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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Monday, May 16 • 14:00 - 14:45
Building Inspirational Digital Products to Change the World LIMITED

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To reach the ambition of the Sustainable Development Goals, we all need to know the extent of different problems in different places around the world. To complement the growing movements to collect and release open data about the big issues of our time, we need to deploy cutting-edge technologies to communicate that data effectively, so people can act before it's too late.

With ever-expanding datasets covering more topics and larger areas, the development sector has truly entered the age of big data. Making that data intelligible is the next big challenge to take on, which requires a combination of beautiful and intuitive design, powerful databases to complete complex analyzes and innovative visualization technologies. In an age where mobile phones are becoming the primary medium for learning about our world, we need to make sure we empower the billions of people coming online through basic phones and smartphones with the right data at the right time.

This talk will introduce how the data design agency vizzuality uses CartoDB software to build products that contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. There will be a demonstration of projects using satellite data and cloud-computing to provide information to the 'bottom billion' through text and call-based services. From prioritizing malaria prevention efforts to helping farmers adopt more productive and sustainable practices, it's all about the right data at the right time.

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Craig Mills

Chief Executive Officer, Vizzuality
Craig Mills is CEO of world-leading data design company vizzuality. He came to software development the long way round, starting off in Marine Biology and moving swiftly through GIS into data modeling and software development. Over the last decade Craig has helped build environmental... Read More →

Monday May 16, 2016 14:00 - 14:45 EAT
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