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
The idea of creating a company joining our interests in the open source world with those in the cooperation for development arena started some years ago, in 2011. The directors of EyeSeeTea were part of the Master Thesis in Telecommunication Networks for developing countries, at the University Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, implementing IT-things for isolated rural areas. By that time we already were techies and passionates of open software and open hardware. We had previously created some telemedicine devices and we wanted to develop systems to interconnect them. We learn to re-use someone’s else technologies and we decided we would develop ours in the same way.
Time passed, and each one of us took his way, but our interest in these matters didn’t decrease. When we had the first opportunity to build the company we didn’t let it go, and our first two projects in the domain of web development for DHIS2 (data visualisation using D3 library) and Android development (implementing the first Android application fully compatible with DHIS2) arrived in 2015. What at the beginning was a side project became our main dedication. Thanks to a presentation in Washington on how to render DHIS2 data in a fancy way and a lot of effort, we rapidly grew and soon we needed some extra efforts. The first two teams (Mobile and Web) of EyeSeeTea were born.
But we have never forgotten where we came from (hardware devices and telecommunication engineering) and so the third team on EyeSeeTea was created to take care of a bunch of projects: Quality of Service for WiFi-4G networks in Open Source Linux routers, Open Source & Open Hardware routers for community networks, etc. In the same vein, our previous experience on computational neuroscience and biotechnology introduced some projects in the web development team. Time, radical openness, work and a big dose of hope, that brought the current configuration of our team and our company.
After some years of work, our main principles could be resumed as:
Everyone wants to recycle, even if they don’t know. 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.
Do it fast, do it wrong, do it slowly. In a world obsessed by the stress, deadlines and urgency, sometimes people don’t pay enough attention to making things right, with good foundations, to grow on top of it. A profit perspective does not necessarily lead to a better result. We believe in software architecture perspective as a must in our work.
Commitment is everything. We are conscious of being part of a bigger thing. Each time an initiative uses our software they need to know the planning and be sure that we will deliver on time. The key to do that is the huge effort we dedicate to estimate and plan before facing any 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 reference in 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 feel like us and want to change this world with appropriate technologies for the 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 them achieve these goals.
Currently, half the world does not have access to adequate health services and the burden of poor health affects disproportionately those already living in poverty. In the past years, the issue of digital health is being recognized as key to achieving globally accessible health care. With the increasing mobile coverage and usage around the world, the mobile phone can be a critical technological tool in the delivery of health care, especially for those in hard to reach areas.
Several of our apps work with DHIS2, a free and open source health management data platform widely used, especially in Africa. More than 80 countries are deploying DHIS2 on a national scale. It is a huge step for countries where paper reports were still being used at health departments. By using an easy-to-use app, illiterate people report information quickly from the field. Some of our apps even allow sending health data almost in near real-time. They are adapted to isolated rural areas of developing countries, optimizing the amount of traffic sent and received to/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 truly believe using open software for ICT4D is key to the communities involved: 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 organisations with fewer resources. It can reduce the development cost of an app from thousands of code hours to only dozens.
Last but not least, we subscribe the principles of digital development, where users come first: we design with the user and consider the end-user first to in the design process.