Technology Salon

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a discussion at the intersection of technology and development

Technology Salon London was started in 2013. The Salons brings together a diverse and experienced group of people who represent national and international NGOs, academic institutions, Government departments, technology companies, design companies and charitable foundations.

Together we discuss a range of topics in a safe space designed to foster lively debate and encourage frank, open discussion. The most important part of Technology Salon is not what happens in the room but the conversation and connections that are created afterwards.

Our sessions are always overbooked, so be sure to sign up to get invited and RSVP quickly to ensure you’ll have a spot!


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  • Using Data, Digital, and the Digital State to Drive ICT4D

    London | By on November 15, 2015 | Comments Off on Using Data, Digital, and the Digital State to Drive ICT4D

    Mobile phones have transformed development, and a recent London Technology Salon focused on whether digital government could have a similar impact. As more and more countries are looking into digital government, could the public sector’s leveraging of data, digital and technology be a catalyst for development? The session’s lead discussants were Calum Handforth – a…

  • How To Improve the Use of Technology in Development

    London | By on May 26, 2015 | Comments Off on How To Improve the Use of Technology in Development

    In a world where 6 billion people have access to a phone, yet only 4.5 billion have access to a toilet, it is pertinent to ask how technological innovation can meet the needs of those living in poverty. At the How Can We Do Technology for Development Better? Technology Salon at ThoughtWorks in London, Amber…

  • How can ICTs improve Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL)?

    London | By on March 3, 2015 | Comments Off on How can ICTs improve Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL)?

    “Don’t let the tech wag the MEL dog.” This quote sums up the conversation from the London Tech Salon focused on “How can ICTs improve Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL)?” Essentially it means that when exploring the applicability of ICT we have to ensure we start from what MEL is setting out to achieve and…

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  • Technology, Teaching, and Learning: A DFID Review of ICT4Edu Evidence

    London | By on February 19, 2015 | Comments Off on Technology, Teaching, and Learning: A DFID Review of ICT4Edu Evidence

    If you had 90 seconds to answer a question you did not know the answer to, what would you do? Admit to the gap in your knowledge? Take a guess at the answer? Or Google the answer on your phone? The majority of people would opt for the later. Technology has not only changed the…

  • If Digital Freedom is a Myth, How Can We Ethically Provide Access to Cutting-Edge Technology?

    London | By on February 5, 2015 | Comments Off on If Digital Freedom is a Myth, How Can We Ethically Provide Access to Cutting-Edge Technology?

    Ethics is an ever-present theme in Development and one which is sometimes overlooked in ICT4D/Technology for Development – a field in which people can sometimes get carried away with the supposed transformational potential of technology. So it is refreshing to arrive at a Technology Salon explicitly setting out to discuss these complex ethical issues. Lead…

  • How Is 3D Printing Relevant for 
International Development?

    London | By on May 13, 2014 | Comments Off on How Is 3D Printing Relevant for 
International Development?

    Just as the Internet changed the communications world in the 1990s, 3D Printing is the set to change the physical world. This new technology is revolutionizing the way that we make products, by bringing the factory into the community and allowing computers and the Internet to become the new conduit for skills, innovation and creativity…

  • 12 Design Influences for ICT Solutions to Better Support Children

    London | By on December 3, 2013 | Comments Off on 12 Design Influences for ICT Solutions to Better Support Children

    In both the developing and developed world there has been increasing debate about the role of teachers in the 21st century, particularly in the context of widening access to internet enabled smartphones, laptops, tablets and the wealth of online learning materials and approaches that these new devices support.

  • How New Technologies Can Make Every Voice Count in Government

    London | By on July 15, 2013 | Comments Off on How New Technologies Can Make Every Voice Count in Government

    Ten years ago, leveraging information and communication technology for development was all about getting people an email address. Today, there is an explosion in access to ICT thanks to mobile technologies – the CEO of Ericsson recently predicted, 92% of the world’s inhabitants will live in an area with mobile reception coverage by 2018 (see…

  • 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.

  • 10 Observations on Empowering Women and Girls with Mobile Devices

    London | By on March 26, 2013 | Comments Off on 10 Observations on Empowering Women and Girls with Mobile Devices

    At the recent Technology Salon on “How Can We Get Beyond Access and Really Empower Women and Girls with Mobiles?” we had a room full of thought leaders and decision makers in the gender and mobiles space debating how women and girls can be truly empowered through mobile technology.