We believe in open software for an open, better world.
We work with open technologies to develop tools that help maximize the impact of our partner’s work.
What brought us here
In 2011, the directors of EyeSeeTea came up with the idea of creating a company that intersected our interests of the open source technology and global development. The directors of EyeSeeTea, Ignacio and Adrian, met in the Master Thesis in Telecommunication Networks for developing countries at the University Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid. They specialized in implementing IT in isolated rural areas. By that time, they already were techies and passionate about open software and open hardware. They had previously created some telemedicine devices and we wanted to develop systems to connect them. In this domain, they learned the benefits of re-using someone’s else technologies. From there, they decided to develop their own in the same way.
Time passed, Ignacio and Adrian went their own way, but their interests in the intersection of open source code and global health never went away. When we saw the first opportunity to build the company, they did not let it pass them by. EyeSeeTea’s first two projects in the domain of web development for DHIS2 (data visualization using D3 library) and Android development (implementing the first Android application fully compatible with DHIS2) were born in 2015. What started as a side project became our main dedication. Thanks to a presentation in Washington, D.C. on the processing of DHIS2 data, our number of assignments rapidly grew. Soon, we decided we needed some extra hands to help out. Then, we created the first two teams (Mobile and Web) of EyeSeeTea.
Despite our branching out, we have never forgotten where we came from: hardware devices and telecommunication engineering. From there, we created the third team of EyeSeeTea to handle a bunch of projects, such as Quality of Service for WiFi-4G networks in Open Source Linux routers, Open Source & Open Hardware routers for community networks, etc. Similarly, our previous experience with computational neuroscience and biotechnology introduced some projects in the web development team. In this way, time, radical openness, and dedication, brought about the current configuration of our team and our company.
After some years of work, we can summarize our main principles as:
- Recycle:We strongly believe that open source is the way and sharing knowledge is the only path to create something useful and valuable for the humankind.
- Diligence:In a world dominated by deadlines, sometimes people don’t pay enough attention to making things correctly. IN this way, a profit perspective does not necessarily lead to a better result. We believe the quality of the software architecture is the most important factor in our work.
- Commitment:We are conscious of being part of a larger thing. Each time an initiative uses our software they need to be sure that we will deliver on time. The key to do that is the huge effort we dedicate to the planning stages of a project. We believe we should deliver our work exactly in the way we would like to receive it from a provider.
Following this philosophy, we have become a recognized contributor to the Web & Android DHIS2 development world, collaborating with the main actors (UiO, PSI, NRC, MSF, WHO, PATH…) and contributing to the open source and DHIS2 communities with our products.
Information and Communication Technologies for Research
Efficient and reliable scientific software is crucial to make the most out of the data from research projects. We develop image and data processing frameworks to visualize data in a more interactive and intuitive way. We provide state of the art algorithms and software, combining different software tools while taking care of formats and conversions. The heterogeneity of software packages in terms of programming languages, libraries and mathematical methods requires a multidisciplinary team like the one we have.
If you share our perspective and want to change this world with appropriate technologies for human beings, if you have techie super-powers and an alternative vision of the future, please drop us a line and let us know about you, because we share the same vision.
Information and Communication Technologies for Development
One of our main areas of expertise is Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D). ICTs can be powerful tools in the hands of those working to improve health, education, sanitation. Our goal is to design user-friendly and efficient software to help our partners’ achieve their goals.
Currently, half the world does not have access to adequate health services. Additionally, the burden of poor health affects disproportionately those already living in poverty. In the past years, the domain of digital health has been identified as a key to achieving globally accessible health care. With mobile coverage and usage continuing to increase around the world, the mobile phone can be a critical tool in the delivery of health care, especially for those in remote areas.
Several of our apps work with DHIS2, a free and open source health management data platform widely used in countries around the world, especially in Africa. More than 80 countries are deploying DHIS2 on a national scale. It represents a huge step for countries transitioning from using paper reports to electronic reports. By using an easy-to-use applications, even people hard of reading can quickly report information from the field. Some of our apps even allow sending health data in near real-time. They are also adapted to isolated rural areas of developing countries, optimizing the amount of traffic sent and received to and from the network and being able to fully work offline when needed. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one of our partners, technology is at the backbone of improving medical services to prevent, diagnose, and treat illness and disease.
We believe using open software for ICT4D is important to the communities involved because then local developers can be encouraged to get involved in the development. This cooperative approach also reduces the cost of development by sharing investment among several organizations. It makes software more affordable for everyone, in particular for organizations with fewer resources. It can reduce the development cost of an app from thousands of hours of code writing to only dozens.
Last but not least, we subscribe the principles of digital development in which the users come first. We begin and finish each design process with the user in mind. This approach supports our dedication to maximizing the impact of our partners’ work