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iSTEP: Application Process 10/02/2015

While the iSTEP 2015 internship ended on July 24, the team's impact lives on! TechBridgeWorld recently released SignBook and Speak Up! games open source: http://www.techbridgeworld.org/istep/downloads.html

The software tools were developed by the iSTEP 2015 team in partnership with the Mathru Educational Trust for the Blind's Center for the Deaf and Differently-Abled. SignBook allows teachers to create a local database of animations depicting a sign and is used to support new teachers and staff in learning the local sign language. Speak Up! is a suite of voice-powered games that encourages students to vocalize and to exercise the volume and pitch of their voice.

We encourage you to download and use these tools!

iSTEP: Application Process The following software tools developed by the iSTEP 2015 team have been released under the MIT Open Source license. We encourage you to download and use these materials.

The Magic of ICTD 08/08/2015

Read a wrap-up reflection from team member Amal about the Speak Up! sound games project and how this experience has impacted and changed his life and career trajectory!

The Magic of ICTD Before this summer, I was completely certain that after graduation I would work at a Silicon Valley startup, enjoying the benefits of free meals and a gym at work. Now I feel that many of these st...

Say No To Your Dream - Say Yes To The Dreams of Those You Can Make Possible 07/28/2015

The iSTEP team has concluded their internship!
Here's the first reflection of the experience from Erik, freshly posted on the team blog.

Say No To Your Dream - Say Yes To The Dreams of Those You Can Make Possible Last October 31st I sent in my application for an internship at the company I longed to work for - an application I thought and prayed about for months. It was my dream internship. I meant to apply...

VLOG 2: Tour of the Mathru Center 07/09/2015

Check out our second VLOG update from the iSTEP team showcasing the Mathru Center!

VLOG 2: Tour of the Mathru Center The 2015 iSTEP team showing the Mathru Center for the Differently-Abled in Bangalore, India! In this vlog, you'll get to see inside the classroom, meet stude...

Mysore: A Journey through History 07/05/2015

The iSTEP team time travels (metaphorically speaking) through the historical and religious sites of Mysore, India!
See and discover the fascinating sites along with us in this latest photo journey through moments of our trip.

Mysore: A Journey through History A weekend ago we headed south to see temples, palaces, and more around the city of Mysore. Below are some moments from the trip, along with interesting tidbits of history and culture that we learne...

GIFs Galore! 06/25/2015

This week's update is interactive!

Read about our sign language dictionary project at the Mathru Center, then try out a demo of what we've made so far!

demo: erikpintar.com/gif-maker
blog post: istep2015.wordpress.com/2015/06/25/gifs-galore/

GIFs Galore! Here's an update (and demo!) of what I've been working on the past week or two. Prepare for GIF madness! After a few visits at the Mathru Center for the Differently-Abled, we realized that their s...

They Say ‘Expect the Unexpected’ 06/17/2015

"Fieldwork has a way of always keeping you on your toes."
Hear some of the latest twists and turns in our iSTEP story in this most recent post!

They Say ‘Expect the Unexpected’ By week 3 we had thought we settled into a groove in our work. When we arrived in Bangalore we were trying to make sense of how our research goals and projects would be translated into daily and we...

VLOG 1: Welcome to Mathru! 06/07/2015

Our first vlog from the summer! See where the iSTEP team is working and get a look at the Braille Tutor technology.

VLOG 1: Welcome to Mathru! An update from the Carnegie Mellon iSTEP team after two weeks in Bangalore! In this vlog, you'll get a tour of the Mathru School for the Blind where we are i...

Keep Listening 06/04/2015

A moving and meaningful look at the stories and people that have left their mark on our hearts in our time here so far, eloquently captured by Minnar.

Keep Listening It’s been an incredible 10 days in India so far, and the team is just beginning to get settled. Last week we toured and met the teachers at both the Mathru School for the Blind and the Mathru Cente...

iSTEP: innovative Student Technology ExPerience 11/24/2014

Carnegie Mellon University students: The deadline to apply to iSTEP 2015 is TODAY, Monday, November 24 at 11:59pm EST. Take advantage of this opportunity to use your skills to make a difference in India. For more information and to apply, visit: http://www.techbridgeworld.org/istep

iSTEP: innovative Student Technology ExPerience Read Current iSTEP for more information on what's new for iSTEP 2015. This page will be periodically updated throughout the Fall 2014 semester.

iSTEP: innovative Student Technology ExPerience 11/21/2014

Carnegie Mellon University students, just a few days remain to apply for iSTEP 2015! Take advantage of this opportunity to use your skills to make a difference in India. For more information and to apply, visit: http://www.techbridgeworld.org/istep. Application deadline is Monday, November 24 at 11:59pm EST.

iSTEP: innovative Student Technology ExPerience Read Current iSTEP for more information on what's new for iSTEP 2015. This page will be periodically updated throughout the Fall 2014 semester.

iSTEP: innovative Student Technology ExPerience 11/12/2014

Carnegie Mellon University students, apply NOW for iSTEP 2015! Use your skills to make a difference in India. For more information and to apply, visit: http://www.techbridgeworld.org/istep. Application deadline is November 24 at 11:59pm EST.

iSTEP: innovative Student Technology ExPerience Read Current iSTEP for more information on what's new for iSTEP 2015. This page will be periodically updated throughout the Fall 2014 semester.

Timeline photos 08/07/2013

iSTEP team in the national news paper The Times of India! Pictures: Madeleine Clute

08/06/2013

Think we're Upworthy? Let them know your thoughts on how iSTEP TechBridgeWorld is creating "Technology with a Global Heart"! You can let them know on their page or Twitter .

Technology for the Blind - Carnegie Mellon University | CMU 08/06/2013

iSTEP TechBridgeWorld and TechBridgeWorld make it to the Carnegie Mellon University homepage today! Check out our feature: http://www.cmu.edu/homepage/society/2013/summer/technology-for-the-blind.shtml

Technology for the Blind - Carnegie Mellon University | CMU Eight Carnegie Mellon University students and recent graduates spent their summer working on technology to assist visually impaired children through the Mathru Educational Trust for the Blind in Bangalore, India. Among their impressive accomplishments: enhancing three technologies created by previou...

iSTEP 2013 - India 08/05/2013

The iSTEP 2013 internship officially wrapped up on Friday, August 2! Read about the team's experiences and accomplishments on their blog http://istep2013.wordpress.com and website http://istep2013.techbridgeworld.org. Final reports with research outcomes coming soon!

iSTEP 2013 - India Stories from the field. Eight iSTEP interns from Carnegie Mellon University working in Bangalore, India for the summer on assistive technology projects in collaboration with the Mathru Educational ...

What's in a title? 08/04/2013

Shree Lakshmi talks about working as a interaction designer on the iSTEP team and learning from the experience. Read her last blog post!

What's in a title? I moved my things out of the iSTEP house today and biked 15.5 kms to the house that I grew up in. It was a lovely ride that took a little more than an hour. It also gave me time to reflect on every...

Timeline photos 08/03/2013

iSTEP team gets a second mention on The Hindu! This time on the main paper.

Timeline photos 08/02/2013

Half the team poses in an attempt to show off the devices for a press release!

08/02/2013

It has been such a great experience for the entire team! Can you believe 9 beautiful weeks at Mathru Educational Trust for the Blind are over?

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles...and cat image selection 08/02/2013

iSTEP intern Madeleine Clute was named one of the Google Anita Borg Scholars for 2013! Read her final blog post on her iSTEP experience.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles...and cat image selection Happy August, Everyone! It's really hard and sad to believe that it's nearing the end of week 10. The time here has gone by so fast and slowly at the same time. We've done so much in our nine weeks...

Timeline photos 08/02/2013

Meet the people who made the iSTEP 2013 research a success! Mathru Educational Trust for the Blind

iSTEP 2013 - India 08/02/2013

Today is the team's last day at Mathru! We'd like to thank you all for following us on this journey and showing your love through likes and comments on our blog. Over the next few days the team with continue to blog: http://istep2013.wordpress.com/ and share their experience and work.

iSTEP 2013 - India Stories from the field. Eight iSTEP interns from Carnegie Mellon University working in Bangalore, India for the summer on assistive technology projects in collaboration with the Mathru Educational ...

08/01/2013

The iSTEP interns, dress in saris and formals gave their final presentation to their partner Mathru Educational Trust for the Blind about the work that they've been doing in the field.

08/01/2013

Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar talks about the work the iSTEP team is doing in Bangalore India on their website.

Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar | Carnegie Mellon students travel to India, develop... DOHA, QATAR – A group of students from Carnegie Mellon University have been given a remarkable opportunity to conduct technology research projects in India that benefit the visually impaired. Eight students are spending the summer in Bangalore after being selected to join the 2013 iSTEP (innovative…

CMU team developing software in India to help blind learn Braille 08/01/2013

The iSTEP Team gets another mention in The Peninsula - Qatar's Local Newspaper bringing the total number of newspapers citing about our work to 4!

CMU team developing software in India to help blind learn Braille Some of the interns with an official at Mathru Educational Trust for the Blind, Bangalore. DOHA: A group of students at Carnegie Mellon University in Q

Last Two Weeks in the Field 08/01/2013

User Testing, Observations, Participatory Design and iSTEP Final Presentation

Time to Finish Up 08/01/2013

Take a look at Aveed's blog briefly describing the final week of work he is doing with the iSTEP TechBridgeWorld Team at the Mathru Educational Trust for the Blind

Time to Finish Up Hello there!Good-bye to Week: 9 and Welcome to Week: 10!Yes, the time has finally come when we begin to wrap up all the assigned tasks related to iSTEP. This past week had been quite busy since al...

iSTEP 2013 - India 07/30/2013

Continue to follow our blog for updates from the final week in the field! The team

iSTEP 2013 - India Stories from the field. Eight iSTEP interns from Carnegie Mellon University working in Bangalore, India for the summer on assistive technology projects in collaboration with the Mathru Educational ...

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