Post 14 – September 25th

What we’ve done Welcome back from summer! It’s been a doozy. To give you a quick recap of those events, the four of us planned for and attended the 27th Annual Ugandan North American Association Conference and Trade Expo. We’ve been in contact with the President of the UNAA, Brian M. Kwesiga, since the Spring to host participatory design workshops. We revisited and reshaped our four concepts from the Spring and presented three storyboards, along with a host of other activities, to the workshop participants. We received a lot of valuable feedback and commentary from our 18 participants and a couple dozen other conference attendees. We also engaged in the cultural events the conference had to offer, such as indulging in the prepared local cuisine. Tuesday, we presented our findings to M-ITI faculty advisors and were advised to down-select to one by Friday with our client. We then discussed the different deliverables due and assigned roles and responsibilities based off of who wanted what experience. Friday, we brought Chris, our client, up to speed and asked him to rank each concept comparatively, across how appealing it was to him, how innovative it was, how impactful, and how RootIO-related. Concept A (broadcast your expertise) was the least well-received, and Concept B (uncle-nephew spelling game) and C (mentor-matching) were more desirable due to the compelling nature of those relationships. Although we were unable to down-select to one, we feel that we’re moving in the right direction. Obstacles/What’s Next We still need to get to one. We are taking time to individually process Chris’ feedback (incorporate two-way dialogue between the diaspora and Uganda;...