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Thursday, May 18 • 12:30 - 13:15
Better decisions after leaving the tower LIMITED

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In February, 2016 the presenter travelled to Nigeria to visit with members of the Feed The Future Nigeria ICT4D project. During the visit he trained project staff on mobile device management software and visited the project sites to see how the devices were being used. By speaking directly with the people who had the devices in their hands for work in the project, John was surprised to learn about the challenges they faced--challenges they accepted as the way it is, but of which John had never been informed of until he left his cubicle and travelled to the villages where the devices were used.

This presentation covers not only the lessons learned about the challenges of using advanced technology in remote areas for ICT4D such as rolling out hundreds of devices in limited bandwidth areas, providing device security, and implementing MDM when Internet connectivity may not be accessible, but also encourages participants to avoid the easy trap of making administrative decisions from a headquarters office that does not communicate directly with the project staff operating in the field.

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John Anker

System Administrator, Catholic Relief Services
As a system administrator for end user computing, John is responsible for managing thousands of computers and mobile devices used by CRS employees and ICT4D projects alike. John has visited ICT4D field sites to speak directly with the people using the devices in their work so that... Read More →

Thursday May 18, 2017 12:30 - 13:15 IST