A school in Kabul, Afghanistan has engaged us to build a system to manage their scheduling. The school prepares students to take the Kankor, an exam required for admission to university.
While the project offers some technical challenges (students must sit in their assigned places, or 'chairs'), the more compelling story is the difficulties inherent in bridging the cultural, language, and technical differences between our two worlds. Broadband, when it's available at all, is about 1/50th the speed of what's found in a typical American office, making online conferencing and transfer of large files impossible. Classes are taught in English and Pashto; they need the forms in Pashto. How can they see the work in progress? How are we to be paid? How do they communicate the spec, and how do we convey what is possible? And how do we establish an environment of trust, the most necessary component of any project?
We are excited to start answering those questions, and we'll post more about this story as it develops.