The Progress Project is the initiative set up by Nokia and Lonely Planet that is focused on capturing the human impact of mobile innovation; tackling social, environmental or economic challenges; bringing to life real stories of people through video. The site’s not fully live yet – I was told it will be up and running fully by Sept 3 – still, I thought I’d share this now, as videos of the documentaries that were made by the Lonely Planet and Nokia teams on our immersions into the Nokia Life Tools and Nokia Tej projects are already up there! And the Nokia Data Gathering and the Mobile Learning Institute projects that my colleague at Mosoci, Stuart visited are also on the site. Should be interesting stories to watch! I do hope there will be follow-ups too as the projects take a life of their own.
Although the site has both Flash and HTML options, you’d either have to view the videos on there, or download them – both of which don’t make it easy to blog. So I decided to post them on youtube so I could embed them in here.
Nokia Life Tools – Full length documentary – 4:42 . In this video, you will see different users than the ones I’ve blogged about. I wasn’t able to meet them all on the trip – so it’s nice to see similar stories but being told by different people!
Another small hitch at the Progress website – while there are Share options for many social networks, blogging platforms and other social media sites; only the URL is shared, and not the actual videos!
[Disclosure: I was invited by Nokia to share in these experiences, and was paid travel expenses only, and not a fee.]