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GENEVA, Switzerland, 7 July 2009 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the 2009 Innovation Fair held at the UN Palais des Nations in Geneva yesterday. The fair is part of the High-Level Segment of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which is meeting here this week with a focus on global health.

UNICEF and partners represented at the fair are presenting new technologies and products that have helped revolutionize child and maternal health care.

“Health is the foundation for peace and prosperity,” said Mr. Ban in his address to ECOSOC delegates. “Investments in health are investments in society. They save lives and benefit economies through improved productivity.”
Read more at http://www.unicef.org/health/index_50183.html

SG Ban Ki-moon with UNICEF Communications Specialist Erica Kochi

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Poetic RapidSMS

Published on 07 July 2009 by admin in Blog, Events, News, Uncategorized

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From Rowena Luk, who is working on the RapidSMS Senegal Tostan project:

The following poem was received and broadcast (via RapidSMS) to one of our
villages in rural Senegal earlier today. Note that it even rhymes in French. ; )


“Puvoir tuché tt l monde come si l monde été une ronde: simpl ingégn 1guin
d temp TOSTAN ns t some reconéçen”

(Translation: “Being able to reach the world as if the world was just a
round dance: easy, well-thought, a gain of time. Tostan, we are grateful”)

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Please join us for the next Technical Meeting of the Open Mobile Consortium Working Group. It will be held July 1 and 2 at MIT, in Cambridge, MA/USA. The Technical Meeting will be focused on extending functionality to OMC tools. We have identified specific challenges outlined below but are hoping to hear from you as well as to what you would like to see addressed.

Here are some challenges we came up with/would like to see:

  1. Create Library for RapidSMS to accept a JavaRosa XForm
  2. Add RapidAndroid to ODK
  3. Allow Android (either through ODK or RapidAndroid) to work as a backend for RapidSMS (via USB and/or http)
  4. Allow RapidSMS to repost SMS to InSTEDD apps (any one of them)
  5. Submit ODK xform to RapidSMS or InSTEDD back-end
  6. Mesh4x ODK and JavaRosa with the same library to RapidSMS over SMS
  7. Add robust Spomc thin client to relay SMS messages to a RapidSMS server in case the Internet is down.

Below is a registration form to let us know whether you can come, vote on the above challenges, and suggest your own. We will have remote participation so please respond even if you are not able to come in person. However, we would to have you (and feed you) if you are!

Hope to see you in July in Cambridge.

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