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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, 750 individuals from 76 countries and 320 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 • 14:00 - 14:45
Business Model Innovation for Conservation LIMITED

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Financial barriers limit the application of technology for conservation. Conservation organizations cannot afford it, and technology organizations can't make money off it. Business model innovation, more than technology innovation is what is really needed for large scale tech implementations in conservation. There have been few revenue generating models outside of eco tourism for conservation. Though they give us access to hundreds of millions of people, we have only used the web and social media for the purposes of getting donations. We need to look through the lens of the public and their needs and define offerings accordingly. The private sector already does this well, and we can learn from their thinking. Internet of Elephants is using games, social casinos, data visualizations to appeal to the public's desire for status, competition, quantification, and love. If we can tap into these addictions, we can democratize nature for the masses and generate revenue needed to widely implement tech solutions.

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Gautam Shah

Founder, Internet of Elephants
Gautam Shah is the founder of Internet of Elephants, a social enterprise using advances in technology to connect people with wild animals and create profitable business models for conservation. He was previously an IT consultant for Accenture for 20 years working in both the commercial and non-profit sector. His insatiable passion for animals led him to quit this perfectly good job and pursue a life devoted to finding alternative approaches to... Read More →

Thursday May 19, 2016 14:00 - 14:45
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