EVENT: Crowdsourcing Development Solutions for a Smarter Future
DATE: Thursday, February 28, 2013 LOCATION: Washington, D.C.
Three-quarters of the world’s inhabitants have access to a mobile phone today, prices of computing and mobile internet devices are plunging, and social media tools are nearly universal. The potential that holds for global development is immense. Information & Communication Technology (ICT) approaches or "smart solutions" are already recognized as critical to solving the development challenges of tomorrow, including using technology to leverage the power of collective intelligence and crowdsourcing expertise and ideas from around the world.
On February 28, United States Chief Technology Officer Todd Park joined other global experts for a live-streamed conversation about the role of technology in a "smarter future." The event was part of the World Bank’s ICT Solutions Day, which engaged decision makers and experts in an open, collaborative process of developing ICT-enabled approaches to development challenges.
Todd Park, Chief Technology Officer, United States
Rachel Kyte, Vice President, Sustainable Development, World Bank
Jean-Philbert Nsengimana, Minister of ICT and Youth, Rwanda
Edward Omane Boamah, Minister of Communications, Ghana
Bikesh Kurmangaliyeva, Deputy Chairperson of the Board, “Zerde” National ICT Holding, Kazakhstan
Shantayanan Devarajan, Chief Economist, Africa region, World Bank
Vinzon Manansala, Chief of Systems Development and Maintenance Division, Department of Budget and Management, Government of Phillipines
Eddy Ampié, Ingerio del proyecto de telecomunicaciones rurales UCP TELCOR, Nicaragua
Andrew Stott, former CTO and Deputy CIO, UK Government
How is technology and crowd sourcing helping rural communities that have no electricity? Can you give some examples of how we can help with health?
How technology could be adopted under the open innovation for better productivity options?
Dr. R. Shashi Kumar
How does one get to showcase truly innovative software solutions, after developing it. How does one avoid getting crowded out inside crowd sourcing environments? Are there filtering processes? Can there be auditions to get the best out, just like what some television shows do?
Consumers have spent over $10B in Apple's App Store, yet there are still no good apps connecting nonprofits and donors. Given the data about Millennials, what do you think should be done to leverage the App Store (and apps in general) to benefit nonprofit organizations?
Will the webcast be available online afterwards for those unable to make the call?
What is the best way to guarantee that technology development is sustainable and usable for all? How can we supply taylor made solutions for sustainable development and to address local needs?
What are the best crowd-sourcing initiatives to enhance public policies, institutions, networking and multi-stakeholder organization for sustainable development?
What forms of community participation on the implementation of the plans generated on crowd-sourcing sites ? This is very important practical Q for the future development of our crowdsourcing project http://zelao.ru/en/shownews/21773/12076/
How can we make the use of mobile affordable in Africa?
James Klutse Avedzi
Is there any substantial information on the extent to which modern technology is used in teaching and learning in pre tertiary and tertiary institutions in Sub Sahara Africa?
Kwaku D. Kessey
Following a regional approach to ICT development as opposed to national approach (look at Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi as one "Smart Village") may be the way to go.
what is the government doing to make access to the internet affordable to Ghanians?
emmanuel opare djan
For the Ghanaian Minister, great comments...any particular emphasis on fishing and ming communities? Ghanaians living there need assistance to not get left behind. Thanks (I work in Takoradi)
any plans to grant any license to other operator as Ghana moves to analogue to digital migration
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