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DC Tech Meetup Presents "DevTech" A Special Event At The Embassy of Sweden

DevTech: Innovative Solutions for Poverty Alleviation

There is broad agreement that ending extreme poverty will require creative, innovative solutions and new partnerships. Key questions include: How can donors facilitate fruitful collaboration with entrepreneurs, innovators and scientists? What are the opportunities and challenges facing those who are trying to bring low cost, high-impact technologies to scale?


Björn Lyrvall, Ambassador of Sweden to the US
Ulf Källstig, Chief of Staff, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Tony Pipa, International Policy Adviser to the Administrator and Deputy Assistant Administrator for Policy, Planning and Learning, USAID

Kofi Taha, Associate Director MIT D -Lab

Dave Ferguson, Director, Center for Innovation, U.S Global Development Lab, USAID

Kalsoom Lakhani, Founder & CEO Invest2Innovate

Evan Burfield, Co-Founder, 1776


Immunize India 
Cycle Technologies Inc 


Embassy of Sweden
April 9, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
2900 K Street, NW (Georgetown waterfront) 

This seminar explores how the development donor community can partner with technologists and innovators in supplying the very poor with scalable solutions for clean drinking water, electricity, health care, education and other necessities. Representatives from startups will demonstrate promising innovations, followed by a discussion with donors, development experts, researchers and business representatives.

A reception will follow the seminar.

In collaboration with: Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, USAID, MIT D-Lab, iStrategyLabs and DC Tech Meetup.

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  • Peter S.

    We just put this Solvatten clip up from DevTech meeting.

    April 15, 2014

  • Bruce J.

    Amazing to see what caring people can do to make a difference in the lives of so many. I really loved the solar water purification system and the work of AID and MIT labs.

    April 10, 2014

  • Siobhan G.

    Very interesting! I am fascinated at how much more interest there seems to be these days in ICT4D, especially social entrepreneurialism, outside the traditional group. As someone who has been involved with this field since 1993 (seriously, I got my first email account in Senegal through Orstom!), the rapid transformation is fascinating, but also realizing that many of the challenges are still there, even with mobile or broadband connectivity.

    Anyone have an interest in ICTs and Gender and ICT and Open Data for Development, give me a shout!

    April 10, 2014

  • Christopher W.

    It was quite inspiring and I learned some new interesting things!

    April 10, 2014

  • Arsalan K.

    Simply inspirational!

    April 10, 2014

  • Sharon M.

    Sorry, can't make it.

    April 9, 2014

  • Ardit D.

    With all the poverty knocking into Europe, Kenya - Africa is to far on cheap energy, geographicaly thinking and speaking. Pollution level on air & waters goes more than a seminar. Risks from GMO foods are reaching alarming levels into human psycho. All these are happening every day in every country, but because of publicity, we're ignoring the environment around and thinking far far away. Just in central Italy every day there is an increasing number of suicide and horrible crimes because of mental non stability caused by GMO foods usage. Anyway, it should start from somewhere and doing something allways is better than nothing.

    April 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    If anyone wants to chat about a project that I'm working on to teach women in Kenya to produce biomass briquettes, which are cheaper, more sustainable, healthier, and profitable sources of cooking fuel, feel free to shoot me a message or find me at the event! Looking forward to meeting everyone.

    April 3, 2014

  • Betsy D.

    Should be an interesting event with a new global perspective on the tech world.

    March 31, 2014

  • Jeremy S.

    Still looking for more demos? If so, I could share some of our work on healthcare research analysis.

    March 29, 2014

  • steven t.

    looking forward to this!

    March 28, 2014

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