An Introduction to the InSTEDD iLab Southeast Asia

What is the InSTEDD iLab Southeast Asia? Find out more about how InSTEDD is thinking globally and acting locally.

From Paper to Mobile, Health Innovation at the District Level in Cambodia [iLab Testimonial]

In this video, we talk to Yi Sophonrith who is the Director of the Kien Svay Operational District. He talks about his responsibilities and mission which are to oversee one hospital and ten health centers and ensure wellbeing of people in his district respectively. The video discusses observed benefits of moving from paper based tools to mobile tools in Kien Svay Operational District. Yi Sophonrith talks about using Reporting wheel ( and GeoChat which is a tool developed by InSTEDD to collect health data and communicate with health centers (../technologies/geochat/). GeoChat is used by the district to report communicable diseases to ministry of health in a timely manner. Furthermore, he also talks about other previous challenges that have been solved with the use of this tool.

Impact investing and Social Innovation Lab Approach [iLab Testimonial]

In this video, we chat with Amira Bliss (@amizzle) who is a Senior Program Associate at The Rockefeller Foundation ( The Rockefeller foundation believes in looking at the future and the capacities people will need to address future problems ( There are new ways of working and new people to engage including the poor and vulnerable people facing the problems. The discussion in the video focuses on looking at ways to build innovation capacity in the social sector. She talks about social innovation labs ( being a powerful tool for engagement and solving complex social problems in new ways. The Rockefeller Foundation has worked with InSTEDD to understand power of its iLab approach (../ilabs/) and has supported InSTEDD iLAB Southeast Asia to develop prototyping initiative to improve health of informal workers.

Using Mobile and the Human Voice for Improved Maternal Health [iLab Testimonial]

In this video, we talk with Chris Smith (@DrCGJS) who is a Research Fellow at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine ( Chris Worked with Marie Stopes International in Cambodia on project which focused on delivering life saving maternal and family planning information to hard to reach women in Cambodia using mobile technology ( They used mobile phones and Verboice, an InSTEDD iLab technology which allows anyone to create their own interactive voice hotline (../technologies/verboice/). Marie Stopes in Cambodia has used Verboice to send thousands of health related voice messages to women in some of the hardest to reach areas of Cambodia (../blog/marie-stopes-verboice-will-mobile-phones-improve-contraceptive-use-in-cambodia/).

Nurturing the Cambodian Tech4Good Community [iLab Testimonial]

In this video, we talk with Be Chantra (@chantra) who is a BarCamp Phnom Penh Lead Organizer ( He organizes BarCamp events gathering technologists and entrepreneurs to share knowledge with the youth of Cambodia. InSTEDD iLab works in the technology field provided financial and human resources support, they particularly sent software developers to give presentations on technology topics and assist in funding and organization of the event. According to Be Chantra, the iLab has resourceful team developing technical tools for improved health system in Cambodia. The InSTEDD iLab Southeast Asia supports BarCamps and other tech4good events in the region to help grow a new generation of skilled young professionals passionate about making social impact for their communities and country (

Verboice Helps Marie Stopes Improve Family Planning Services in Cambodia

Marie Stopes International uses Verboice to improve women’s reproductive health in Cambodia. Learn more about this project here: ../blog/marie-stopes-verboice-will-mobile-phones-improve-contraceptive-use-in-cambodia/

MOTIF, which stands for Mobile Technology for Improved Family Planning Services, is a pilot project focused on developing, testing and evaluating a mobile phone-based intervention to support the use of post-abortion contraception. The goal of the project is to answer the question: does a post-abortion family planning (PAFP) mobile phone-based intervention increase use of contraception in Cambodia?

Mapping Social Risks in Haiti in Partnership with UNICEF

In June 2012, 24 adolescents from two low income neighborhoods in Port-au-Prince –Village de Dieu and Citê Plus– participated in a training workshop given by members of UNICEF and InSTEDD’s iLab Latin America, in collaboration with the local NGOs GHESKIO (Groupe Haïtien d’Etude du Sarcome de Kaposi et des Infections Opportunistes) and ONAVC (Observatoire National de la Violence et de la Criminalité).

They were trained to conduct surveys in their communities for a project focused on digitally mapping risk factors related to HIV/AIDS, called “Map PaP”, which stands for “Mapping” and “Port- au-Prince”. The main goal of the project is to guarantee that Port-au-Prince adolescents have access to universal healthcare.

About InSTEDD iLabs

A short video explaining the strategy behind InSTEDD’s Innovation Labs (iLabs). Learn more about the iLabs at

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“Technology with a Purpose” – Eduardo Jezierski speaks at Ignite Health Foo 2012

InSTEDD’s Chief Technology Officer, Eduardo Jezierski, speaks at the 2012 Ignite Health Foo event. Ignite is a geek event in over 100 cities worldwide. At the events Ignite presenters share their personal and professional passions, using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds for a total of just five minutes.

The event was put on by O’Reilly Media, in order to help spread the knowledge of technology innovators around the world.

Learn more about Ignite events here:

InSTEDD Tools for Improved Health and Safety

InSTEDD has created an evolving platform of technology tools and services based on years of collaboration with our partners around the world. Our tools can be used independently or together as building blocks for larger solutions. Learn more at

This short video will give you an idea of how some of our tools work and how they can be used together to strengthen the capacity of frontline health workers.

These tools are completely free and open source, and available for anyone wanting to use them to improve the social impact and scale of their work. All our tools can be tailored to individual needs and integrated with other existing tools.

Watchfire – Red Cross Bay Area Emergency Response Team Assembly Tool

Watchfire is a simple and yet powerful system that initiates and tracks the process of building a volunteer response team with people who are geographically close to each other through phone calls and text message. This tool was developed by InSTEDD through a grant from Cisco in collaboration with the Bay Area Chapter of the Red Cross.

NYC Dept of Health ECHO Project

We worked with NYC DOHMH to build an application called ECHO : Electronic Communication for Health Operations. The ECHO project was focused on helping the NYC DOHMH improve the ability of their Community Outreach Teams (COT) to gather emergency preparedness and response-related data in the field.

NYC Health Department Uses GeoChat to Map Alcohol Ads

In the fall of 2010, NYC Health department and graduate-level students from Hunter College conducted a research on alcohol advertising visible at the street level in retail-dense blocks of NYC using GeoChat.

What is InSTEDD?

At InSTEDD, we envision a world where communities everywhere design and use technology to continuously improve their health, safety and development. This video takes you to our iLab (innovation lab) in Cambodia which helps us reach this vision.