Technology Salon

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a discussion at the intersection of technology and development

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    One Photo That Explains Why Organizations Should Work With VAS Vendors

    Washington DC | By on July 31, 2015 | Comments Off on One Photo That Explains Why Organizations Should Work With VAS Vendors

    Value Added Services (VAS) are an increasingly popular way to engage mobile phone owners, even in the most rural areas. In Bihar, for example, Unilever has established a mobile radio station that calls users to provide “infotainment” in the form of music, jokes, and of course ads for up to a 15-minute period. Of all…

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    Why VAS Vendors Are Key to M4D Solutions

    Washington DC | By on July 29, 2015 | Comments Off on Why VAS Vendors Are Key to M4D Solutions

    The “How to Work with VAS Vendors for M4D Impact?”, Technology Salon featured a lively discussion with Vijay Sai Pratap, Julia Burchell, and Kristen Roggemann. We focused on value-added service (VAS) vendors, the third-party organizations who create, integrate, launch, and maintain mobile services outside of ‘core’ Mobile Network Operator services: voice, SMS, and data. Participants…

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    Bridging the Gender Gap in Technology by Putting Women’s and Girls’ Access to Technology First

    Washington DC | By on July 23, 2015 | Comments Off on Bridging the Gender Gap in Technology by Putting Women’s and Girls’ Access to Technology First

    At the “How Can We Bridge Gender Gaps and Increase Women and Girls Access to Technology?” Technology Salon in Washington, D.C., leaders in various fields came together to discuss data and initiatives aimed to bridge the gender gaps in technology, with lead discussants Shireen Santosham, Revi Sterling, and Elise Young. I was fortunate enough to…

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    13 Tips for Creating Data Dashboards for Decision-Making

    New York | By on June 9, 2015 | Comments Off on 13 Tips for Creating Data Dashboards for Decision-Making

    The private sector has been using dashboards for quite some time, but international development organizations face challenges when it comes to identifying the right data dashboards and accompanying systems for decision-making. Our May 29th, 2015, Technology Salon (sponsored by The Rockefeller Foundation) explored data dashboards and data visualization for improved decision making with lead discussants…

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    Can Zero-Rating Support Ecosystems To Bring the Next Billion Online?

    Washington DC | By on June 9, 2015 | Comments Off on Can Zero-Rating Support Ecosystems To Bring the Next Billion Online?

    Tech lovers can be guilty of techtopia. We imagine that technology makes life better for anyone, regardless of socioeconomic status or access to basic resources. With 4.4 billion people in the world still not online, the tech community is deliberating over how we will get the next billion online. Will it be through policies like…

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    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,…

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    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…

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    4 Challenges to Using Design Thinking in ICT4D

    Washington DC | By on May 20, 2015 | Comments Off on 4 Challenges to Using Design Thinking in ICT4D

    On project teams, everyone envisions a solution or product. When everyone leaves the room, most imagine a “piece of an animal” or even “the whole animal” in completely different ways. When teams have designers, some of these barriers are eliminated because designers create testable prototypes of “the whole animal”. Prototypes present ideas in a tangible…

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    ICT in Cuba: Economic Driver or Casualty of Complicated Political Realities?

    Washington DC | By on May 19, 2015 | Comments Off on ICT in Cuba: Economic Driver or Casualty of Complicated Political Realities?

    In December 2014, United States President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced an agreement to restore diplomatic ties between the two historically adversarial countries. As Cuba becomes a more open country, especially in relation to the United States, how will they welcome NGOs, businesses, or government activities in the formerly cloistered country? And…

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    AirBnB: A New Model for Growth of ICT in Cuba

    Washington DC | By on May 14, 2015 | Comments Off on AirBnB: A New Model for Growth of ICT in Cuba

    At the recent Technology Salon on ICT for Cuba, experts came together to discuss the role of ICT in growing the Cuban economy and how the United States government, private industry and nonprofit organizations could help. The main takeaway I got from the event was the uniqueness of the Cuban system and that any company…

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    How Technology Can Support Housing Rights in Brooklyn

    Brooklyn | By on May 12, 2015 | Comments Off on How Technology Can Support Housing Rights in Brooklyn

    Our April 16th Technology Salon Brooklyn, co-hosted with the Brooklyn Community Foundation (BCF) and AfroLatin@ Project explored the issue of tenant rights within the wider context of structural discrimination. We aimed to think about how new technology and social media might be a tool for helping community organizations to support Brooklyn residents to know their…

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    An Understanding of LGBTQI Rights and Technology for Development

    New York | By on May 4, 2015 | Comments Off on An Understanding of LGBTQI Rights and Technology for Development

    Our April 21st NYC Technology Salon focused on issues related to the LGBT ICT4D community, including how LGBTQI issues are addressed in the context of stakeholders and ICT4D staff. We examined specific concerns that ICT4D practitioners who identify as LGBTQI have, as well as how LGBTQI stakeholders are (or are not) incorporated into ICT4D projects,…

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    6 Considerations for Successful Serious Games for Development

    Bangkok | By on April 30, 2015 | Comments Off on 6 Considerations for Successful Serious Games for Development

    The inaugural Technology Salon in Bangkok on April 30th explored whether mobile games can really help to improve development outcomes. Lead discussants included: Sowirin Chuanprapun of UNESCO, which has been exploring the use of gamification to enhance its broader programs, including the release of Sai Fah – The Flood Fighter, a mobile-based game that they…

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    New Technology To Improve Disaster Management

    San Francisco | By on April 28, 2015 | Comments Off on New Technology To Improve Disaster Management

    At the April Technology Salon San Francisco, the discussion moderator, Aaron Mason, welcomed everyone and quickly focused the thought leaders from across the technology and development fields on the issue at hand: How Can New Technologies Improve Disaster Response? At the heart of the initial conversation was the recent American Red Cross report: A Vision…

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    How Games Can Improve Development Outcomes

    New York | By on April 7, 2015 | Comments Off on How Games Can Improve Development Outcomes

    Our Technology Salon in New York City on Oct 7 focused on the potential of games and gamification in international development work. Joining us as lead discussants were Asi Burak (Games for Change), Nick Martin (TechChange), and Craig Savel and Stan Mierzwa (Population Council). TechChange is a social enterprise that uses principles of gamification on…

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    Solar Lighting PAYG Systems Are Illuminating Zambian Opportunities

    Lusaka | By on April 2, 2015 | Comments Off on Solar Lighting PAYG Systems Are Illuminating Zambian Opportunities

    The need for light is high across the African continent, where approximately 70% of households are off-grid and 64% of its imported oil is destined for 19th century kerosene and paraffin lighting. Although the demand is high for solar powered lighting, the opportunities to convert that demand into a social business are not evenly distributed. In…

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    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…

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    What is the Solar Power Opportunity in Southern Africa?

    Lusaka | By on March 17, 2015 | Comments Off on What is the Solar Power Opportunity in Southern Africa?

    Mobile payments have broken down major barriers to solar energy. High upfront capital costs can now be spread over multiple small payments. This Pay as You Go (PAYG) solar revolution is sweeping East Africa, particularly Kenya. Rural populations that are largely off grid, are keen to kick their kerosene habit and enjoy the benefits of…

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    Views on Technology and Domestic Structural Discrimination

    Brooklyn | By on March 10, 2015 | Comments Off on Views on Technology and Domestic Structural Discrimination

    I had a chance to spend a morning last week at a roundtable discussion on technology and structural discrimination, as part of the Technology Salon events. The conversation brought together activists, organizers, technologists, and few international development types like myself, though many in the room blurred those boundaries. Technology provided a filter for the discussion,…

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    How Technology Can Address Structural Discrimination in the USA

    Brooklyn | By on March 5, 2015 | Comments Off on How Technology Can Address Structural Discrimination in the USA

    Our January 21st, 2015, Technology Salon examined the role of technology in addressing structural discrimination in the US. We were hosted by the Brooklyn Community Foundation (BCF), whose Director of Community Leadership, Tynesha McHarris, served as a lead discussant. Courtney D. Cogburn Assistant Professor of Social Work at Columbia University and Senior Advisor to the…