As an example, Gates says he is inspired by the work of William Wu, a Stanford electrical engineering PhD, who worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and co-founded Quantitative Engineering Design. The company builds software and hardware to improve health care and farming in developing countries.
I want to encourage software developers, inventors, and scientists to consider how they can use their skills to fight inequity. It’s deeply rewarding. You get the chance to learn from super-capable people—health care workers, farmers, political leaders—and work with them on tools that will empower them. Last year I heard a talk from a young technologist who came to this realization sooner than I did. - Bill Gates
NEWSPICKS (IN JAPANESE)
[in Japanese] One of the most effective technologies from QED is the 「ScanForm（スキャンフォーム）」being used in Kenya. The doctor will continue to diagnose and finally take a picture of the record written on paper with a mobile phone. With the software we develop, you can translate it into each country's language and record it on an Excel sheet in less than a minute. By collecting real-time data from each clinic, it is possible to track where malaria and HIV patients are occurring.
QED is a play on the Latin phrase "quod erat demonstrandum," or "that which was to be demonstrated," which is the state the team aims for in its work to bring "the hacker spirit to international development."
GATES FOUNDATION (IN CHINESE)
[in Chinese] If you are searching for mystery, you don't need to leave this planet, or even your doorstep. Because one of the greatest mysteries of the universe is underneath your feet, and this mystery is the soil. (如果你们有志于探寻奥秘，其实并不需要离开这个星球，甚至不需要离开你的家门口。因为宇宙中最大的奥秘之一，就在每个人的脚下，这个奥秘就是土壤。)
A few weeks ago, I spoke at a big data and open data event in Ethiopia. On the first day, William Wu, CEO of QED, gave an inspiring talk about how his team builds innovative technology to collect and analyze big data.
How to use your tech skills for social impact
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ICAP’s FIKIA Project in Kagera Region Becomes a Model for Rural HIV Outreach Services
Zuhura is one of the estimated 48 percent of people living with HIV in the Lake Victoria region who had not been diagnosed due to the area's severe shortage of health care resources. She received HIV testing and counseling services provided by ICAP's FIKIA ("to reach" in Swahili) project, and after discovering that she was HIV positive, received follow-up counselling and psychosocial support from Anisia, a FIKIA community outreach volunteer. Just one week later, she enrolled in care. This focused outreach and fast turnaround between testing and linkage to care is thanks to FIKIA’s unique partnership with the Regional and Council Health Management Teams, which work with ICAP to bring health care directly to communities through a model called CTC (Care and Treatment Center) outreach. The project has had such an impact in Kagera, where over 53,000 people received testing between October 2017 and March 2018 and more than 3,000 were identified as HIV positive, that other nearby regions have sought to match their success.
Nepal Seed and Fertilizer Project (NSAF)
The Nepal Seed and Fertilizer (NSAF) project facilitates sustainable increases in Nepal’s national crop productivity, income and household-level food and nutrition security, across 20 districts, including five earthquake-affected districts. NSAF promotes the use of improved seeds and integrated soil fertility management technologies along with effective and efficient extension, including the use of digital and information and communications technologies.
The Ethiopian Soil Information System (EthioSIS) project has covered 748 woredas and 62 confluence points, and gathered hundreds of thousands of soil samples from the entire country to develop 22 different soil property maps and fertilizer recommendations for each region. In addition, the later field survey approach will help to generate bio-physical map of the country. This comprehensive soil assessment is required to achieve an ambitious goal to map the country’s soil and compile in-depth soil fertility information, which could be eventually be used to well inform the fertilizer policies and recommendation and promote significantly higher crop yields.
New Soil Intelligence System for India provides high-quality data using modern analytics
The new Soil Intelligence System (SIS) for India will help the states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Odisha rationalize the costs of generating high-quality soil data and build accessible geospatial information systems based on advanced geostatistics. The SIS initiative will rely on prediction rather than direct measurements to develop comprehensive soil information at scale. The resulting data systems will embrace FAIR access principles — findable, accessible, interoperable, and reproducible — to support better decision-making in agriculture.