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What is the Future of ICT in Myanmar?

 
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June 5th Washington DC Salon - RSVP Now


Myanmar is rushing headlong into the future. Technology restrictions are ending, mobile operators are rolling out services, and 60 million Burmese are about to go online for the first time ever.
  • Where will they go first, second, last?
  • What will they find? Or not?
  • How will Internet access change their lives? Or control it?
There are many more questions to ask about the role of ICT and development in Myanmar. Please RSVP now to join the next Technology Salon DC, where we'll be asking questions like:
  • What is the best role for development actors? For how long?
  • Where are opportunities to partner with private sector players?
  • Who is already mixing technology and development? What can we learn from them?
  • How will the government, and the Burmese people themselves, react to new-found connections, information, and freedoms?
  • Can we trust human nature to be beneficial to all, or should we promote certain directions or restrictions from the start?
Please RSVP now for the next Technology Salon DC where we will explore the present and future of ICT in Myanmar, home of the world's largest Barcamp and the lowest Internet penetration in Southern Asia. Our guides in this discussion are:
  1. Dr. Thant Thaw Kaung of the Myanmar Book Aid and Preservation Foundation
  2. Htaike Htaike Aung of Myanmar ICT for Development Organization and Barcamp Yangon (if connectivity allows)
  3. Indre Biskis of World Learning's Myanmar ICT Networking Skills Development Pilot
  4. Mickey Bergman of Aspen Institute's Global Alliances Program with the State Department
They will help us focus on how civil society, social enterprises, and technology companies are coming together to support Myanmar's transition into the 21st Century.
 
ICT4Development in Myanmar
DC Technology Salon
Thursday, June 5th 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Downtown, Washington, DC

We’ll have hot coffee and catered breakfast treats for a morning rush, but seating is limited. So RSVP ASAP to be confirmed for attendance: once we reach our 35-person capacity there will be a waiting list!


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How Can ICT Improve Monitoring & Evaluation?


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June 5th Ottawa Technology Salon - RSVP Now


The world has more data now than ever before, and more ways to collect it too. In fact, we are floating in an ocean of data, but too often, we are barely treading water versus swimming with a purpose.

How can we leverage the tools of ICT to swim, or even sail, on this sea of data? Can we improve our understanding of data and the overall monitoring and evaluation process? Shouldn’t we be asking ourselves questions like:
  • Beyond surveys and dissemination, how can ICT be helpful to M&E?
  • What are the challenges in implementing inclusive ICT-based M&E programs?
  • When can ICT be used to celebrate (and learn from) ‘failures’?
  • Does participatory ICT and social media help or hurt M&E efforts?
  • How can we channel independent grassroots monitoring efforts into established development channels?
Please RSVP now for the next Technology Salon Canada - in Ottawa! - to seek answers to these questions and explore how we can truly achieve data-driven development. We’ll have the following experts as guides on our journey: Please RSVP now to join 35 of your peers in technology and international development for a lively yet informal discussion on the opportunities and challenges in using the data tools of tomorrow to create lasting change today.

You can join too - if you RSVP now. RSVP is required for attendance.
 
ICT for M&E
Technology Salon Canada
Thursday, June 5th 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Ottawa, Canada

Please RSVP now to be confirmed for attendance as we'll have hot coffee and tasty donuts for a morning rush, but seating is limited and once we reach our 35-person capacity there will be a wait list.


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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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