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[Open Technology Week] Technology for the Bottom Billion Workshop

Cambridge is a global leader in science and technology, and advances pioneered in Cambridge have impacted significantly on the lives of the world’s poorest and most marginalised people. This workshop brings together people who are evolving innovative technological responses to challenges faced by people who live on less than $2 per day.
When Jun 10, 2016
from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
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Cambridge is a global leader in science and technology, and advances pioneered in Cambridge have impacted significantly on the lives of the world’s poorest and most marginalised people. To date, however, this impact has not been uniformly positive. Most of the benefits of cutting edge science are enjoyed by the world’s wealthiest 10%, while the bottom 50% bear the brunt of the externalities that new technologies so often generate.

This workshop brings together people who are working to change this situation by evolving innovative technological responses to challenges faced by people who live on less than $2 per day. The workshop provides a counterpoint to a year-long series of seminars that have examined technologies of the future with a view to evolving social, legal and policy frameworks to ensure that new science enhances rather than undermines the wellbeing of the world’s bottom billion.

In response to the seminars, the focus of the workshop is practice rather than policy, and initiatives taking place now and the near future rather than paradigmatic shifts in the longer term.

Presentations will be made by University of Cambridge academics and students, practitioners from NGOs and civil society organisations, social entrepreneurs running their own ventures and intrapreneurs working on social innovation initiatives in large corporations.

 

Technology for the Bottom Billion Workshop 

Programme 

10th of June, 2016, 09.30-17.00 

Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH)

Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

 

09.30 – 09.40 Registration

09.40 – 10.00 Introduction.

Lara Allen (Centre for Global Equality)

10.00 – 10.20 Empowering communities to combat water inequality with a faster, cheaper and simpler water testing kit.

Richard Bowman (Waterscope; Nanophotonics Group, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge)

10.20 – 10.40 Photocatalytic Water Treatments.

 Mike Coto (Materials Chemistry Group, Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy, University of Cambridge)

 

10.40 – 11.00 Innovation for the Bottom Billion?

Dominic Vergine (Head of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, ARM)

11.00 – 11.20 TEA

11.20 - 12.00 Technology Justice – A Framework. (title TBC)

Amber Meikle (Senior Policy and Practice Adviser, Practical Action)

12.00 - 12.20 The Whistle: A Human Rights Reporting Platform that Empowers Civilians and Speeds Verification.
Matt Mahmoudi (Centre for Governance and Human Rights, Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge)

12.20 - 12.40 Combatting malaria one map at a time.

Simão Belchior (Vizzuality) 

12.40 – 13.00 DigiTally: offline payments.

Khaled Baqer (Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge)

13.00 - 14.00 LUNCH

14.00 – 14.20 The 'Last Mile' of Design: Lessons in building hardware & software for global health Simprints.

Toby Norman (CEO, Simprints)

14.20 – 14.40 Island Manufacturing: A localised production arrangement for global manufacturing firms.

Sudhir Rama Murthy (Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge)

14.40 – 15.00 Beyond basic digital skills: how advanced digital capabilities have an increasing role in poverty alleviation.

Richard Dent (Sociology Department, Networking for Development Lab, Computer Lab, University of Cambridge)

15.00 – 15.20 The NT100 – our quest to find the 100 most inspirational ‘social tech’ ventures from around the world.

Anne Radl (Programme Development Manager, Nominet Trust) 

15.20 - 15.40 TEA 

15.40 – 16.00 Networking for Development: Connecting the next three billion.

Arjuna Sathiaseelan (Computer Lab, University of Cambridge)

16.00 – 16.00 HALO — Affordable Lighting Solution

An Bao (Cambridge Centre for Gallium Nitride, Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy, University of Cambridge) 

16.20 – 16.40 Innovative m-Learning for Kenyan Frontline Healthcare.

Nicholas Tip (Accenture) 

16.40 – 17.00 Innovation in Education

Becky Telford (Global Innovation Content Strategist, UNICEF)

 

For further information please see: 

http://centreforglobalequality.org/event/technology-bottom-billion-workshop/

and

http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/26715

 

 

 

 

 

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