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How Can the Internet of Things Improve Global Development?

New York City - March 18 - RSVP Now
Sensors in mobile phones are becoming increasingly robust, cheaper, and energy efficient. Combined with near-ubiquitous 2G and soon 3G coverage, and liberated from handsets, sensors are part of an “Internet of Things” (IoT) that will expand quickly beyond rich countries and lead to, some believe, a sensor revolution in global development. The IoT has been highlighted as useful for health behavior change, early warning in disaster, monitoring & evaluation, and more.
As with all technologies, however, there are both opportunities and challenges when it comes to the IoT and its relationship with global development. Concerns have arisen, such as: Additionally, some regions are not prepared to join the IoT revolution because they have not fully transitioned from IPv4 to IPv6, meaning that there may not be sufficient IP addresses to support the demand that will come with all these new smart devices.
Questions include:
  • What is the state of sensor functionality, network connectivity, and power capacity?
  • Who using sensors and IoT in global development? What are they learning?
  • Where are the ethical, security and privacy risks, and how can we mitigate them through design and other means?
  • How can the design and technology community contribute to developing an IoT that helps to address the needs of less wealthy countries and groups?
  • What are the key policy considerations for standards and interoperability?
  • Who should be funding and investing in IoT, and what are most critical areas for investment at the current stage?
Please RSVP now to join us for a rich discussion on the Internet of Things and global development with three noted experts: We’ll have hot coffee and breakfast treats for a morning rush, but seating is limited, so please RSVP now. Once we reach our 35-person capacity there will be a waiting list!.
Internet of Things and Global Development
March Technology Salon NYC
Friday, March 18th, 9-11am
99 Madison Avenue, Floor 15
New York, NY

About the Technology Salon

The Technology Salonâ„¢ is an intimate, informal, and in person, discussion between information and communication technology experts and international development professionals, with a focus on both:
  • technology's impact on donor-sponsored technical assistance delivery, and
  • private enterprise driven economic development, facilitated by technology.
Our meetings are lively conversations, not boring presentations. Attendance is capped at 35 people - and frank participation with ideas, opinions, and predictions is actively encouraged. 

It's also a great opportunity to meet others motivated to employ technology to solve vexing development problems. Join us today!
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