Archive for September 2011

BarCamp Ethiopia 2011 – Photos

A few photos from BarCamp Ethiopia… for our demonstration of the pregnancy calculator, we managed to encourage my friend Seble to test it out (she’s due at the end of November)…

Using Mobile Technologies to Improve Maternal Health

Just gave my presentation at BarCamp….

BarCamp Ethiopia 2011 Day 1

Am back in Ethiopia for the next couple of weeks – whilst writing this, I’m listening to a presentation about blogging in Ethiopia. Currently there are very few blogs running in Ethiopia (for a list of the main ones visit http://ethiopian-blog.com)

The BarCamp has been very good so far, several hundred staff, students and others from universities and other organisations across Ethiopia, although I arrived slightly late this morning – the traffic was pretty bad – but fortunately I didn’t miss too much. The sessions this year seem to be even more varied than last year, though still quite technology focussed. Quite a few staff and students have made the trip down from Mekelle Uni, so very good to see them here – especially the elearning team and lab attendants.

Have just been to presentation about localisation by Google. Tomorrow I’ll give my presentation about using mobile technologies (smartphones) to improve maternal healthcare. Hoping to get plenty of people to come along – though Google are giving another presentation at the same time, so hope they don’t lure too many people away from attending the other sessions!

Ethiopian Pregnancy Calculator Android Application

As I’ve mentioned before many of the Health Extension Workers (HEWs) we’re working with have trouble using the Gregorian calendar. Much of the work we’re doing with the HEWs depends on them having a good idea of the expected date of delivery for pregnant women. To help the HEWs calculate the expected delivery date, in Ethiopian date format, for the pregnant women they are working with, we have developed a small application which gives them the expected delivery date based on the date of the last menstrual period.

With the application the HEW can enter the last menstrual period in Ethiopian date format and it will give them and the pregnant woman the expected delivery date in the date format they are used to using in their day-to-day lives.

We’ve made the application available for anyone to download and use on their Android phone – just download the app and install on your Android smartphone.

I should give a big thanks to the developers of Joda Time (a java library for working with alternative calendaring systems) which made the development of the application so much easier!

Any feedback or comments welcome. If anyone is interested in developing the application further then we’re very happy to give access to the source code – just contact me 🙂

Laptop Case Review

Recently GearZap sent me a laptop case to review. Usually I just throw my laptop into my bag without really thinking too much – possibly why my previous laptop broke 🙁

I don’t really want a full rucsac or briefcase type laptop bag, so the Pat Says Now bag is just right for what I need – a lightweight neoprene bag to keep my new laptop from getting knocked around too much which I can put in my normal rucsac. I’m travel quite a lot for work, so having an extra case will help keep the dust out too. Seems sturdy enough so far, but then I’ve only been using it for a few days – it’ll get a proper test when I go back to Ethiopia next week.

BarCamp Ethiopia 2011

Friday and Saturday next week (23 & 24th Sept) is the second BarCamp Ethiopia. Following the success of last years event (see my posts here and here), the event is being run again at EiABC in Addis.

More info about the BarCamp can be found on the blog and wiki pages.

I’m travelling over to got to the conference and going to give a presentation about the work we have been doing recently on using smartphones for data collection and reporting to improve maternal healthcare in the rural areas of Ethiopia, specifically working with the Health Extension Workers. Will post the presentation up soon!