"mobility is a collaborative project which brings together some of the leading academics, technicians, educators and practitioners in the IT and mobile fields with the common goal of developing an exciting and empowering range of tools and resources to unlock  the power of mobile applications development for users in the developing world"

Founding partners

Ken Banks

Ken Banks devotes himself to the application of mobile technology for positive social and environmental change in the developing world, and has spent the last 15 years working on projects in Africa. Recently, his research resulted in the development of FrontlineSMS, a field communication system designed to empower grassroots non-profit organisations. Ken graduated from Sussex University with honours in Social Anthropology with Development Studies and currently divides his time between Cambridge (UK) and Stanford University in California on a MacArthur Foundation-funded Fellowship. Further details of Ken's wider work are available on his website at www.kiwanja.net

Alan Blackwell

Alan Blackwell is Reader in Interdisciplinary Design at the Cambridge University Computer Laboratory, having prior qualifications in professional engineering, computing and experimental psychology. He has 12 years experience of designing industrial systems, electronic and software products. He has taught design courses and supervised postgraduate design research students in Computing, Architecture, Psychology, Languages, Music and Engineering. He is a fellow of Darwin College and director of the Crucible Network for Research in Interdisciplinary Design. He is also European consultant to the NSF EUSES consortium (End Users Shaping Effective Software), and was director of the EPSRC funding programme Bridging the Global Digital Divide

Stéphane Boyera

Stéphane is W3C Staff since 1995. Leading the W3C Device Independence Working Group since 2001, he has been a key participant in the development and launch of the W3C Mobile Web Initiative, managing the Device Description Working Group till the end of 2005. At the same time, Stéphane also took part in the management of the Voice and Multimodal Activities. Since 2006 he has been leading W3C's work on the Mobile Web for Social Development, which is looking at how to extend the frontier of the Web to make it relevant, usable and useful for rural communities and under-privileged populations of Developing Countries. Since its launch in January 2008, Stéphane has been managing the EU FP7 project Digital World Forum focusing on the use of ICT to leverage economic development in Africa and Latin America

Jonathan Donner

Jonathan Donner is a researcher in the Technology for Emerging Markets Group at Microsoft Research India in Bangalore. His primary research interests concern the economic and social implications of the spread of mobile telephony in the developing world. Previously, he was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with the Center for Global Health and Economic Development (CGHED), at the Earth Institute at Columbia University. At Columbia he conducted studies exploring the ways microentrepreneurs in Rwanda use mobile phones for both business and personal reasons. He also participated on a project called TRACnet, to use mobile phones and the Internet to build an HIV/AIDS public health information system for Rwanda. Jonathan has also been a consultant with Monitor Company in Cambridge, MA, and with its spin-off, The OTF Group, where he worked on economic competitiveness projects in Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. He has a Ph.D. from Stanford University in Communication Theory and Research. Further details of Jonathan's interest areas are available on his "Most Mobiles" blog

Nathan Eagle

Nathan Eagle is a Research Scientist at the MIT Design Laboratory and is co-founder of the MIT/Harvard Center for Large-Scale Network Analysis. He is currently involved in the creation of MIT's EPROM (Entrepreneurial Programming and Research on Mobiles) initiative. With the help of corporate sponsors such as Nokia, Nathan has established the project at MIT as well as in Kenya at the University of Nairobi where he is a Visiting Lecturer, and in Ethiopia at the GSTIT where he is an Adjunct Professor. EPROM's key activities include the development of new applications for mobile phone users worldwide, academic research using mobile phones, and the creation of a widely applicable mobile phone programming curriculum. During his doctorate at the MIT Media Lab, he focused on projects that spanned a variety of disciplines from appropriate technology to artificial intelligence. His dissertation on machine perception and learning of complex social systems explored the intersections of social network analysis, machine learning, and signal processing. Nathan's previous industry experience includes engineering work at Boeing and NASA, consulting at several Silicon Valley startups, writing as a freelance journalist for Wired magazine, and most recently serving as a Guest Scientist at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany. His entrepreneurial experience includes co-founding MetroSpark and participating in Stanford's Technology Ventures Program as a Mayfield Fellow. Prior to joining the Media Lab, Nathan spent a year in Nepal as a Fulbright Scholar. He holds a PhD from M.I.T., and graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, an M.S. in Management Science and Engineering, and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering

David Edelstein

David Edelstein is the Director of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Innovation at the Grameen Technology Center. In this role, he guides efforts to develop, test, strengthen and scale mobile applications that offer the potential to improve lives and livelihoods. David’s teams are exploring the potential of specific applications by working with networks of people in developing countries, such as Village Phone Operators, who own and provide access to mobile phones. Additional information is available at www.applab.org. Prior to joining the Grameen Technology Center, David spent three years at Microsoft designing innovative business models to provide affordable technology products for people in emerging markets. David also worked in Brazil for four years, with the consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where he developed business strategies tailored to the needs of consumers and businesses in emerging economies. Previously, David conducted economic analyses and evaluated public policy with the White House Council of Economic Advisers and with Resources For the Future. He holds a Bachelors degree in Environmental Science and Economics from Colby College and a Masters degree in Economics and Public Policy from Princeton University

Erik Hersman

Erik Hersman is the founder of AfriGadget, a multi-author website that showcases stories of Africans solving everyday problems with little more than their creativity and ingenuity. Fascinated by micro-entrepreneurs, gadgets and improvisation, he is proving that technology is changing Africa - daily. Erik is also the co-founder of Ushahidi ("testimony" in Swahili), a website created to map the reported incidents of violence happening during the post-election crisis in Kenya. Currently, he is working with a team of mostly-African programmers to use what they have learned from building Ushahidi to create a free and open source engine that makes it easier to crowdsource crisis information and visualize data. Raised in Sudan and Kenya, Erik brings unique energy and insight to the world of technology and innovation - bridging the gap between Africa and Silicon Valley. An avid blogger Erik writes two different technology blogs including: AfriGadget and WhiteAfrican. One dedicated to low-tech African ingenuity, and the other to high-tech mobile and web changes happening throughout Africa

Matt Jones

Matt Jones is a Reader in Computer Science, Swansea University. Matt is helping to set up the Future Interaction Technology Lab at Swansea University. He has worked on mobile interaction issues for the past thirteen years and has published a large number of articles in this area including Mobile Interaction Design (Wiley & Sons, 2006) with Gary Marsden. He has had many interactions and collaborations with leading industry partners. Further details are available at www.undofuture.com

Gary Marsden

Gary Marsden is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Cape Town, South Africa where over the past 9 years he has established a large team of researchers from several African countries and diverse collaborations with local NGOs to major global companies. His invitation to HCI2020 marks him amongst the 25 most influential people in HCI internationally. Gary has been a plenary speaker at CHI, The Royal Society and the British Computer Society. His contributions to the active participation of locally-situated designers in ITC's 'emerging markets' and in addressing issues related to accessing information and services for health, education, democracy and cultural and social history preservation were recognized in 2007 by award of the SIGCHI medal for "Social Impact". Gary is an editor of the ACM's magazine "Under-development" column and, as a program chair for DIS'08, he initiated bringing that prestigious conference to a developing country for the first time. Gary received First class BSc in Computing Science and his PhD from Stirling University. He has worked as Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing Science, Middlesex University, London UK and recently had a sabbatical at Microsoft labs, Cambridge. Gary's research topics include appropriate technologies and HCI methods for developing countries and mobile HCI. In his book with Matt Jones "Mobile Interaction Design" (2006) he accounts for multi-cultural aspects of ubiquitous system design

Jesse Moore

Jesse Moore, MBA is a Visiting Scholar at the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT and a London-based specialist in mobile communications and market-based international development. He currently works with the GSM Association, the global trade organization which represents over 700 mobile network operators in 200+ countries. Jesse works specifically with the Development Fund, which accelerates mobile services in base of the pyramid markets. Previously, he worked with Vodafone on M-PESA, a mobile payment service targeting Kenya’s unbanked population. He founded and directed CARE Enterprise Partners, the division of CARE International that provides venture capital to businesses in the developing world. During this period, Jesse helped start base of the pyramid businesses in Bangladesh, Peru and Kenya, and spoke about social investment at dozens of international conferences and business schools. He has also worked as a management consultant at Monitor. He holds a BA with distinction from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (Morehead Scholar) and earned an MBA with distinction at Oxford University’s Said Business School, where he was a Skoll Scholar for Social Enterprise. Further details on Jesse are
available on his blog

Micheline Ntiru

Ms Ntiru is the Head of Corporate Social Investment (CSI) for Nokia Middle East and Africa. Her current portfolio at Nokia involves continuing to ensure that Nokia addresses youth skills development in more than 15 countries of Middle East and Africa as well as managing initiatives that optimise the use of mobile technology for socio-economic development. Innovative examples of such initiatives include the enabling of rural access to mobile technology, exploring mobile learning initiatives as well as the use of mobile technology to improve health data collection systems. Prior to working with Nokia, Ms. Ntiru managed as well as served as programme advisor to several health programmes with international organizations such as Care International, Helen Keller International and the United Nations in Cote d’Ivoire, Madagascar, South Africa, the United States, Zambia and various other countries. Ms Ntiru is also a member of Pangynaskean, a South African Trust Fund that strives to provide life skills training for girls in South Africa, mentor them as well as facilitate access into universities (such as her alma mater, Mount Holyoke college) in the United States. Ms. Ntiru speaks French, Portuguese, Spanish and Swahil and has knowledge of Kinyarwanda and Luganda

Charles Warren

Charles Warren is a Senior User Experience Designer on Google's Mobile product development team, where he designs applications for iPhone and Android users, as well as for users in developing markets like Africa, India, and China. He's also responsible for Google Mobile's front-end product-concept development process. Prior to Google, Charles was a design lead in IDEO's Software Experience Design Practice, where he led projects for Nokia and ABC Television among other clients. Prior to joining IDEO in 2002, Charles was involved in a number of early-stage technology and consulting businesses, including the web consulting firm Scient, (where he helped launch Scient's Innovation Acceleration Lab in San Francisco), the Idea Factory, and Cactus. His first job after college was at Pace Prints in New York City where he collaborated on printmaking projects with artists like Chuck Close and Peter Halley