Monday,  March 28,  4:30 pm,  CSE 110,  University of Washington

Title: How $100 Smartphones are Transforming the Government in Pakistan
Pakistan is the 6th largest country in the world by population. Over half of 
the population lives below $2 poverty line; 40% of the adult population is 
unable to read or write; 30% lack access to clean drinking water; 85% of the 
world's polio cases are from Pakistan. At the same time, with over 137 Million 
cellphone users in Pakistan, almost every household has a cellphone; 
Pakistani's sent over 320 Billion SMS last year; you can buy a smartphone for 
less than $50 in Pakistan.
 In this talk, I will present a number of smartphone-based systems we have 
developed to monitor government work, improve civic services and collect 
citizen feedback in Pakistan. This talk will explain how we used smartphones to 
track and contain a Dengue epidemic, identify crime hotspots, measure teacher 
presence and monitor visits of rural doctors. I will specifically talk about an 
innovative vaccinator tracking application that has totally transformed the 
vaccination program in Pakistan to eradicate Polio.
Speaker bio:
 Prof. Umar Saif works as the Chairman of the Punjab Information Technology 
Board (PITB), heading all public-sector IT projects in Punjab. He is also the 
founding Vice Chancellor of ITU, a newly setup research university in Lahore. 
Prof. Saif received his PhD in 2001 at University of Cambridge and worked at 
MIT for several years before returning to Pakistan. He was named as one of the 
top 35 young innovators by the MIT Technology Review (TR35) in 2011 and a Young 
Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010. He received a Google Faculty 
Research award in 2011. In 2014, Prof. Saif was awarded Sitara-i-Imtiaz, one of 
the highest civil awards by government of Pakistan. He was named among the 500 
most influential Muslims in the world in 2015 and 2016.

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