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April 2011 Blog Posts (4)

Final Report - Mobile Money in Haiti: Potentials and Challenges

In November 2010, Digicel and Voilá both made mobile money services publicly available in Haiti. Building upon our previous research on domestic remittances and financial practices, we returned to Haiti from December to April to identify mobile money’s potentials and challenges given the specific characteristics of the mobile money services offered and the needs of the Haitian population. This report presents our analysis of how the new mobile money services fit into Haiti's existing…


Added by Jenny Fan on April 21, 2011 at 7:54am — No Comments

Serious Games Conference at Newseum

I suggest that one of the topics may be using games for diplomacy and and modeling state building and cooperation within disparate cultures.  Games are perfect cooperative environment with positive outcomes desirable. Think great games like Si'd Civilization or some of the pioneering work that BreakAway Games did with ICNC.  I have personally been involved in Arabic centric games in Arabic language for release in Arab countries - one of the first to be released.  There is much that could be… Continue

Added by Deborah Tillett on April 14, 2011 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Me2Me transactions: Customer adaptation of m-banking for personal use

Mobile banking is commonly conceived of as a way for people to send money to each other (P2P) or to save money for a specific financial goal. However, we have found that the most common use of m-banking among early customers in Haiti is to store cash for a short period of time. Indeed, customers are registering for m-banking precisely for this purpose. Why are these 'Me2Me' transactions so popular, and how will they shape the future of mobile money?

Last year when…


Added by Jenny Fan on April 13, 2011 at 6:24pm — No Comments

Serious Games videos and presentations

What are the best videos and presentations on serious games?

In the interest of framing the conversation ahead of Tech@State: Serious Games coming May 27-28, we're compiling the best shows on the topic. Some may not "get" the value of serious games, and others may have a different take, so we want to have a video library that can both inform and shape our conversation. We've added a few here but welcome your suggestions on what we all should watch so we're ready to talk Serious… Continue

Added by techATstate on April 1, 2011 at 10:14am — No Comments

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