Nokia and Vodaphone launch shareideas.org – wiki community for the benefit of society

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Just a day after I covered how mapunity is utilizing the mobile logs to improve the traffic situation in Bangalore, I came across Shareideas.org, a site developed in joint collaboration with Nokia and Vodaphpone.

Shareideas.org is a global wiki community to share experiences in using mobile communication/ technology for the benefit of society.

The idea for ShareIdeas.org came from Ndidi Nwuneli, founder and CEO of LEAP Africa, a Nigerian NGO dedicated to nurturing a new generation of African leaders.

Groups like ours would really benefit from a resource that shows us how to use mobile technology to carry out our work more effectively,” said Ndidi at a Nokia stakeholder event of NGO and corporate leaders.

The site features case studies (on 6 categories: civic engagement, economic empowerment, education, environment, health and safety, and humanitarian relief projects) and is an attempt to help NGOs to leverage the increasing mobile usage for socio-economic cause.

One of the ideas that really caught my attention is MobileED, an audio wiki service which enables users to search for a term by sending SMS to the server. The server then calls the user and reads the wikipedia entry to the user- what a great usage of technology!

Search for an Indian innovation resulted in only 1 entry- Delhi based gaming company ZMQ Software Systems, which has developed a mobile game to increase the awareness of HIV/AIDS (10 million game sessions were downloaded within a year of launch).

What are the other “social innovation” happening in the Indian mobile industry? I am sure there must be other stories too. If you are in the know of such stories, please share.

tags: shareideas.org, mapunity, mobileED, zmq

Related: More on mapunity/BTIS, Interview with Founder of mapunity

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