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Please Register Now for MERL Tech 2017

By Linda Raftree on July 24, 2017

Please register to attend MERL Tech DC on September 7-8, 2017 at FHI 360 in Washington, DC.

You’ll join 300 practitioners from across the development ecosystem for an action-packed two-day conference seeking to turn the theories of MERL technology into effective practice that delivers real insight and learning in our sector.

Our draft agenda features sessions covering:

  • The role of the latest technologies in MERL, including blockchain, artificial intelegence, chatbots, biometrics, and remote data collection.
  • Sector-wide discussions on the Digital Principles, open source, social entrepreneurship, adaptive management, data ethics and data privacy.
  • Organizational change management around technology and MERL
  • Using ICTs in qualitative research and evaluation.
  • MERL Tech 101 sessions on tools like Google Forms, DHIS2, data visualization and SMS/IVR Surveys.
  • Case studies, lessons learned and tips on using big and small data in MERL
  • Lessons, good practice and learning about what’s working where, when and how when it comes to technology in MERL
  • Technology demo tables with top service providers of MERL Tech tools and systems

Please register to attend MERL Tech DC to examine these trends with an exciting mix of educational keynotes, lightning talks, and group breakouts, including an evening reception to foster needed networking across sectors.

We are charging a modest fee to better allocate seats and we expect to sell out quickly again this year, so buy your tickets now. Event proceeds will be used to cover event costs and to offer travel stipends for select participants implementing MERL Tech activities in developing countries.

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Linda Raftree has worked at the intersection of community development, participatory media, rights-based approaches and new information and communication technologies (ICTs) for 20 years. She blogs at Wait... What?
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