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What Are the Technology Challenges in Congo Brazzaville?


May 14th Washington DC Salon - RSVP Now

African TabletMobile device technology is powering revolutions in banking, in education, in healthcare - in the very way we relate to each other. But before we are blinded by the hype, we need to ground ourselves in reality. There is still a digital divide in technology infrastructure.

Not everyone has access to mobile phones, even less to tablets, and fewer to computers and the Internet. Also, the technologies we use today work well, but they could be so much better!

Please RSVP to join Vérone Mankou, who is leading the 'designed-in-Africa, manufactured-in-China' vanguard from Congo Brazzaville with his Way-C tablet and Elikia smartphone, to answer these questions:
  • What is holding us back from using technology in more ways, in more communities, to tackle even more pressing problems?
  • How can we facilitate entrepreneurs and innovators in challenging environments like Congo-Brazzaville?
  • What are the top 10 technology constraints we face? How can we overcome them?
  • And what social and development impact could we have with the "perfect" ICT tools?
Please RSVP to join a select cohort of thought leaders and decision makers for a lively discussion at the intersection of technology and development.

  Top 10 Technology Challenges
  May Technology Salon DC
  8:30 - 10am, Wednesday, May 14th,
  IREX Conference Room
  1275 K St NW, Suite 600
  Washington, DC 20005

We’ll have hot coffee and catered breakfast for a morning rush, but seating is limited. So RSVP ASAP to be confirmed for attendance: once we reach our 30-person capacity there will be a waiting list.

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African-Led Mobile Device Innovation in Congo Brazzaville


May 21 NYC Salon - RSVP Now

Verone's SmartphonePlease RSVP to join us for an evening reception with Verone Mankou, the Congolese designer of the The Way-C tablet and the Elikia smartphone. In addition to networking, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, generously provided by ThoughtWorks, we’ll have a chance to hear Verone’s thoughts on:
  • What factors (personal and in the wider environment) had to be in place in order to spur him along in the design process? What challenges were faced? Is there a role for these devices in development programs? 
  • The age-old discussion: "ICT4D" should be about building up the private sector and broader economy via the ICT industry vs "ICT4D" is about using ICTs for development programs to reach and include the marginalized with information that helps education, health, etc.
  • What is needed to develop skills and support for innovation among African youth so that more locally designed ICTs (hardware and software) can come about and reach scale?
  • What is needed to engage and excite more girls and young women in this area?
  Africa’s Homegrown Tablet
  May Technology Salon Evening Event in New York City
  5–7:30 pm, Tuesday, May 21, 2013
  ThoughtWorks Headquarters
  99 Madison Avenue (between 29th and 30th)
  15th Floor
  New York, NY 10016 (map)
  Tel: 646-412-5200
Space is limited so RSVP ASAP to be confirmed for attendance or you will end up on the waitlist.

What Technology Lessons Did We Learn From Hurricane Sandy?


May 7th San Francisco Salon - RSVP Now

The days following the landfall of Hurricane Sandy saw an unprecedented number of spontaneous volunteers arrive on the scene, ready to help.

Empowered by technology, social media and just-in-time training, these efforts gave a powerful view of emergent groups and their ability to deliver. Facebook groups, twitter hashtags, volunteers and trained professionals surged in an unparalleled display of information exchange and boots on the ground.

Sandy Volunteers

But not everything went as planned. The spontaneous actions that make short-term response powerful can cripple long-term workflows and rebuilding efforts. With the rapid emergence of tools and the definition of “disaster response” suddenly up for grabs, cultures clashed.

Please RSVP to join Jeremey Horan, Director of Operations for All Hands Volunteers, a volunteer-based disaster response organization at the center of the Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. He will lead us in a discussion of these questions:
  • How can technology bridge the gap between community organizers and traditional response, both pre- and post-disaster?
  • What were the top 10 most useful platforms used during the recovery?
  • How does the scope of technology change with the different stages of disaster response?
  • What are the biggest data challenges surrounding short and long term response?
  • How can these lessons be applied in an international setting?
Now join a select cohort of thought leaders and decision makers in international development, technology and disaster response - RSVP here. We’ll have only 30 people so everyone can participate and share.

  Technology Challenges in Disaster Response
  San Francisco Technology Salon
  9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
  Inveneo Headquarters
  972 Mission Street, 5th Floor
  San Francisco, CA 94103, USA (map)

We’ll have hot coffee, donuts and fruit for a morning rush, but seating is limited. So RSVP ASAP to be confirmed for attendance: once we reach our 30-person capacity there will be a waiting list.


About the Technology Salon

subscribeThe 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 30 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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