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[liberationtech] Fwd: [TIER] "PISCES: Pacific Islands Schools, Connectivity, Education and Solar Project, " a talk by Dr. Laura Hosman - March 6, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Bruce Baikie bruce at green-wifi.org
Fri Mar 1 12:47:56 PST 2013


FYI on a interesting talk next week at UC Berkeley.......


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Subject: 	[TIER] "PISCES: Pacific Islands Schools, Connectivity, 
Education and Solar Project, " a talk by Dr. Laura Hosman - A CITRIS 
Research Exchange Seminar
Date: 	Fri, 01 Mar 2013 09:52:00 -0800
From: 	Bruce Baikie <bruce at green-wifi.org>
To: 	tier at tier.cs.berkeley.edu <tier at tier.cs.berkeley.edu>


"PISCES: Pacific Islands Schools, Connectivity, Education and Solar 
Project," a talk by Dr. Laura Hosman - A CITRIS Research Exchange Seminar

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (PST)

*Location: Room 250, Sutardja Dai Hall - UC Berkeley

Live broadcast at mms://media.citris.berkeley.edu/webcast
Ask questions live on Twitter: #CITRISRE

Talk description
Remote island regions face many challenges when establishing reliable 
Internet connections and introducing technology into schools and 
communities. This talk draws from Professor Hosman's in-the-field 
experiences with technology-for-development projects, focusing on the 
PISCES Project, a multi-partnered, education-focused technology project 
in Micronesia. Using solar powered long-distance wireless connections 
and an all-in-one Solar-Computer-Lab-in-a-Box, the PISCES Project aims 
to demonstrate a more affordable, sustainable means of providing ICT and 
connectivity to off-grid locations. The talk will highlight the 
importance of meaningful local skills-building and well-designed 
partnerships as promising methods for moving forward with 
technology-for-development projects.

The newest Solar-Computer-Lab-in-a-Box prototype will be displayed at 
the talk

Biography:

Laura Hosman is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Illinois 
Institute of Technology. Prior to IIT, Professor Hosman held 
postdoctoral research fellow positions at the University of California, 
Berkeley and the University of Southern California (USC). She graduated 
with a PhD in Political Economy and Public Policy from USC. Her current 
research focuses on the role for information and communications 
technology (ICT) in developing countries, particularly in terms of its 
potential effects on socio-cultural factors, human development, and 
economic growth. Her work focuses on two main areas: Public-Private 
Partnerships and ICT-in-education, both with a focus on the developing 
world. Her blog, giving insights on her fieldwork experiences, is at:
http://ict4dviewsfromthefield.wordpress.com/



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