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September 15, 2009

Nokia Progress Project – chasing the stories you want to read

Nokia Life Tools opens side door to the Internet in rural India and beyond... via SMS!GLOBAL – Last week we talked about Nokia’s new Progress Project in collaboration with Lonely Planet. It encompasses a bunch of Nokia initiatives that see technology used to help improve the quality of life of people in emerging markets, and empower folk with valuable and often life-changing info and tools. Life Tools and Nokia Data gathering are two of the more talked-about projects. But we remain keen to find out what you want to know more about, so last week we posed that question in our latest poll.

We’re going to take your responses to David Mason, one of the guys responsible for the Progress Project, with an aim to bringing you more on these stories (we’ll keep you posted). Read on to find out what you collectively voted for after the break.

Most wanted, and taking the number one slot with 35% of the vote, was ‘updates on new projects in emerging markets‘. This topic clearly remains an area of interest, and we’ll be hunting out more stories from the Progress Project team to ensure we keep you up to date with all the latest developments.

In second place with 24% was ‘diaries from people using the services‘. We put this one in the poll as we think it would be great to get personal accounts from the folk using these solutions and directly affected by them. Granted, I reckon this may be a tougher one to deliver on as we’re wary not to make those people’s lives any more difficult than they may already be, but we’ll investigate further and see what we can do – even if we can get comments or text updates from them. Let’s see how we do.

Third on the list, with 22% of the vote, is ‘stories from people involved in the projects‘. So those responsible and actively helping to make the initiatives happen. Again, an area we’re passionate to pursue.

In fourth place, with 14%, is ‘showcase similar projects outside Nokia‘. This is one that we could use your help with. If you see any great initiatives in this area please let us know and include them in the ongoing conversation.

As ever, please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.