A presentation by Peter Ward - IBM Client Technical Advisor Programme Manager, North-East
presentation will describe the SMS for Life project that Peter is running in
Tanzania. This uses mobile phones, SMS text messages and a central database to
improve visibility of the stock of anti-malaria medicines in health facilities
in Tanzania. You may have seen publicity in the media and on websites such as Roll Back Malaria,
and the Smarter
Planet blog. Hear first-hand about the success of the solution and the
challenges of delivering a multi-company public-private project on the ground
8000 km from home.
Peter has worked for IBM for over 26 years in a wide variety of positions. He now has two significant roles as the Client Technical Advisor program manager for North-East Europe and the SMS for Life project manager in Tanzania. In his CTA progam manager role he supports IBM's most senior technical professionals as they deliver innovative solutions to IBM's most important clients. He uses coaching and mentoring techniques and works to facilitate mutual support through culture change and the use of peer-to-peer collaboration tools. Managing the SMS for Life project involves leading a multi-organisation international team to pilot a life-saving solution for sub-Saharan Africa.
6.00 - Refreshments
6.30 - Peter Ward presentation
8.00 - Close
When & Where
WMG, The International Digital Lab
WMG SME Team
WMG has a dedicated SME Programmes Team, led by Dr Mark Swift. The team links SMEs directly with the research and emerging technologies available within the International Digital Laboratory and the new International Institute for Product and Service Innovation. WMG has a long tradition of working with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in order to help them access new technologies and become more competitive.
The team offers a range of services including:
Technology Demonstrations, Workshops, Networking Opportunities, Expert Consultancy, Access to Funding, Access to Research and Development Capability, Access to Students and Graduates.
We have expertise in a range of areas across digital technologies, materials, manufacturing and business management. Current key themes include:
Smarter social media, e-business models, cloud computing, digital manufacturing, mobile apps, product and service evaluation, smart materials, plastic electronics, sustainable polymers and composites, energy usage initiatives and visitor experience technology.