Bangalore International Centre had arranged a talk on“Impacting Global Development via Frugal Innovation: Successes, Failures, and Lessons Learned” by Dr. Bill Thies, Computer Scientist and Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research India on Friday, 6th January, 2017 at 6.30 PM. Dr. MukundThattai, Professor of Computational Cell Biology, NCBS, chaired and moderated the session.
Dr. Bill through a power point presentation, explained how the global spread of mobile phones has ignited broad aspirations regarding the potential role of technology in improving the lives of the poor. He highlighted the surprises often met by researchers and policymakers when deploying new technologies in low-resource environments. He described some of the successes, failures, and lessons learned in deploying low-cost technologies for health and human development in India over the past eight years. He structured the talk around two themes, mobile tools for health data collection and voice portals for citizen reporting and gave practical examples of how these could be used in both decision-making and better implementation of schemes.
Dr. MukundThattai guided the interactive session with incisive clarity.