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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Thursday, May 19 • 16:00 - 16:30
The Living Progress Challenge—The Power of the Crowd To Develop Tech Solutions for Social Impact

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Building on a 75 year history of citizenship, Hewlett Packard Enterprise is now taking an innovative crowdsourcing approach to uncover pioneering digital solutions for millions of people disadvantaged by the digital divide. Launched on December 1, 2015, the HPE Living Progress Challenge invited the global community to bring forward proposals that answered the question: What software applications and digital services would you create to improve people’s lives around the world?

In this session, Christopher Wellise, Director, Strategic Initiatives, will share the genesis of the Challenge and the rationale for why Hewlett Packard Enterprise has taken this innovative approach. He will discuss the Living Progress Challenge’s multi-phase structure; how Hewlett Packard Enterprise worked with key internal and external partners to facilitate the contest’s vital crowdsourcing component, and how the power of crowdsourcing will be harnessed to unleash new creativity, innovation and ideas.

The session will also showcase examples of the diverse range of submissions the Challenge elicited. More than 130 proposals for digital solutions were received, addressing an array of social issues including democracy; monitoring and evaluation, financial inclusion; healthcare for new mothers; business resilience to disasters; unemployment; and more. Finally, Mr. Wellise will discuss the ongoing opportunities for companies like HPE to connect with organizations and implementers around the world in order to innovate to improve people’s lives.

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Christopher Wellise

Director of Strategic Initiatives, Living Progress Challenge, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Christopher Wellise is passionate about drawing upon his experience in business and science/engineering to analyze how organizations innovate, develop and market products; consume energy and natural resources; and produce waste streams, to find ways to bring businesses closer to economic... Read More →

Thursday May 19, 2016 16:00 - 16:30 EAT
Jambo Conference Centre