Archive for November, 2008

Design, research and business strategy

November 10, 2008

Good article from Robert Fabricant at Frog Design about Jan Chipchase and his work, which highlights the importance of design research and how it fits into business strategy.

‘He is now finding that his most meaningful collaborations are with strategy groups within Nokia. He has been invited into much larger conversations about new markets and product strategies’

And ‘The passion that comes from direct contact, true connection to specific social needs, has become an essential force in managing strategic decisions.’

Research and design play a pivotal role in Nokias strategy, building a solid design strategy. Future research directions have been developed to form Agenda 2015 which focuses on the following areas:

  • User and context modeling
  • Physically Personal Devices
  • Human Interface
  • Mixed Reality
  • Creativity
  • Scalable Service Platforms
  • Dynamic Wireless
  • Internet of Things

Nokia says this is the foundation for research over the coming years to discover the breakthroughs that will open up new business for the company. Nokia’s strategy relies on growing, transforming, and building the Nokia business to ensure its future success.

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A Better World by Design

November 8, 2008

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Keep updated on A Better World by Design through Niti Bhan and Erik Hersman who is covering it on Afrigadget with photos here.

Todays (Saturday) schedule should be interesting; Paul Polak, Erik Hersman, Ken Banks and Niti Bhan talking early in the morning.

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Ushahidi in Democratic Republic of Congo

November 8, 2008

Ushahidi is being deployed in the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) as a working prototype.

‘We need to get the message to the people on the ground in the Eastern Congo that this tool is now available for them to report incidents in on. If you have contacts there, or can help spread the word through some other means, it would be a great help if you did so – even if it’s just point them to the website or telling them about the SMS number.’

The number is +243992592111 website is http://drc.ushahidi.com/

Spread the word.

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Nokia Life Tools; Inform, Involve, Empower

November 4, 2008

Latest from Nokia; ‘Inform, Involve, Empower – Nokia’s service mantra for emerging markets with Nokia Life Tools

“Filling in the information gaps in agriculture and education withNokia Life Tools, we strive to contribute towards empowering people with the right tools to help them make informed decisions in their daily lives,” said Jawahar Kanjilal, Global Head of Emerging Market Services, Nokia. “Nokia Life Tools was developed to help bridge the digital divide in the emerging markets.”

What stands out for me is the commitment Nokia is showing towards education; ‘The Education service of Nokia Life Tools aims to give students a decisive advantage by boosting their English language and local, national and international general knowledge. Language lessons, quizzes on English words and phrases, and the general knowledge information were designed – together with EnableM for the pilot – to give students
an edge. In future, the Education service will also come with information on higher education and career guidance and tips, exam preparation, quizzes and access to exam results.’

Nokia also launched their cheapest phone today, the 1202, which should come in at €25. Features include a flashlight, 9 hour talk time and has multiple phone books and time and pre-paid tracker.

Nokia shows how its done once again.


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Obama – 44th president of USA

November 4, 2008

Lets hope he gets it.

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Mobile internet research

November 2, 2008

Tino Kreutzer is working on a research project, Getting the Numbers Straight that looks into mobile usage, particularly internet use by low income teens in Cape Town. Tino has quire rightly discovered that there is not enough data currently available in this growing area.

Here are some quick numbers; 97% have used Internet from a cell phone, 83% use the internet on a typical day. Almost half of their mobile use is dedicated to the internet on a daily basis. Here is what they do in order of popularity on an average day;

  • get news or weather online
  • download songs, videos or ringtones
  • go online for no particular reason
  • send and receive email
  • information about a hobby or interest
  • hunt for a particular fact
  • use an instant messaging client
  • look for health or medical information
  • information about movies, books or other leisure activities
  • information on further education
  • look for information for school

The implications for learning applications on the (mobile) internet is an opportunity space that is only beginning to be realized as a tool for change.

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