Europreneur Secrets- Favorite Web Aps from Ann Cotton, Camfed

by on November 16, 2009 at 7:36 pm

Favorite Web Aps of European Entrepreneurs I met during the Traveling Geeks Trip.

This is seventh in a series where I take JD Lasica’s meme “Coolest Power Tools” on a “spin” to see not what our US geeks are using, but what our European Brethren find as their favorite aps. This has been a really popular series with my blog readers. It’s fun to learn about new aps and see that some of our favorites are highly used in the UK and now in Africa too.


Here is a list of “geek tools” from Ann Cotton, the amazing, beautiful, powerful woman who started and is executive director of Camfed.

Camfed works to break the cycle of poverty and disease in rural Africa by educating girls and investing in economic and leadership opportunities for young women. Ann Cotton and her team are expanding Camfed’s technical boundaries through the adoption of micro-reporting; enabling Twitter enabled cell phones to bring instant information from their work in rural Africa live to their online supporters.

Camfed’s geek tools:

Basecamp: used for all collaborations amongst our teams on 3 continents.

WordPress: used as a platform for blogging.

Twitter: used for micro-blogging communication from cell phones in rural Africa.

Yammer: internal communications in short burst. Used to share stories to retweet. allowing us to post messages across many different social giving platforms at the same time.

Skype: used for conference and long distance calls. Big fan of the iPhone app.

Hootsuite: used to schedule tweets over weekends and off-work hours.

Google Adwords Editor: builds and modifies campaigns quicker than its online counterpart.

Creately: designs online diagrams, flow charts, and wire frames for website redesigns or landing pages.

Facebook Causes: built a foundation of 300,000+ supporters in only 9 months.

SocialVibe: used as forum for online support and fundraising.

Fan Camfed on Facebook

Camfed International

22 Millers Yard
Mill Lane
Cambridge, CB2 1RQ
Tel: +44 (0)1223 227038

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