Greetings everyone. I'm currently living in Tanzania as CTO of the Great African Food Company, connecting farmers to international markets. We provide training, high quality inputs, financing, and a guaranteed contracted price for the harvest. We have dedicated field staff throughout the country and work a lot with mobile data collection, and utilize this data for data analysis, finance automation, measuring impact, M&E, etc.
Prior to this I spent 20+ years in the high tech / mobile industry in USA, working for companies like Motorola, Google, and Lenovo. I have a PhD in Computer Engineering and have worked on many technology development projects, eventually becoming the head of software in Moto/Lenovo. In part of my career, I pushed our engagement on open source utilization and contributions and became the chair of their open source review board. Ever since that time, I've been a big fan of development in open source.
I recently decided it was time leave my corporate career, "give back", and join the fight on global poverty. My family and I moved to Tanzania in 2016 where I volunteer full time in this current role. When I joined, we were looking for a farm management system that we could integrate with our banking partner, and seriously considered building something around ODK. However, at the time, we were looking for more of a quick start, off the shelf complete solution since one of our large pilot seasons was about to begin. ODK 1 was a bit too limiting for our needs and ODK 2 seemed a bit nascent yet. Due to both time pressure and technical requirements, we chose a commercial solution. After two years and lots of custom development to augment it and make it useful for our needs, I've determined it is time to come back to reconsider ODK at our core.
I'm here to catch up on the latest developments, get to know you all, have some fun, and hope to start contributing toward the platform with my development skills combined with the experiences I've gained over the last few years of life in Africa. I'm looking forward to learning and hope I can be helpful!