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Hi Chioma,

There are many activities underway, but the platform is still a prototype, and we will need design support to take the prototype to full application. Within the current design, we expect many other features to be developed,which would benefit from IDEO's involvement.  We are building the platform on open source software, so that the system is non proprietal, for now. However, the platform is the first stage in developing a larger concept  -this is where IDEO comes in -where we want to push the boundaries and see if the app can scale in Dhaka but also other urban contexts. Our experience shows that working with creative agencies on development and implementation means that the innovation is tested better, more likely to scale and is more attractive for the end user. We think this project, through Save the Children, would be an excellent choice for IDEO to partner with. 

Hi Chioma,

This is a great question - our team have put some considerable thought into ways in which Kolorob can support service providers to reach out. Besides Kolorob's online presence, the project is working with a local design studio, PARAA (http://paraa.org.uk/about/) to design portable information kiosks that can be housed in local community centres in the target area. 

We also believe Kolorob is a two way communication channel where service providers will reach out to the community, and the community will reach out to the service providers. We expect that (in future), the service providers will encourage the smartphone users to seek information about their services and communicate by using KOLOROB app. The users, who don’t have smartphones or access to internet, can be encouraged to seek information using information KIOSK and seek help from friends/neighbours who have smartphones with KOLOROB App installed. This is how the essential service providers can reach out to community with or without connectivity.

Hi Christina,

I think you're idea is very interesting for humanitarian response in urban settings. Although it's not exactly the same, it reminded me of an article I recently read about mobile health apps being used for religious festivals in India.. check it out here: https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/mit-india-kumbh-mela-festival-test-health-apps

In terms of collaborating together, Kolorob is currently in a design phase to deliver a beta version by November, but our longer term goal for our platform will be to work with developers and design and intergrate new functions / features / applications. I think it would have great to have a conversation with you once we develop our first test beta version later this year.

Thanks and regards,
David

Best,
David