Ending Poverty With Software: Using Globally Distributed Teams to Tackle Difficult Problems

Adam Feuer (Grameen Foundation), Adam Monsen (Grameen Foundation USA), Van Mittal-Henkle (Grameen Foundation)
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Open source software is a key ingredient in solving some of the worlds’ most difficult problems. This is particularly true with the problem of poverty. Join us to dive into the problem of poverty, find out why it demands both open source software and Agile methods, and explore lessons learned from an existing project in this area, the Grameen Foundation’s Mifos Initiative.

Some of the topics we’ll cover in this talk are:

  • How and why software is key to ending poverty
  • Open Source banking software for microlending and microfinance
  • Do Agile, Open Source, and globally distributed teams mix well together?
  • Where innovation is needed
  • Challenges in building socially responsible software
  • What does Open Source Java banking software look like?

Adam Feuer

Grameen Foundation

Adam Feuer leads the software development team at Grameen Foundation’s Mifos Initiative. He founded the network scalability solution provider F5 Networks, the internet service provider IXA (now part of Savvis Networks), and helped launch Amazon’s grocery delivery business Amazon Fresh. He specializes in mission-critical business applications built using open source software and Agile methodologies.

His passion is creating great teams to solve difficult problems.

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Adam Monsen

Grameen Foundation USA

Adam has an intense desire to help lift people out of poverty by engineering robust and efficient Free and Open Source Software. He is a GNU/Linux enthusiast, a horrible poker player, and enjoys cheesy classic Sci-Fi movies.

Van Mittal-Henkle

Grameen Foundation

Van works on moving forward the architecture and design of the Grameen Foundations Mifos initiative. He has worked at Amazon.com and a number of start-ups. He enjoys helping micro-entrepreneurs around the world get funding for their own start-ups through micro-finance powered by Mifos.

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