Latest update: The SMS Quick Start Guide is now available!
This introductory guide was created by Changemakers and kiwanja.net. The making of the guide included having a guide-related discussion right here.
We would like to thank all of the group members here that participated in this process and who offered much appreciated feedback and insights! Your contributions allowed us to arrive at a better understanding of what would be helpful for our communities. As a result, Changemakers and kiwanja.net have realized the need for producing a series of SMS guides ranging from introductory to technical.
You can access the SMS Quick Start Guide under the resources section of this group - please feel free to share it widely. Also stay tuned for our upcoming 2010 SMS productions…
In 2009, Changemakers drew upon kiwanja.net’s expertise and FrontlineSMS - their free, open source text messaging application, to effectively use SMS for two mostly African-based competitions. Kiwanja.net has specialized in the application of mobile technology and providing a wide range of ICT-related services drawing on over 22 years experience of its founder, Ken Banks.
Since then, community members have asked about our experience, and we decided to share not only our own successes, but to include the expertise of others who have had results using SMS.
Over the next few weeks we will be discussing what works, implementation challenges and what type of information would be most helpful to others. If you’re involved with using SMS for social change, we invite you to get involved with the process and share your insights. Our collaboration will be invaluable to the entire Changemakers community.