Introductions thread: What makes you tick?

Hi everyone, My name is Ed Clinkett. I am a Digital Transformation, Technology, Innovation and Change specialist. Passionate about international sustainable development and change.

Where in the world are you? Currently based in the UK
What stage of your career are you at? Chief Digital Officer & Founder of ESRC Consulting
What are you current challenges? Finding a way of contributing and helping with Digital change in developing or emerging markets. Who to reach out to.
What gets you fired up about technology and development? Everything, knowing that problems can be solved through creative and innovative solutions and the fact that to achieve this you collaborate with all.
Cats or dogs? Fish :slight_smile:


Welcome Ed! Glad you joined us. Holler if you’ve got any questions.

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Hi everyone, my name is Clement Stephen. I’m building my career as a development practitioner. I have a good IT background with 5+ years experience in monitoring and evaluation.

I live in my home country Nigeria and work in capital Abuja
I would say i’m in the middle of my career
Lack of professional training in the area of development in my country
Technology makes live a lot easier, it’s an infrastructure for development


We imagine that it is possible to conceive of a “Marshall Plan” for Puerto Rico which can cross fertilize with intiatives on Living Learning community laboratories in NorCal and NYC

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Hi I’m Andy

Where in the world are you? 

I’m in the UK, specifically I work at Sheffield Hallam University

What stage of your career are you at?

I’m a greybeard. I’ve been working in user centred technology design for 28 years, in participatory design for 18 years, and in ICTD for 10+ years.

What are you current challenges?

The same as they have been for many years - working out how technologists, and particularly technology researchers with limited language skills and homes in the North can best make positive contributions to a participatory vision of sustainable human development.

What gets you fired up about technology and development?

People learning new creative responses to other people’s technology and devising ways to take control of tech to address their own challenges. Seeing technologists learn new ways of relating to other people, to technologies and to themselves.

Cats or dogs?

Definitely dogs.


Thanks for your intro, Andy, and for your intriguing first post on the forum. Minimal ethical standards are a huge picture topic - looking forward to reviewing the document.

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Hi. I’m Jayne Cravens, and I’m based in the Portland, Oregon area in the USA. I’m a researcher, consultant and trainer re: communications, volunteer involvement, and community engagement. I oversaw the transition of the UN’s Online Volunteering Service to the UN Volunteers program, and was a co-manager of the Secretary General’s United Nations Information Technology Service (UNITeS), also at UNV. I’ve worked for various UN and NGO initiatives. Currently, I’m working with a nonprofit based in Austin, Texas called Knowbility, that promotes accessible design for web sites and online tools. I’m working with their OpenAIR (Accessibility Internet Rally) specifically.

I’m really excited about the Principles for Digital Development and their focus on human-centered design. However, I’m disappointed at the lack of emphasis on accessible design for people with disabilities and people using assistive technologies.

What gets me fired up about tech and development? The idea of how it can empower marginalized communities, including women, girls and people with disabilities.

I have a dog, Lucinda, and a cat, Gray Max.


Hi @jcravens ! Welcome. I actually think your suggestion about accessible design is an excellent one for further exploration. I am currently developing a conversation series, and we are always thinking about the relevance of the Principles in different contexts. I’d like to discuss further - send me a PM? Thanks!

Right now, I’m knee deep in recruiting nonprofits, NGOs and charities to participate in OpenAIR, a hackathon by a nonprofit called Knowbility. I’m on deadline - I’m trying to get 45 nonprofits to sign up well before the teams begin designing on Feb 1 - the nonprofits need plenty of time to make sure their current web site is up-to-date (if they have such) or to put together all of the text, graphics and photos they want on a web site, and to fill out our client needs survey. Also, I’m just back from Thanksgiving break. So I’m quite slammed. I would be able to next week!

  • Where in the world are you? Belgium / Africa
  • What stage of your career are you at ? ICT Project Manager
  • What are you current challenges ? Connecting African and EU Digital startups, Teach and Raise the awareness of children in STEM careers
  • What gets you fired up about technology and development ? Deep convicted that technology is the best tool for sustainable development !
  • Cats or dogs? None of the above, better a Robot :robot: :heart_eyes:


Hi, my name is Peter Stremus and I am located in Belgium.
I am working at IBM as the European Sales Eminence executive. In this role, skill and knowledge development are the key goals for which we develop and implement digital and social platforms.
One could say that I am 3/4’s in my career…
My current challenge is how to balance digital education with traditional methods to optimize the learning effects.
I believe that education technoiogy - edtech - has an important role to play in developing skills, especially in remote or underserved areas. Bringing technology into education is a way to avoid a digital divide.
Currently without a dog.




Hi all,

I’m Ailin Martinez. It is great to join this community. Here is a bit about me:

Where in the world are you? London
What stage of your career are you at? Mid-career
What are your current challenges? Embed digital best practice using the principles, and data protection/GDPR for newsletters
What gets you fired up about technology and development? How technology can improve people’s lives, giving them access to knowledge, opportunities to connect with other and amplifying their voices.
Cats or dogs? Difficult to choose :thinking:both :dog: + :smiley_cat: = :heart_eyes:

  • Where in the world are you?
    Originally from Colombia; recently moved to Menlo Park to work at Stanford University with Digital MEdIC
  • What stage of your career are you at?
  • What are you current challenges?
  • What gets you fired up about technology and development?
    Potential impact
  • Cats or dogs?

1.Where in the world are you?
Currently living and working in Washington, DC area. Originally from Pokhara, Nepal.

2.What stage of your career are you at?
Mid-Career in Tech. Not working in ICT4D but interested in Development.

3.What are your current challenges?
Merging the old and the new technologies gracefully

4.What gets you fired up about technology and development?
Knowing that technology can be a good enabler to HELP solve some fundamental dev. challenges

5.Cats or dogs?

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Hello ! My name is Mamadi Diane, I am 21 years old, I am a researcher and I have done self - training in economics and social sciences. My passion and my dream is to undertake in my country Guinea. I want to join your alliance or become a resource partner because my desire throughout my course was to develop access to digital services in my country and all the world and move from cash payments to digital payments to reduce poverty and promote inclusive growth. I suggest that we can study together a collaboration that could take the form of a franchise or an alliance. I thank you for informing me of the steps to take or failing to tell me the service to which I must address myself. I beg you to believe, Madam, Sir, to the expression of my best regards.
There is increasing recognition that digital payments can improve lives and lead to inclusive growth. Yet no single public or private entity alone can overcome the complex technical, logistical, economic, financial, and regulatory challenges that developing and emerging economies face in making digital payments widely available. The current socio-economic environment is characterized by two major concerns: One being the consideration of the issues of sustainable development and the other being the desire to strengthen the innovation capacity of the company which can be perceived as a lever of global competitiveness.
Such a project is therefore likely to contribute to improving the economic and social conditions of the country.Even if the ultimate accomplishment of the entrepreneur is to succeed in building a system that works without him, for most of us it’s still us the creator who is at the center of the system. My entrepreneurial motivation is at the heart of my performance.My approach to the digital economy is based on the exchange via a platform of goods and services between individuals. My desire during this study was to understand the digital and collaborative economy as a whole to facilitate the creation of business and the online payment of taxes by the following procedures: Set up a one-stop shop for Decrease the time and process of starting a business; standardize incorporation documents so that contractors comply with the law, do not use a notary or lawyer to avoid bribes and thus prevent errors and speed up the processing of claims and then allow creating businesses online and registering quickly in the trade and tax services register. Combine taxes by introducing online procedures and simplifying tax administration to reduce personal contact with tax officials.
All of these are aimed at improving the conditions of businesses, entrepreneurs, reducing the informal sector and boosting the economy.In order to ensure the viability and universality of access to digital services such as the payment of taxes and business start-ups, it is essential to include public and private service providers , users and donors in policy dialogue and financial planning. Finally, these issues will in the future be constantly changing. They offer development opportunities both through the creation of new services that meet the expectations of the general public and through the implementation of new modes of internal organization allowing greater positive efficiency and direct contact with the market but these technologies also pose the problem of the necessary protection of intellectual property against illicit uses.

Hi everyone! I’ll jump on to this introduction boat as well. I am a Ph.D. student in Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I’m currently on a Fulbright Fellowship to Kenya and looking to connect with folks in the ICT-gender domain.

Where in the world are you?
Currently Nanyuki, Kenya but usually Santa Barbara, CA

What stage of your career are you at?
2nd year doctoral student.

What are you current challenges?
Finding out ways to connect farmers to local environmental data and overall giving back to the communities in our study sites around Mount Kenya.

What gets you fired up about technology and development?
The opportunity to overcome the digital gender divide which necessitates a proactive, intentional approach to keep disparities from widening.

Cats or dogs?
Both! It’s called free will.

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Hi all, just joined this community. Happy to be here:
Where in the world are you? Chile
What stage of your career are you at? “Happy and excited with my career”
What are you current challenges? Collect child participation experiences related to violence from different parts of the world - hopefully some that use technology - for a UN report.
What gets you fired up about technology and development? The fact it’s such a versatile tool to achieve change at so many levels, from such diverse spaces, and from various communities.
Cats or dogs? Dogs, though I need to start liking cats soon, as my daughter’s crazy about them :stuck_out_tongue:

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Hi @jcravens

Is your Hackathon for NGOs in the US only ??

Where in the world are you? LONDON , UK
What stage of your career are you at? RECENT GRAD …focus on BSIC social impact ; especially the refugee / resettlement identity and accessibilty to services. Looking to develop a DApp
What are you current challenges? Prototype for client interface …
What gets you fired up about technology and development? Innovation creates oppurtunity …emerging markets and participation of those who otherwise would not have the means to.
Cats or dogs? A cute Bichon :roll_eyes:

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