Hi everyone, very happy to be part of the XPrize Vanguards and looking forward to interacting with you over the course of the project.
While I have a very broad range of interests, in my professional life I'm a Civil and Water Engineer and I live in Cairns in Australia. I'm also a keen photographer in my spare time, much of which includes my Wife and 4 children. I have the sort of brain that doesn't switch off very often, which can be both a blessing (mostly) and a curse (when I have nothing to apply it to) so I am intrigued by the prospect of rolling out such a grand initiative as this.
While I'm not in the software business I've worked on a few projects related to my own work and think I could contribute as a bit of an analyst, translating ideas from regular people to a more systematic set of requirements. I have access to some SMEs since a lot of engineers seem to marry teachers and our family has a heap of little testers, so I'm very interested in some of the crowd funding perks that give you early release versions to try out.
In the bigger picture I hope I can contribute with a practical as well as personable and supportive approach to brainstorming ideas and translating them into actionable outcomes for teams to pick up and run with.
I also think I can provide input to the value proposition we offer to people to get involved, with some tangible examples of why its important for people in developing countries to be able to read and write and have a good mathematical foundation to their education. By this I am referring to the challenges of infrastructure provision in remote areas related to improving health, and the potential adaptation needed to address climate change impacts.
There are only so many experienced technical professionals with the skills, knowledge and motivation to undertake this work, who also have family situations that allow them to travel to other countries and work as volunteers on the ground. If we had a population in developing countries who are able to communicate at a higher level, utilise technology and have increasing levels of scientific and mathematical training, we can harness more local people in project delivery, as well as link them in to a much larger pool of expertise, leading to knowledge transfer, engagement and ownership, and dramatically improved outcomes for the poorest communities in the world.
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Have a great day everyone : )