Accountability Initiative, Centre for Policy Research invites you
to a talk by Mr. Aaditeshwar Seth on
'Gram Vaani and the use of Innovative Social Media Technologies'
Date: Monday, 27th January 2014
Time: 3-4:30 pm
Venue: Committee Room, CPR
About: Aaditeshwar Seth is the co-founder and CEO of Gram Vaani Community Media, a startup that builds innovative social media technologies for poor and marginalized communities to voice their opinions and demands. Gram Vaani has a been a pioneer in using voice based technologies to build interactive applications for poorly literate and low income communities, in the absence of Internet based access. Aaditeshwar is also a faculty in the Department of Computer Science at IIT Delhi, where he heads the ACT4D (Appropriate Computing Technologies for Development) research group which works on low-cost connectivity, rural healthcare delivery, largescale data analysis, and other areas of application of information technologies for social development. He graduated with a PhD degree from the University of Waterloo in Canada in 2008, and completed his B.Tech from IIT Kanpur in 2002.
Gram Vaani, meaning 'voice of the village', is a social technology company incubated out of IIT Delhi. It was started in 2009 with the intent of reversing the flow of information, that is, to make it bottom-up instead of top-down. Using simple technologies and social context to design tools, they have been able to impact communities at large - more than 2 million users in over 7 Indian States, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Namibia and South Africa.
They have won several awards like the Knight News Challenge in 2008, the Manthan Awards in 2009, the Rising Stars in Global Health award in 2012 and the mBillionth South Asia Award in 2012 and 2013. Additionally, they have led outcome-oriented efforts such as enabling forty rural radio stations to manage and share content over mobiles and the web, arresting corrupt ration shop officials in Jharkhand due to citizen complaints made on our platform and providing a platform for Women Sarpanches in Uttar Pradesh to share their learnings on their work with senior government officials.
Mr. Seth will describe several projects done by Gram Vaani over the last few years, where they have worked in collaboration with citizens and service providers to set up accountability feedback loops using technology in the context of poorly literate and low income communities. The intention is to create a brainstorming discussion on how the scope of such interventions can be broadened and potentially institutionalized.
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