Presentations

This page contains a list of slides and presentations available for download.

Opal: Ruby in the browser
Author(s): Damiano Stoffie
Date: Thursday, December 22, 2016
Tags: ruby opal javascript
Opal is a Ruby to JavaScript source-to-source compiler. It comes packed with the Ruby corelib you know and love. There we show a quick introduction on how Opal can be used in practice.

Introduction to Sinatra
Author(s): Adolfo Villafiorita
Date: Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Tags: ruby
Quick introduction to Sinatra with personal (positive) considerations about the framework and two running examples (one with data mapper and other for single user applications).

Web Components and Polymer
Author(s): Gaia Trecarichi
Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Tags: mobile html frameworks
Introduction to Web Components and Polymer

Framework 7
Author(s): Davide Da Rech
Date: Thursday, March 19, 2015
Tags: mobile html frameworks
Introduction to Framework7

The Food Composition Databases (FCDBs)
Author(s): Ahmed Fadhil
Date: Friday, March 13, 2015
Tags: food
This study analyzes various food databases of different nations and compares the data about food each database contains. This step will guide us to analyze the data in each databank and avoid redundancy in the data, hence create a consistent set of data table.

Cucumber: Best Practices, Troubles, and Ideas
Author(s): Roberto Zen
Date: Friday, March 13, 2015
Tags: ror cucumber rspec testing
Some considerations about test driven development with Cucumber

Apache Cordova
Author(s): Michele Efisio Argiolas
Date: Thursday, March 05, 2015
Tags: mobile
Introduction to Cordova

Chocolate Chip UI
Author(s): Ali Al-Shammari
Date: Friday, February 20, 2015
Tags: mobile html frameworks
Introduction to Chocolate Chip UI

User-centered methodologies and techniques for requirements gathering
Author(s): Gaia Trecarichi
Date: Friday, January 30, 2015
Tags: requirements

Mappo - Un'applicazione web per l'ausilio grafico alla gestione di portfolio progetti
Author(s): Martino Secchi
Date: Thursday, December 11, 2014
Tags: BSc geolocation spm
A webapp for mapping project portfolios. In Italian.

Understanding Best Practices for ICTD Projects: towards a Maturity Model
Author(s): Aaron Ciaghi
Date: Monday, November 03, 2014
Tags: ict4d maturitymodel spm
The implementation of Information and Communication Technologies in developmental contexts presents specific social and technical challenges. Understanding the lessons learned and documenting best practices under extreme conditions, such as the ones found on the African continent, can provide valuable insights for ICT deployment in developing countries. At the same time, the experience in use cases and technical know-how of developed countries can help regions such as Sub-Saharan Africa in harnessing the full potential of ICT for social and economic development. This paper describes the preliminary results of an international project based on the exchange between two European institutes and two South African universities, whose goal is to define a set of best practices to improve the success rate of ICT for Development projects. This led to the definition of a Maturity Model to evaluate performing organizations with respect to what characterises a successful ICTD project to guide them in the improvement of their processes towards becoming more effective in addressing the needs of rural communities. The practices and maturity goals included in the maturity model have been collected through an extensive literature review and interviews with project managers.

Adattamento di un'interfaccia web per sistemi mobile su rete GSM: il caso di Bring The Food
Author(s): Andrea Bontempelli
Date: Monday, September 29, 2014
Tags: btf sms BSc
Andrea's BSc Thesis defence about integrating SMS functionalities in BringTheFood

Designing for the African Prepaid Mobile Internet Generation
Author(s): Alette Schoon
Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014
Tags: ict4d design SouthAfrica
The profile of South Africans online is changing as internet-enabled smart phones and feature phones become ubiquitous in low-income communities. However, poorer users are using a different internet, a prepaid internet trickle where text is dominant and where most people only briefly enter “the cloud” of content sharing. This means that app developers and designers need to re-imagine a world beyond the binaries of access or non-access where internet use can mean multiple things. This seminar explores how unemployed young people from the low-income black neighbourhoods of Grahamstown, a small town in South Africa, use ICT under very difficult economic circumstances. In these digital ecologies, PCs are peripheral, and digital production and connectivity revolves around the mobile. Media sharing happens predominantly offline via Bluetooth, but also now on online platforms that allows users to only download what they want - such as media sharing WAP sites on Russian platforms. Social networks such as WhatsApp and Facebook mobile are also becoming increasingly important. Creative expression is very important for these young people and is seen as essential for developing the community – here development is not only seen in material terms. Young people use mobile phones and computers for a variety of creative activities and Facebook plays a key part in sharing these. Using a PC becomes a challenge when all internet access is negotiated through the mobile, and PCs are a makeshift assembly of old parts put together in backroom computer ‘workshops’ by self-taught technicians. The author, although not a designer or computer scientist herself, is keen to explore design considerations and welcomes interaction on what these practices could mean for ICT4D design. How do we design for those intermittently on the mobile internet but outside “the cloud”, for example? How do we design for second-hand communal PC users who are part of the mobile-first generation and exclusively use the mobile internet? When mobile phones are designed primarily for content consumption – in a space where there are few PCs and many people who want to create content – how can we design apps to make them more suited to digital production? The author will share some examples from the UCT (University of Cape Town) ICT4D lab, where designers have focused on Bluetooth technology to respond to limited internet access.

La tua Impronta fa la Differenza
Author(s): Giulia Petronella
Date: Friday, July 18, 2014
Tags: education environment BSc
Impostazione e sperimentazione di un progetto per promuovere comportamenti virtuosi in ambito ambientale BSc Thesis of Giulia Petronella

Gerhin* and Cucumber*
Author(s): Roberto Zen
Date: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Tags: ror cucumber testing gherkin
A new test-case path composition approach to testing Ruby on Rails web applications.

Standardizing ICT for Development
Author(s): Aaron Ciaghi
Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014
Tags: ictd phd
Aaron's PhD dissertation

Fighting waste with new technologies: ComeButta and BringTheFood
Author(s): Adolfo Villafiorita
Date: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Tags: comebutta btf waste recycling food
Presentation of the ICT4G tecnologies to FusionsCamp meeting (University of Bologna, April 2014)

ComeButta at Transversal Technologies
Author(s): Pietro Molini
Date: Thursday, April 03, 2014
Tags: comebutta android ictdays
Presentation about ComeButta and DoveButta given at the Transversal Technologies contest during ICTdays2014

Doing Good with ICT
Author(s): Aaron Ciaghi
Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Tags: ict4d agile
Introduction to ICT for Development and ICT for addressing Social Issues. The presentation includes a very small intro to Agile techniques. This presentation was given at UNITN in preparation for the ICT Days 2014 Hackathon event.

TDD: Test-Driven Development in Rails
Author(s): Roberto Zen
Date: Thursday, February 27, 2014
Tags: ror cucumber rspec capybara testing
Introduction to TDD in Ruby on Rails. From zero to rspec, cucumber, and capybara in about one hour.

ICT4G group [in Italian]
Author(s): ICT4G group
Date: Friday, February 07, 2014
Tags: ict4d
Presentazione delle attività del gruppo ICT4G in italiano.

BringTheFood
Author(s): Adolfo Villafiorita and Paolo Costa
Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Tags: food waste recycling btf
Some considerations about food waste and the role of new technologies.

App Cross-platform
Author(s): Lorenzo Waldner
Date: Thursday, June 13, 2013
Tags: ruby mobile
Evaluation of frameworks for mobile cross-platform development

COMEBUTTA ... fai la cosa giusta
Author(s): Adolfo Villafiorita
Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Tags: waste recycling comebutta
Brief description of the COMEBUTTA project. In Italian.