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Technology Salon DC

What is the Future of ICT4D in International Development?

Future View
Washington, DC - Mar 14 - RSVP Now
Our technology for development specialty is changing. Macro forces like reduced government funding and PEPFAR’s push to local organizations are intersecting with increased local capacity and robust commercial solutions, forcing us to consider a post-ICT4D world, and ask ourselves:

What does the future of ICT4D look like?

On the one hand, we should applaud a shift to local entrepreneurs. We should welcome the utility of private sector solutions like WhatsApp and WeChat. And we should celebrate the centrality of digital in development.  
On the other hand, where do these shifts leave us, the ICT4D practitioner? Should we focus on maturing ICT4D till its seamless IT? Or transition into guides for ethical technology usage? Or is it actually a great time to be in ICT4D?
Please RSVP Now to join these thought leaders in a lively debate about the future of our profession (and international development as a whole): Please RSVP Now to join us at the next Technology Salon DC and seek answers to questions like these:
  • What are the ICT4D trends we should celebrate? Or fear?
  • How fast will development shift ICT4D services to local actors?
  • Where are the commercial services that compliment our offerings?
  • What can we do to direct our industry to the outcomes we prefer?
  • Who is leading these shifts and what can we learn from them?
  • When can we claim success and move onto other career paths?
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!
The Future of ICT4D
Technology Salon DC
8.30 – 10.30am
March 14th, 2019
Downtown Washington, DC
RSVP is required for attendance

How to Evaluate Artificial Intelligence Use Cases for Development Programs?

Washington, DC - April 17 - RSVP Now
This year’s technology buzz word is artificial intelligence, which means you’ve already been asked how your organization can incorporate AI and machine learning in your programs.
Yet, as AI is such a new technology, there are few, if any, resources available to thoroughly evaluate the what, where, and how of using AI in our programs. There are basic questions that we all still struggle with, like:
  • What are ethical uses of AI for development?
  • Where are the hidden biases, and how to overcome them?
  • When to partner with private sector and what are the risks?
  • How can technology decisions support government ownership?
  • Who is innovating with AI and what are they learning?
Please RSVP Now to join this outcome-focused Technology Salon where we will work towards an evaluation framework for artificial intelligence solutions with these thought leaders: Please RSVP Now to join us. Confirmed Salon participants will receive a draft AI evaluation framework before the Salon to inspire our debate. At the Salon, we will work to develop and refine an evaluation framework we can all use in our international development programming.

We’ll have coffee and snacks for a morning rush, but seating is limited. Please RSVP Now. Once we reach our 35-person capacity there will be a waiting list!

Evaluating Artificial Intelligence
Technology Salon DC
8:30 – 10:30am
April 17th, 2019
Downtown Washington, DC
RSVP is required for attendance

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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