Technology Salon

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a discussion at the intersection of technology and development

Meeting Synopsis

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • The Potential of Science, Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships for Development

    Washington DC | By on September 18, 2015 | Comments Off on The Potential of Science, Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships for Development

    The potential for science, technology, innovation, and partnerships (STIP) to tackle, or even attempt to solve, the myriad of global development challenges we face is largely dependent on the adequate and appropriate catalysation of their respective eco-systems. These eco-systems, made up of the actors, mechanisms and institutions through which STIP solutions emerge, often need to…

  • Current and Future Trends in ICT for Education in Southeast Asia

    Bangkok | By on August 17, 2015 | Comments Off on Current and Future Trends in ICT for Education in Southeast Asia

    The recent Technology Salon Bangkok asking Can Technology Improve Education in Asia? brought together more than 25 professionals in education and technology to separate the hype from the promise in ICT4Edu. We had two lead discussants to guide our discussion: Scott Andersen, Director, IREX for AMDI (Advancing MOOCs for Development Initiative) Steven Ehrenberg, Associate Director,…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Pros and Cons of Technology for Public Consultation

    New York | By on July 24, 2015 | Comments Off on Pros and Cons of Technology for Public Consultation

    The July 7th Technology Salon in New York City focused on the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Public Consultation. Our lead discussants were Tiago Peixoto, Team Lead, World Bank Digital Engagement Unit; Michele Brandt, Interpeace’s Director of Constitution-Making for Peace; and Ravi Karkara, Co-Chair, Policy Strategy Group, World We Want Post-2015 Consultation….

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…