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Dale Zak
Works at OneStory
Attended Glentworth Central School
Lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
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"The quest to identify opportunities for innovation starts with pinpointing problems customers can’t adequately solve today."
The insight that sparks innovation appears to occur randomly. After all, the iconic shorthand for innovation is a light bulb, implying that ideas come from sudden flashes of inspiration. While such f...
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At Davos, Debating Capitalism’s Future

"Both the United States and Britain suffered because their economies were overly reliant on the financial sector’s artificial profits; living standards for the many worsened while the economic rewards skewed to the top 1 percent; a capitalist model encouraged short-term decision-making oriented toward quarterly profits rather than long-term health; and vested interests — from giant banks to media moguls —were deemed too big to fail or too powerful to challenge."
Some still believe that all governments can do is get out of the way. Others know there is a real role for governments in setting the right rules for future success.
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"Understand the problem before tackling the technology, put the user first, build tools and not solutions, learn from your failures, don't reinvent the wheel, use appropriate technologies." - Ken Banks

http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2012/jan/04/technology-make-difference-2012
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Actually you can build tools - just don't CALL them tools.
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Small Businesses Making a Big Social Impact

"A new ethos is emerging to take the tenets of corporate social responsibility to the so-called little guy, as an increasing number of small businesses integrate a mission of social impact into their profit motive.

...Despite widespread economic woes, investing in impact-driven companies appears to be sexy, meaningful and highly profitable....

...Increased opportunity and scope bring new challenges particular to these impact-driven firms. There are, however, small businesses trailblazing the way: showing how to make an impact and a profit, grow and evolve while staying true to their core missions."

Exciting times ahead!
As the roiling global economy forces belts to tighten across every sector, there’s a public desire for a different way of doing business. The Occupy Wall Street protests from Oakland to New York under...
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‎$45 of every $100 spent at a locally-owned business stays in local economy. Only $14 of that same $100 spent at chain store stays. Support your local economy! Spread the word! http://www.livingeconomies.org/sites/default/files/file/midcoaststudy.pdf
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Great article by Krishna Bharat, the Google News Founder on the future of news industry.

“The news business has gone from monopoly to attention deficit,” Bharat said. As a result, media companies must become change machines. To get there, they must hire “restless agents of change” and assemble them in teams made up of journalists, technology and design professionals who are part of the same conversation, every day.
Standing for journalism, strengthening democracy | Journalism training, media news & how to's
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Today's Profile: +Dale Zak

Ok, since we are talking about superheroes, we should spend some time chatting about Dale. This guy is going to save the world, one app at a time (and potentially one beerstorm at a time...his word, not mine). Every time I talk to this guy, I feel like doing air kicks (maybe because of the beer) but mostly because he inspires others to contribute to their world through technology, service and just general do-gooderness.

Here's an air kick for Dale. Add him to your circles, follow him on twitter. You'll feel like doing air kicks: https://twitter.com/#!/dalezak
Sign up for Twitter to follow Dale Zak (@dalezak). Mobile software developer passionate about #m4d #ict4d #nptech #mhealth #crisismapping #opensource #gov20
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"Africa 1.0 was the mobile-phone boom, and version 2.0 was about new apps developed in response to local needs. Tech in Africa 3.0 should be about those who are successful in transforming the chatter into real opportunities" - Ory Okolloh
Africa's technology community will thrive only by facing up to the continent's fundamental problems.
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Rethinking 'Climbing The Ladder'

"We know that decades of runaway capitalism with ever more desperate attempts to improve the bottom line and lobby for more deregulation have failed.

A transition from climbing the ladder of unfulfilling societal expectations and consumerism to blazing a trail with a life guided by a holistic focus on well-being, community and sustainability."
Now that the ladder of success has been reduced to splinters, the question remains: what does "success" mean in the 21st century and how do we achieve it?
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Canada’s Harper Government Guts Environment, Science and Monitoring Programs

"Canada’s Stephen Harper government is spending more than 60 billion dollars on new military jets and warships while slashing more than 200 million dollars in funding for research and monitoring of the environment."
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Over the last 2 weeks Dale Zak (http://www.dalezak.ca/), a mobile application developer who +Lukonga Lindunda met in Nairobi at the iHub, volunteered his time to teach Mobile Application Development for Android in Lusaka at BongoHive, our local Technology and Innovation hub.

Below is a showcase presentation that highlights the experience that Dale and the students had. Today, we watched the workshop participants demo their apps and say farewell to Dale for an awesome seminar.
Mobile Application Development at the BongoHive in Lusaka, Zambia on December 5 to 17, 2011
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Work
Occupation
Mobile Software Developer
Employment
  • OneStory
    Co-founder, 2012 - present
  • Whitespace Initiatives
    Co-founder, 2011 - 2014
  • Repurposed Labs
    Organizer, 2011 - 2014
  • Apps4Good
    Co-founder, 2013 - 2014
  • Ushahidi
    Mobile Developer, 2009 - 2013
  • GVFI.org
    Mobile Developer, 2010 - 2012
  • FrontlineSMS:Medic
    Mobile Developer, 2010 - 2010
  • FrontlineSMS
    Software Developer, 2010 - 2010
  • Mindsea
    Mobile Developer, 2010 - 2010
  • Extraordinaries
    Mobile Developer, 2009 - 2010
  • Metaworks
    Mobile Developer, 2009 - 2009
  • VendAsta
    Mobile Developer, 2008 - 2008
  • Pitney Bowes
    ASP.NET Developer, 2007 - 2008
  • Dexterra
    ASP.NET & Javascript Developer, 2007 - 2007
  • Point2 Technologies
    Programmer / Analyst, 2003 - 2006
Places
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Currently
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Previously
Nairobi, Kenya - Fir Mountain, Saskatchewan - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - London, England - Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Tagline
Be the change you wish to see in the world - Gandhi
Introduction

Dale Zak is a mobile software developer passionate about using technology for social change.

After graduating from the University of Saskatchewan and spending a number of years developing applications for large corporate clients such as Caterpillar Inc, Ritchie Bros and Pitney Bowes, Dale has now shifted his focus to helping open source initiatives, exploring ways technology can help empower disadvantaged groups and spark civic engagement.

Over the past five years, Dale has contributed to Ushahidi's crowdsourced crisis mapping system developing the Ushahidi iOS app to collect reports on the mobile device. He has also worked with UNOCHA to develop mobile apps for humanitarian workers including creating Humanitarian Kiosk to share humanitarian information and prototyping HID to allow humanitarian workers to checkin to a disaster.

Dale has coordinated several social good initiatives including organizing Mobile Tech 4 Social Change conference in Halifax, formed Apps4Good.ca to bring together software developers to build iPhone apps for charity and deployed IVoteBecause.ca map to spark a pro-democracy movement why voting is important in Canada. He recently co-founded Whitespace.io, nonprofit organization helping empower disadvantaged groups by deploying existing solutions, building innovative tools and organizing community orientated events.

His recent endeavour is OneStory.com, a storytelling platform that empowers organizations and causes to crowdsource video interviews.

Bragging rights
Survived the Everest Marathon
Education
  • Glentworth Central School
  • University of Saskatchewan
    Computer Science, 1998 - 2003
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