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How Can Technology Increase Social Impact?


1st Helsinki Salon - November 17th



Access to mobile phones has exploded across the globe. The availability of smart phones and the mobile web is also increasing rapidly. This opens up exciting opportunities to reach the “base of the pyramid” with products and services that could improve the well-being of millions of people living on less than $2 per day.

At the same time, customers in these markets are starting to expect a greater voice in determining what products and services they need and want, and businesses and designers need to be savvy and well-embedded in local culture and context in order to design for a new segment of potential customers who demand high quality products and services at the lowest cost possible.

Alongside this comes the opportunity (and many say the obligation) to ensure that new business opportunities are accompanied by positive social impact. Yet finding good business models that ensure a “triple bottom line” that considers people, profit and planet, is a massive challenge.

Please RSVP now to join us during Slush for a lively and interactive discussion featuring the following experts:

They will guide us in debating the role of technology start-ups and social enterprises in global development, with a goal to find answers the following questions:

  • How can start-ups, impact investors and social enterprises make a positive impact on the lives of people living in low-resource settings?
  • How can social and technology innovators & entrepreneurs best contribute to global development challenges?
  • What are some good ways for non-governmental organizations and technology start-ups to collaborate locally and globally?
  • What can the sectors learn from each other so that their endeavors are more successful?
  • What lessons should we remember, and what failures should we avoid repeating?

Please RSVP now to join in the discussion. We’ll have snacks for an evening rush, but seating is limited. Once we reach our 30-person capacity there will be a waiting list!

ICT for Social Impact
1st Helsinki Technology Salon
5 - 7pm
Monday, November 17th
Helsinki, Finland
RSVP is required to attend


How Can We Use Data for Development?


October 24th, Central London – RSVP Now

We now have an unprecedented ability to collect data on people’s actions and behaviors, including people in the developing world, thanks to their rapid adoption of mobile technologies. Previously, the needs and habits of  low-income populations have often been poorly understood, yet now an explosion of data offers the opportunity predict and track behaviors that can improve development planning.

Please RSVP now to join the next Technology Salon London to explore the potential for channeling these torrents of data into actionable information. Our guides in the conversation will include Kyla Reid, Head of Disaster Response, Mobile for Development.

Together, we will seek to understand how data can be used to help the individuals and communities who create it, with guiding questions like:
  • When is data credible, accessible and a relevant resource for development?
  • What available data can guide investment decisions of development funders?
  • Where can data improve programme strategies of iNGOs and technologists?
  • How we can collect and use data without compromising the privacy of the users?
  • What are the ethical issues around collecting and using data, especially from marginalized and vulnerable populations?
We’ll have hot coffee and a light breakfast. Seating is limited, so be sure to RSVP quickly to be confirmed for attendance. Once we reach our 30-person capacity there will be a waiting list.
Data for Development
October Technology Salon London
9 - 11 a.m., Friday, October 24th
Central London, UK

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 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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