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Intentional Serendipity Took Center Stage at SwitchPoint 2016

On my way home from SwitchPoint 2016, I reflected on intentional serendipity—an overarching theme that emerged from an event where hundreds of passionate humanitarians came to connect.

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...

The hand-book of the modern development specialist

This book is offered as a first attempt to understand what responsible data means  in the context of international development programming. The authors have taken a broad view of development, opting not to be prescriptive about who the perfect “target audience” for this effort is within the space.

#Data4Good: Machine Learning in Social Good Applications

(New York, USA) The goal of this workshop is to bring together experts from different fields of machine learning, statistics, data science, social sciences and social activism to explore the opportunities for machine learning in applications with social impact

Helping Young Entrepreneurs to Protect the Environment

“Environmental degradation costs Ghana 10%, or $1.2 billion, of its annual GDP due to a lack of collective responsibility and greater environmental consciousness among young Ghanaians,” says

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...

A Filmmaker and a Physician Walk into a Vasectomy

While making a personal film about my own complex journey through fatherhood, I met Dr. Doug Stein.

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...

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