Reaching the World: How To Use Mobile Phones To Collect Data

2014 Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy

Oct 14 2014

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Friday Center
Dogwood Room
100 Friday Center Dr.
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
United States

Tuesday October 14, 2014


It’s a fact often used to shock: More people in the world have access to cell phones than to toilets. However, given the exponential growth of mobile phone availability, the technology also has the potential to radically change how data is collected—and to improve ongoing development work, including WASH projects.

In this hands-on side event to the 2014 Water and Health Conference at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill's Water Institute—hosted by the Project WET Foundation and featuring the founder of Magpi, a mobile data collection tool—you can learn how using form-based mobile apps and outgoing SMS and voice messages can make your data collection simpler, faster and more affordable. We will examine how existing technologies can be adapted to collect data ranging from behavior change and educational outcomes to water supply and sanitation infrastructure. The presenters will share how teachers, government agencies and even beneficiaries can provide data directly from any mobile phone, and various mobile devices will be on hand to allow participants to test real-world applications of mobile data collection.

Technical support will be provided by Magpi (formerly DataDyne) founder Joel Selanikio. The leading provider of configurable, cloud-based mobile collection and communication applications, Magpi enables users in the field to quickly and easily collect data and create broadcast messaging campaigns and has been used by organizations of all kinds—including the Project WET Foundation—to develop flexible and robust mobile forms, access real-time data and generate outgoing SMS and voice messaging campaigns.

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