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Mobile Technology for the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa

Here is a recap from our event on Mobile Monday May 23rd.  Many thanks to Microsoft for hosting us.


Dimagi CEO Jonathan Jackson
Partners in Health, Specialists Ermyas Birru and Aaron White
VitalWave, Senior Technical Advisor, Jonathan Payne

Some key use cases for mHealth are contact tracing over time, training health workers (quickly) in symptom identification, and data sharing across countries in a secure and legal way.

Introduction of a new technology during a healthcare crisis is generally a bad idea.  That’s why new tech usually arrives as a crisis is trailing off.  The reason is that it takes time for the people on the ground to determine what the requirements are (in the ebola epidemic, this was contact tracing).  Another reason for lag time is it can take time for funding to come through and then organizations to get set up locally.

mobile-monday-dimagi-pih-eventIn this project there were many technology partners including Tableau and handset vendors.  Data ownership was unclear from the beginning.  It was collected by UN staff and data quality was their responsibility, but who owns the data after that is sensitive for patient privacy.  Even in aggregate it can be sensitive for  governments that might want to protect or suppress certain information.

PIH chose to go into the region of Kono because of a strong partner organization.  Formerly the region was a civil war hotspot, also a center of diamond mining, not as affected by Ebola as regions around Freetown.

Paper forms were currently used and were a big problem – decay in the climate, lack of digitization, no printers to generate new forms.  They started the pilot in June 2015 in 1 chiefdom and expanded to 6 chiefdoms in Sep 2015.

Use of the phones boosted the social standing of the health worker, an unexpected benefit.  Phone retention has been predicted as a problem but no phones were stolen or lost, only 1 phone had a scratched screen.  Challenges includeded power supplies for phones, very fast training in a couple days, many health workers had no smart phone expeirnece much less data collection, also it was the rainy season in a remote area.

The next step for this project is to take CommCare in Kono to more health workers and expand for other health projects.

Digital literacy was a challenge, many workers were barely literate and paper forms were a challenge, the phone app with images was actually easier for them to use.

mobile-monday-dimagi-pih-speakersTableau and other BI systems are a good solution for reporting and data analysis, but they only work with a fast data connection, Dimagi is exploring ways to push data down to phones over slow connections to enable reporting on the device.

In any study of technology adoption, people are excited by new phones, so the early data points about adoption are great. You only find out over time if the project is actually working.

Mobile healthcare and the Ebola Response (event on May 23rd)

Join us for a special Mobile Monday event focused on the mobile tech used during the recent West Africa Ebola outbreak. Cell phone technology was heavily used for mass communication, disease tracking, and response coordination.

Tech experts from Boston-based global health organizations Dimagi and Partners in Health will share their experiences developing and deploying mobile tech for Ebola response.

Microsoft New England Research and Development Center
Room: 1st Mann #1
1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142

Register now

A Q&A session will follow the presentation. Light snacks will be provided.

Panelists will touch upon several topics, including:

  • The health / technology facts and figures behind the Ebola outbreak
  • Sharing stories of how organizations used cell phones on the frontline
  • The unique challenges of rapidly designing mobile apps for remote areas
  • Discussing how we can better prepare for possible disease outbreaks with mobile technology

About the Panelists:

Dimagi CEO Jonathan Jackson leads Dimagi’s efforts in developing mobile applications for 12 organizations working in Ebola response, used by a total of 1,100 people.

Partners in Health GIS and mHealth specialist Ermyas Birru has worked in Kono, Sierra Leone to help assess, design and implement mobile technology for Ebola response and health system strengthening.

This event is co-hosted by Dimagi, Partners in Health, and Mobile Monday.

Dimagi is a Cambridge-based social enterprise and software company that develops mobile apps to support health workers in developing countries globally.

Partners in Health is a global health organization relentlessly committed to improving the health of poor & marginalized people.

Mobile Monday and Techstars in September

Join us for a Mobile Monday event co-organized with Techstars. The event is hosted by the Google Cambridge healthcare team and includes demos by Jolt Sensor, HealthID, and Wellcoin.

Register here: 

(Pre-registration required for this event)

Date: 9/28 from 6 to 9pm

Location: Google Cambridge, 325 Main Street, Cambridge, MA

Co-hosted with the Sprint Mobile Accelerator powered by Techstars


John Fein, Managing Director, Techstars

Ben Harvatine, CEO Jolt -An advanced head impact sensor for peace of mind

Angelo Pitassi, CEO HealthID – An easy to use platform helps you manage, track, & share all aspects of your health

Glenn Laffel, CEO Wellcoin  The world’s first health currency for all your healthy choices, big and small

Applications are open for the Techstars mobile accelerator in Kansas City, the only Techstars program dedicated to mobile and IoT startups.  Apply for 2016 Techstars accelerator here:

Many thanks to our sponsors for making this event possible.

We work with healthcare market leaders and innovators to create crisp mobile apps and outstanding enterprise scale web solutions. We bring 10+ years of experience through our pioneering work at Skyscape, an mHealth company that launched over 600 apps and acquired 2.2 million physicians and nurses (acquired by Merck GHIF in 2013).

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Mobile Local Boston with Street Fight

Clear your calendar – It’s going down! Street Fight is coming to Boston and ‘Mobile Local Boston’ happens on June 8th. You’re invited to take part in the festivities. Sip Wine Bar and Kitchen (581 Washington Street) is our meeting spot for a night of fun and excitement. Come one, come all, and hang loose.

We’ll hear from industry experts Randy Parker and David Hirschman about the convergence of local+mobile for on-demand services, targeted advertising, and customization of the mobile expeirence.

Food will be served and there will be a cash bar.

Register here (online event registration via SplashThat)

Internet of Things and Mobile

Join Mobile Monday for an event on the intersection of Internet of Things and the mobile industry.

See live demos and listen to expert speakers from Boston area startups who are pioneering this space:

Onkol (
Dot Product (
Robin Powered (
Red Point Positioning (
Ecovent (

When:  November 3rd, 2014, doors open at 6pm

Where:  IBM Innovation Center, 1 Rogers St, Cambridge MA 02142

Cost:  Free

Advance registration is required.

Thanks to our sponsors for supporting this community event.


October and November events

Want to join an impromptu Apple Pay launch party?  Sign up here.  Tentatively Oct 20th (based on the latest rumors).  Bring an NFC iPhone if you have one.

This Thursday

Join the App Developers Alliance for the Make Money With Apps Workshop in Boston this Thursday, October 9.

  • Gain key insights from industry leaders at GSN Games, Millennial Media, Smaato, OpenX, PreApps and more on how to leverage monetization strategies, enhance user-experience, boost engagement, and generate revenue from your apps.
  • Learn how to build apps that more efficiently use, measure, and manage data
  • Grab a drink after the workshop with speakers and attendees at Hack/Reduce in the heart of Kendall Square (beer, wine, and pizza served).

Register with code BosTech to reserve your place for free.  Space is limited.

Internet of Things (call for event speakers)

We are planning our first Mobile Monday event on the Internet of Things.  The next generation of the Internet belongs to interconnected devices.  Network enabled and embedded with sensors and computers, these devices will soon be an ubiquitous part of our life.

Stay tuned for your invitation to the event on November 3rd at the IBM Innovation Center in Cambridge.  Attendees will learn from experts, see demonstrations, and share information about the technology enabling this upcoming revolution and get a glimpse of companies from Boston area working on IoT.

If you are interested in speaking or demonstrating, contact

Other events

TCN Event:  Angel Funding
October 14 at Constant Contact
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Cyber Security Event
October 16 at the State House
Boston New Technology October
October 20 at PayPal Boston
Stay turned for upcoming Mobile Monday events
Internet of Things
Annual Startup Expo
Mobile Security

Thanks to our sponsors

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Mobile Monday back from the summer

After a long summer off,  Mobile Monday is kicking off the fall season.  Our organizing team met last month and have some great stuff in the works.  Interest in mobile keeps growing and we’ve recently passed over 9,000 people in the Mobile Monday Boston community.

We’ll be holding our first event focused on the topic of the Internet of Things and Connected Devices.  This event will showcase both startups and established companies in the Boston area.

The Mobile Expo is a regular event for us where we invite dozens of early stage mobile startups in the Boston region to set up demo tables.

We also putting together another new event topic which is Mobile Security.

We’ll be posting more information soon.

Mobile Healthcare 2014

Join Mobile Monday for our annual mobile healthcare event which combines two of the Boston region’s fastest growing sectors.


Chip Ach, AthenaHealth
Will Crawford, Fitbit (Boston office)
Mary Modahl, American Well
Scott Mackie, Quanttus

Demo area (organized by MassTLC): QMedicHealth, Personal Remedies, Wellcoin, and Fitrax.

Also Mobile Monday will be hosting startups from Mexico selected by Wayra, Latin America’s largest high tech accelerator. Be on the lookout for their “Cinco de Mayo” table, and visit them for an interesting chat and Jarrito. Hasta la vista!

When:  May 5th, 2014, doors open at 6pm

Where:  District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA

Cost:  Free (Register now)

Advance registration is required to attend this event.

This event is held in partnership with MassTLC.

Our media sponsor is MobiHealthNews.

Thanks to our sponsors for supporting this community event.


The Steady Growth of Mobile Payments

After years of playing in the shadows of the massive legacy credit card industry, mobile payments are finally coming into their own.

Mobile wallets, connected point of sale (POS), alternative payments, new electronic currencies, and open APIs into backend processing are driving a revolution in the ways in which payments work. Consumer and merchant adoption is proceeding at a rapid pace while innovative software and financial companies are re-making the way business is transacted online and offline.

When: March 10th, 2014, doors open at 6pm

Where: Offices of Bingham McCutchen at 1 Federal St, Boston, MA 02110 (directions)

Cost: Free

BlueSnap Ralph Dangelmaier
Leaf Aron Schwartzkopf
LevelUp Nick Herbold
Liberty Teller Chris Yim
LoopPay Damien Balsan
Mobiquity Andy Nanopoulos
Paydiant Mark Budreski
Paypal Sarah Hodkinson
PXT Payments John Regan
ROAM Eric Spear

Advance registration is required to attend this event. This event will be hosted in Bingham’s elegant conference space downtown so there will be limited space.

Register here.

Thanks to our sponsors for supporting this community event.












Mobile Marketing event in January

Mobile Monday and Women in Wireless are teaming up to provide an evening event about the expanding role of mobile advertising and marketing.

As mobile marketing continues to gain prominence in the marketing industry, there now are a broad range of options including banner ads, in application advertising, rich media and video ad units, rewards advertising, gaming strategies, loyalty programs, QR codes and more.

We’ll hear from brands that have been willing to experiment to see what approaches work best for their target markets.


Jonathan Stephen, Head of Mobile & Emerging Technologies, JetBlue

Nick Bogovich, Executive Director, Mobile, GSN Games

Gabriella Buerman, Mobile Product Marketing Manager, Rue La La

Jonathan Tatlow, SVP of Connections Planning, Digitas

Introduction by Kevin Wiant

Location:  District Hall, 75 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

Time/Date:  Monday, January 13, 2014.  Doors open at 6pm.  Main event begins at 7pm.

Register here.

Co-hosted with Women in Wireless.

Women in Wireless is a nonprofit organization that empowers and develops female leaders in mobile and digital media through inspirational panels and webinars, leadership development, mentoring and networking and supports charities aligned with that mission.

Thanks to our sponsors Winter Wyman and Mobiquity for supporting this event.













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