Dr. Joe Beck: What can computation bring to the war on poverty?

Dr. Joe Beck from Worcester Polytechnic Institue had given a presentation on “Attaching Poverty with Technology,” focusing on the mobile platform “Poverty Spotlight.” The platform acts as a¬†tool that allows poor families to self-diagnose their level of poverty as a first step in developing a personalized strategy to lift themselves permanently out of poverty. It examines multiple indicators of poverty categorized according to a family’s level of or access to satisfactory income and employment, health and environment, housing and infrastructure, education and culture, and organization and participation (Burt, 2013).

The resources used by Dr. Beck are available here [slides, overview of poverty stoplight, tech report on the software, the app].

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