September 2010

September 2010 Archives

How ICT4D Can Help Reach Millennium Development Goals

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Unlike our usual Technology Salons, which are not recorded, the ICT4D, Innovation, and Millennium Development Goals Salon at the UN Week Digital Media Lounge was taped by Mashable for your viewing pleasure.

Thanks to Robert Kirkpatrick, director of UN Global Pulse; Erica Kochi who works in the Innovation Unit of UNICEF, Linda Raftree, adviser for new technology at PLAN's West Africa Regional Office; and Jim Rosenberg, head of social media at World Bank for joining me to talk about how information and communication technology can help organizations and governments accelerate achievement of the UN's Millennium Development Goals.

Building a mEducation Alliance for Development

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As part of this month's Educational Technology Debate on mEducation initiatives, the Technology Salon will be looking at ways to apply mobile phones in education, and scale them across organizations with an mEducation Alliance.

Yet, what would a mEducation Alliance look like? Who would be partners and what would they hope to achieve? Join Anthony Bloome of USAID to explore how an mEducation Alliance might spur appropriate uses of mobiles phones to strengthen formal and informal education delivery in the developing world.

Building a mEducation Alliance for Development
October DC Technology Salon
Friday, October 1, 8:30-10am
UN Foundation Conference Room
1800 Mass Avenue, NW, Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20036 (map)

We'll have hot coffee and Krispe Kreme donuts for a morning rush, but seating is limited and the UN Foundation is in a secure building. So the first fifteen (15) to RSVP for DC mEducation Salon will be confirmed attendance and then there will be a waitlist.

ICT4D, Innovation, and Millennium Development Goals

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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 around the world to effect change?

Join the following noted ICT4D experts in a lively discussion around these questions at the UN Week Digital Media Lounge in New York City:

  • Wayan Vota, Senior Director, Inveneo (moderator)
  • Robert Kirkpatrick, Director, UN Global Pulse
  • Erica Kochi, Innovation Unit, UNICEF
  • Linda Raftree, New Technology, PLAN West Africa Regional Office
  • Jim Rosenberg, Head of Social Media, World Bank
ICT4D: Innovation & the Millennium Development Goals
September NYC Technology Salon
Tuesday, September 21, 12-1pm
UN Week Digital Media Lounge
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10128 (map)

Please RSVP here for this Salon, and be sure to enter "Technology Salon" when asked who referred you to the event. That's your secret password to get in!

How Peer-to-Peer University is Hacking Higher Education

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Imagine imputing an object into a rigid four-year, $100,000+ process, hoping that when it finally leaves this system its a useful tool. That's the current university system, where higher education resembled the Waterfall software development process.

Now contrast it with short bursts of learning using educational materials openly available online, with constant feedback on progress by your peers, and immediate application of skills learned, like the Agile software development process. That's the change P2PU - Peer-to-Peer University seeks to accomplish with its disruptive innovation in the higher education system.

On Friday, September 17th, we'll have Philipp Schmidt, the director founder of Peer 2 Peer University and a fellow at the Shuttleworth Foundation, joining us at mission*social to explain how he's creating high-quality, low-cost, lifelong learning leveraging the Internet.

How P2PU is Hacking Higher Education
September SF Technology Salon
Friday, September 17, 8:30-10am
mission*social Conference Room
972 Mission Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103 (map)

We'll have espresso and donuts for a morning rush, but be sure to RSVP ASAP, as we only have room for 15 people, then there will be a waitlist.

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