2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Global Innovation Challenge: Lifting 1 billion people out of poverty presented by USAID

Monday, March 14
3:45PM - 4:45PM


The U.S. Agency for International Development is calling on innovators everywhere to help end extreme poverty. Three social entrepreneurs will pitch their ideas to solve global development challenges in an interactive competition. Pitches will range from a company improving food security through smart tractors in Nigeria, a technology company using mobile phone apps to empower health workers in India, and finally, a social enterprise piloting video-learning clubs for children without access to electricity in Tanzania. The winner will attend President Obama’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit in June 2016. Come cast your vote live alongside the judges!

Judges for the event include:
Jean Case, CEO, Case Foundation
Rajesh Anandan, Senior Vice President
Strategic Partnerships and UNICEF Ventures,
U.S. Fund for UNICEF

The featured innovators have received funding from USAID’s U.S. Global Development Lab through the Developme...

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Ann Mei Chang at SXSW

Ann Mei Chang

Exec Dir US Global Dev Lab & Chief Innovation Officer


Ann Mei Chang is USAID's Chief Innovation Officer and the Executive Director of the U.S. Global Development Lab. The Lab is the newest bureau at USAID and aims to transform global development throu...

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Doreen Kessy at SXSW

Doreen Kessy



Doreen is COO at Ubongo, creators of edutainment content for learners in Africa. She is an entrepreneur passionate about creating social change in Africa. She has an MBA and BS in International Bus...

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Jehiel Oliver at SXSW

Jehiel Oliver

Founder & CEO

Hello Tractor Inc

Jehiel Oliver, Founder & CEO (Abuja, Nigeria) - Jehiel manages the Hello Tractor team, strategy, and partnerships. He is an Echoing Green Global Fellow and has been recognized for his work in socia...

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Jonathan Jackson at SXSW

Jonathan Jackson

Co-founder, CEO


Jonathan Jackson is the CEO and co-founder of Dimagi, a software company that develops open source mobile solutions for low-resource settings in 50+ countries. Jonathan has overseen the growth of D...

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