I am a junior Harvard undergraduate. This summer my crew and I asked the world to describe their personal experiences with local issues. Over 126 countries answered. Over 20,000 profiles received. Please enjoy this report which illustrates 15 compelling examples: http://www.congolop.com/10_Finalists/congolop.booklet.v5.pdf
We wrote an application for the One-Laptop-Per-Child devices. A partner organized a similar competition at 3 schools in South Africa. We are pursuing further cooperation.
We want to dial this up! Help us think BIG!!! Some incredible peers working with me. One of which graduates and plans to work full time. If you are interested, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Include why you are interested. We'll then set up a meal.
There is lots to do. We are now organizing an issue and solution competition on "enabling access" to the internet worldwide. Key questions we hope to answer: How do people around the world connect to the internet? How do problems with internet connection affect their life and those around them? Are their solutions?
Our Rough Elevator Pitch:
Do you know of 20,000 local problems around the world? Congolop lets you wear the shoes of a Congolese student. Or wear the shoes of a biology teacher in Cameroon. We believe that to solve an issue one needs to listen to locals and the community. Congolop challenged the world Summer 2008 to describe their personal experiences with local issues. 126 countries answered. Awareness groups are eager to sponsor focused worldwide competitions. These grow our content. Congolop aspires to solve local issues worldwide similarly. Awareness groups are eager to sponsor worldwide solution competitions. Congolop employs novel machine learning techniques to match solutions with issues. Congolop ultimately invests in experiments of solutions to create visible impact.