The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other.  In 2016, 715 individuals from 76 countries and 301 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.

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Wednesday, May 18 • 09:30 - 10:15
Data Obsession: Why Our Focus is the Wrong One

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Across the sector, there are endless discussions open data, shareable data, responsible data, and countless other ways to describe the data needed to design effective response to both emergencies and long-term development issues.  But the availability and access to data is only part of the challenge – what we all really need is access to information.  Making data useful and relevant requires leveraging the different sources of data, creating trust mechanisms that allow for the sharing and use of data, building responsible practices to protect privacy and security, and developing both individual and organizational capacity for the often difficult process of changing data into information.  Using the Ebola and Syrian refugee crises as backdrop, this talk will examine how data was used and what we can collectively do to make data usage more effective in future efforts.

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Lauren Woodman

Chief Executive Officer, NetHope
Lauren Woodman is the Chief Executive Officer of NetHope, where she drives the organization’s aggressive movement to put advanced connective technologies in the hands of nonprofits whose work can be magnified by its power. It is her primary goal to spark the tech world’s... Read More →

Wednesday May 18, 2016 09:30 - 10:15 EAT
Jambo Conference Centre