The ultimate goal of this course is to teach students practical skills necessary to conduct field
research in the field of ICTD (information and communication technologies for development)
and to show them that computing technology can have a positive impact on the lives of people
living in developing communities. The practical goal of this course is to prepare iSTEP internship
(http://www.techbridgeworld.org/istep) participants for their summer internship experience.
The course will focus on a particular developing community based on the community selected
for the iSTEP program that year. Students will be given an overview of the field of ICTD,
introduced to real partners in the selected developing community, work with multi.disciplinary
teams to understand specific challenges in that community and design and implement relevant
technology solutions to those challenges. The outcomes of this course will be deployed in the
chosen community in the summer through the iSTEP internship.