The Challenge


How might we design an accessible election experience for everyone? read the brief


Talking with Texts

Using cellphones to empower deaf girls in Uganda.
I've been trying to figure out a way to join the inspiration phase based on my own disability - severe hearing loss. It's so frustrating to try to learn a new system (or even understand the old one) when you're feeling isolated from the greater group. But I've been so blessed it's ridiculous to pretend my voting experience is difficult.

However, life for these deaf twins (I'm a twin too!) hasn't been so great. I thought this article is useful for this challenge because although it has nothing to do with voting, it demonstrates the power and importance of access to information and a community - and a hearing buddy. 

Mission #2 Explore through Empathy


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Taylor Dalton

February 18, 2012, 18:37PM
Thanks for your comments everyone! I agree - this can't be taken directly to the concept stage without some adaptations. My goal was to get brains turning about using technology to empower the disabled so thanks for the feedback.

Takang Pamela Manyo

February 18, 2012, 01:35AM
Online systems and SMS can only work where there is light and computers. We should try to incorporated these lapses in the concept phase.

Paul Reader

February 18, 2012, 09:15AM
Takang I agree with you also - in addition to this we need to think of solutions that involve minimal technology. Did you see the inspiration from Abdelrahman Baraka
This approach, or a variation on it, has potential for a number of voting situations, even in places like the USA.

Ashutosh Biltharia

February 11, 2012, 12:03PM
hi Taylor,

Thank you for the link. It's a nice initiative and I think once they are familiar with it, the same cellphones technology can be used to cast vote through SMS/Online system. And also may be Government can ask Cellular Service Providers to provide free SMS schemes during election time.

Mobile phone can make a huge difference in empowering disabled or any type of social causes because in the countries like India number of mobile users are more comparing to internet users.

Anne-Laure Fayard

February 11, 2012, 14:33PM
Thank you for sharing. This is a great story, not only because of the use of technology to empower these girls, but also on how it gave them an increased status. I also like the description of the whole process and the role of Sacha DeVelle in this process.

Paul Reader

February 18, 2012, 08:56AM
Great example of using technology inclusively and yes this has possibilities for the Concept phase too.
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