I am working with NASVI (www.nasvinet.org) on creating a platform that INCLUDES the “informal sector” into the informational mainstream.
The idea is simple – using the Streetvendor’s cellphone number as primary ID, we can build a complex adaptive self correcting system which, (along with enabling technologies) such as google maps, and phone location) will help us to do the following (in the long run)
– Vendor ratings (Giving and querying same)
– Vendor Search and query – find the best mochi in your area. Where is the closest electrician?
– Home delivery
– Money transfer benefits.
– Where is my fave veggie guy now?
The point is simple. Informal sector is an important part of our lives but we have no information on them. so this is going to change
Phase 1 of experiment is going to identify a market in delhi and see the impact of having a simple sms based vendor query in place.
We have recieved funds to build the technology, and are going to start on ground experimentation mid may.
I need students for min 2- max 5 weeks to help execute and study this experiment. They will need to implement the experiment, study results and help formulate recommendations. The following areas of expertise are helpful but not necessary
1. MR formulation and MR tools
2. Understanding of Technology
3. Financial planning and Business plan construction
Pay is not much, but its there – i will pay 3000 RS cash per week, depending on how many weeks you work with me. I dont need you everyday – approx 15hrs of work a week.
Theres a larger do if you want to read it.