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Kachokolo Community Day School - INTERNET Mhub - INTERNET Mua School for Deaf Children - INTERNET Wimbe Library & Primary School - OUTERNET Ram Tech Mthunthama - INTERNET Bishop Mackenzie International School - INTERNET Skyband Lilongwe - INTERNET Mass Media Centre Limited - INTERNET
Sinthana Community Learning Centre - INTERNET Bolera Palms School The Cricket Academy - INTERNET MRFU & CoM Sports Complex - INTERNET Oleens - INTERNET Guthrie Bible Taining Centre - INTERNET Pa Nthunzi - INTERNET Blantyre National Library Service - RACHEL & OUTERNET Green Malata Children's Village - INTERNET, RACHEL & OUTERNET Skyband Blantyre - INTERNET Partners In Health - Neno - INTERNET Mlambe Project & School Ulongwe - OUTERNET St Michaels Girls School Malindi - RACHEL & OUTERNET CISER Maldeco Mangochi - INTERNET Computech Hands Makawa Mangochi - INTERNET Africa Wild Truck, Mulanje - INTERNET
Carl   Meyer   is   team   leader   and   co-founder of Shift IT.
Carl Meyer
Keshia   is   a   Head   of   Programs   at   Capital   FM Malawi      and      has      had      over      5      years experience   in   the   Media   industry.   She   is passionate   about   radio   and   believes   that technology is key in developing nations.   She   co-founded   Shift   IT   with   the   vision   that through   technology   and   access   to   it,   youth in   disadvantaged   communities   will   have   a chance       to       educate       and       empower themselves and help develop their nation.   Working   in   a   high   pressure   and   demanding environment      means      she      is      able      to coordinate,     train,     mentor     and     manage individuals.
Kayekha      Banda      worked      for      Skyband Malawi   as   a   technician   for   many   years   and worked in Carl's team there. In   2015   he   started   Shift   IT   with   Carl.   He   is   a Gold     Certified     Outernet     installer     and trainer    and    has    single    handedly    set    up successful Keepod Points across Malawi
Keshia-Zara Osman  
Kayekha Banda
Meet The Team With The Vision
Anthony Behan
Anthony   Behan   has   been   in   Malawi   for   26   years. He   is   the   Managing   Director   and   Shareholder   of Healix     Medical     ltd     and     has     over     15     years’ experience in this field. 
Donna Mataya
Advisor
Donna    Mataya    is    currently    pursuing    a Masters   of   Business   Administration   at   the University   of   Cape   Town’s   Graduate   School of    Business.    Additionally,    Donna    has    a B.B.A.       in       Process       Management       & Consulting      with      a      concentration      in Marketing   from   The   College   of   William   & Mary,   USA.   She   also   possesses   a   certificate in   Project   Management   from   the   University of   Cape   Town.   Currently   Donna   works   as   a Business   Consultant   and   a   Monitoring   and Evaluation         Specialist         with         Imani Development    in    Malawi,    where    she    has been   working   for   the   last   3   years.   Primarily her   work   revolves   around   projects   which work   with   the   private   sector   to   achieve   pro poor outcomes.
C arolyn   has   been   an   educator   in   Malawi   for almost   10   years.   She   studies   education   at the    University    of    South    Africa    and    has    a Bachelor   of   Arts   degree   in   political   science. She   has   taught   a   wide   variety   of   subjects including    PE,    language    studies,    outdoor education        and        engineering.        Before becoming   a   teacher,   Carolyn   worked   as   a full    time    journalist    in    Canada    for    6    years and   has   freelanced   since.      She   moved   into the     construction     industry     and     worked throughout   Canada   and   Malawi.   Carolyn   is swim     coach     for     a     large     swim     club     in Blantyre   and   an   active   volunteer   with   the Malawi    Aquatic    Union.    She    has    recently accepted   a   position   with   the   Wildlife   and Environmental   Society   of   Malawi   as   a   grant officer.      In   her   spare   time,   Carolyn   actively studies    IT    focused    on    web    development and    web    based    journalism.        She    enjoys traveling   with   her   husband   and   3   children and working in her garden.
Carolyn Behan
Everlasting Life Orphan Care Centre - Zomba - INTERNET
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JP2LITI Beehive Chilimoni - OUTERNET & INTERNET
The   Challenge   (in   Africa):   Malawi   is   among   the   world's   least   developed   countries,   ranked   173   out   of   188   on   the   2015   Human   Development   Index.   About   74 percent   of   the   population   still   lives   below   the   income   poverty   line   of   US$1.25   a   day   and   90   percent   below   the   US$2   a   day   threshold.   The   Government   depends heavily on foreign aid to meet development needs, which hinders Malawi’s ability to become financially independent.   The   Government   also   struggles   to   build   and   expand   the   economy,   to   improve   education,   health   care   and   Information   Communication   Technology   (ICT)   services. Empirical   evidence   has   shown   that   access   to   ICT   cannot   only   be   determined   by   simple   contact   with   a   computer   or   technology   service;   there   are   several   other determinants. In Malawi for example, the following play a significant role in hampering ICT access: • Lack of ICT knowledge • High costs of IT equipment • Insufficient distribution of ICT services and IT infrastructure • Poor, under-developed, unsupported existing IT infrastructure • Inadequately trained IT personnel Access   to   goods,   services   and   economic   opportunities   is   profoundly   unequal   across   the   population.   Lack   of   access   to   essential   foundations,   such   as   education, to   uplift   households   out   of   poverty   is   also   inequitable.   That   being   said,   access   to   technology   for   rural   or   low-income   communities   is   expectedly   almost   non- existent.   Consequently,   the   discussions   and   interventions   on   the   digital   divide   regarding   local   ICT   development   have   resulted   in   high   level   top-down   discussions and   strategies   by   the   ‘elite’,   failing   to   accommodate   the   critical   contribution   of   the   less   privileged   beneficiaries,   inadvertently   pushing   the   divide   between   the   elite and   the   rural   masses   further.   If   the   introduction   and   inclusion   of   rural   or   low   income   communities   into   the   ICT   sector   continues   not   to   be   seen   as   a   priority,   we will   not   only   realise   an   even   greater   digital   divide   but   the   potential   for   economic   growth   and   the   potential   impact   and   benefits   that   ICT   can   have   on   peoples   lives will go unrealised.   How   We   Meet   the   Challenge:   Shift   IT’s   Keepod/Outernet/Project   Empathy   initiatives   were   founded   with   the   vision   of   a   Malawi   where   girls,   boys   and   communities have   equal   access   to   education   and   are   connected   to   quality   learning   resources   through   low   cost,   high   quality   ICT   solutions.   At   our   pilot   locations   in   the   most remote   and   resource-constrained   parts   of   Malawi,   we   witnessed   an   improvement   in   education   when   bolstered   by   the   use   of   ICT   (Keepod   and   Outernet   devices) for    teaching.    These    results    drove    a    broader    plan    that    included    local    small    businesses,    schools    and    vocational    centres    becoming    Keepod    Points    and Keepod/Outernet/Project Empathy device packs being donated or sponsored in communities around Malawi.   Our   ICT   solution   provides   a   USB   Android   OS   (a   Keepod)   to   offer   students   private   computing   environments   at   a   Keepod   Point.   For   connectivity,   a   free,   satellite- based   distribution   system   called   Outernet   delivers   digital   content,   working   independently   of   Internet   infrastructure.   When   a   community   requests   topics   via Twitter,   our   solution   captures   them   in   Salesforce   where   they   are   triaged   and   assigned   to   a   Case.   Content   providers   fulfil   the   requests   and   content   is   streamed   to the Outernet locations.  Based on this proven solution, we are now preparing a broader rollout focused on: •   Identification:   Identify   individuals   with   a   need   for   ICT   services   in   their   schools   or   communities   through   discussion   with   community   leaders,   teachers,   students and the community •   Engagement:   Encourage   local   big   business   to   ‘adopt’   a   school   or   community   through   their   CSR   initiatives   either   for   the   initial   rollout   or   a   3-6-month   adoption period • Physical infrastructure: Help schools and community centres devise plans for access to Keepod compatible unused, new or refurbished computers •   ICT   infrastructure:   Provide   computers   in   phases,   provide   Outernet   networks   such   that   every   classroom   is   connected   or   everyone   using   a   community   centre   is connected •   Teacher   and   centre   operator   skills:   Engage   teachers/centre   operators   in   training   on   Outernet   and   Keepod   use   to   be   able   to   observe   classrooms/workspaces and encourage integration of ICT in the teaching and work space • Open source learning resources: Guide teachers and communities in locating relevant online content using the Outernet and Keepod • Public-private partnerships: Appoint local facilitators at each site, create partnerships with big business, NGO’s, Government etc Our   Solution:      Each   deployment   of   a   Keepod   Point   in   a   Malawi   community   consists   of   a   minimum   of   two   Keepod-ready   computers,   Keepod   USB   devices   and Outernet   receivers   that   allow   students   to   gain   access   to   either   the   Outernet   or   Internet   and   begin   their   vocational/educational   training.   Deploying   these   Points across   Malawi   requires   a   management   system   accommodating   of   a   distributed   user/location   model   and   low-bandwidth   friendly.   Even   more   importantly, gathering   data   points   that   allow   us   to   measure   the   success   (or   failure)   of   each   Point   and   the   impact   on   local   community   growth   is   paramount.   After   learning more   about   Heroku   and   the   Salesforce   App   Cloud,   we   created   a   solution   that   allows   us   to   effectively   manage   our   locations   and   users,   Twitter-based   course requests, Keepod and Outernet devices and Content Request Cases. Shift IT Mobile Keppod Point Manager App - Coming Soon!
Tombo Banda
Tombo    completed    an    MEng    Mechanical Engineering   at   Imperial   College   London   in 2008.    Thereafter    she    worked    with    Prime Engineering   for   seven   years,   working   in   the building    services,    renewable    energy    and agro-processing    sectors.    She    completed an    MPhil    in    Engineering    for    Sustainable Development    from    Cambridge    University in 2016.

 2016 ICT Association of Malawi - ICTAM Innovation Awards

We are honored to have been presented the Award in Education & Training by the panel of judges and among such fierce competition at the 2016 ICT Association of Malawi - ICTAM Innovation Awards. We look forward to leading the Tech Education drive in #Malawi next year with Keepod.
David Baliles 
David   is   a   Malawi-born   Technology   Advisor to   Shift   IT,   having   worked   in   Fortune   500   to Non-Profit        organizations        alike.        His experience   in   the   technologies   behind   the likes   of   Salesforce,   Microsoft,   Centers   for Disease   Control   and   Internet   providers   is   a welcome    addition    to    Shift    IT’s    projects. David    has    recently    led    the    development efforts   behind   our   Salesforce   and   Heroku- based    software    applications    &    services that    will    help    expand    our    influence    and footprint     in     Malawi     and     other     African countries.
JONATHAN CAMEROON
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Carl Meyer
Keshia   is   a   Head   of   Programs   at   Capital   FM   Malawi   and   has   had   over 5   years   experience   in   the   Media   industry.   She   is   passionate   about radio and believes that technology is key in developing nations.   She   co-founded   Shift   IT   with   the   vision   that   through   technology   and access   to   it,   youth   in   disadvantaged   communities   will   have   a   chance to educate and empower themselves and help develop their nation.   Working   in   a   high   pressure   and   demanding   environment   means   she is able to coordinate, train, mentor and manage individuals.
Kayekha   Banda   worked   for   Skyband   Malawi   as   a   technician   for   many   years   and worked in Carl's team there. In   2015   he   started   Shift   IT   with   Carl.   He   is   a   Gold   Certified   Outernet   installer   and trainer and has single handedly set up successful Keepod Points across Malawi
Keshia-Zara Osman  
Kayekha Banda
Meet The Team With The Vision
Carl Meyer is team leader and co-founder of Shift IT.
Anthony   Behan   has   been   in   Malawi   for   26   years.   He   is   the   Managing   Director and   Shareholder   of   Healix   Medical   ltd   and   has   over   15   years’   experience   in   this field. 
Donna   Mataya   is   currently   pursuing   a   Masters   of   Business   Administration   at   the University   of   Cape   Town’s   Graduate   School   of   Business.   Additionally,   Donna   has a   B.B.A.   in   Process   Management   &   Consulting   with   a   concentration   in   Marketing from   The   College   of   William   &   Mary,   USA.   She   also   possesses   a   certificate   in Project Management from the University of Cape Town. Currently    Donna    works    as    a    Business    Consultant    and    a    Monitoring    and Evaluation   Specialist   with   Imani   Development   in   Malawi,   where   she   has   been working   for   the   last   3   years.   Primarily   her   work   revolves   around   projects   which work with the private sector to achieve pro poor outcomes.
Donna Mataya
Advisor
Anthony Behan
C arolyn    has    been    an    educator    in    Malawi    for    almost    10    years.    She    studies education   at   the   University   of   South   Africa   and   has   a   Bachelor   of   Arts   degree   in political    science.    She    has    taught    a    wide    variety    of    subjects    including    PE, language    studies,    outdoor    education    and    engineering.    Before    becoming    a teacher,   Carolyn   worked   as   a   full   time   journalist   in   Canada   for   6   years   and   has freelanced    since.        She    moved    into    the    construction    industry    and    worked throughout   Canada   and   Malawi.   Carolyn   is   swim   coach   for   a   large   swim   club   in Blantyre    and    an    active    volunteer    with    the    Malawi    Aquatic    Union.    She    has recently   accepted   a   position   with   the   Wildlife   and   Environmental   Society   of Malawi   as   a   grant   officer.      In   her   spare   time,   Carolyn   actively   studies   IT   focused on   web   development   and   web   based   journalism.      She   enjoys   traveling   with   her husband and 3 children and working in her garden.
Carolyn Behan Advisor
The best way to predict the Future is to invent it
NAVIGATION
SOCIAL MEDIA
ADDRESS
CONTACT Mail: hello@shiftit.co.za
© 2016 Shiftit. All Rights Reserved
2nd floor, Umoyo House, Victoria ave, Blantyre, Malawi
JOIN THE KEEPOD POINTS / SLACK TEAM
click here to join
KEEPOD POINTS Keepod Points are places where you can gain access to Keepod devices and use your Keepod on a content connection
NORTH
Skyband Mzuzu - INTERNET Mzuzu University - OUTERNET & INTERNET
CENTRAL 
SOUTH
Sinthana Community Learning Centre - INTERNET Bolera Palms School The Cricket Academy - INTERNET MRFU & CoM Sports Complex - INTERNET Oleens - INTERNET Guthrie Bible Taining Centre - INTERNET Pa Nthunzi - INTERNET Blantyre National Library Service - RACHEL & OUTERNET Green Malata Children's Village - INTERNET, RACHEL & OUTERNET Skyband Blantyre - INTERNET Partners In Health - Neno - INTERNET Mlambe Project & School Ulongwe - OUTERNET St Michaels Girls School Malindi - RACHEL & OUTERNET CISER Maldeco Mangochi - INTERNET Computech Hands Makawa Mangochi - INTERNET
Kachokolo Community Day School - INTERNET Mhub - INTERNET Mua School for Deaf Children - INTERNET Wimbe Library & Primary School - OUTERNET Ram Tech Mthunthama - INTERNET Bishop Mackenzie International School - INTERNET Skyband Lilongwe - INTERNET Mass Media Centre Limited - INTERNET
Africa Wild Truck, Mulanje - INTERNET
SUCCESS STORY
Everlasting Life Orphan Care Centre - Zomba - INTERNET
JP2LITI Beehive Chilimoni - OUTERNET & INTERNET
The    Challenge    (in    Africa):    Malawi    is    among    the    world's least   developed   countries,   ranked   173   out   of   188   on   the 2015   Human   Development   Index.   About   74   percent   of   the population    still    lives    below    the    income    poverty    line    of US$1.25    a    day    and    90    percent    below    the    US$2    a    day threshold.   The   Government   depends   heavily   on   foreign aid   to   meet   development   needs,   which   hinders   Malawi’s ability to become financially independent.   The   Government   also   struggles   to   build   and   expand   the economy,     to     improve     education,     health     care     and Information    Communication    Technology    (ICT)    services. Empirical   evidence   has   shown   that   access   to   ICT   cannot only   be   determined   by   simple   contact   with   a   computer   or technology   service;   there   are   several   other   determinants. In   Malawi   for   example,   the   following   play   a   significant   role in hampering ICT access: • Lack of ICT knowledge • High costs of IT equipment •      Insufficient      distribution      of      ICT      services      and      IT infrastructure •      Poor,      under-developed,      unsupported      existing      IT infrastructure • Inadequately trained IT personnel Access   to   goods,   services   and   economic   opportunities   is profoundly   unequal   across   the   population.   Lack   of   access to    essential    foundations,    such    as    education,    to    uplift households   out   of   poverty   is   also   inequitable.   That   being said,     access     to     technology     for     rural     or     low-income communities       is       expectedly       almost       non-existent. Consequently,   the   discussions   and   interventions   on   the digital     divide     regarding     local     ICT     development     have resulted   in   high   level   top-down   discussions   and   strategies by     the     ‘elite’,     failing     to     accommodate     the     critical contribution      of      the      less      privileged      beneficiaries, inadvertently   pushing   the   divide   between   the   elite   and   the rural   masses   further.   If   the   introduction   and   inclusion   of rural    or    low    income    communities    into    the    ICT    sector continues   not   to   be   seen   as   a   priority,   we   will   not   only realise   an   even   greater   digital   divide   but   the   potential   for economic   growth   and   the   potential   impact   and   benefits that ICT can have on peoples lives will go unrealised.   How         We         Meet         the         Challenge:         Shift         IT’s Keepod/Outernet/Project       Empathy       initiatives       were founded   with   the   vision   of   a   Malawi   where   girls,   boys   and communities    have    equal    access    to    education    and    are connected   to   quality   learning   resources   through   low   cost, high    quality    ICT    solutions.    At    our    pilot    locations    in    the most   remote   and   resource-constrained   parts   of   Malawi, we     witnessed     an     improvement     in     education     when bolstered   by   the   use   of   ICT   (Keepod   and   Outernet   devices) for    teaching.    These    results    drove    a    broader    plan    that included   local   small   businesses,   schools   and   vocational centres            becoming            Keepod            Points            and Keepod/Outernet/Project    Empathy    device    packs    being donated or sponsored in communities around Malawi.   Our   ICT   solution   provides   a   USB   Android   OS   (a   Keepod)   to offer    students    private    computing    environments    at    a Keepod    Point.    For    connectivity,    a    free,    satellite-based distribution     system     called     Outernet     delivers     digital content,   working   independently   of   Internet   infrastructure. When    a    community    requests    topics    via    Twitter,    our solution    captures    them    in    Salesforce    where    they    are triaged   and   assigned   to   a   Case.   Content   providers   fulfil the   requests   and   content   is   streamed   to   the   Outernet locations.        Based    on    this    proven    solution,    we    are    now preparing a broader rollout focused on: •    Identification:    Identify    individuals    with    a    need    for    ICT services     in     their     schools     or     communities     through discussion    with    community    leaders,    teachers,    students and the community •   Engagement:   Encourage   local   big   business   to   ‘adopt’   a school   or   community   through   their   CSR   initiatives   either for the initial rollout or a 3-6-month adoption period •    Physical    infrastructure:    Help    schools    and    community centres    devise    plans    for    access    to    Keepod    compatible unused, new or refurbished computers •   ICT   infrastructure:   Provide   computers   in   phases,   provide Outernet      networks      such      that      every      classroom      is connected    or    everyone    using    a    community    centre    is connected •       Teacher       and       centre       operator       skills:       Engage teachers/centre    operators    in    training    on    Outernet    and Keepod   use   to   be   able   to   observe   classrooms/workspaces and   encourage   integration   of   ICT   in   the   teaching   and   work space •    Open    source    learning    resources:    Guide    teachers    and communities   in   locating   relevant   online   content   using   the Outernet and Keepod •   Public-private   partnerships:   Appoint   local   facilitators   at each   site,   create   partnerships   with   big   business,   NGO’s, Government etc Our   Solution:      Each   deployment   of   a   Keepod   Point   in   a Malawi   community   consists   of   a   minimum   of   two   Keepod- ready    computers,    Keepod    USB    devices    and    Outernet receivers   that   allow   students   to   gain   access   to   either   the Outernet          or          Internet          and          begin          their vocational/educational    training.    Deploying    these    Points across       Malawi       requires       a       management       system accommodating   of   a   distributed   user/location   model   and low-bandwidth   friendly.   Even   more   importantly,   gathering data    points    that    allow    us    to    measure    the    success    (or failure)   of   each   Point   and   the   impact   on   local   community growth   is   paramount.   After   learning   more   about   Heroku and   the   Salesforce   App   Cloud,   we   created   a   solution   that allows   us   to   effectively   manage   our   locations   and   users, Twitter-based    course    requests,    Keepod    and    Outernet devices and Content Request Cases. Shift IT Mobile Keppod Point Manager App - Coming Soon!
Tombo Banda
Tombo   completed   an   MEng   Mechanical   Engineering   at   Imperial   College   London in   2008.   Thereafter   she   worked   with   Prime   Engineering   for   seven   years,   working in   the   building   services,   renewable   energy   and   agro-processing   sectors.   She completed     an     MPhil     in     Engineering     for     Sustainable     Development     from Cambridge University in 2016.

 2016 ICT Association of Malawi - ICTAM Innovation Awards

We are honored to have been presented the Award in Education & Training by the panel of judges and among such fierce competition at the 2016 ICT Association of Malawi - ICTAM Innovation Awards. We look forward to leading the Tech Education drive in #Malawi next year with Keepod.
David Baliles  
David   is   a   Malawi-born   Technology   Advisor   to   Shift   IT,   having   worked   in   Fortune 500   to   Non-Profit   organizations   alike.   His   experience   in   the   technologies   behind the    likes    of    Salesforce,    Microsoft,    Centers    for    Disease    Control    and    Internet providers   is   a   welcome   addition   to   Shift   IT’s   projects.   David   has   recently   led   the development     efforts     behind     our     Salesforce     and     Heroku-based     software applications   &   services   that   will   help   expand   our   influence   and   footprint   in Malawi and other African countries.
JONATHAN CAMEROON
Read Jonathan’s story here
BECOME A CERTIFIED KEEPOD POINT or BECOME A CERTIFIED KEEPOD POINT DEPLOYER PROFICIENT IN ALL THE TECHNOLOGIES USED & RECEIVE TRAINING VIA OUR GOOGLE CLASSROOM BY REGISTERING YOUR INTEREST BELOW
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