iSTEP Tanzania

A different sort of storm.

Posted on: June 26, 2009

First of all, congratulations to Hasheem Thabeet who last night became the first Tanzanian player to be drafted into the NBA. After being born and raised in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the same city that our team is currently stationed, Thabeet attended the University of Connecticut before being selected with the second pick of the 2009 NBA Draft. Good luck in Memphis, Thabeet!

While last week we battled the storm to get back into the office, this week we encountered a different sort of storm. Looking back to Timi’s post last week you can see that the ground team has been meeting with a lot of the people who will eventually be using whatever we manage to develop. Through interviews with various parties involved we’re finally beginning to collect a comprehensive set of needs that we can try to address. What this means is that on Wednesday we examined these and put together an intense brainstorm session where we talked and threw around ideas about what and how we can try to solve. It was an invigorating session and when so much of our conversation has been over e-mail, to have everybody from our advisers in TechBridgeWorld to the members on the ground in one conversation produced a lot of interesting dialog that still continues to permeate e-mails days later. Every day since Wednesday I’ve been returning to my notes from the meeting and feeling a bit overwhelmed at how much came out of the meeting and trying to decide how much of it can actually be accomplished. Regardless, next week I believe we’ll be having another meeting and I hope it’ll be as fruitful as this one. If anything was clear from this week it’s that we’ve got a team with a lot of creative ideas, the next 4 weeks will show whether we can actually do something with them.

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