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REMINDER: Humanitarian Technology Challenge conference (June 1-2, Washington, DC)

From: user 9.
Sent on: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 10:47 AM

Dear colleague:

 

Imagine hundreds of development experts and technical professionals around the world working together to develop technology-based solutions to pressing challenges faced by development experts and others working in resource-constrained environments. Now be a part of it.

 

The Humanitarian Technology Challenge (HTC), a joint initiative of the United Nations Foundation and Vodafone Foundation Technology Partnership, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), kicks off next week (June 1-2) with a conference in Washington, D.C., at the National Academy of Sciences (2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.). Attendance is by RSVP only, so if you haven’t yet registered your interest in attending please do so here.

 

Featured speakers addressing the potential of technology to address humanitarian challenges include:

 

Ken Banks, Founder, Kiwanja.net

Kathy Calvin, Executive Vice President, United Nations Foundation

Christopher Fabian, Co-Director, Innovations Team, UNICEF

Richard Gowen, President, Board of Directors, IEEE

Laura Stachel, Founder, WE CARE Solar

Mark Summer, Chief Innovation Officer, Inveno

 

The conference will address and begin to develop solutions for three top challenges humanitarian and others face working in resource-constrained environments:

 

-           Reliable Electricity – Availability of electric power for lighting and other electronic devices in resource-constrained environments.  Important for education, communications, and economic development.

 

-           Data Connectivity of Rural District Health Offices – Capability of exchanging data among remote field offices and central health facilities.  Important for accessing treatment protocols, updating health trends, and sharing results of treatments.

 

-          Patient ID Tied to Health Records – Consistent availability of patient medical records.  Important for ongoing treatment of patients, especially migrants, and those with long-term diseases.

 

We hope you will join us. To learn more about HTC, visit www.ieee.org/go/htc or email [address removed]. You can keep up with the UN Foundation & Vodafone Foundation Technology Partnership by following us on Twitter at Tech4Dev.

 

Sincerely,

 

Adele Waugaman

United Nations Foundation  | Communications Director

Technology Initiative | t: (+ 1)[masked] | e: [address removed]

 

 

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