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Saturday, September 19 • 9:00am - 10:50am
Tech Talks

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Attend “TED-Style” talks throughout the morning by Firdaus Kharas, Carmin Strigel, Lauren Woodman and Thane Richards!

Firdaus Kharas:
The world is shrinking!
Hear from a man named this year as one of the World’s Most Talented Social Innovators how technology and content are wiping out borders to reach hundreds of millions of people with behavior change communications to better their lives.

Carmen Strigel:
Tech’n Teachers: Assembling the jigsaw puzzle - but do we even know the picture?
Enter the fascinating world of teachers and technology and through examples from two international case studies learn how to make the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle fit. Explore if we yet have the full picture of technology that truly enhances teaching and learning and provides value for investment.

Lauren Woodman
Ring! Ring! How The Bank in Your Pocket is Improving Inclusion, Security and Humanitarian Response
Payment Innovations – from cash transfers to mobile money – are opening up innovative new approaches to development and disaster response. Fueled by technology, these efforts can dramatically enhance aid, development and response while simultaneously increasing reach, preserving dignity, and enhancing impact.

Thane Richards:
Library From Space: Getting the Web to 4.3 Billion People Without Internet
Outernet is currently broadcasting 1 GB/day of free data from six satellites covering 99% of humans on Earth. Learn about this project, how you can help decide what Outernet broadcasts, and how to make "a library in every home" a reality.



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Firdaus Kharas

Chairman & Executive Producer, Chocolate Moose Media
Social innovator, director and humanitarian, Firdaus Kharas creates media designed to educate, entertain and change societal and individual behavior to better the human condition.  He is a specialist in creating animated shorts and documentaries, especially on human rights and disease prevention. His work has been translated into more than 100 languages, used in 150 countries and attributed positively to influencing millions of lives. He... Read More →
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Thane Richards

Publisher and COO, Outernet
Thane Richard leads content strategy and business development at Outernet, a revolutionary company that delivers free information from space to every human on earth. Earlier, he founded a journalism project in Detroit called “Jaunt” that fused nonfiction stories with physical artifacts. Quartz hired him to cover the 2014 Indian general election. The largest election in human history, it took place over the course of six... Read More →
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Carmen Strigel

Director, ICT for Education and Training, RTI International
Carmen Strigel is the director of technology for education and training at RTI International. Her technical work focuses on building capacity, fostering stakeholder collaboration and facilitating information-based decision-making and policy reforms. Carmen’s passion and core expertise lie in teacher professional development, evaluation of electronic teaching materials and pedagogic integration of ICT – including assistive... Read More →
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Lauren Woodman

Chief Executive Officer, NetHope
Lauren Woodman joined NetHope as chief executive officer in January 2014, bringing 25 years of leadership experience in technology, policy, development and education in the public and private sectors to the role, but more importantly, a sense of urgency to the need to leverage technology more effectively to address global crises. NetHope shares technology, research and best practices between its nonprofit members and the tech community... Read More →

Saturday September 19, 2015 9:00am - 10:50am
Governor’s Ballroom C

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