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The Digital NGO: Turn Intent into Action.
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Monday, November 7


Opening Keynote: Designed for Digital
The digital economy offers a mind-boggling array of threats and opportunities to established organizations. On the one hand, the not for profit sector can seize new approaches to soliciting funds and serving beneficiaries. On the other hand, disrupters to existing models lurk around every corner. How do established organizations redesign themselves to leverage the opportunities of digital? Jeanne will share research conducted by MIT's Center for Information Systems Research which looked at how large, established companies are transforming themselves. We will explore how these findings can be applied to member NGOs.

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Jeanne Ross

Research Director and Principal Research Scientist, MIT, Sloan Center for Information Research
Jeanne Ross oversees the research portfolio of MIT Sloan’s Center for Information Systems Research (CISR). A recognized expert in enterprise architecture, Jeanne’s current research focuses on how established companies will redefine their operating models and transform for success... Read More →

Monday November 7, 2016 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Grand Ballroom


The Digital NGO: Building Scale, Flexibility & Resilience Through Technology
Team Rubicon CEO Jake Wood will explore how his organization has leveraged new technology to rapidly achieve scale, flexibility and organizational resilience in the six years since its founding. The talk will explore how starting from "zero" enabled TR to harness the cloud revolution and implement smart technologies to reduce cost, increase remote collaboration and input, and improve measurement and evaluation. Jake will also explore the types of organizational cultural norms that drive forward-leaning technology adoption and change.

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Jake Wood

CEO, Team Rubicon
Jake Wood is cofounder and CEO of Team Rubicon, the only nonprofit disaster response organization that utilizes the skills of military veterans to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. In giving veterans an opportunity to continue their service, Team Rubicon provides them with... Read More →

Monday November 7, 2016 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Grand Ballroom
Tuesday, November 8


Creating a Cloud for Global Good
The cloud, artificial intelligence, and other technology waves have enormous potential to spur innovation and benefits to humankind.  However, that same innovation may have disruptive effects on society.  This talk explores how we can work to ensure that technology moves forward without leaving people behind by building a cloud that is trusted, responsible, and inclusive.  

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Mary Snapp

CVP and Lead of Microsoft Philanthropies, Microsoft
Mary Snapp is the Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Philanthropies and leads the team responsible for Microsoft’s philanthropic efforts, which brings to life the company’s mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.  The team seeks... Read More →

Tuesday November 8, 2016 8:15am - 9:00am
Grand Ballroom


Data Driven Development

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William Hoffman

Project Lead, Platform Economy, AI, IoT and Trust, World Economic Forum
William Hoffman heads the World Economic Forum's initiatives on Data-Driven Development and the Global Agenda of the Information and Communications Technology sector. Comprised of a multi-stakeholder community of industry, civil society, governmental and academic leaders, this group works to collectively identify where ICT can positively impact some of the world's m... Read More →

Tuesday November 8, 2016 9:00am - 9:45am
Grand Ballroom


Digital Transformation: An Opportunity At Hand
Every nonprofit is struggling with developing a digital strategy and how bringing together the best technologies can impact an organization’s mission. What’s working, what’s not, and what do future technology trends hold for the sector.

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Lauren Woodman

Chief Executive Officer, NetHope
Lauren Woodman is the Chief Executive Officer of NetHope, where she drives the organization’s aggressive movement to put advanced connective technologies in the hands of nonprofits whose work can be magnified by its power. It is her primary goal to spark the tech world’s interest... Read More →

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NetHope empowers committed organizations to change the world through the power of technology. By facilitating collaboration between NetHope’s nonprofit members, foundations, and tech sponsors, NetHope is a catalyst for productive innovation and problem-solving in humanitarian and... Read More →

Tuesday November 8, 2016 9:45am - 10:30am
Grand Ballroom
Wednesday, November 9


Disruptive Technologies and Trends in ICT4D
Georgia Tech's Elizabeth Mynatt will lead a discussion on how digital trends and emerging technologies (mobile health, robotics/autonomous systems, wearables, 3-D printing, IoT, Smart Cities, social media, data analytics) will affect international development, conservation and human aid.

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Elizabeth Mynatt

Executive Director, Institute for People and Technology (IPaT), Distinguished Professor, College of Computing, and Director, Everyday Computing Lab, Georgia Tech
Dr. Elizabeth Mynatt is the Executive Director of Georgia Tech’s Institute for People and Technology (IPaT), a Distinguished Professor in the College of Computing, and the Director of the Everyday Computing Lab. She investigates the design and evaluation of health information technologies including creating personalized mobile technology for supporting breast cancer patients during their cancer journey, evaluating mobile sensing and mHealth engagement for pediatric epilepsy patients and... Read More →

Wednesday November 9, 2016 8:15am - 8:45am
Grand Ballroom


Fixing the Internet of Broken Things in Global Health
At Portland State University, the SweetLab develops and implements connected "Internet of Things" sensor technologies. These sensors are designed to improve the collection of data in global health programs, which leads to improved operational decision making. Use cases include: cook stoves, water pumps, household water filters, sanitation systems, and pedestrian footbridges. The SweetLab has projects in 15 countries, with USAID, UK DFID, the National Science Foundation, Catholic Relief Services, Mercy Corps, Living Water International, IRC, CARE, and others.

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Evan Thomas

Associate Professor, Portland State University
Evan A Thomas, PhD, PE, MPH is an Associate Professor and Director of the Sweet (Sustainable Water, Energy and Environmental Technologies) Laboratory, and a Faculty Fellow in the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University. Evan works at the interface of engineering... Read More →

Wednesday November 9, 2016 8:45am - 9:15am
Grand Ballroom


Industrial Grade Solutions: Connectivity, Cybersecurity, and IoT in Humanitarian Response
How can we use emerging technologies to design an IoT-based infrastructure that meets cybersecurity standards and doesn't break the budget? Splunk CTO Snehal Antani discusses the importance of leveraging highly scalable and reliable technologies in effective disaster and international development efforts.

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Snehal Antani

CTO, Splunk
Snehal joined Splunk from GE Capital, where he was the CIO of Distribution Finance. At GE Capital, his role focused on leveraging technology to drive business model innovation for the inventory finance and equipment leasing businesses. Snehal also served as the chief architect for... Read More →

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Splunk Inc. was founded to pursue a disruptive new vision: make machine data accessible, usable and valuable to everyone. Machine data is one of the fastest growing and most valuable parts of big data -- generated by every component of IT infrastructures, applications, mobile devices... Read More →

Wednesday November 9, 2016 9:15am - 9:45am
Grand Ballroom


NetHope Members' Perspective and Call to Action

Digital Transformation - International NGO implications and challenges: So what can a CIO do now? Build your own action plan from the diverse approaches of a panel of CIOs moderated by NetHope: What can you do with the NGO Reference Model in your toolbox? What is the message to your board? What can be achieved through NetHope member collaboration? How to have the conversation when returning back to work from our Summit.

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Lauren Woodman

Chief Executive Officer, NetHope
Lauren Woodman is the Chief Executive Officer of NetHope, where she drives the organization’s aggressive movement to put advanced connective technologies in the hands of nonprofits whose work can be magnified by its power. It is her primary goal to spark the tech world’s interest... Read More →

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Michael Duggan

CIO, Trocaire
Michael Duggan is the Chief Information Officer at Trocaire, the Irish Catholic Agency for International Development, where he oversees the ICT strategy and operations of the organization’s global work in Africa, Asia and Central America. Outside of his work in the nonprofit sector... Read More →
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Jean-Louis Ecochard

VP & CIO, The Nature Conservancy
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Greg Snow

Global IT Architecture & Innovation Director, Save the Children International
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Wednesday November 9, 2016 9:45am - 10:30am
Grand Ballroom
Thursday, November 10


Global Connects: U.S. Department of State's effort to connect 1.5 billion to the Internet
Access to the internet is essential to development – just like roads, ports, electricity, and other infrastructure. It is also foundational for achieving the SDGs. To that end, the U.S. State Department's Global Connect Initiative aims to bring an additional 1.5 billion people online by 2020. It also seeks to foster networking among key stakeholders, to accelerate efforts toward universal connectivity, to share best practices, to promote partnerships and collaboration, and to encourage innovative industry-driven solutions to extend connectivity to remote areas. This session will identify stakeholders, and discuss scope, budget, reach, and project timeline. 

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Manu Bhardwaj

Senior Advisor, US State Deptartment
Manu is a Senior State Department Official, reporting to the Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment. Manu serves as a key political advisor to the Under Secretary on a variety of international economic matters, including technology and internet policy... Read More →

Thursday November 10, 2016 10:00am - 10:30am
Grand Ballroom


Beyond Digital Transformation to Cognitive Computing

As we close out the 2016 NetHope Summit, join a fireside chat between Neil and Radha on how Machine Learning is transforming organizations and its impact on digital NGOs. Learn more about IBM Watson and "Project Lucy," and how cognitive computing is used in Africa to address the fast-growing continent's greatest business and societal challenges. IBM researchers in Africa, together with their business and academic partners, use Watson and related cognitive technologies to learn and discover insights from Big Data and develop commercially viable solutions to grand challenges in healthcare, education, water and sanitation, human mobility and agriculture. Discover how cognitive computing can help your organization resolve pain points and recognize new opportunities. 

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Radha Basu

Chief Executive Officer, iMerit Technology Services Pvt. Ltd.
Radha Ramaswami Basu has over 30 years’ experience in executive management and is widely recognized as a leading woman technology entrepreneur. Radha grew Hewlett Packard’s electronic business software division into a $1.5 billion business. She then held the position of Chairman... Read More →
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Neil Sahota

IBM Master Inventor, IBM Watson Group
Neil Sahota is an IBM Master Inventor and World Wide Business Development Leader in the IBM Watson Group. His work experience spans multiple industries including healthcare, life sciences, retail, travel and transportation, energy and utilities, automotive, telecommunications, media/communication... Read More →

Thursday November 10, 2016 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Grand Ballroom