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6 Data-Driven Reasons to Join Us at SwitchPoint 2019

By Wayan Vota on April 11, 2019

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Please register now to join your peers and colleagues at SwitchPoint 2019, where humanitarian innovation, global health & technology collide on April 25-26, 2019 in beautiful Saxapahaw, North Carolina.

SwitchPoint is a conference like no other. With over 70 presenters and 4 immersive filed trips, there are no conference rooms, no fluorescent lights, no boring speakers.

Instead you’ll find Hands-on Microlabs – over 20 break-out sessions that give you a chance to interact with SwitchPoint presenters and design practical solutions to real-world problems. This year’s stand-out Microlabs include:

Immersive Tech

Experience virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and machine learning where you’ll discover how to use these in education, training, research, empathy-generation, and research to advocate for social change and help solve global health issues.

A team from RTI International led by Lucas Blair will show the potential of immersive technology across industries through use cases in health, communication, and assistive technology


Did you know that online misinformation fuels the spread of diseases such as tooth decay, Ebola, and measles? And did you also know that disease today spreads via Facebook statuses and Google results? From fake news to real news, from citizen reporting to rumor mills, how can we trust information in a sophisticated, fast-paced world where digital misinformation is having increasingly catastrophic impacts?

Join Natalie Gyenes, Dana Acciavatti, and Jeremiah Sam to learn more about this phenomenon, how to validate information, and how to ultimately stop the spread of both diseases and misinformation.

Data Science Dreams

Using every tool and medium available-including satellites, microscopes, misinfodemics, and music, this Microlab will show how gathering information on climate change, migration, conflict, refugees, human health, communication, advocacy, arts, language, and culture helps us illuminate human and global stories and how will they affect future generations.

Engage with Leah Borromeo, Natalie Gyenes, and Andrew Zolli to learn how we can all use data science as a tool for positive change.

Human Capital and Indexing Innovation

Human capital. What does it mean? The World Bank and other major global institutions are looking much more closely at human capital as a driver of a country’s capacity to develop. But how do you measure human capital? How do you incentivize growth? Can you index creativity and innovation?

Speak with Ummuro Adano, Francisca Ayodeji (Ayo) Akala, Emily Hillman, and Tracy Johnson to learn about future trends in development and global productivity.

African Innovation

Who are the leaders in engineering and design, technology, journalism and citizen reporting, sound arts and photography, global health, development, and humanitarian innovation that are having a unique impact in Africa and the world? Focus stations in this interactive Microlab will give you the chance to work side-by-side with SwitchPoint speakers while learning more about the latest wave of African innovations, ideas, and leaders.

Speak with Hope Azeda, Serge Attukwei Clottey, Brian Gitta, Dr. Janet Muriuki, Jeremiah Sam, and Hawa Talla to find out who is doing what across the continent.

Sound, Data, and Humanity

What does data sound like? Can data create music that creates a narrative that informs surprising results that prod action? How are artists, filmmakers, and poets using sound to tell stories, convey complex information, and underscore the evolution of culture unlike any other medium?

Listen to Hope Azeda, Leah Borromeo, and CJ Suitt explain the intersection of sound, data, and our collective humanity.

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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks. He also co-founded Technology Salon, MERL Tech, ICTforAg, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, JadedAid, Kurante, OLPC News and a few other things. Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect the position of his employer, any of its entities, or any ICTWorks sponsor.
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