Innovation Corner, a fast-rising social innovation centre, on Wednesday announced the launch of Blueform, the first, free, offline-based data collection software in Africa.
The software removes all technical barriers to data collection, management and analysis for social development projects, monitoring and evaluation, market survey and research.
“Data collection in Nigeria and the rest of Africa is very important for social development, disease surveillance, market analysis and every decision making,” said Tochukwu Egesi, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, Innovation Corner.
“Timely and effective data collection can save Nigeria and rest of Africa from epidemics and outbreak. We see the data science dominating social development and, with Blueform, our goal is to provide the tools to drive social development in Nigeria and rest of Africa”.
“We’re thrilled to bring Blueform to market and see the impact that users make with it.”
Blueform runs entirely in the cloud, reducing processing time and its impact on a computer’s usability during the typical save and export process. Additionally, Blueform colletcs data using USSD and an offline enabled mobile app working seamlessly to provide data to the online dashboard real time. Data collected can exported in any format and/or analysed on Blueform.
“We designed Blueform for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you are an individual or a large social development organization, Blueform enables anyone to collect data in Africa and analyze such data ” said Kelechi Ezenwaka, Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder, Innovation Corner.
Features of Blueform at launch include:Offline Data Collection: Blueform collects data using USSD code technology that works without internet and a smartphone, offline enabled mobile app that syncs when there is internet access and the regular web channels.
Flexible forms: Blueform allows users to design their own forms as they wish and to collect any kind of data of their choice.Geo-Fencing: Blueform allows users specify exactly where there data can be collected.
GIS Mapping: Blueform allows users to track exactly where data was collected from.
Analytics: With Blueform, Blueform can analyze data on the platform.
Escalation : Implemetation partners and agents using Blueform can automatically notify supervisors on field events of importance effortlessly.
Blueform is currently in partnership with Africa Resource Centre and already has two corporate users at the time of launch. Current users are using it for a healtcare project acrosss three states in Nigeria and the other is using it for social development monitoring and evaluation acrosss Nigeria.
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