Monday, July 23, 6 PM — Please RSVP
It's hard to build mobile apps. But it's even harder to build them them for
people very different from yourself – in this case, coffee farmers in
Tanzania. How do you go about building an app for someone who's never
before used a computer, smartphone, or tablet? How do you convince a farmer
to use your app when you speak different languages, come from different
contexts, and have different needs? How can you ensure that your app is
creating a lasting, positive impact?
This month's Mobile Portland presentation shows how Sustainable Harvest
Coffee Importers faced these challenges, and what they learned along the
way. After deploying iOS apps and mobile-optimized websites in
coffee-growing communities around the world, Sustainable Harvest has plenty
to share. You might be surprised how lessons learned in places like Moshi,
Tanzania and San Ignacio, Peru apply to Portland, Oregon.
* Developing for audiences who are new to mobile (and computers in general)
* Deploying technology solutions in distant countries
* Choosing between and maintaining iOS/native and mobile-optimized web app
* Helping farmers have more sustainable livelihoods, supported by mobile
Join us to learn about Sustainable Harvest's successes – and challenges –
in bringing mobile technology to coffee cooperatives and farmers around the
About the Speaker
Ezra Spier [https://twitter.com/sh_ezra_pdx], Director of Technology
Solutions, Sustainable Harvest [http://www.sustainableharvest.com/]
Ezra Spier designs and builds sustainable mobile technology that improves
the productivity and incomes of smallholder coffee farmers around the
world. He has presented Sustainable Harvest's mobile technology work at the
World Bank's International Finance Corporation, and has visited coffee
communities in Peru, El Salvador, and Tanzania. A Portland native, Ezra is
a graduate of Oberlin College, where he majored in East Asian Studies.
Mobile Apps for Coffee Farmers: 10 Lessons Learned in the Field
Monday, July 23, 6 PM
Doors open at 5:30
Urban Airship / Cloud Four
334 NW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97209
Thanks to our Sponsors
Thanks to Urban Airship [http://urbanairship.com] and Cloud Four
[http://cloudfour.com] for helping sponsor Mobile Portland this month.