் காணவில்லை. அவரின் தொலைபேசி எண்ணை அழைக்க வேண்டுமென்றால் விமானநிலையத்திற்கு வெளியே உள்ள பூத்திற்கு போக வேண்டும். தீவிரவாதமும், பெண் ஒடுக்குமுறை கொடுமைகளும் தலைவிரித்தாடும் மண்ணில் தனியே காலெடுத்து வைக்க தைரியம் வரவில்லை. என்ன செய்வதென்றே புரியவில்லை. பயத்தை மறைத்துக் கொண்டு விமான நிலையத்தின் உட்புறம் அலைந்து கொண்டிருந்தேன்.

என்னை கவனித்துக் கொண்டிருந்த ஒரு போலீஸ்காரர், `யார் நீங்கள் ?’ என்று உடைந்த ஆங்கிலத்தில்

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AIDA Launches with a Celebration and Inspiration for Social Change

On August 15, Appropriate IT Development Academy (AIDA) hosted a special event to celebrate India’s independence day and mark the opening of AIDA’s first training center in Kinathukadavu, near Coimbatore, India.

This event “Celebrating Ourselves, Inspiring Social Change” took place at NGP Engineering College, Coimbatore on Aug 15 from 3 – 5 pm. The ceremony opened with a short presentation on Appropriate IT’s

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Introducing Janani: A Crowdsourcing + Citizen Engagement Platform

Appropriate IT’s Innovation Lab is delighted to announce the release of our first product: Janani, an open source crowdsourcing + citizen engagement platform for social accountability.

Janani is a citizen engagement platform ideal for crowdsourced assessments of publicly funded projects, monitoring of service delivery to citizens, improving accountability in governance, or increasing participation for programs.

Key features of the platform include:

An easy-to-use text messaging

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AI Progress Report: 2014 Quarter 2

April, May, and June were filled with intense activity. But then again, that is not news in a startup’s life, is it? Here is Appropriate IT’s progress report for the second quarter of 2014.

Summary

Appropriate IT becomes a Delaware Public Benefit Corporation. :-D
Citizen Action Platform launches. :-)
Holding pattern for event to celebrate AIDA’s new center. :-|

Innovation Lab

Janani, our crowdsourcing +

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Appropriate IT Becomes a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC)

Big news this week – Appropriate IT Inc, a Delaware incorporated corporation, has converted to a different corporate structure on June 3rd May 29 **. We are now Appropriate IT PBC, a Delaware Public Benefit Corporation. Yay!

So, what is a PBC? A Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) is a new kind of corporate entity, so new that the Delaware Senate Bill #47 that brought PBC

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Future of the Internet is Outside the US

As a technology company (though on a different planet than the one occupied by the companies found in this report ;)), we are somewhat religious about Mary Meeker’s annual internet trends report. A few thoughts on the 2014 version:

Fastest internet and smartphone growths are in “more difficult to monetize developing markets” such as India, Indonesia, Nigeria.

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Categories: africa, asia, regions, research, resources

Sifting Through The Payment Gateway Maze Of India (Part 2)

(Guest blog by Sibi Gnanasundaram)

Continuation of the introduction and context from Sifting Through The Payment Gateway Maze in India (Part 1)

Payment gateways available in India (information as of April 2014)

CC-Avenue: Probably CC-Avenue is the best known of all payment gateways. Until recently, they were a monopoly, which led to awful customer service and no innovation within their website, or payment features. Some

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Sifting Through The Payment Gateway Maze in India (Part 1)

(Guest blog by Sibi Gnanasundaram)

India has been going through a period of rapid economic expansion in the last decade. While most aspects of India have grown exponentially, internet and e-commerce seemed to lag behind until recently. An explosion of internet usage, especially mobile Internet, has caused many new entrepreneurs to focus on technology startups instead of traditional businesses. We have seen this first hand

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    AIDA Inauguration 5

    (Guest blog by Heather A. Moore)

    Usha recently invited me to share some words of advice with the inspiring young women that had recently graduated from the pilot program of AIDA, Appropriate IT’s Development Academy, and with those from the community. Having gathered some sage advice from a few wise and generous mentors throughout my career, as well as the hard earned wisdom that comes

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