Quarterly Reflections – Q1 2016

At Jeeon, the day-to-day often feels like a steep uphill climb, and sometimes we hit a wall and are forced to sit and wonder whether we really are making any headway. But then, almost absent-mindedly, we look back and are jerked with surprise, to realize just how fast we have been moving! At that point, it seems almost crazy to imagine how far behind we were even 3 months ago. At the end of 2015, we were still…

Bringing Peace to the Wanderer

Paved roads ended about half a mile back. The bridge we crossed was being used to dry mustard seeds and by pedestrians, instead of by vehicles it was surely designed for. But it didn’t matter anyways since the road beyond was too narrow for our car to travel down. We traveled the serpentine road, surrounded by lush green rice paddies, by rickshaw instead. It was clear, we had reached “the last mile”. I had spent…

A Journey towards a Better Future

We are a small team working 24/7 for only one mission, to Make Well-being Universal. This sounds audacious but it is the core of our company. We are trying to build the software enabled infrastructure with which we can provide medical services to people in remote areas, where many of them are suffering from lack of proper medical advice. Recently we have had a trip to the villages in Kishoreganj and Netrakona where we work, and…

In the aftermath of a truly Unreasonable Experience

This August (2015), I had the extraordinary experience of being part of the Unreasonable Institute (UI). The UI is an accelerator program for early stage social ventures, operating out of Boulder Colorado. Their recipe is simple. They scour the globe to find promising social ventures, working on some of the world’s biggest challenges and bring them to Boulder, Colorado, for five weeks. Entrepreneurs get, among many other things, access to and lessons from world class…

Six weeks with IDEO.org

Since September 2013, the ‘Amader Daktar’ team at mPower has been using the Human Centered Design toolkit by IDEO.org. This year, between August and September, we worked closely with a team from IDEO.org to co-design the next round of iteration for the Amader Daktar model. Don’t know Amader Daktar or IDEO.org? We’ll you should, and you can check out more about them here and here. In early August, Behrouz Hariri and Danny Alexander joined us…

IDEO.org Inspiration day at San Francisco

The day started off early with some amazing blue bottle cappuccino with Rubayat Khan, Minnie Bredouw and Danny Alexander, before diving in to a wealth of experiential learning with some of the newest technology and health services in the city of San Francisco. The first stop was Studio Dental, a mobile dental service, set up in an independent trailer, targeting some of the busiest people in the world. Studio dental, started off by Dr. Sarah…

An Inspiring Innovator

  Dr. Reza Bin Zaid, a dermatology consultant at BIRDEM hospital, Dhaka, is a doctor with a difference. While the vast majority of medical professionals in Bangladesh are skeptical technology that facilitate remote diagnosis, Dr. Zaid has been successfully running the first instance of telemedicine services in Bangladesh since 2000. As the chairman of the Telemedicine Working Group of Bangladesh, he is currently operating in 16 unions across Bangladesh. Dr. Zaid truly is a rare…

Coder in Kendua

  December 5, 2013 My field visit to Digli, a small village in the Kendua sub-district in Bangladesh was my first ever instance of being a coder in the field. It proved to be an invaluable opportunity for me to get close to the end users of a system that I am designing. While it may not seem too useful an experience from the traditional standpoint of the typical software developer, the visit yielded a…

Perceptions about Healthcare: Stories from Rural Bangladesh

Having lived in urban centers all my life, I was quite excited to have the opportunity to reside in rural Bangladesh for a week long deep dive- a research endeavor that my team and I undertook to get a basic understanding the typical healthcare experiences of the rural population. My destination was a small village in Niyamatpur in the district of Kishoreganj. The very first thing that struck me early in my experience was the…

Using Human Centered Design for solving the rural healthcare problem

      The mPower team just returned from an intensive field stay in Netrokona and Kishoreganj to understand the rural healthcare scenario of Bangladesh. The team has been using a methodology known as Human Centered Design (HCD) pioneered by IDEO.org and described in detail in their amazing website to design an appropriate market solution for rural healthcare. The word design, in this part of world, is mostly associated with aesthetic elements – fashion design,…