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How Can We Use Social Media to Improve Development Outcomes?


April DC Salon - RSVP Now

FB in AfricaThese days, social media is pervasive. Facebook dominates many conversations - here and around the world. Facebook penetration rates surpass 80% of those online in many African countries. Twitter is not far behind, by the look of African tweet maps. Its presence is also felt globally - Jakarta, Indonesia is the tweet capital of the world.

We all know we can't ignore social media in development, but there are many unanswered questions in its use for development:
  • When should we be using social media?
  • What can we reasonably expect?
  • Who should we be trying to engage?
  • Why are successes so spotty and hard to identify?
  • Should we push adoption and if so among whom?
  • Can it be a gateway to other types of ICT4D and if so, how so?
We'll have two thought leaders in using social media to effect development outcomes, Jessica Dheere, Social Media Exchange, and Jim Rosenberg, World Bank, to guide us in a stimulating discourse on social media in development.

Please join your Technology Salon peers at our next meeting - RSVP now!

  How Can We Use Social Media for Development?
  April Technology Salon
  8:30am - 10:00am
  Thursday, April 25, 2013
  Downtown Washington, DC

We'll have hot coffee and donuts 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 waitlist.

Upcoming Salons

  • May 7 in San Francisco: Social media and Hurricane Sandy
  • May 14 in NYC: Does Social Media Exacerbate Poverty Porn?
  • May 14 in DC: Technology Challenges in Development
  • May 21 in NYC: Tech Entrepreneurship in Congo/Brazzaville 
  • May 22 in London: Suggest a topic
  • May 28 in San Francisco: Tech Entrepreneurship in Africa

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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