Technology Salon

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a discussion at the intersection of technology and development

Technology Salon NYC (TSNYC) was started by Linda Raftree in 2011. TSNYC brings together a diverse and experienced group of national and international NGO practitioners and managers, foundation representatives, academic researchers, evaluators, UN agencies, technology creators, design firms, media professionals and social entrepreneurs.

We tackle tough topics in a safe space that sparks opportunities for cross-sectoral learning and development of contacts and partnerships. Salons also serve as sounding board and focus group discussion opportunities for emerging topics in ICT4D and social media for social change.

Our sessions are always overbooked, so be sure to sign up to get invited and RSVP quickly to ensure you’ll have a spot! Contact Linda to suggest a topic or lead discussant for a future meeting, or if you’d like to support TSNYC.


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  • Are Cash Transfers Effective? A Discussion with the Experts

    New York | By on December 15, 2013 | Comments Off on Are Cash Transfers Effective? A Discussion with the Experts

    The salon style conversation featured Columbia University and popular aid blogger Chris Blattman, GiveDirectly co-founder and UCSD researcher Paul Neihaus and Plan USA CEO Tessie San Martin. The ensuing discussion, operating under the Chatham House Rules of no attribution, featured representatives from large NGOs, microfinance organizations and UN agencies. Research from Kenya, Uganda and Liberia show both the promise and shortcomings of cash transfers.

  • How We Can Use ICTs to Engage Adolescent Girls

    New York | By on December 14, 2013 | Comments Off on How We Can Use ICTs to Engage Adolescent Girls

    At the November 8th Technology Salon in New York City, we looked at the role of ICTs in communication for development (C4D) initiatives with marginalized adolescent girls. Lead discussants Kerida McDonald and Katarzyna Pawelczyk discussed recent UNICEF reports related to the topic, and John Zoltner spoke about FHI360’s C4D work in practice. To begin, it…

  • Scaling the Use of Mobile Technologies for Development

    New York | By on December 2, 2013 | Comments Off on Scaling the Use of Mobile Technologies for Development

    According to the latest GSMA statistics, nearly 50% of people own a mobile phone in the developing world and almost 70% have access to mobile phones. With mobile access increasing daily, opportunities to use mobiles in development initiatives continue to grow and expand. The area of Mobiles for Development (M4D) has attracted investment from all…

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  • How to Create Digital Job Opportunites for African Youth

    New York | By on July 10, 2013 | Comments Off on How to Create Digital Job Opportunites for African Youth

    At the Technology Salon on “How Can We Create Digital Jobs for African Youth?” our discussion was led by Lauren Dawes, who leads the GSMA’s Mobiles for Employment team, and Lillian Chege from the Rockefeller Foundation’s Digital Jobs Africa program. The GSMA will release a study on Mobiles for Youth Employment in July, and Rockefeller…

  • African Entrepreneurship in Mobile Hardware Technology

    New York | By on July 8, 2013 | Comments Off on African Entrepreneurship in Mobile Hardware Technology

    At the recent Technology Salon on African-Led Mobile Innovation in Congo Brazzaville, we welcomed Verone Mankou, the head of VMK, a company in Congo Brazzaville that designs and produces the Way-C Tablet and the Elikia smart phone. The event was graciously hosted by ThoughtWorks, and Verone’s US trip was organized by Senam Beheton of EtriLabs.

  • 12 Mobile Technology and Workforce Development Programs With Girls and Young Women

    New York | By on April 4, 2013 | Comments Off on 12 Mobile Technology and Workforce Development Programs With Girls and Young Women

    The March NYC Technology Salon offered an opportunity to discuss how mobile technology can transform workforce development and to hear how mobile is improving the reach and impact of existing initiatives working with girls and young women.

  • The Ethics of Participatory Digital Mapping with Communities

    New York | By on February 19, 2013 | Comments Off on The Ethics of Participatory Digital Mapping with Communities

    The February 5 Technology Salon in New York City asked “What are the ethics in participatory digital mapping?” Judging by the packed Salon and long waiting list, many of us are struggling with these questions in our work.

  • How ICTs Can Support Migratory Youth

    New York | By on November 22, 2012 | Comments Off on How ICTs Can Support Migratory Youth

    The November 14, 2012, Technology Salon NYC focused on ways that ICTs can support work with children who migrate. Our lead discussants were: Sarah Engebretsen and Kate Barker from Population Council, and Brian Root and Enrique Piraces from Human Rights Watch. This post summarizes discussions that surfaced around the Population Council’s upcoming Girls on the…

  • 10 Tips on Using New ICTs for Qualitative Monitoring and Evaluation

    New York | By on October 24, 2012 | Comments Off on 10 Tips on Using New ICTs for Qualitative Monitoring and Evaluation

    At the October Technology Salon NYC, we focused on ways that ICTs can be used for qualitative monitoring and evaluation (M&E) efforts that aim to listen better to those who are participating in development programs. Our lead discussants were: John Hecklinger, Global Giving; Ian Thorpe, UNDOC and Beyond 2015 Campaign; and Emily Jacobi, Digital Democracy….

  • 11 ways to strengthen local capacity to use new ICTs for M&E

    New York | By on September 7, 2012 | Comments Off on 11 ways to strengthen local capacity to use new ICTs for M&E

    New technologies are changing the nature of monitoring and evaluation, as discussed in our previous Salon on the use of ICTs in M&E. However, the use of new technologies in M&E efforts can seem daunting or irrelevant to those working in low resource settings, especially if there is little experience or low existing capacity with…

  • 12 Lessons Learned with ICTs for Monitoring and Accountability

    New York | By on August 17, 2012 | Comments Off on 12 Lessons Learned with ICTs for Monitoring and Accountability

    New technologies are opening up all kinds of possibilities for improving monitoring and evaluation. From on-going feedback and crowd-sourced input to more structured digital data collection, to access to large data sets and improved data visualization, the field is changing quickly.

  • How Can ICT Improve the Lives of Children and Youth Living in Cities?

    New York | By on April 9, 2012 | Comments Off on How Can ICT Improve the Lives of Children and Youth Living in Cities?

    At the global level, a very small percentage of development funding goes to urban spaces, yet hard-hitting issues impact many of the urban poor: lack of tenure, lack of legality of land, informal settlements, lack of birth registration and civil registration in general, waste disposal, clean water, politicizing of local authorities and more. Can new…

  • How to Improve Transparency, Accountability and Governance with New Technologies

    New York | By on December 8, 2011 | Comments Off on How to Improve Transparency, Accountability and Governance with New Technologies

    Civil society has been working for years on participation, transparency, accountability and governance issues. Plenty of newer initiatives (small and large) look at new technologies as a core tool in this work. But are these groups talking and learning from each other?

  • How Can New Technologies Enhance Transparency, Accountability, and Good Governance?

    New York | By on November 22, 2011 | Comments Off on How Can New Technologies Enhance Transparency, Accountability, and Good Governance?

    In theory, making information open and available leads to more transparent decisions of governments, aid agencies, corporations and other such institutions because stakeholders at different levels push for accountability and better governance. That is why civil society actors have been working on transparency, accountability and good governance for years. Now new actors on the scene…

  • ICT4D, Innovation, and Millennium Development Goals

    New York | By on September 9, 2010 | Comments Off on ICT4D, Innovation, and Millennium Development Goals

    The UN Week Digital Media Lounge will be highlighting new approaches that are tackling Millennium Development Goal challenges. Innovative information and communication technologies are one way to accelerate progress toward meeting the MDGs. But what are the big new ideas? Who is pushing the innovation envelope? And how are humanitarian agencies using these ICT tools…