Introductions thread: What makes you tick?

Hello @GuzBrant thank you for joining the Digital Principles Forum . We are glad you are here and look forward to engaging you in discussion and debate on The Principles for Digital Development as well as other relevant discussions on ICT4D. Happy Engaging!

At present, I live in Manaus, Brazil, but my friends used to tell me “You are everywhere”. Depends on the assigment and work I am doing.
I am a senior level professional, but in the field of digital technology, I am a beginner.
I work now as a Consultant and this field requires knowing many areas which otherwise are dealt by separate teams. For me, this was the case with digital technology.
I am a lifelong learner, always learning new things and although I find the use of so many tools and softwares very confusing, I am sure that I will succeed in learning how to use a few of them.
I am very curious to explore how digital tools are used in the M&E field.
I had both cats and dogs in the past, but because they can not travel with me, it is better not to have them anymore.

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Hello @Cecilia thank you for joining the Digital Principles Forum . We are glad you are here and look forward to engaging you in discussion and debate on The Principles for Digital Development as well as other relevant discussions on ICT4D. Happy Engaging!

Hi Everyone from down under. My name is Mark and I live in Brisbane Australia

  • What stage of your career are you at?
    I have just finished 24 years in IT at a financial institution (funds management) and most recently leading the IT team. Now I am re-steering my direction into IT4D or Tech for Good and specifically how advanced tech can be used to support the SDGs

  • What are you current challenges?
    My biggest challange right now is absorbing the vast amount of reading on the topic of IT4D, especially as it seems to be in constant renewal as many parts of society take on the challange of sustainability.
    My second challange is to prepare for a volunteer role as an ICT mentor in the Solomon Islands as they assimulate the oppertunities that present themselves along with their up coming subsea internet cable connection.
    Third challange is using this editor without auto correct :frowning:

  • What gets you fired up about technology and development?
    Getting fired up - excited - are the possibilites that advanced tech such as AI and blockchain can bring to developing and LDCs in addressing so many of thier societay, economic and environmental challanges.
    Fired up - angry - are the head winds to change

  • Cats or dogs?
    No cats, one dog (Australian Cattle Dog), fish, choooks (chickens)

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Hi everyone! My name is Diego Menchaca and I’m the founder of Teamscope, a mobile data collection app for clinical and field research.

  1. Where in the world are you? I’m based in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, although I’m originally from Chile.

  2. What stage of your career are you at? Currently scaling Teamscope to reach more NGOs and ICT4D professionals.

  3. What are you current challenges? Trying to reach more development consultants, academic researchers and NGOs that may be struggling with their data management.

  4. What gets you fired up about technology and development? When we use any sort of technology (like this forum) without thinking of it, we expect it to be smooth – it just has to work. Now, when you are on the other end: actually developing a tool, transforming something that always starts out as a rough (and hopefully ugly) sketch on paper into a mobile/web app, it’s magical and exhilarating :rocket:

  5. Cats or dogs? Dogs. Cats are fun and beautiful, but there is something about their worldview that doesn’t feel right.

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  1. Where in the world are you? Technically, Jordan. Practically, on travel in the Middle East.
  2. What stage of your career are you at? Just about 35 years in international development, and about 23 years in ecommerce and digital trade for development.
  3. What are you current challenges? Seeing the world reaching agreement on digital development standards, and finding opportunities to integrate digital policy development in business practices.
  4. What gets you fired up about technology and development? I strongly believe in the will of young generations to create a turnaround in the global digital culture. However, it makes me unhappy that many of the new digital platforms are not truly serving the Sustainable Development Goals.
  5. Cats or dogs? My daughter has a dog, named Daisy. I always fight with both.
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Hey Mark, welcome to the community! How is your volunteer role going in the Solomon Islands?? Would love to connect with you and hear about it, maybe write a blog on your experience working as an ICT mentor, as it relates to the Principles??

Welcome to the community, and really appreciate your insights! Would love to hear more of your thoughts about how you believe new digital platforms CAN serve the SDGs.

Wow! You’ve got some great experience years in International Digital Development. I’m just starting out in that field but have about 30 years in Info Tech and spent the last 24 years in a Financial institution (asset manager). I’m doign quite a bit of reading on the topic right now as I prepare for a gig in the Solomon Islands in March 2020 to help them with digital transformation relating to thier chamber of commerce.
I’d greatly appreciate to connect with you for guidance and advice as I progress with this journey.
Mark T

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Thanks Claudine, I don’t strat the asignment until March 2020 but I am doing a lot of reading on the topic right now in preparation. I’ve found the document on Implementing the Principles of Digital Development very informative and have been looking at the relavence to the SI situation as I know it at this stage. I’ve also found the SDG Digital Investment Framework 2018 doucment to be very useful aswell with great examples and a systematic approach. Nothing beats experience so I can;t wait until I can start :slight_smile:
A blog is a great idea and will look into that as I hope this forum will enable the cross sharing of experiences, oppertunities, knowledge, etc. Can you suggest an appropriate blog platform ?

100% agree, nothing like getting in the weeds!
I know you’re probably quite busy with work and preparing for this assignment, but could be interesting to do a mini blog series (500 words or less each) on your experience - so how the Principles/guiding documents are helping you prepare, let the community know about what your assignment will be exactly. Then would love to have some follow-up blogs on your experience actually implementing projects with the Principles in mind, and sharing successes, challenges, and what resources you wish the Principles had covered!

I would love to host this series on the Principles blog and we’d share it out on Twitter and here on the Forum, of course.

If that’s something interesting to you, let’s chat more - you can email me at

Greetings Mark,

I am trying to reply using simple “reply functionality”. I hope it work.

With pleasure, as soon as you start in our project, please let me know how I could be helpful any manner that clicks to your needs,

Best Regards

Rasim S. Abderrahim

Thank you very much Claud for your welcoming remarks. I am honored by being part of the community.

In response, digital platforms should able to serve all SDGs, not only a few of the SDGs. Today, the world is struggling to find opportunities to end poverty, enable entrepreneurs, and empower women in business. Digital platforms that can open opportunities to reach these goals are the ones that are truly serving the SDGs.

I am glad you started this conversation, but let us for the time being put this little idea in scope: Most of those on the human side who are targeted for help by the 17 SDGs until 2030 belong to the entrepreneurship and SMEs ecosystem. Their needs are in finding opportunities to add value to the global economy and to generate income. Therefore, an enabling digital platform is one that is built on the principles of enabling value-added business services in order for users, who are the digital natives and professionals, from different parts of the world to interact, create linkages, cross borders with their digital solutions and services, and truly be able to provide services and generate the needed income from concluded transactions.

Therefore, one of the measures that needs to exist today to assess the values that digital platform add to the SDGs is “enabling cross border value-added services” so that young innovators and digital entrepreneurs and SMEs have ample opportunities to engage and to be (digitally) anywhere in the world such opportunities are needed and used.

Best Regards

Rasim S. Abderrahim

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I’d be happy to Claudine. First of all I will check with the aid organisation on any guidleines for communication. As it’s a goivernemetn funded aid organisation I may have to get clearnace first. Will do that now.

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Thank you Rahim. Much appreciated.

Wonderful! Let me know if they would like any more information on Principles communications or the community. Looking forward, I think it would be a very interesting and useful mini series to follow!

Hi all :wave:

I am a volunteer from FAIR Denmark. I work with Open Source software projects, maintaining a platform for refurbishment of computers and developing and supporting integrated offline solutions for ICT centres in Malawi.

I like sharing experiences and programming code. I work for Learning Equality, building the offline education platform Kolibri and maintaining the former platform KA Lite.

I love community building, and I love the idea of this thread and to read everyone’s inputs. Thanks for sharing!

  1. Where in the world are you? Denmark
  2. What stage of your career are you at? I consider myself mostly an activist with a really lousy retirement plan
  3. What are you current challenges? Communication overload
  4. What gets you fired up about technology and development? Seeing real improvements in real peoples’ lives and discussing technology (not exactly an innovation fan)
  5. Cats or dogs? Easy: Cats

Hi there and welcome to the Digital Principles forum! Would love to connect with you directly and learn about your work with computer refurbishment. I recently met with an organization in Guatemala that does similar work and provides the computers to students in rural areas of the country, so interested to hear how the work may be similar or different!

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Hi there, I am in Nairobi, Kenya, at quite a late stage in my career. Currently interested in understanding help my clients improve their outcomes and impacts through using digital. I am fired up about the application of technology in particular in how it can stimulate behaviour change. Cats.

Hi Melissa, and welcome to the community! Sounds like you are interested in maybe not just data collection, but how to read/understand data to improve impact and influence behavior change? If so, would definitely recommend checking out some of the resources on the Be Data Driven Principle - however, also happy to help identify other resources if you’re looking for a deeper dive!