Tech in the World seeks to provide a global, hands-on experience for top computer science students to learn about opportunities to apply their technical expertise to solve critical issues in the developing world.
Tech in the World identifies top computer science students, in both technical talent and leadership capacity, and sends them in teams to develop software software solutions at one of our overseas sites in global health or global development. We provide a transformational experience in applying technical skills to important global issues on the ground.
We have assembled a team of six highly competent computer science students to travel overseas for four weeks during winter break (Dec 21 - Jan 20) to work closely with our partner organizations in global development in order to develop and complete software solutions for their most pressing needs.
Tech in the World’s mission is to expose top computer science students to underserved needs in developing communities and the various ways technology can be applied to address these global issues.
We strongly believe that even though technology has enormous potential to tackle global development problems, many computer science students don’t get involved in global development in part because they have never been exposed to global issues and technology solutions. Tech in the World provides that exposure.
For the second time, we are running a four-week program in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. We have assembled a team of six top-notch Harvard computer science students and will partner with Ifakara Health Institute to develop a mobile vital statistics data collection and analysis tool. Additionally, the students will work with our partner from last year, the Association of Private Health Facilities in Tanzania (APHFTA), to overhaul their diabetes health monitoring tool. The experience will include visiting village and hospital sites to work with doctors and community health workers in order to research the problem and current situation further. Fellows will also engage in capacity-builting by teaching workshops on CS topics of their choosing (examples from last year include cyber security, parallel programming, and web development) to local students at the Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology. Learn more about last year's program at www.techintheworld.org/pilot
To learn more about the details of the project or about how you can contribute, read our full proposal below.