Jackson, Pompe, Krieshok take best paper award

Best paper award winners

Gabriel Krieshok (left), Steve Jackson (second from right) and Alex Pompe (right) receive their Best Paper award from iConference co-chairs Harry Bruce (U-Washington) and Jonathan Grudin of Microsoft.

Assistant Professor Steven J. Jackson and MSI students Alex Pompe and Gabriel Krieshok took home a Best Paper Award from the annual iConference in Seattle, Washington, this month.  “Things Fall Apart: Maintenance, Repair, and Technology for Education Initiatives in Rural Namibia” explores what has up until now been a peripheral issue in the field of information and communication technology development (ICTD) – namely, the challenges of repairing and maintaining computer infrastructure in the developing world.

The three authors are collaborating researchers on the Nambia and Madagascar ICT4D Fieldwork project. This particular paper grew from fieldwork in northeastern Namibia during summer 2010. Pompe spent two years in Namibia as an education and IT development volunteer in the Peace Corps. Krieshok served as an educator and trainer in the Peace Corps in Madagascar.

Pompe also serves as the Peace Corps coordinator for the University of Michigan. Krieshok is president of the School of Information Student Association.

The iConference is sponsored by the iSchools organization, which consists of 31 information schools in eight countries. This year’s conference received approximately 300 submissions, of which 50 were selected for presentation.

Secondary school students in Mpungu, Namibia
Students at Himarwa Iithete Senior Secondary School, Mpungu, Namibia

Photo credit: Alex Pompe

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