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How Can Geographic Data Improve Development Outcomes?


February 4th DC Salon - RSVP Now

RSVP for Geodata Salon

We use Google Maps daily to find everything from a new store around the corner to a project site in a far off land. And we've all done community mapping at some level to help our constituents define their community for themselves and our world at large.

With multiple mapping tools (eg, OpenStreetMap, ArcGIS, MapBox, Google Maps) and people (students, analysts, managers) now in the geodata game, the landscape of what is possible with Cartesian coordinates has expanded spherically.

Please RSVP now for the next Technology Salon where we will get our mapping on to explore questions like:
  • What is cutting edge in geographic data for development - today and tomorrow?
  • Who is pushing the limits of the known world with hyper-local detail?
  • What metadata/geodata mashups can show us the world differently?
Please RSVP now to join Carrie Stokes, USAID Geographer & Director of the GeoCenter, and Mika Välitalo, Project Coordinator at Plan Finland, and your learned peers to explore where we are we headed - strategically and operationally - with geodata in development.

  Geodata for Development
  February Technology Salon DC
  Tuesday, February 4th
  8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
  Washington, DC, 20009

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.

How to Bring ICT4D to Your Development Organization?

February 6th NYC Salon - RSVP Now

Bringing innovative uses of new technologies into an international development organization can be a struggle. Not only is it a process of managing change, but those with the responsibility for designing, supporting and implementing programs that use new ICTs or other innovative approaches require a combination of skills that are not commonly taught at universities or in on-line courses or INGO training courses.
A number of innovation theories exist, yet these do not always play out as hoped within the confines of global organizations with their myriad of cultures, varying levels of expertise, difficulties in sharing and communicating successes and failures, resistance to change, and conservative environments where risk-taking is not rewarded.

Please RSVP now to join Chris Fabian, Advisor to the Executive Director: Innovation and Co-Lead of the Innovation Unit at UNICEF; Jessica Heinzelman, Senior ICT Specialist at DAI; and Mika Valitalo, Program Manager for ICT4D at Plan Finland; for a discussion on challenges and successful approaches and tactics for bringing innovative ICT4D approaches more fully into development organizations.
We’ll cover areas like:
  • What do we mean by “innovation” and why is innovation so often used interchangeably with “ICT4D” and “technology”?
  • What are some of the common challenges that organizations face when trying to integrate ICTs into their programs and operations. How can we overcome some of the challenges?
  • How can we better scale and integrate ICT4D within development organizations? What are the benefits of "mainstreaming" vs "sidestreaming" ICT4D?
  • How do we know what is effective and worth putting organizational effort into? What metrics can help us better determine this?
  • What are some concrete strategies for working on ICT4D across an organization (leadership, programs, fundraising, communications) in order to ensure that we are not scaling bad practice or being asked to implement unsustainable programs due to donor pressure?
  • What are successful ways to support and highlight local capacity in ICT4D, to engage country offices, and to support global staff in peer-peer learning? How can headquarters learn from staff who are implementing innovative ICT-enabled programs at grassroots levels?
  • What approaches work to engage and train staff to strengthen capacities for innovation and integration of new ICTs in programming?
We’ll also share examples of existing guides, tools, and resources that can help NGOs integrate ICTs into their programming and operations.

  Bringing ICTs to your Development Organization
  February Technology Salon NYC
  Thursday, February 6, 2014
  99 Madison Ave, 15th Floor (map)
  New York, NY 10016

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.


Upcoming NYC Technology Salons

  • Feb 28 Big Data and Development

  • March 11 Mobiles and Youth Financial Inclusion

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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