ideas, innovations and apps for social work in the age of smartphones and social media
National Geographic Emerging Explorer Ken Banks created FrontlineSMS, free open-source software that enables people in the developing world without Internet or TV access to monitor elections, get rural health care, broadcast news, track endangered animals, combat domestic violence, organize protests, and more. He discusses finding low-tech, low-cost, high-impact solutions to developing world needs at the 2010 Explorers Symposium.
Ken Banks is founder of kiwanja.net, an organization where technology meets anthropology, conservation and development. kiwanja.net helps social innovators, entrepreneurs and non-profit organisations make better use of information and communication technologies in their work. Founded in 2003, kiwanja.net specialises in the application of mobile technology, with a particular emphasis on its role as a driver of innovation, entrepreneurship and social change across the developing world.