Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Guest Lecture 1 - Fri Nov 4 - Jonas Bosson

Guest lecturer: Jonas Bosson, Hacker
Title: Building a social service for charities and webshops
Time: Friday November 4 at 10-12
Place: Lecture hall D3

I will talk about the vision and the work of connecting webshops and customers to charitable organizations so as to spread the word and to collect and give money to good causes.

My involvement with Internet and social services started when I was a student at KTH and combined my studies with IT activism and lobbying. This resulted in several ideas about how to give people and causes a voice in politics, and how to collect money and other resources for said people and causes.

With desmo.org, we are challenging several problems that associated with collecting money for charities, including:
- How to reach larger numbers of people
- How to make payments over the Internet easier
- How to make charity interesting and profitable for web shops
- How to give 100% of the donations directly to the aid-organizations and still make a profit.

[Please take a moment to think about these issues. What do you imagine or expect Jonas to talk about? Can you in advance think of a question you would like to pose? / Daniel]

About Jonas:
Jonas studied computer science at KTH and has worked with web services and information systems for the better part of 20 years. He likes open standards and large data sets.


  1. Interesting! I am curious about what criteria Desmo has for establishing partnership with an organization, I mean both the charities and the web shops. I read that Desmo works only with organizations with a 90-konto. But are there any other factors influencing the choice of who to work or not to work with? How about personal interests in certain issues? How does it influence the company´s direction?

  2. Great questions. Bring them with you to the lecture!

    The spooky thing is that is has happened that speakers who will come has monitored this blog and can thus already in advance prepare answers to your questions... I actually think that's great for both speakers and students.

  3. Reading the list of problems which Mr. Bosson wants to focus on, the first one of them has drawn my attention. Mr Bosson thinks that reaching a large number of people may be hard...I was wondering: Is he referring to people as consumers/customers of the webshop or to people as those who have to be "employed" for working on these projects, putting their effort and dedicating some of their time to it?
    Besides this, this point of view makes me curious about the costs of the resources (human and material) to be exploited to achieve certain goals while working in this kind of situation.