M4H Program Enables Social Impact Through Connectivity

  • Emma Schwartz
  • March 24, 2014
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Interested in exploring innovative mobile technologies for addressing your social enterprise needs?

Using the Mobile for Humanity (M4H) program, enterprises can learn from experts on how to diagnose challenges and identify and implement effective mobile solutions.

The M4H program was developed and executed by Frugal Innovation Lab (FIL) and Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI) at Santa Clara University to design and implement mobile solutions with social enterprises to improve their operational efficiency and scale their impact.  Sponsored by Cisco, the program is composed of five distinct modules that help to pinpoint need areas in a social enterprise that could be addressed by the integration of mobile devices; identify the appropriate mobile technologies fit to alleviate the needs; and develop the chosen solution with a comprehensive adoption and evaluation plan.

M4H was piloted as an interactive course with mentors, SCU faculty, and staff administrators guiding each participating enterprise through each module and deliverable.  Shared in an open source format, the modules are packaged in such a way that allows for enterprises to move independently through the material on the M4H site.

How the Modules Work

Each of the five program modules are organized by an overview guide, webinar recording, presentation slides, deliverable template for enterprises’ own application and use, extra resources/readings and a discussion forum for related blog posts.

Module 1 – Empathize – provides participating enterprises with an introduction the FIL Mobile Taxonomy and teaches how to identify key human needs and problems in the enterprise that could be addressed and alleviated by mobile solutions.

Module 2 – Ideate – is focused on understanding available resources (learning about the ecosystem of mobile technologies, cloud computing, and application methodologies), and exploring possible mobile/cloud solutions.

Once on Module 3 – Prototype – participants choose from a range of potentially viable, applicable mobile/cloud solutions to meet their enterprise needs and then design the solution framework while procuring any missing elements.

In Module 4 – Business Development – the design mobile solution is integrated into enterprise operations. Value is defined and a general budget and strategy are created in the context of a relevant business model for solution development.

In Module 5 – Evaluation – enterprises develop a parameters document that outlines how to integrate, deploy, adopt and elicit feedback from employees, consumers and beneficiaries.

Learn more about the Frugal Innovation Lab >

Learn more about the Global Social Benefit Institute >

Still have questions? Contact Elizabeth Sweeny, FIL program manager.


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