W+K is re-branding and relaunching the online presence for FrontlineSMS - see the current, non-W+K site here :) FrontlineSMS is a free mobile messaging communications platform built and run by Ken Banks and used by NGO's worldwide to better lives. Apparently even the UN has taken an interest in the software because (a) it's free and (b) it allows for rapid prototype/testing. Here's an excerpt from Ken's blog:
"There's a tendency to think that, as a free entry-level texting solution, FrontlineSMS is only relevant for smaller, grassroots non-profits who are most likely to lack the funds or in-house expertise to develop their own solutions. Over the past couple of years I've begun to see otherwise. As a case in point, this coffee project is being run by the UN. Not the suited, New York-based UN you see on TV, but a field-based team of UN staff and volunteers who simply wanted to try something. All they needed was a simple, low-cost tool which allowed them to rapidly prototype their idea.
...their pilot project is distributing prices from five large buyers to about 150 farmers, village leaders and farmers groups by SMS i...prices are going up for farmers, and the buyers are getting access to more quantity and better quality. Prices are collected via phone once a week and within ten minutes are entered into FrontlineSMS and sent out [to everyone in the program's phones]. The project has been successfully running for several months..."
W+K is proud to be helping Ken develop and support his vision.