In April of 2008, Wayan Vota started the Technology Salon™ as a forum where technology and development professionals could share their opinions on emerging trends in ICT and international development in an intimate and informal discussion around
- technology's impact on donor-sponsored technical assistance delivery, and
- private enterprise driven economic development, facilitated by technology.
Through its focus on conversation, the intimacy of the conversations, and their private nature, the Technology Salon has grown in both size and stature, becoming a preeminent community of international development and technology practitioners.
It is a network of professionals who share a common passion for expanding the role of ICT in empowering development, and through regular discussions on relevant topics, are improving their knowledge and expertise in the ICT4D field. In addition to the discussions, the Technology Salon allows for networking between the two groups, establishing connections that move beyond talk, and into action.
From 2009 to 20011, the Technology Salon was sponsored by the UN Foundation's Technology Partnership with the Vodafone Foundation.
In 2012, the Technology Salon was sponsored by Inveneo in collaboration with a consortium of partners.
In 2013, the Technology Salon became an independent nonprofit organization, with licensed conveners organizing Salons around the world. We currently have events in Washington, DC, San Francisco, CA, New York, NY, London, UK, and Nairobi, KE.
If you are interested in convening a Salon in your city, please contact us.
The Technology Salon is a community of practice - a network of professionals who share the common passion for expanding the role of ICT in empowering development, and through regular discussions on relevant topics, are improving their knowledge and expertise in the ICT4D field. In addition to the discussions, the Technology Salon allows for networking between the two groups, establishing connections that move beyond talk, and into action.
The Technology Salon has achieved this success and growth by following three key attributes:
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- Conversation, not presentation
The Technology Salon is primarily a forum for discussion, so presentations are discouraged and Power Point is generally banned. Lead discussants have only 5-10 minutes at the beginning to present their activity, before participants are free to ask questions, share their own experiences, and drive the conversation in a direction that interests them. This both brings forth the group's knowledge and keeps participants engaged for the full meeting.
- Intimacy of participants:
The Technology Salon attendance is capped at 30 people to make sure each participant has the opportunity to speak and share their experience. This cap also encourages pre-registration and subsequent attendance. Last but not least, it allows for quality pre-and post-event networking by participants.
- Confidentiality of opinions:
The Technology Salon employs the Chatham House Rule - what is said in its discussions can only be attributed to the Salon itself, not to any specific participant. At the same time, the Salon is not recorded nor the discussion transmitted outside its meeting place. These precautions allow participants to speak their opinions freely, thoughts that would not be shared if participants worried about attribution or out-of-context quoting.
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