Drive-by Wi-Fi and digital storytelling: development and co-creation


  • Jo Tacchi RMIT University
  • Kathi R Kitner Intel Labs, Intel Corporation
  • Kiran Mulenahalli Unaffiliated



ICT, Development, Bottom-of-the-Pyramid, Participation, Co-creation, Human Development and Capabilities Approach


This paper offers a critique of two examples of innovative uses of information and communication technologies that seek to build social, economic and cultural connections in India. We compare and contrast the development approaches that underpin these projects and explore their consequences on the ground. The first approach follows a Bottom of the Pyramid model, while the other adheres to a Human Development and Capabilities Approach. While both examples use ICT innovatively, their underlying conceptions of development, notions of participation, and their project goals are fundamentally different. We explore these differences in terms of what constitutes participation and co-creation in order to think critically about the role of ICT in development.

Author Biographies

Jo Tacchi, RMIT University

Professor and Deputy Dean,  Research and Innovation in the College of Media and Communication, Dept of Design and Social Context

Kathi R Kitner, Intel Labs, Intel Corporation

Anthropologist and Senior Researcher, Experience Insights Lab, Intel Labs

Kiran Mulenahalli, Unaffiliated

Currently working as free-lance researcher in the field of ICTs and development.