MANCH – Community Media

MANCH – Community Media MANCH is a Hindi word that translates as ‘platform’ or ‘forum’. Community Media MANCH is a platform for community media practitioners. It is a platform that will enable community media practitioners across regions to Share, Collaborate and learn from each others’ practice of content creation, community engagement, use of technology, self governance and evaluation and share knowledge about many other aspects of their work. The mobile app designed and developed for the MANCH platform, interfaces into an existing web based system and supports sharing of audio, video, texts and image content by enabling community media groups to apply a range of creative commons licenses to indicate how they would like their content to be used. The platform aims to assist community media groups to enhance their capacity through productive collaborations with their peers. The app enables the registered community members to: create and share audio, video, image and textual content categorize content based on filters like region, language, indicate sharing permission, topic, etc search for media files uploaded by other members of the community based on specific filters browse media files shared by self over time...
National Health Portal (NHP)

National Health Portal (NHP)

National Health Portal The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India has set up the National Health Portal in pursuance to the decisions of the National Knowledge Commission, to provide healthcare related information to the citizens of India and to serve as a single point of access for consolidated health information. The National Health Portal will achieve the above vision by collecting, verifying and disseminating health and health care delivery services related information for all citizens of India. The NHP mobile app acts as a mobile extension to the National Health Portal Project. The app features an intuitive UI that makes the access and discovery of health information easy for the rural audience who are predominantly illiterate or semi-literate. This health information service is planned to be deployed in the panchayats that have recently been connected by broadband by the GoI. The solution has been built to work on kiosks as well which can be stationed in various health centers at rural areas. Apart from making health information accessible, the app also suggests the name, location, route and contact information of nearby hospitals to the user, based on his/her current...
Farmer Advisory System

Farmer Advisory System

Farmer Advisory System With every new crop or crop variety a farmer faces the challenge of understanding the package of practices associated with the crop. While the yield greatly depends on how religiously a farmer has adhered to the package of practices, many farmers fail to achieve the yield as they struggle understanding and interpreting the proposed best practices. This project aims to help farmers improve their yield by providing accurate, timely and highly personalized advisory. Through a simple and intuitive user interface (UI) that requires minimal literacy levels, a farmer can provide basic information about the crop under plantation and the start of plantation. Based on these inputs, a crop calendar kicks into place and the farmer begins to receive periodic calls giving him the necessary advisory in the form of audio/video content. Partners The project was developed under the guidance of Indian Agriculture Research Institute (IARI). Innovation and Research The project received immense praise for its service design that makes innovative use of SD cards and call simulations. The periodic calls received by the farmer aren’t real calls emerging from the telecom provider but rather simulated calls that originate from within the app that is running in the background. Further more, by completely removing the dependence on a telecom provider, the app functions even when no network is available and the simulated calls come with zero cost. The app was also designed after extensive behavioral study of illiterate and semi-literate farmers and how they used their mobile devices. The project also considered factors such as poor network connectivity, frugality, lack of knowledge on data connectivity, wide presence of feature phones among farmers and their limitations, etc before arriving at an optimal service...
Physician Collaboration Platform

Physician Collaboration Platform

Physician Collaboration Platform Case discussions and collaborations are a common phenomenon in the physicians world. Complex cases are often solved by joint brainstorming sessions. The digital world today offers an unique opportunity for physicians to collaborate across borders. However, the current platforms of collaboration used by physicians like Whatsapp, Facebook and others have several technical limitations and major privacy issues. WA case discussion platform was built with an extensive focus on the needs of the orthopedic physician community. The platform enables physicians to tap into the collective intelligence of the orthopedic community to understand and solve complex as well as odd cases. Using the platform, physicians can discuss cases by sharing x-ray images, archive solved cases and obtain peer reviews/inputs on specific cases. Partners The project was built exclusively for Uttar Pradesh Orthopedic Association (UPOA) and sponsored by Mankind...
UN Women’s Wi-Net

UN Women’s Wi-Net

UN Women’s Wi-Net Funding The project was funded by UN Women’s Regional Center of Excellence (RCoE), an UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. Execution and Impact The Wi-Net platform was deployed in Mehabhoob Nagar District in Andra Pradesh with the active involvement of the local Zila Parishad (Block Development Office) in Oct, 2012. The platform provided deep insights into the needs of the women representatives and how they interacted with the platform to both communicate this need and to learn from peers. The learnings from this project were to play a crucial role in the design and development of future mobile-based services that addressed the needs of a gender responsive governance in other south-east asian countries that the UN Women focussed on. During the 4 months when the platform was tested, there were over 1500+ exchanges of information and queries among the selected 30 women elected representatives and other stakeholders within the project. The Win-Net platform enables the women elected representatives to:  use the visual and intuitive mobile app to network with one another to improve governance  ask questions and seek answers from peers and other stakeholders such as the UN Women or Zila Parishad office  share their knowledge in the form of audio, video or picture content with others on the platform  use the ‘tagging’ capabilities to categorize the content that they share, making the discovery of such content easy  gain knowledge by consuming content that others share within their network...