Introducing our Chatbot

An important part of our job at mVAM is to stay tuned into the developments in the rapidly evolving mobile technology sector. Lately we noticed two main trends: first, more and more people in the places we work are using smartphones and chat apps to communicate, leading us to think about how to better reach […]

24 Hour Hackathon People

  As some of you might have already guessed, we at mVAM LOVE hackathons. Last weekend, we had a chance to participate in another one: “Hacking Aid” which was organized by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and PwC, together with UNHCR, OCHA and Leiden University’s Center of Innovation. This event brought together more than 70 participants […]

Our 5 mVAM Highs from 2016

1. Awards for Remote Mobile Data Collection Work At the Humanitarian Technology 2016 conference, our paper Knowing Just in Time ‘Knowing Just in Time’ won Best Paper for Outstanding Impact. In the paper, we assessed mVAM’s contribution to decision-making by looking at use cases for mVAM in camps, conflict settings and vulnerable geographies. Check out […]

From open data to #ZeroHunger

At WFP’s Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM) unit we constantly strive to make our data as open as possible. We’ve previously guest blogged for the Open Data Institute on ‘when open data isn’t enough’ about why it’s so important to us. We are therefore excited to participate in the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition […]