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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Tuesday, May 17 • 12:15 - 13:00
Power of Voice-Enabled Communication Technology to Reach the Last Mile FULL

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Awaaz.De, an award-winning Indian social enterprise, accelerates the development of appropriate technology to reach the last mile. Awaaz.De provides technology solutions and services for development sector organizations, enabling them to connect with underserved communities and increase impact. Awaaz.De develops cost-effective, easy-to-use communication and data collection tools that work on mobiles and landlines, breaking language and literacy barriers. Clients use Awaaz.De for health, education, microfinance, and agriculture, with proven impact. The technology helps reach marginalized and remote communities, whether farmers, women, rural populations, or low-income students. Awaaz.De has worked across 23 states and 6 countries, with over 300 organizations since 2010.

Awaaz.De was founded by Neil Patel and Tapan Parikh (Professor, UC Berkeley), growing out of Neil's PhD thesis work at Stanford University. Awaaz.De is a 2013 Sankalp Award Grand Prize Winner, 2013 Action For India Growth Prize Winner, 2011 Tech Awards Laureate, and a 2011 Mashable.com Startups for Good finalist. Dr. Neil Patel will present real case studies of how this technology has been applied, its social impact in reaching and empowering communities, and areas of further research and implementation required for future growth in this field.

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Dr. Neil Patel

Founder and CEO, Awaaz De
Neil Patel is co-founder and CEO of Awaaz.De. Born and raised in California, Neil holds bachelor's degrees in Computer Science and Business from UC Berkeley, and a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University. He completed his dissertation on a mobile voice-based social platform... Read More →

Tuesday May 17, 2016 12:15 - 13:00 EAT
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