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Can Emerging Economies Benefit From Mobile App Development?

Washington, DC - March 2 - RSVP Now
Back in 2010, there was palatable excitement that newly created iPhone and Android app stores could be an opportunity for the developing world to gain from the smartphone revolution. The iHub launched in Kenya and the World Bank funded regional mLabs across the continent.
 
At a visionary Business Growth Initiative meeting, Darrell Owen and Steve Schmida asked three pivotal questions to the international development community:
  • Does smartphone application development offer a real opportunity for advancing entrepreneurship in the developing world?
  • How could donors facilitate the efforts of private industry to accelerate application development?
  • What impact would investments in application development have on international development goals?
Fast forward to 2016, and we may have answers from a new report by Caribou Digital that sees the global app economy as robust and profitable - for a few global players from OECD countries. Notably missing from the winner's circle are African countries, particularly Kenya, despite all the Silicon Savannah hype.
 
It's Vietnam, Belarus and other countries that focused on Business Process Outsourcing, not donor darlings, that are gaining from the global app economy. How could that be? And what can we do about it?

Please RSVP now to join these thought leaders in the app economy in a lively debate on what happened, and what today’s reality means for software development as a tool for international 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!
 
Apps4D Impact
Technology Salon DC
8.30 – 10.30am,
Wednesday, March 2th, 2016
Downtown Washington, DC
RSVP is required for attendance
 
 

How Can We Better Engage with Smallholder Farmers?

Washington, DC - March 16th - RSVP Now
At last year's ICTforAg conference, we had a focus on communication processes and tools to engage smallholder farmers and increase adoption of new agriculture practices.
 
The sessions produced robust learning, including ways to improve farmer information systems with SMS and Interactive Voice Response, increase farmer engagement using FM radio, streamline ad extension services with centralized control, and why facilitated video is the most effective ag teaching tool.
 
Fast forward six months and we now have the opportunity to learn first-hand how leading ICTforAg practitioners are pushing the boundaries on what is possible with technology in agriculture.
 
Please RSVP now to join your peers in ICTforAg in a robust discussion of where we are now, and could be in the near future. Our discussion will be led by these key thought leaders: When you RSVP, you can help design the session by adding your own questions to these that we seek to answer in our discussion:
  • Who is leading the way in experimentation and efficacy?
  • What are the newest findings when using SMS or IVR with farmers?
  • Does USSD or other mobile technologies have a place in ag extension?
  • How can we combine communication mediums, like FM radio, SMS, and video, for greater impact?
  • Where are the ICTforAg opportunities and challenges in 2016?
  • When might the sensor revolution reach smallholder farmers?
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!
 
ICTforAg Communications
Technology Salon DC
8.30 – 10.30am,
Wednesday, March 16th, 2016
Downtown Washington, DC
RSVP is required for attendance
 
 

How Can Sensors and IoT Improve Global Development?

San Francisco - March 22 - RSVP Now
There is a coming sensor revolution in development. Thanks to the mobile phone dividend, the many sensors in mobile phones are becoming more robust, cheaper, and even more energy efficient. Combined with near-ubiquitous 2G and soon 3G coverage, and liberated from handsets, these sensors are creating an Internet of Things that will expand quickly beyond rich countries to have a global impact.
 
Recently Cisco and the ITU took a nuanced look at the opportunities and challenges of this coming sensor and IoT for development revolution in their Harnessing the Internet of Things for Global Development report, highlighting projects using IoT to directly improve development outcomes.
 
Yet, we should pause amid the hype and ask key questions about IoT4D:
  • What is the state of sensor functionality, network connectivity, and power capacity?
  • Who using sensors and IoT in global development? What are they learning?
  • What are the key policy considerations for standards and interoperability?
  • Where are the security and privacy risks, and how can we mitigate them?
  • What are the ethical implications of remote and automated sensing?
Please RSVP now to join these thought leaders in sensing technology and international development for a lively debate on how the Internet of Things can be a tool for global 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!
 
IoT for Development
Technology Salon SF
9.30 – 11.30am
Tuesday, March 22th, 2016
Tides Foundation
1012 Torney Ave
San Francisco, CA
RSVP is required for attendance
 
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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 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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