Keynote #3

Everything I need to know, I learned in Tanzania

I volunteered for a Tanzanian nonprofit that publishes teenager-focused magazines about sexuality and AIDS. My task: code an internal tool to track deliveries. My lesson: focus on people. On a used machine with corrupt RAM and no clock, we together developed a delivery-tracking system that has survived 8 years and several staffing changes. It lasts because its users care about it.

This is a talk about the micro: a pitiful server; zero budget; few users. We made tiny tweaks to our office culture, and now our magazines reach their recipients across a huge country.


Adam Hooper

Adam Hooper dances between computers and journalism to decipher the world. He has broken stories and built websites for Canadian, Rwandan, Tanzanian and American news agencies. He is chief technology ...