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Thursday, September 17
 

8:00am

Registration
Thursday September 17, 2015 8:00am - 8:30am
Governor's Ballroom Area

8:30am

Worship
Speakers
avatar for Harriet Bryan

Harriet Bryan

Nashville District Superintendent, Tennessee Annual Conference, United Methodist Church
Harriet Bryan is a native of Tennessee. She studied at the University of Mississippi, The Divinity School of Duke University, and at the School of Divinity at St Mary's College at the University of Saint Andrews, Scotland. Harriet has served appointments in NC and TN and currently serves as the Nashville District Superintendent.  She was elected as a General Conference delegate for 2012 and 2016, and as first alternate in 2008. She is... Read More →


Thursday September 17, 2015 8:30am - 9:20am
Governor’s Ballroom C

9:20am

Opening Greeting
Speakers
avatar for Dan Krause

Dan Krause

New General Secretary, United Methodist Communications
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Thursday September 17, 2015 9:20am - 9:35am
Governor’s Ballroom C

9:35am

ICT4D in The United Methodist Church: A Year in Review
Speakers
avatar for Neelley Hicks

Neelley Hicks

Director, ICT4D Church Initiatives, United Methodist Communications
The Rev. N. Neelley Hicks is an ordained deacon in The United Methodist Church (Tennessee Annual Conference). She serves fulltime at United Methodist Communications - The Communications Agency of The Global Denomination – located in Nashville, Tennessee. She is Director of ICT4D Church Initiatives, leading efforts to build appropriate, affordable and accessible solutions for the developing world’s complex communications... Read More →


Thursday September 17, 2015 9:35am - 10:15am
Governor’s Ballroom C

10:15am

Mayor Dean - Welcome to Nashville
Thursday September 17, 2015 10:15am - 10:30am
Governor’s Ballroom C

10:45am

Mobile Phones in Africa: A Story of Innovation and Social Change
Speakers
avatar for Ken Banks

Ken Banks

Founder, Kiwanja
Ken, founder of kiwanja.net, devotes himself to the application of mobile technology for positive social and environmental change. He has spent the last two decades working on projects in Africa. His early research resulted in the development of FrontlineSMS, an award-winning text-message communication system today powering thousands of social change projects in more than 150 countries around the world. Following a management transition... Read More →


Thursday September 17, 2015 10:45am - 11:15am
Governor’s Ballroom C

11:30am

Panel: Ebola Crisis in West Africa: How ICTs Mattered
Moderators
avatar for Dr. Revi Sterling

Dr. Revi Sterling

USAID-GBI Deputy Chief of Party, NetHope
Prior to joining NetHope in January 2015, Sterling founded and directed the first Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD) professional master’s program in the United States, a program that places equal emphasis on technology, methodology and development studies. Sterling also consults extensively for the United Nations, development agencies and high technology companies interested in utilizing technology for... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Doley

Kelly Doley

Project Manager, Inveneo
Kelly William Doley has worked as a project manager for Inveneo since December 2014. With Inveneo, Kelly has helped manage the Ebola Response Connectivity Initiative, a partnership between Facebook, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, NetHope, EveryLayer, Cisco and Inveneo. The partnership helped improve Internet access to 100 organizations in Sierra Leone and Liberia.  Before joining Inveneo, Kelly worked with... Read More →
avatar for Phileas Jusu

Phileas Jusu

Director of Communications, United Methodist Communications Sierra Leone
Phileas Jusu is an active member of Charles Davies United Methodist Church in western Freetown, Sierra Leone. He is a father of two sons – Phileas and Peter. With a writing career spanning more than a decade, Phileas is a strong contributor to United Methodist News Service. He has published articles on the work of The United Methodist Church in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Zimbabwe and the United States. His latest Interpreter magazine article... Read More →
avatar for David Robinson

David Robinson

Senior Advisor for Operations, World Vision International
Dave is senior advisor for Christian-Muslim relations in World Vision's global operations. He served in leadership roles on WVI's Ebola Response Team in West Africa from October 2014 until March 2015, and remains advisor to World Vision Sierra Leone (WVSL) for transition to Ebola recovery. He was a catalyst to adapt WVI's Channels of Hope for HIV/AIDS to mobilize and educate faith leaders to address Ebola at the community level. World Vision... Read More →


Thursday September 17, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Governor’s Ballroom C

12:30pm

Networking Lunch
Thursday September 17, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Water's Edge Restaurant

1:30pm

Lightning Talks:

Afternoon workshop leaders offer compelling reasons why you should attend their workshops. 


Thursday September 17, 2015 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Governor’s Ballroom C

2:00pm

Workshop A: Communicating in Disaster-Affected Communities

Learn about communication tools that can survive a storm, providing lifesaving information to the church and its communities. Tools include: ham radio, mapping.


Speakers
avatar for Ernani Celzo

Ernani Celzo

Philippines Scholar, Communications Ministry Coordinator
Ernani Celzo's works to bring innovative and creative approaches to church ministries such as Change The World events, radio ministry, and technology-based (ICT) ministries including website and database management. He is also involved in the communications relief in the Yolanda-stricken areas of Leyte providing wireless link connections to various relief organizations. Before joining the Episcopal Staff in 2013, he was head of the Committee... Read More →
avatar for April Mercado

April Mercado

Special Projects Manager and Field Representive Philippines, United Methodist Communications Philippines
April Gonzaga-Mercado is a field representative of UMCom in the Philippines. She is actively providing communications relief in Central Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan and is working together with partner NGOs like UMCOR, Inveneo, WFP, ETC, UN OCHA, Plan International and many more. UMC.org Special Coverage: April Mercado: Technology aids disaster recovery April is an active member of the United Methodist Young Adult Fellowship in the... Read More →


Thursday September 17, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Governor’s Chambers B-D

2:00pm

Workshop B: Lifeline Communications through SMS

SMS (text messaging) is a simple communications tool that can provide emergency alerts, or church notices – keeping people informed. Learn how TextIt can create engaging SMS and voice applications without the need of a programmer or expensive consulting company.


Moderators
avatar for Kellan Alexander

Kellan Alexander

Client Success Manager, Nyaruka, Ltd
A Kigali-founded startup borne of founders Nic Pottier and Eric Newcomer's SMS-based technical consultancy, Nyaruka, TextIt is a horizontal communication platform that enables anyone to visually-build automated SMS and voice services and deploy them in minutes through a direct connection or our Android application. Deployed by organizations as large as UNICEF and as small as your local clinic, TextIt's mission is to evangelize the power of SMS as... Read More →
avatar for Matt Crum

Matt Crum

Project Manager & Technical Advisor for ICTD, United Methodist Communications
Matt is all about creating people-centered technical solutions that are effective and as intuitive and non-burdonsome to use as possible. This ranges from designing implementing education technology projects, leading software development and design projects targeted to help those in developing communities,  and GIS related projects that help people better interpret and understand data for monitoring and evaluation. Matt... Read More →

Thursday September 17, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Governor's Ballroom B

3:30pm

Break
Thursday September 17, 2015 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Gaylord Opryland Hotel 2800 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214

4:00pm

Workshop A: Think Tank: ICT4D Experts Address Your ICT4D Problems

“Think your ICT4D problems are unique? Want to work through the hard issues inherent in using technology for education, and explore real solutions to sustainability? Then learn from the problems raised by Think Tank winners Gerardo Sánchez, Sora Edwards-Thro and Joe Kilpatrick, in a lively debate moderated by expert Wayan Vota.”


Speakers
avatar for Wayan Vota

Wayan Vota

Co-Founder, Kurante
Wayan Vota is passionate about technology and international development. He is convinced that information and communications technology (ICT) can accelerate the social and economic advancement of the developing world. Wayan is a co-founder of Kurante. Previously, he was senior staff at Development Gateway and Inveneo, and a consultant to infoDev at the World Bank. He co-founded Kurante, ICTworks, ICT4Djobs, Technology Salon, Educational... Read More →


Thursday September 17, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Governor’s Chambers B-D

4:00pm

Workshop B: Where there is no electricity: Alternative Energy

Solar expert Jeff Crystal shares knowledge about the lower cost solar devices that can save your program precious dollars often spent in fuel costs.


Speakers
avatar for Jeff Crystal

Jeff Crystal

COO, Voltaic Systems
Jeff Crystal is COO of Voltaic Systems, a designer and manufacturer of portable solar power systems. Jeff coordinates global sales, marketing, fulfillment and technical support. Prior to Voltaic, he was on the management teams of tech startups in Eastern Europe and New York and was a management consultant in Dallas. He lives in Brooklyn, New York and can be reached at jeff@voltaicsystems.com


Thursday September 17, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Governor's Ballroom B

5:30pm

Break
Thursday September 17, 2015 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Gaylord Opryland Hotel 2800 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214

6:00pm

Book Signing & Hors d’oeuvres
Thursday September 17, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Water's Edge Restaurant

7:00pm

Lessons from the Field
A lively and humorous time to look at some of the failures we all make in ICT4D, and learn lessons from the field. 

Moderators
avatar for Wayan Vota

Wayan Vota

Co-Founder, Kurante
Wayan Vota is passionate about technology and international development. He is convinced that information and communications technology (ICT) can accelerate the social and economic advancement of the developing world. Wayan is a co-founder of Kurante. Previously, he was senior staff at Development Gateway and Inveneo, and a consultant to infoDev at the World Bank. He co-founded Kurante, ICTworks, ICT4Djobs, Technology Salon, Educational... Read More →

Thursday September 17, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Governor’s Ballroom C
 
Friday, September 18
 

8:00am

Registration
Friday September 18, 2015 8:00am - 8:30am
Governor's Ballroom Area

9:00am

Worship
Speakers
avatar for J Kabamba Kiboko

J Kabamba Kiboko

Rev. Dr., Forest Chapel UMC
A clergywoman, published scholar, translator, wife, and mother, born in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and became the first clergywoman ordained in the Southern Congo Conference (1983). Currently, she is Senior Pastor of Forest Chapel UMC and has been serving as Mission Interpreter and Liaison for the Southern Congo/Zambia Episcopal area since 1986. Delegate to the 1984 General Conference, elected member of the Judicial Council in 2012... Read More →


Friday September 18, 2015 9:00am - 9:45am
Governor’s Ballroom C

9:45am

Women's Empowerment through ICTs

Three experts give examples of successful gender empowerment and ICTD projects, then work with you on an actionable plan to make your projects much more relevant and usable by women. Increase the reach and sustainability of your ICTD intervention while helping women to empower themselves in challenging environments and cultures.


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Revi Sterling

Dr. Revi Sterling

USAID-GBI Deputy Chief of Party, NetHope
Prior to joining NetHope in January 2015, Sterling founded and directed the first Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD) professional master’s program in the United States, a program that places equal emphasis on technology, methodology and development studies. Sterling also consults extensively for the United Nations, development agencies and high technology companies interested in utilizing technology for... Read More →


Friday September 18, 2015 9:45am - 10:30am
Governor’s Ballroom C

10:30am

Break
Friday September 18, 2015 10:30am - 10:40am
Gaylord Opryland Hotel 2800 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214

10:40am

Panel: Drones, 3D Printers, Outernet: How New Technologies Impact Lives
Moderators
avatar for Adele Waugaman

Adele Waugaman

Founder and Managing Director, Catalyst Advisory, LLC
An affiliated expert and former fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Adele also has been a frequent commentator on technology and development trends, speaking at a variety of international conferences on technology, philanthropy, health and development, and appearing in news outlets including the BBC, Financial Times, New York Times, National Public Radio and Wall Street Journal. Previously she was senior director of technology... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sara Pitcairn

Sara Pitcairn

Co-Director of Instructional Design, TechChange
Sara Pitcairn is co-director of instructional design at TechChange, where she works with clients to develop and design online learning experiences. She is also the facilitator of TechChange's “3D Printing for Social Good” course. Prior to TechChange, Sara taught middle- and high-school STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) courses at the Barrie School, where she also led an engineering product-design... Read More →
avatar for Thane Richards

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 →
avatar for Chris Tuckwood

Chris Tuckwood

Co-Founder and Executive Director, The Sentinel Project
A Toronto-based non-governmental organization, the Sentinel Project is dedicated to assisting communities threatened by mass atrocities worldwide. It does this through the innovative use of technology and direct cooperation with threatened communities. Christopher “Chris” Tuckwood has a master’s degree in disaster and emergency management from York University. His research and professional interests include early warning... Read More →


Friday September 18, 2015 10:40am - 12:00pm
Governor’s Ballroom C

12:00pm

Innovation Fair and Lunch
See, touch and feel the technologies you’ve been hearing about at the Innovation Fair. Enjoy lunch and take a walk to refresh through Opryland’s indoor gardens.

Friday September 18, 2015 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Governor’s Ballroom C

1:30pm

Lightning Talks
Afternoon workshop leaders offer compelling reasons why you should attend their workshops.

Friday September 18, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Governor’s Ballroom C

2:00pm

Workshop A: EduTech: Technology that Facilitates Learning

Are you trying to set up a computer lab at a school in a remote community? Have you been asked to fund tablets for students in Africa? Learn about education projects that use technology to improve education in the developing world and discuss with us what it takes to implement an education project that integrates technology.

We will select one or two projects from the audience and discuss next steps and what education technology and implementation approach might be appropriate. 


Moderators
avatar for Sybille Fleischmann

Sybille Fleischmann

Senior Program Manager and Technology Manager, POSSYBIL
Senior program manager and technology manager for POSSYBIL, Sybille Fleischmann is passionate about using technology to open opportunities for people in remote communities around the world. She focuses on making technology affordable and accessible through innovative approaches that adjust to local needs and can scale affordably and efficiently. Sybille has managed solution development and deployment for pilot programs aimed at improving... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Carmen Strigel

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 →


Friday September 18, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Governor’s Chambers B-D

2:00pm

Workshop B: Inventory & Outbreaks: Communications for Health
Learn how mobile phones are being used in the fight against disease, and how a simple text message can ensure drugs are there when needed.

Moderators
avatar for Julio Malikane

Julio Malikane

West Africa Project Manager, Medic Mobile Inc
Julio is an ICT4D enthusiast with specific interest in technology for the global health sector. He is currently the West Africa project manager at Medic Mobile Inc., a non-profit organization that advances health care in the developing world using technology. Julio joined Medic Mobile from the United Nations, where he worked as a technologist for conflict management and peace-keeping in disarmament, demobilization and reintegration program in... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Regan Deming

Regan Deming

Global Health Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Global Health Unit, General Board of Global Ministries
Regan is the Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Officer for the Global Health Unit at the General Board of Global Ministries.  Since her arrival in July 2014 she has been working with the UMC Health Boards in Africa as they implement grants from the Imagine NO Malaria campaign.  Her primary responsibilities are assist the health board coordinators with the development and implementation of programs which show demonstrable results using... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Betty Kazadi Musau

Rev. Betty Kazadi Musau

Secretary of The Central Congo Conference of The United Methodist Church, United Methodist Communications DRC
The Rev. Betty Kazadi Musau is secretary of the Central Congo Conference of The United Methodist Church and health board chair of the North Katanga Conference in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Since 2006, she has also been the North Katanga Conference communicator. From 2006-2008, Musau supervised a microfinance program in Kamina that focused on capacity building for women. She is a teacher of conversation at United Methodist... Read More →


Friday September 18, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Governor's Ballroom B

3:30pm

Break
Friday September 18, 2015 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Gaylord Opryland Hotel 2800 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214

4:00pm

Workshop A: Game Changing Content through Offline Solutions
Schools in rural communities often suffer from the lack of modern curriculum and internet needed to compete in a global marketplace. Learn how emerging solutions can help you overcome these obstacles.

Moderators
avatar for Jeremy Schwartz

Jeremy Schwartz

Co-Founder and Executive Director, World Possible
Jeremy has led World Possible since he became the organization's first executive director in October 2012. Prior to running World Possible, Jeremy was a venture capital associate at Norwest Venture Partners, focused on growing for-profit education and technology enterprises. Before Norwest, Jeremy spent four years as an investment banking associate at Wells Fargo. Jeremy graduated UCLA with a dual degree in business economics and political... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Matt Crum

Matt Crum

Project Manager & Technical Advisor for ICTD, United Methodist Communications
Matt is all about creating people-centered technical solutions that are effective and as intuitive and non-burdonsome to use as possible. This ranges from designing implementing education technology projects, leading software development and design projects targeted to help those in developing communities,  and GIS related projects that help people better interpret and understand data for monitoring and evaluation. Matt... Read More →


Friday September 18, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Governor’s Chambers B-D

4:00pm

Workshop B: Women & ICTs: Approaches to Learning and Empowerment
Moderators
avatar for Dr. Revi Sterling

Dr. Revi Sterling

USAID-GBI Deputy Chief of Party, NetHope
Prior to joining NetHope in January 2015, Sterling founded and directed the first Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD) professional master’s program in the United States, a program that places equal emphasis on technology, methodology and development studies. Sterling also consults extensively for the United Nations, development agencies and high technology companies interested in utilizing technology for... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Firdaus Kharas

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 →
avatar for Valerie Oliphant

Valerie Oliphant

Projects Manager, SimLab
Valerie is an international development practitioner and a projects manager at SIMLab. She is passionate about advancing peace and social equality with a commitment to reflective practice and continuous learning. Prior to joining SIMLab, she worked with Search for Common Ground, where she helped set up SFCG Nigeria’s Port Harcourt office and supported design, monitoring and evaluation of a peace-building project. Upon returning to DC, she... Read More →


Friday September 18, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Governor's Ballroom B
 
Saturday, September 19
 

8:30am

Worship
Speakers
avatar for Amy Valdez Barker

Amy Valdez Barker

Executive Secretary, Connectional Table
Amy Valdez Barker is the Executive Secretary of the Connectional Table for The United Methodist Church.  She has served the church in this position since 2013.  She is an ordained Deacon of the North Georgia Annual Conference and has a PhD in Christian Education and Congregational Studies from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary.   Amy has served in The United Methodist Church in many different capacities throughout her... Read More →


Saturday September 19, 2015 8:30am - 9:00am
Governor’s Ballroom C

9:00am

Tech Talks
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.

 

 

Speakers
avatar for Firdaus Kharas

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 →
avatar for Thane Richards

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 →
avatar for Carmen Strigel

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 →
avatar for Lauren Woodman

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

9:55am

11:15am

Door Prizes and Closing Remarks
Saturday September 19, 2015 11:15am - 11:30am
Governor’s Ballroom C