New Gates scholar Matthew Tasker is in negotiations with Microsoft over educational material.
New Gates scholar Matthew Tasker is in negotiations with Microsoft to create educational material for indigenous people in Ecuador.
Australian Matthew, who will begin an MPhil in Environment, Society and Development at Cambridge this term, spent 18 months in Ecuador with his partner Linda Westberg and developed multimedia educational material for indigenous people there.
It won a national competition organised by Alianza por la Educación de Microsoft and Escuelas Inter@ctivas de Fundación ChasquiNet for the most innovative educational material using technology in Ecuador and is now in the running for the most innovative educational project using technology for the entire Latin American continent.
Matthew and Linda have also set up a website to support community-based tourism initiatives which are used to help indigenous communities maintain their traditional lifestyles and minimise damage to the environment.