Umoyo Scale

Scary to think that this was almost a year ago…

Back in June 2013,  I attended The World Bank Data Literacy Bootcamp. It was a really eye-opening experience, where I learnt new skills like geocoding with Google Fusion Tables and met a lot of like-minded people who wanted to apply technology to their aid efforts. I also learnt a few funny words like “ideate“, which being reservedly British and all, I would never normally use!

Part of the #dbootcamp was dedicated to forming projects to tackle data related problems specific to Malawi. There was a $1000 seed grant for the winning project idea and pitch.

We formed a Healthcare sector team and brainstormed lots of ideas to tackle. Eventually deciding on starting up “Umoyo Scale” (Umoyo in Chichewa means health), which is a TripAdvisor like crowd-sourcing system to collect and share reviews of healthcare facilities. The main add-on is that Umoyo Scale would also be usable via SMS because most Malawians simply do not have access to the Internet.

There was stiff competition with lots of interesting ideas (see full list from our Hackpad) but we finished runner-up!

Unfortunately, due to work priorities and logistical difficulties to get the whole team together, we were not able to take this much further the submission of a concept paper. But it really was a great experience, which I hope inspired everyone to use data more creatively.

Before it fades further in my memory, I thought I’d share the ultra persuasive presentation we put together.

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