Over two weeks of intensive work in Delhi, western Burma and Yangon are behind me. More than one hundred participants in seven locations have been briefed about mycitizen.net and tried the web interface and the development version of the mobile app. The type of users ranged from teenage students to owners of internet cafés and mobile phone shops.
Considering the very experimental nature of this project, I am glad to see that all went so well. The long-anticipated success of smartphones in Burma has reached now even extremely inaccessible parts of Chin State, the country’s poorest region, and particularly in the hands of young people. Gaining access to global information is for many key to improving their futures and developing their country.
During the days in Delhi, our local assistant has managed to find a translator for Hakha, one of the languages of Chin State. The progress was fast enough so that I could already present a partly translated version of the user interface to the audience in Burma who much appreciated that their local languages are among the first that make it to the user interface.
I am glad that I also had the privilege to present the project at MIDO, a local non-profit organization in Yangon that seeks to promote development through ICT.