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Santa Clara University conference explores technology's role in improving the world
Friday, Oct. 26, 2007
"The heart of the program focuses on the good work of social entrepreneurs and how it can become sustainable at scale," explained Jim Koch, founding director of the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at SCU, which is presenting the event. "Innovators are driven by their visions and passionate about their missions; to be sustainable, they need mechanisms to grow. The conference will examine these different mechanisms."
Those attending the conference include the 20 winners of this year's Tech Museum Awards, a program honoring social benefit entrepreneurs from 10 different countries. Also participating and giving presentations will be Manuel Castells, SCU Distinguished Visiting Professor; Allen Hammond, vice president for innovation and special projects at the World Resources Institute; Ted Moser of Mercer Management Consulting; Dan'l Lewin, a corporate vice president at Microsoft Corp.; and Dan Crisafulli, senior program officer at the Skoll Foundation. Regis McKenna, chairman of the CSTS advisory board, will also attend.
Conference highlights include:
Students at SCU will be invited to attend conference breakout sessions and hear directly from the laureates, according to Koch. "It's important to be clear about the value that is being created by the work of the laureates, and for us all to know who benefits by it. The beneficiaries are not just the poorest of the poor, they are everyone—government agencies, relief services, our entire society."
Sponsored by Applied Materials Inc. and Microsoft, the CSTS conference is held in cooperation with
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