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  • geospatial technologies

    How to Better Visualize Our Impact with Geospatial Technologies

    Washington DC | By on August 20, 2018 | Comments Off on How to Better Visualize Our Impact with Geospatial Technologies

    Remember when you saw your first geospatial visualization in international development? How amazed you were that satellite maps of the earth could show impact data in a new, clearer way than before? Wait till you see where we are now with game-changing innovations like: Mapping changes at the village level with unmanned aerial vehicles. Visualizing…

  • private sector data

    4 Steps to Access Private Sector Data for Public Goods

    Washington DC | By on July 13, 2018 | Comments Off on 4 Steps to Access Private Sector Data for Public Goods

    We in the international development sector often have this perception that the private sector is way more advanced than we in the collection, analysis, and use of user data. That somehow Facebook, Google, and every Mobile Network Operator has a God-like dashboard that instantly displays every data point and trend imaginable, at the touch of…

  • GDPR Data Secuirty

    We Are Data Security Sinners. Will GDPR Make Us Repent?

    Washington DC | By on April 21, 2018 | Comments Off on We Are Data Security Sinners. Will GDPR Make Us Repent?

    The General Data Protection Regulation is coming on May 25th and you should be worried. If you operate in the EU or focus on EU-based clients, then the sweeping new data protection law will apply to you, with multi-million dollar fines per violation. It mandates that we will need to be clear and concise about…

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  • Humanitarian Crisis

    7 Technologies to Mitigate Humanitarian Crisis and Increase Community Resilience

    Washington DC | By on March 8, 2018 | Comments Off on 7 Technologies to Mitigate Humanitarian Crisis and Increase Community Resilience

    Penny Mordaunt, the UK International Development Secretary, is warning that 2018 will be the worst for humanitarian crises since the Second World War. Simmering conflict is destroying communities in Syria, Congo, Yemen, South Sudan, Myanmar… and the list goes on. Then there will be the inevitable natural disasters that will create new crisis-affected communities. We…

  • whatsapp strategy

    6 Reasons Why WhatsApp is a Game Changer for International Development

    Washington DC | By on March 1, 2018 | Comments Off on 6 Reasons Why WhatsApp is a Game Changer for International Development

    Quickly messaging people via computing technology is not a new activity. Internet Relay Chat (IRC) started in 1988, and we’ve gone through messaging service peaks with AOL, Yahoo, Blackberry, and SMS. Now there is a new wave of messaging apps and it’s Facebook Messenger, Viber, Telegram, Signal and WhatsApp’s turn. As one participant said at…

  • The Number 1 Reason Why You Do Not Encrypt Email

    Washington DC | By on June 2, 2015 | Comments Off on The Number 1 Reason Why You Do Not Encrypt Email

    Two new Pew Research Center studies are very enlightening around the American public’s perception of privacy, security, and surveillance. While both reports are worth a read, there are two contradictory statements that really stand out: The surveys find that Americans feel privacy is important in their daily lives in a number of essential ways. Yet,…

  • How UAV Drones Can Accelerate Development in Ghana

    Accra | By on March 31, 2015 | Comments Off on How UAV Drones Can Accelerate Development in Ghana

    Application of drones for development is a new area in Ghana, however it is rapidly evolving with significant potential to aid Ghana’s development agenda in the area of health, agriculture, security, road safety and traffic management; natural resource management, aerial photography, 3-D mapping; search and rescue, among others. This was the outcome of the Technology…

  • 7 Key Insights in Using ICT to Improve Ebola Response

    Washington DC | By on February 17, 2015 | Comments Off on 7 Key Insights in Using ICT to Improve Ebola Response

    Recently, we had the 175th Technology Salon in Washington, DC, this one focused on How Can ICTs Improve Our Ebola Response? Be sure to sign up to get invited to our next event. In the lively morning-long discussion with 35 key thought leaders and decision makers from across the technology and development sectors, we came…

  • 1st Denver Tech Salon: How Can Technology Improve International Development?

    Denver | By on January 29, 2015 | Comments Off on 1st Denver Tech Salon: How Can Technology Improve International Development?

    We have all seen the pretty pictures of children playing with fancy new gadgets, and while the photos are uplifting, do they really signify progress? Does the introduction of new technology, specifically information and communication technologies like mobile phones, computers, and the Internet really accelerate the social and economic advancement of the developing world? Will…

  • What Technology Can Help Ghanaians Keep Government Accountable?

    Accra | By on January 27, 2015 | Comments Off on What Technology Can Help Ghanaians Keep Government Accountable?

    Congratulations! Ghana was just deemed to be the 2nd most lawful country in Africa (behind Botswana) by the World Justice Project. While this is a laudable achievement, just how much technology was involved? Did we need Ghana Open Data? Or can Ghanaians enjoy good governance without technology solutions getting in the way? Please RSVP now…

  • How Can Technology Start-Ups Increase Social Impact?

    Helsinki | By on November 11, 2014 | Comments Off on How Can Technology Start-Ups Increase Social Impact?

    Access to mobile phones has exploded across the globe. The availability of smart phones and the mobile web is also increasing rapidly. This opens up exciting opportunities to reach the “base of the pyramid” with products and services that could improve the well-being of millions of people living on less than $2 per day. At…

  • How Can We Use Drones for Development?

    Nairobi | By on October 15, 2014 | Comments Off on How Can We Use Drones for Development?

    We all know the military and surveillance applications of drones, and we can dream of Amazon Prime Air, but how can unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) be used to improve peoples’ lives? What innovations with remotely piloted aircraft will accelerate social and economic development? Could we deliver medicines or vital packages via drone? What about finding…

  • Myanmar will be going online fast in the next 2 years. Right now it has the same mobile phone usage as North Korea, Eritrea, and Cuba – less than 10% – yet with Teleno, Ooredoo, and Myanmar Post and Telecommunication set to race each other to get all Burmese a mobile phone, expect the country…

  • Could Community Health Workers Use Drones and Bitcoin for Better Patient Care?

    Nairobi | By on May 27, 2014 | Comments Off on Could Community Health Workers Use Drones and Bitcoin for Better Patient Care?

    Could future Community Health Workers use drones to bring needed supplies to the point of care? What about Bitcoin vouchers to incentivize behavior or subsidize care? Or digital health records to track all of their community members’ health over time? At the recent Nairobi Technology Salon exploring “How are Community Health Workers using ICT?“, we…

  • 1st Toronto Tech Salon: How Can Technology Improve International Development?

    Toronto | By on May 1, 2014 | Comments Off on 1st Toronto Tech Salon: How Can Technology Improve International Development?

    May 21st Toronto Salon – RSVP Now We have all seen the pretty pictures of children playing with fancy new gadgets, and while the photos are uplifting, do they really signify progress? Does the introduction of new technology, specifically information and communication technologies like mobile phones, computers, and the Internet really accelerate the social and…

  • 8 Tips to Publish Open Data in Preparation for IATI

    Washington DC | By on December 3, 2013 | Comments Off on 8 Tips to Publish Open Data in Preparation for IATI

    Siobhan Green, the founder of Sonjara attended the Technology Salon exploring “How Can USAID Development Partners Implement IATI?” and was inspired to define 8 steps to publish Open Data to prepare for the day when we all will need to be compliant with the International Aid Transparency Initiative standards. Here is her list:

  • You Need a Social Media Strategy in International Development

    Washington DC | By on June 18, 2013 | Comments Off on You Need a Social Media Strategy in International Development

    In the next few years, another 2 billion people will be coming online; transforming the Internet from what once was an elite network of the world’s privileged to a democratizer of information and power. This wave of new users will mainly enter the Internet via mobile phones on social networks.

  • Mobile Phones Are Gender Neutral

    London | By on May 6, 2013 | Comments Off on Mobile Phones Are Gender Neutral

    At the first Technology Salon in London, we had a very thoughtful discussion on the implications of gender in using mobile technologies to stimulate social and economic development.

  • Why Gender Matters in Mobile Technologies for Development

    London | By on April 23, 2013 | Comments Off on Why Gender Matters in Mobile Technologies for Development

    The very first Tech Salon to take place in London on Wednesday 20 March occurred just three days after the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) announced that connecting women to ICTs would become a focal point of the post-2015 development agenda.

  • Recently Priya Jaisinghani, Teressa Trusty, and I brought together a few folks to have an informal Technology Salon around the pertinent question of how can the development community get technology to scale?