ICTD

ICTD: Information and Communication Technologies for Development

At I2SC, we are pioneering research in Information and Communication Technologies for Development. Our multidisciplinary team is dedicated to harnessing the power of digital innovations to tackle socio-economic challenges in developing regions. From designing sustainable technology solutions to fostering inclusive connectivity, our work spans diverse domains such as healthcare, education, and community empowerment.

Contact

Vikram Kamath, Cannanure 

vica001@teams.uni-saarland.de


Methods

Qualitative research: This method involves methods such as interviews, observations, and content analysis to delve deep into users' experiences, behaviors, and needs. By focusing on rich, contextual data, qualitative research enables our team to uncover nuanced insights that quantitative approaches may overlook. Qualitative research aids in designing technology solutions that are culturally sensitive, socially inclusive, and tailored to the specific marginalized communities (Bednar et al., 2019; Densmore et al., 2008). 

Design-based research (DBR): offers a structured approach to iteratively design, develop, and evaluate innovative technological solutions within real-world contexts. We employ participatory design processes  with stakeholders with the goal of creating technology that addresses the unique needs and challenges of underserved communities. By blending theory with practical design, DBR enhances HCI theories and drives real-world impact on technology adoption (Barab & Squire, 2004). 

System Deployments: These deployments entail the implementation of technological solutions within real-world settings, aiming to tackle socio-economic challenges in marginalized communities. Through these endeavors, we assess the effectiveness, usability, and sustainability of our HCI interventions in diverse cultural contexts, ultimately informing the design of culturally sensitive solutions tailored to the specific needs of underserved populations.

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