The TechBridgeWorld Initiative: Broadening Perspectives in Computing Technology, Education and Research

M Bernardine Dias, G. Ayorkor Korsah, and Joseph Mertz
CWIT '05: Proceedings of the international symposium on Women and ICT: Creating Global Transformation, July, 2005.


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Abstract
The growing demand for technological innovation to empower developing communities and enable sustainable development requires new and creative educational initiatives. Thus, well designed higher educational initiatives geared towards appropriate technology for developing communities can have a significant global impact. This paper presents the challenges and benefits of a higher education initiative, TechBridgeWorld, at Carnegie Mellon University that focuses on innovating and implementing relevant technology for developing communities. The authors examine the potential intersections of computing technologies with education and sustainable development. Several programs launched through the TechBridgeWorld initiative are described, and results of a pilot study carried out in Ghana for one of the TechBridgeWorld programs, Project Kan?? are presented. The paper concludes with an analysis of lessons learned by the authors through launching the TechBridgeWorld initiative, and other related experiences.

Keywords
Computing Technology, Education, Robotics, Sustainable Development

Notes
Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Field Robotics Center
Associated Lab(s) / Group(s): TechBridgeWorld
Number of pages: 9

Text Reference
M Bernardine Dias, G. Ayorkor Korsah, and Joseph Mertz, "The TechBridgeWorld Initiative: Broadening Perspectives in Computing Technology, Education and Research," CWIT '05: Proceedings of the international symposium on Women and ICT: Creating Global Transformation, July, 2005.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Dias_2005_5402,
   author = "M Bernardine Dias and G. Ayorkor Korsah and Joseph Mertz",
   editor = "Claudia Morrell, Jo Sanders",
   title = "The TechBridgeWorld Initiative: Broadening Perspectives in Computing Technology, Education and Research",
   booktitle = "CWIT '05: Proceedings of the international symposium on Women and ICT: Creating Global Transformation",
   publisher = "ACM Press",
   address = "New York, NY",
   month = "July",
   year = "2005",
}