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Technology Salon DC

How to Access Private Sector Data for Public Goods?

Next Tech Salon DC
Washington, DC - July 11 - RSVP Now
We are all hungry for rich data on how people are accessing and using Internet services to improve our services and increase the impact of our interventions.

Major Internet companies have massive stores of this data, but are rightly loathe to share it. No tech company has the bandwidth to meet all of the demands for their data and none of them should share anything outside of strict data use agreements.

Yet the opportunities are massive. Here’s a few that hold major development promises:
  • Sentiment and engagement data from social media to understand shifts in public opinion and cultural norms.
  • Traffic speed and congestion data from ridesharing companies to predict transportation demands and improve commuting options.
  • Seasonal and unexpected migration data from telecoms to find employment patterns and plan for emergencies.
  • Website traffic and user choices from Internet companies to measure usage and refine outreach and accessibility efforts.
There are several organizations that are working on making more, better data accessible for development practitioners, including UN Global Pulse, the Open Algorithms Project, the World Bank, DIAL and others. Their experiences can help us replicate and improve data sharing with the private sector.
Please RSVP now for the next Technology Salon DC where we’ll seek answers to questions like:
  • How can we partner with the private sector to access their data?
  • What approaches work, or not, for development organizations?
  • When should an organization centralize data use agreements?
  • Who is innovating and what are they learning?
Please RSVP now to share your experiences and learn from these thought leaders working at the edge of data use for development: We'll have hot coffee and catered 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!
Private Sector Data for Development
Technology Salon DC
8.30 – 10.30am,
Wednesday, July 11th, 2018
Downtown Washington, DC
RSVP is required for attendance

Want to Be a Lead Discussant in 2018?

2018 Topics
Apply Now to Be a Lead Discussant
The results of our 2018 DC Salon Topic Survey are in and we have a wide range of potential Technology Salons in the works for this year.

Apply now to be a lead discussant for one of these Salon topics we're considering for Washington, DC:
  • Future of Work with artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Sustainable financial models for ICT4D projects
  • Organizational investment and deployment of ICT4D teams and technology
  • Opportunities, concerns, and usage of digital identities
  • Geospatial data, information systems, and dashboards
  • The promise and pitfalls of digital financial services
  • Mixing “old” technology, like FM radio, with new tech like social media
  • Local innovation and innovators that challenges existing paradigms
  • Using ICT for refugee education and workforce readiness
And this is just our starter list. We'll create more Salons when we have a strong topic demand and good lead discussants. Apply today to be a lead discussant to help your favorite topic come to life.

About the Technology Salon

The Technology Salon™ 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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