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Krishi Janani: Stepping Out Into the Great Unknown

So…Appropriate IT is working on a new sustainable agriculture technology platform – Krishi Janani. We have been at it for a while now, launching a partially working prototype earlier this year. Before I go into the ‘Great Unknown’ parts of the story, a quick summary:

Krishi Janani is an ag tech network (online platform + young women-led rural ag tech centers) enabling organic and sustainable

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Pay It Forward: A Training in Namakkal

A three day technology training in building websites with WordPress at PGP college in Namakkal, Tamil Nadu

By Alexandra de Vogel, Assistant Trainer

With a background in Industrial design and innovation management, being part of this training was a first experience for me. But now I know that it will definitely not be my last experience in this field. These three days in Namakkal

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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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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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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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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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AI Progress Report: 2014 Quarter 1

The years 2011 – 2013 were our incubation period, a time to test new things and reinvent Appropriate IT (AI) as a company. AI’s Development Academy was pilot tested in 2011 – 2012. AI’s Innovation Lab launched one technology platform and laid the seeds of another in 2013. After these bootstrapping years, Appropriate IT v 2.0 was born in January 2014.**

Here is a

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Unlocking Money Via Social Enterprise

At Appropriate IT, we’ve been calling ourselves a start up. While that’s true, it sometimes feels as though we’re not. For years now, AI has been a known entity through its project-based work, and concepts for our latest iteration have been piloted for the past couple of years. As we hit 2014 though, we’re shifting gears a bit – launching the hybrid model of Innovation

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A Four Step Plan For When Life Sends You On A Detour

When 2013 dawned, we had one mega plan for Appropriate IT (AI). We had successfully tested our curriculum and established demand for a radically different type of corporate training in India. All that was left was to launch the first physical center for Appropriate IT Development Academy in Coimbatore, India by the end of 2013.

The last quarter of 2013 did indeed witness a launch.

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  • Krishi Janani: Stepping Out Into the Great Unknown

    Krishi Janani: Ag Tech Network

    So…Appropriate IT is working on a new sustainable agriculture technology platform – Krishi Janani. We have been at it for a while now, launching a partially working prototype earlier this year. Before I go into the ‘Great Unknown’ parts of the story, a quick summary:

    Krishi Janani is an ag tech network (online platform + young women-led rural ag tech centers) enabling organic and sustainable

  • Pay It Forward: A Training in Namakkal

    Namakkal Training 6

    A three day technology training in building websites with WordPress at PGP college in Namakkal, Tamil Nadu

    By Alexandra de Vogel, Assistant Trainer

    With a background in Industrial design and innovation management, being part of this training was a first experience for me. But now I know that it will definitely not be my last experience in this field. These three days in Namakkal

  • Learning is a Mindset

    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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