[wp-hackers] Heartwarming side effect of the iPhone admin challenge.
wordpress at tekartist.org
Sun Oct 14 04:35:10 GMT 2007
Regardless of the material outcome, this whole WP/iPhone admin
challenge might very well have a very good side effect faster than
one would have thought.
Plank Design, the company I'm about to start working for (Oct. 29th)
has a *pet project* where they've setup a group of 3 hospitals in
Tanzania with a WordPress install to communicate with their audience.
"Highlands Hope of Tanzania is an association of nurses who work as
HIV-AIDS counsellors and caregivers in the Southern Highlands of
Tanzania. Currently, their members are part of the healthcare staff
at Consolata Hospital in Ikonda, the TANWAT Company Hospital in
Njombe, and the PIUMA HIV Testing Centre in Bulongwa."
If you think about it, their current audience is of course mostly
"limited" to computer/internet users, which in this part of the world
is far from the majority of the population.
Knowing how it is far easier to find a decent mobile phone/network in
Africa (never fully developed the copper infrastructure) than a
decent computer/connection (xo laptop isn't quite there yet), I'm
going to try to actually increase the scope of what WordPress allows
the staff/volunteers to do by enabling them to actually reach a much
broader audience through the mobile admin plugin and another project
of mine, a php-based mobile feed reader (<http://tekartist.org/labs/
In their context, and with this simple setup, WP could go from a
blogging tool to bring awareness to their cause, to a full fledged
communication platform by enabling the medical staff to blog from the
field (remote villages), and the patients and/or authorities in these
same remote locations could access up-to-date news through the WP feeds.
Now, it's safe to assume they're not going to use the iPhone
interface much, but both of the released contender projects so far
have committed to try and support a wide array of devices, with the
latter actually being the focus at the core of our own efforts.
So here we are: from one simple question sent by Doug to the list on
September 12th (what would it take to make a mobile WP admin?) to
potentially making life a little better in the third World, all in
less than a month. :)
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