Introductions thread: What makes you tick?




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?


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.


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:


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:


Hello everyone,

My name is Charis. It’s great to be here.

Where in the world are you?
Currently based in South Korea.

What stage of your career are you at?
Just finishing up with grad school.

What are your current challenges?
Making first career decisions.

What gets you fired up about technology and development?
The enormous and “unrealized” potential for utilizing technologies for development.

Cats or dogs?
Neither. I just love chocolate.

**What are you reading now?
“What do Science, Technology, and Innovation mean from Africa?” edited by Clapperton Mavhunga.


Where in the world are you?

Chambery France

What stage of your career are you at?

Mid career

What are you current challenges?

Establishing a public/private business model that enables a small team to work with the WHO and others in the Health cluster. The Global Healthsites Mapping Project ( is building a global commons of health facility data by making OpenStreetMap useful to the medical community and humanitarian sector. This open data approach invites organisations to share health facility data and collaborate to establish an accessible global baseline of health facility data.

What gets you fired up about technology and development?

Opportunities for social entrepreneurs in places like the DRC.

Cats or dogs?

I like them both.

**What are you reading now?

Resilient reform in government: Lessons from open data leaders


Hey all! I replied on a couple of threads but thought I’d formally introduce myself. My name is Mike Nolan and I’m a Platform Specialist (software engineer) working on a job matching platform at the International Rescue Committee.

  1. Where in the world are you? Amman, Jordan (formerly NYC)
  2. What stage of your career are you at? I am still reasonably early (I’m 24)
  3. What are you current challenges? Advocating for open and collaborative software development between organizations. Education around technical subjects within our organization. Assimilating into the NGO world as a software engineer.
  4. What gets you fired up about technology and development? I think there’s a lot of potential for technology to make development projects much more efficient if we utilize it in the correct way. There’s a lot of existing stigma around tech in development and I hope in the coming years we can show some really great examples of how it has pushed projects forward.
  5. Cats or dogs? I’m definitely a dog person :slight_smile:


Hi all, I’ve just signed up to the forum so here’s a bit about me. I work for Palladium Group and i’m lucky to support on two of our most exciting projects; the Human Development Innovation Fund and SPRING accelerator.

Where in the world are you? In Bristol, UK after four years in Tanzania
What stage of your career are you at? Mid-career and getting into the best part!
What are you current challenges? Understanding how we can better use the evidence and learnings we collect to help scale and support digital innovations
What gets you fired up about technology and development? seeing the interest and excitement about the principles for digital development in Tanzania and the way digital innovators have embraced them and are using them day to day
Cats or dogs? Dogs - i have neither but we have four dogs in our office keeping us all entertained


Hi all,

My name is Ben Korbel from Universal Mind and I’m excited to be connecting with you on this empowering platform.

I’m creating a universal currency for happiness.

More about [Universal Mind](

Where in the world are you?

What stage of your career are you at?
Serial founder and CEO of NGOs and corporations, now initiating my next chapter.

What are you current challenges?
We are birthing genomic analysis for mental health in to smart phone technology with a mission empowering at risk communities (ARC). Universal Mind empowers homeless including all refugees and permanently displaced, global indigenous youth with mental illness, and all armed servicemen and women experiencing PTSD.

What gets you fired up about technology and development?
The equality of distributed ledgers, the power of nano technology within smart phone cameras, and the passion of like minds to connect and together create a beautiful new world.

Cats or dogs?
Cats, dogs and all beings, especially ones that love to snuggle.

Let’s connect, learn and collaborate together.




Hey all, I’m Rita, in Nairobi for the past two years.

I’ve been using/supporting the use of data and technology for social impact for the past 4 years and been working generally in IT for 8 years.

The challenge I’m trying to overcome is how we can truly support local ownership of technology design and development.

I love to see that the adoption of a new, even small piece of well-designed technology or increased data literacy can fundamentally change how an organisation functions, and how it understands and communicates its results and impact.

All for cattle-sized dogs (even though the most significant creature I can take care of with my somewhat hectic lifestyle is a micro-cactus, touch wood.)

  1. Where in the world are you? : Bangalore, India
  2. What stage of your career are you at?: Have more than a decade of experience in financial inclusion space.
  3. What are you current challenges? It is not a challenge but excited to learn about balance between how much of technology can replace human touch?
  4. What gets you fired up about technology and development? Efficiency, Ease/Convenience and Accessibility but am concerned on efforts made for customer awareness.
  5. Cats or dogs? None.


Hello guys, am glad have just join this community
Those who don’t know me, am Kiyingi peter and my email address is
Hit me up for abroad discussion.

  1. Am based in Kampala, Uganda East Africa.

  2. Am the founder and CEO of Kingship Digital and Senga app a sex educational platform.

  3. My challenges are the minimal influence and sensitise humanity about the important aspect in digital participation of simplified user experience.

  4. My inspiration is that in digital developments, we can actually create a shared community for the future of mankind.

  5. Dogs are trustworthy.


Hi guys. glad to join the community recently and please find my details below. very happy to communicate, contribute and collaborate.

  1. I am from Sri Lanka, South Asia.

  2. I am a MD trainee in Health Informatics with special interest in digital health goods for primary care improvement, data4Health and data4impact.

  3. Career challenges include how best to manage HISs for primary care in LMICs and how to utilize existing data to monitor impact of programmes/activities. I am learning and practicing mindfulness on me, to better understand how my mind works, the most challenging work!

  4. What gets you fired up about technology and development? How brother LMICs utilize digital health and frugal innovations to battle health problems and the enthusiasm of colleagues in these countries in their work keeps me kicking.

  5. Cats or dogs?
    Obviously dogs. I hate cats, at least the Sri Lankan version!

See my linkedin profile here.




Greetings all!

My name is Asanga,

  1. I am from Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  2. I have about 15 years of experience in the humanitarian and development field. So, I’d say I am mid-career.
  3. Focusing on what needs to be done to launch my Startup.
  4. Technology is blurring the lines between conventional reality and a reality in which anything can happen. If you have the resources, that is. I want to stay up to date and do my bit to ensure that no one gets left behind.
  5. Both.


Hello guys,
Where in the world are you? : surat , india
What stage of your career are you at?: i’m student
What are you current challenges?: Actually it’s not challenge but i’m looking for start-up ideas…
What gets you fired up about technology and development?:How mobile apps can impact on human…
Cats or dogs?:i love both