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Cambodia FarmEd has seen some fantastic progress in the last 6 days on project, focusing specifically on the development of the visual aspects of MVP FarmEd app prototype while the Fiji team focus on coding aspects. Bearing in mind it is low-medium fidelity prototype, it may be seen in its preliminary stages on: login: password: FarmEd  The trekkers have worked on expanding almost all the screens that may be accessed...

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Week 1 has seen some enormous progress with the Cambodia FarmEd team. Initially starting slow and shooting very high, a barrier that couldn't be knocked down one way brought trekkers back down to earth to add perspective to the stage where the project is at. Trekkers have navigated a previously untouched barrier of higher income farmers by sourcing local farmers markets where they may be able to interact with farmers, vendors and to build an understanding of the market they’re in as an...

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The FarmEd project in Cambodia has seen some considerable empathy and prototyping for the application since its commencement in December. In particular, data collection on soil with intentions to expand other points of data collection such as integrated pest management, real time weather advice amongst a suite of others are of interest. All this data will be entered in IBM Watson for the cognitive consultancy service.  Target Market : Currently, the primary target market for FarmEd is...

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Based on feedback and experiences with trekkers, Week 1 is often a go to point to sieve through the communications drive or contact log with previous teams and organise a meet up with stakeholders to touch base. Often we may find solace in organising these meetings to assist in the direction of a project or even to reassure us of the direction. This is important to maintain the contact.

 However, when organising a meeting it should be carefully planned out as to the purpose and aim of the meet up after understanding all information that has previously been obtained. Often meetings may be time and resource consuming for both parties, therefore documentation of every encounter including positive impact, negative impact and mitigations ensures that with every meet up there is new information obtained that will enable further progression through the design thinking process. Repetition of questions and meetings with a stakeholder or village may convey inconsistencies with the handing over of work between teams and indicates an inefficient use of time and resources on project that detracts from allocating those resources and time working with the community and individuals.


Setting up for success:

 With new teams of trekkers continually picking up the work of previous teams, detailed handover of the work and organisation for the next team is essential.

Organisation of the Drive is important for providing all supporting documents to the handover document and handover video; this means setting future projects up for success. By establishing a folder of important documents, this saves time for the next group searching for information that provide a much more comprehensive understanding of a specific aspect of the project that may not have been incorporated in the handover.

For future TL’s, this resource should be made available ASAP and passed on to trekkers. It should also be ensured that everyone is reading and understanding project specific Base Camp posts, as this provides an updated account of some of the barriers, ideas and summaries of the project so far. 


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Sydney, Australia

Joined this community on Jan 2, 2017

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