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Thursday, September 17

8:30am CDT

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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... Read More →

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

9:35am CDT

ICT4D in The United Methodist Church: A Year in Review
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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... Read More →

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

10:15am CDT

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

1:30pm CDT

Lightning Talks:

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

Thursday September 17, 2015 1:30pm - 2:00pm CDT
Governor’s Ballroom C
Friday, September 18

9:00am CDT

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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... Read More →

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

9:45am CDT

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.

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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... Read More →

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

1:30pm CDT

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

Friday September 18, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Governor’s Ballroom C
Saturday, September 19

8:30am CDT

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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... Read More →

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

9:00am CDT

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.



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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... 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... 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... 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... Read More →

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

11:15am CDT

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