2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Makers: Technology for Development and Innovation

Sunday, March 15
11:00AM - 12:00PM

Hilton Austin Downtown
Salon K
500 E 4th St

In our digital era, data and technology are no longer monopolized by the government. With the new open data wave, digital innovators empower our society by creating open tools that increase democracy and transparency. They develop new and useful applications and services that can be appropriated by the public.

This panel will gather entrepreneurs, civil society members, FabLab innovators, and researchers to illustrate how technology can serve humanitarian development and social innovation. The discussion will focus on Fablabs, crowdsourcing, open data, open governance, makers, social entrepreneurs, smart city innovations and more.


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Erik Hersman



Erik Hersman is a widely respected technologist, blogger and commentator who specialises in the impact and application of technology throughout Africa. Raised in Sudan and Kenya and a graduate of K...

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Kat Borlongan


Five by Five

Kat Borlongan is an open data enthusiast with several hats. Currently, she is the co-founder of Five by Five, an advisor to the French Government’s open data task force and a founding member of Ope...

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Rand Hindi

Founder & CEO


Dr Rand Hindi is an entrepreneur, bioinformatician and algorithm architect. He is the founder and CEO of Snips.

Rand started coding at the age of 10, founded his first startup at 14 and created a ...

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Sename Koffi Agbodjinou



Sename Koffi Agbodjinou is the initiator of the WoeLab project.

WoeLab is an innovative community based on sharing. Many people work together on projects such as their democratic 3D printer base...

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