Technology Salon

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a discussion at the intersection of technology and development

Meeting Synopsis

  • drones-for-development

    Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones produce a visceral reaction, perceived in different ways through the eyes of the beholder. Is it a military weapon, hi-tech recreation, or a research tool? International development professionals have formed additional uses for this technology. UAVs conduct remote surveys, deliver test results or supplies, and provide surveillance. Yet, there…

  • Women and Technology

    IVR and FM Radio: Low-Tech Ways to Reach Everyone on Earth

    San Francisco | By on July 6, 2016 | Comments Off on IVR and FM Radio: Low-Tech Ways to Reach Everyone on Earth

    The title for the recent San Francisco Technology Salon, “The Low-Tech Way to Reach Everyone on Earth” suggests an enormously powerful statement – does the right technology exist today to reach everyone on earth? And what exactly is that technology? Thirty-three people from the Bay Area and around California attended the event to discuss the…

  • ict4d-organizations

    5 Barriers to Building ICT4D Capacity of Development Organisations

    Bangkok | By on July 1, 2016 | Comments Off on 5 Barriers to Building ICT4D Capacity of Development Organisations

    Twenty development professionals recently met in Bangkok to ask, “How Can We Build the ICT4D Capacity of Development Organizations?“. They discussed the usage, implementation as well as the successes and challenges of building capacity of development organization to make use of ICT in their work. The lead discussant, Simon Gee from TechSoup Asia, started the…

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  • Women and Technology

    Can Women and Girls’ Use of Technology Help Us Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals?

    Washington DC | By on June 30, 2016 | Comments Off on Can Women and Girls’ Use of Technology Help Us Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals?

    Of course! But, in the quest to include women and girls, don’t forget about the boys and men. Did you miss it? Last month, Tech Salon hosted a special session in celebration of the Copenhagen-based Women Deliver Conference. Taking place once every three years, Women Deliver is the world’s largest conference dedicated to the rights,…

  • bitcoin-for-development

    The Promise and Pitfalls of Bitcoin and Blockchain for Development

    Washington DC | By on May 21, 2016 | Comments Off on The Promise and Pitfalls of Bitcoin and Blockchain for Development

    Bitcoins represent an opportunity that can democratize value, but can never be truly democratic in and of itself

  • iot4d

    3 Questions on Using Sensors and the Internet of Things for Global Development

    Denver | By on April 24, 2016 | Comments Off on 3 Questions on Using Sensors and the Internet of Things for Global Development

    The Posner Center for International Development convened a Denver Tech Salon earlier in April to host a conversation on Sensors and the Internet of Things (IoT). The lead discussants were: Gordon Lau, an Information Systems Architect working for International Development Enterprises (iDE). Karam Saab, an attorney with Kilpatrick Townsend offering legal counsel to the tech…

  • asia-pacific-salon

    How is the Asia-Pacific Region Moving Forward in ICT?

    San Francisco | By on April 21, 2016 | Comments Off on How is the Asia-Pacific Region Moving Forward in ICT?

    What does it mean to be “connected” in Asia, the world’s most populous region? From hyper-connected Hong Kong and Singapore to disconnected North Korea, several billion people have several billion difference Internet experiences. Hence the San Francisco Technology Salon question: Is the Asia-Pacific Region Leading in Internet Connectivity? The conversation mainly focused on regions that…

  • asia-pacific-salon

    The Opportunities and Challenges of Engaging Youth in Asia-Pacific Region

    Washington DC | By on April 20, 2016 | Comments Off on The Opportunities and Challenges of Engaging Youth in Asia-Pacific Region

    Many would regard the Asia-Pacific as one of the fasting growing regions for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). With Bangladeshi telecenters, Chinese manufacturing hubs, and the popularity of social media in Indonesia, it seems like Asian tech progress is a foregone conclusion. Especially since 717 million young people aged 15 to 24, 60% of the…

  • global-internet-of-things

    How the Internet of Things Can Contribute to Global Development

    New York | By on April 12, 2016 | Comments Off on How the Internet of Things Can Contribute to Global Development

    Our March 18th Technology Salon NYC covered the Internet of Things and Global Development with three experienced discussants: John Garrity, Global Technology Policy Advisor at CISCO and co-author of Harnessing the Internet of Things for Global Development; Sylvia Cadena, Community Partnerships Specialist, Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) and the Asia Information Society Innovation Fund (ISIF); and Andy McWilliams,…

  • iot4d

    The Internet of Things vs. Low Tech or No Tech for Development

    Washington DC | By on April 11, 2016 | Comments Off on The Internet of Things vs. Low Tech or No Tech for Development

    The Bay Area community is deeply engaged and interested in the Internet of Things, and the lively conversation from the March Technology Salon San Francisco on “How Can Sensors and the Internt of Things Improve International Development Outcomes?” proved it. I am Jana Melpolder and I joined forty participants gathered to cover the exciting future…

  • women-ict4d

    Technology for Women’s Empowerment: Failures, Solutions, and Strategies

    San Francisco | By on April 10, 2016 | Comments Off on Technology for Women’s Empowerment: Failures, Solutions, and Strategies

    The special focus of women’s use of technology has been a part of ICT projects for decades. Whether it’s focus groups, particular reports, or special training programs, the fact is that women are often a central point within ICT4D projects. But looking even further, what has all that work achieved for women’s empowerment? The San…

  • jordan-refugee-children

    3 Ways Technology Could Support Education for Displaced Children

    Amman | By on April 7, 2016 | Comments Off on 3 Ways Technology Could Support Education for Displaced Children

    Currently it is estimated that there are 4.6 million Syrian refugees; 6.6 million displaced persons inside Syria. Of these, half are children. In March, Technology Salon Amman brought together people working in education and technology to discuss how technology can support education throughout a Syrian child’s journey. As was noted throughout the discussion, war and…

  • ictforag-farmer

    4 Ways We Can Better Engage Smallholder Farmers Using ICT

    Washington DC | By on March 22, 2016 | Comments Off on 4 Ways We Can Better Engage Smallholder Farmers Using ICT

    An essential component for successfully engaging smallholder farmers using technology comes from providing a voice, a dialogue, with the farmers themselves. This coupling of human engagement to information and communication technologies was a core idea debated at the Technology Salon on How Can We Better Engage with Smallholder Farmers? Over 30 thought leaders exchanged perspectives…

  • apps4d

    Why Silicon Savannah is Unsustainable and What to Do About It

    Washington DC | By on March 15, 2016 | Comments Off on Why Silicon Savannah is Unsustainable and What to Do About It

    Since early in this decade, we’ve seen speculation that applications and other tech development and programming could create and jump start private sectors and local economies, a world of hype, enthusiasm and investments (from venture capital to public and donor money) appears to be funneling towards app development and mobile hubs around the world. Apps4D…

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    How to Use Digital Storytelling for Better Development

    Denver | By on March 7, 2016 | Comments Off on How to Use Digital Storytelling for Better Development

    What does digital storytelling mean to you? Where do you find data? What form does your data take? Who’s your audience? How do you know what data you need? These questions were the focus of the February Technology Salon Denver held at the Posner Center for International Development. The event on Digital Storytelling brought together…

  • consumer-insights

    Insights on Using Customer Insights for Better ICT4D Interventions

    Bangkok | By on February 14, 2016 | Comments Off on Insights on Using Customer Insights for Better ICT4D Interventions

    On the same day as the Super Bowl and Chinese New Year, twenty professionals gathered in Bangkok for a Technology Salon seeking to answer the question ‘Are Consumer Insights the Answer to More Effective ICT4D Interventions?’ Kristen Roggemann of DAI, kicked off the conversation by sharing how her team has been gathering consumer insights to…

  • vulerable-girls

    How to Approach Digital Safety, Security and Privacy for Vulnerable Girls

    New York | By on January 8, 2016 | Comments Off on How to Approach Digital Safety, Security and Privacy for Vulnerable Girls

    Our December 2015 Technology Salon discussion in NYC focused on approaches to girls’ digital privacy, safety and security. By extension, the discussion included ways to reduce risk for other vulnerable populations. Our lead discussants were Ximena Benavente, Girl Effect Mobile (GEM) and Jonathan McKay, Praekelt Foundation. I also shared a draft Girls’ Digital Privacy, Safety and Security Policy and Toolkit…

  • San Francisco Technology Salon

    What Role Should Silicon Valley Play in International Development?

    San Francisco | By on January 6, 2016 | Comments Off on What Role Should Silicon Valley Play in International Development?

    December’s San Francisco Technology Salon focused on “How to connect stakeholders HERE with innovators and emerging leaders THERE?” We had an energizing conversation that covered questions like: What role should Silicon Valley be playing in international development? What can Silicon Valley learn from those on the ground? What works and when doesn’t it work? The…

  • ict4d-stradegy

    Insights on Developing an Organizational ICT4D Strategy

    New York | By on November 30, 2015 | Comments Off on Insights on Developing an Organizational ICT4D Strategy

    At our November 18thTechnology Salon, we discussed how different organizations are developing their ICT for development (ICT4D) strategies. We shared learning on strategy development and buy-in, talked about whether organizations should create special teams or labs for ICT- and innovation-related work or mainstream the ICT4D function, and thought about how organizations can define and find…

  • big-data

    The Role of Big Data in Development Evaluations

    New York | By on November 23, 2015 | Comments Off on The Role of Big Data in Development Evaluations

    Traditional development evaluation has been characterized as ‘backward looking’ rather than forward looking and too focused on proving over improving. Some believe applying an ‘agile’ approach in development would be more useful — the assumption being that if you design a program properly and iterate rapidly and constantly based on user feedback and data analytics, you are more likely…