Scalable Innovation for Social Good
Saturday, March 12
12:30PM - 1:30PM
110 E 2nd St
Although the ability to do nearly anything with today’s consumer technology is seemingly ubiquitous, there are still millions of people around the world without access to even the most basic services. Thanks to visionary engineers, designers and business people, emerging low power, smart technologies such as wearables, sensor-based and connected devices are overcoming barriers in infrastructure, healthcare and economic development. This panel will explore how simple innovations can have a basic yet profound impact when designed with a user’s local context in mind and social relativity.
Sr Advisor to UNICEF Exec Dir on Innovation & Co-Founder & Co-Lead, UNICEF Innovation
Erica Kochi co-founded and co-leads UNICEF’s Innovation Unit, a group tasked with identifying, prototyping and scaling technologies and practices that improve UNICEF’s work on the ground. Erica als...Show the rest
Erica Kochi co-founded and co-leads UNICEF’s Innovation Unit, a group tasked with identifying, prototyping and scaling technologies and practices that improve UNICEF’s work on the ground. Erica also serves as Innovation Advisor to UNICEF’s Executive Director. Working with partners in private sector, academia, and international development, the Innovation Unit supports UNICEF’s 135+ country offices in the practical application of design and technology to strengthen international development outcomes.
UNICEF Innovation has recognized success in innovative design of international development solutions. Erica was named to the TIME 100 “World’s Most Influential People” List in 2013. Other examples of this work include the Digital Drum, recognized by Time Magazine as one of the Top 50 inventions of 2011, gold and silver International Design Excellence (IDSA) Awards, a Red Hat prize for being one of the three top open source projects, and the award-winning RapidSMS - a system that uses basic mobile phones and SMS messages to communicate with front-line workers and improve the speed and quality of data collection and health and education services.
Since 2007, UNICEF Innovation has worked with partners to develop open source technologies that have registered 13 million children in Nigeria over 20 months, and provided antenatal care to thousands of pregnant women across Rwanda. These systems are built on a set of principles, such as collaboration and learning from fast failures, that have informed successes such as the tracking of the distribution of more than 25 million insecticide treated mosquito nets and providing a direct feedback loop for more than 180,000 young Ugandans to engage with their government and change policy in real time.Hide the rest
VP, Worldwide Mktg & Strategic Alliances
Ian Ferguson, Director of Server Systems and Ecosystem, ARM, has spent years fighting from the corner of the underdog. Most of those scars are healing nicely. Ian is particularly passionate about t...Show the rest
Ian Ferguson, Director of Server Systems and Ecosystem, ARM, has spent years fighting from the corner of the underdog. Most of those scars are healing nicely. Ian is particularly passionate about taking ARM technology into new types of applications that do not exist or are at the very formative stages. Consequently, he is driving ARM’s server program with a view to reinvent the way the server function is implemented in networks as opposed to simply replacing incumbent platforms.Hide the rest