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 • 12:15 - 13:00
Social Innovation and Mobile Healthcare Apps LIMITED

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The advent of mobile application (app) technology allows for social innovation that improves developing country health and healthcare systems. The success of a mobile application-based venture depends on timely partnership support, cross-sector human capital development, and sustainability awareness.

We present, demo (as needed and available; please bring a virtual reality capable mobile device and headset if possible), and discuss how several examples fare in the development, testing, and implementation of mobile healthcare apps in low resource communities. Issues such as platform interoperability, professional validation, community uptake, and organizational governance play a role in ensuring quality outputs and outcomes.

As mobile ICT expands, we suggest how professionals and community members might seek to bolster low-resource health systems while challenging individual health providers to upgrade knowledge and lead teams capable of co-creation and innovation. In addition, we address issues that still limit the successful scaling of mobile app-based ventures.

Finally, we explore wrap-around mobile app communication and research tools and strategies that extend development capacity and venture success. We look at how these tools and strategies might advance across relevant communities and sectors.

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Michael Herren

Director Ejecutivo, Motos For Fonos
Michael Herren is the founder and managing director of Motos For Fonos. He has over twelve years of experience in Latin American and its U.S. diaspora with focus on small business development, education, health, and social enterprise. He holds an MBA from George Washington University... Read More →

Thursday May 19, 2016 12:15 - 13:00 EAT
Giraffe 205