The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other.  In 2016, 715 individuals from 76 countries and 301 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.

Tuesday, May 17 • 09:45 - 10:15
Kibera Town Center: A Community-Based Approach to Delivery of Basic and Empowerment Services

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The Kibera Town Centre, a clean technology facility in one of the largest slums in the world, is an effort to merge high-quality physical facilities with new information-based design and operational capabilities.

See http://kiberawater.com for the UAV video flyover video.

We have built basic physical components (large building, deep borehole, water treatment, clean water distribution systems (bulk water, piped, and jerry-can), a highly efficient waste water treatment plant, power management systems, high-bandwidth microwave networks, local data caching and streaming infrastucture) and  we combine them to provide high quality basic services: clean drinking water, hand washing, cafe and restaurant, toilets, showers, laundry services, power and computer services. From this, we are working to build human systems of management, governance, rapid adaptation, agility, and response to community needs. We are attempting to bring new capabilities into one of the most entrepreneurial communities in the world, the slum community, and enable innovation in that community.

Our thirty managers, all from Kibera, are constantly refining and creating new ways to build upon this platform in a constantly changing political and economic environment.  We provide business skills training, IT training, credit and savings services, job placement focused on Internet-enabled jobs, educational and library services, and
are developing programs in construction crafts--in partnership with Kiberan organizations, local government, and  Kenyan and international corporations.  We incubate new enterprises that use these capabilities in new ways.

From an ICT4D perspective, we have created a testing platform to integrate new technologies in energy, water treatment, water quality sensors, spatial data acquisition, operational management, and information services. Our challenge is to demonstrate their effectiveness.

Our design incorporates real-time sensing and control of the physical plant, customer and service  quality monitoring through point of sale and proximity capabilities, and a continuous attempt to integrate disparate and conflicting technical and information systems. We are trying to understand the path from Software Defined Networks to Software Defined Buildings, Communities and Cities.

John Gage will describe the successes and failures of the Human Needs Project, and where we stand in creating a community-owned, self-sustaining center to develop a set of capabilities with Kiberan residents and the integral role that ICTs play in their delivery.

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John Gage

CWTO/Board Member, Human Needs Project/Sun Microsystems
John Gage was a founder and the Chief Researcher for Sun Microsystems, Inc. and a partner in the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, where he provided counsel to the firm’s global network of entrepreneurs, scientists, academics, and government leaders. John... Read More →

Tuesday May 17, 2016 09:45 - 10:15
Jambo Conference Centre

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