Grameen Technology Center

4 Smart phones for poor farmers

Part of the reason many farming communities in Africa are poor is because they lack ready access to valuable information — about market price fluctuations, improved seed types or planting techniques and opportunities for farmers to collaborate with each other to sell in bulk. So lots of folks are looking…

0 Muhammad Yunus, Craig McCaw, mobile phones and poor people

A decade ago, few thought poor people had much use for cell phones and, likewise, few in the cell phone industry had much use for poor people. The folks who launched Seattle’s Grameen Foundation Technology Center, which yesterday celebrated its 10th year anniversary (and new digs in Belltown), disagreed with…

13 Geek heretic: Technology cannot end poverty

Kentaro Toyama is clearly a heretic. A geek heretic. And, based on his career path, I would guess brilliant. A computer scientist currently at the University of California, Berkeley, Toyama co-founded Microsoft Research India in 2005 and remained there as assistant managing director until 2009. If you’re not familiar with…