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The Tech Awards Nexus Conference is streaming live!
This one-day event will build on the momentum of The Center for Science, Technology, and Society's Global Social Benefit Incubator and The Tech Museum's Tech Awards program to bring examples of successful social entrepreneurship to the wider Silicon Valley community. Based around interactive panel discussions, the agenda will focus on providing tangible examples from entrepreneurs who have built their social ventures into self-sustaining organizations that provide real, on the ground impact to those living in systemic poverty. To further enhance the program, the audience will have an opportunity to hear from The Tech Awards laureates 2011 who represent cutting-edge technology benefiting humanity in the areas of Education, Equality, Health, Economic Development, and Environment.
Panel sessions will be moderated by Robert Mittman of Facilitation, Foresight, Strategy
Robert Mittman: Founder, Facilitiation, Foresight, Strategy
Robert Mittman, MPP, is an experienced forecaster, consultant and facilitator who combines deep knowledge of several industries, including health care, energy, and technology with an engaging facilitation style. He is the founder of Facilitation, Foresight, Strategy, a strategy consultancy. Prior to founding Facilitation, Foresight, Strategy, and joining the Global Foresight Network, Robert was a Director at Institute for the Future, a Menlo Park, California futures think tank. During a 17-year career at IFTF, Robert led the Health Care Program and the Emerging Technologies Outlook Program. He also founded the Center for the Future of China, a non-profit spin-off from IFTF. Robert remains a Senior Research Affiliate of Institute for the Future. He holds graduate degrees in computer science and public policy analysis, and a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, all from the University of California at Berkeley.
Radha Basu: Executive Director, AnudipRadha Ramaswami Basu has over 30 years experience in executive management. She is widely recognized as a leading woman entrepreneur in technology companies and as a pioneer in the Indian software business. Radha began her professional career at Hewlett Packard in 1978 as an R&D engineer working on ultrasound imaging technologies. In 2006, Radha and her husband Dipak Basu launched Anudip Foundation, a social enterprise in India with the mission of generating livelihood opportunities for the unemployed and marginalized poor through training in information technology.Radha has had strong influence on women in technology and has coached women professionals in the high-tech industry. She has taught courses at MIT Sloan School of Management on Women and Entrepreneurship and has mentored MBA students as the joint Entrepreneur and Executive-in-Residence at the Simmons School of Management. Radha was born and raised in Chennai. She holds a bachelors degree in Electronics & Communications from the University of Madras, a master's degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern California, and is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Management program. She has won numerous awards including Excelsior Leadership, Top25 Women of the Web, CEO of the Year 2000, Leader of the Millennium, and has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Upside Magazine and Economic Times. She has featured as a guest speaker at Wharton School, Stanford Business School, Santa Clara University, and the Forbes Executive Summit. Radha serves on the boards of ReSurge, CSTS and C.E.O. Women.
Equal Access is an international not-for-profit organization that provides information and education about healthcare and social issues through radio in developing countries. The organization is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Kathmandu, Nepal; Kabul, Afghanistan; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; and New Delhi, India. Ms. Ronni Goldfarb is the founder of Equal Access International and has served in the capacity of President and CEO since Equal Access' inception in 2000. Under her leadership, Equal Access launched and developed its mission and unique methodology for catalyzing social change – combining the power of innovative media with direct community engagement. Today, Equal Access has a broadcast reach to more than 100 million underserved people across Asia, Africa and the Middle East, with country offices and large-scale programs in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Chad, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, Yemen and project activities in Lao PDR. Focusing organizational efforts to address critical needs in the developing world at scale, Ronni leads the organization in strategic planning and major partnership development. She also serves as a Program Development Specialist, Champion and International Ambassador for Equal Access work across five key sectors: Women's and Girls' Empowerment, Youth Life skills & Livelihoods, Human Rights, Civil Society & Governance and Global Health.
iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) is a non-profit organization made up of over 30,000 schools and youth organizations in more than 130 countries. iEARN empowers teachers and young people to work together online using the Internet and other new communications technologies. Over 2,000,000 students each day are engaged in collaborative project work worldwide. iEARN International is registered as an NGO in Spain and has an international office in Callus, Spain.
Since 1988, iEARN has pioneered on-line school linkages to enable students to engage in meaningful educational projects with peers in their countries and around the world.
Prior to joining iEARN in 1997, Lisa was a high school history teacher, first in Providence, Rhode Island, then in Mmabatho, South Africa. She holds an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University, with a focus in International Policy Studies.
Among the programs Lisa manages at iEARN is Adobe Youth Voices, a program of the Adobe Foundation that empowers youth worldwide to communicate and share their ideas, exhibit their potential, and take action in their communities. iEARN is currently administering Adobe Youth Voices programs in 21 countries around the world.
Named by Internet Evolution to their 2010 IE100 list of key internet influencers, and by Forbes magazine as one of the most powerful innovators of 2009, Joel Selanikio is a winner of the 2009 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability and the 2009 Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award for Healthcare IT. His work has been reported on by The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, the BBC, and the Washington Post, among others. He is a sought-after speaker, a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, and a participant in the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and the annual Renaissance Weekend retreat.A practicing pediatrician, former Wall Street computer consultant, and former CDC epidemiologist with a passion for combining technology and public health to address inequities in developing countries, Dr. Selanikio leads DataDyne.org's pioneering efforts to develop and promote new technologies for health and international development, including the award-winning EpiSurveyor mobile data collection project.In his former role as an officer of the Public Health Service, Dr. Selanikio served as the Chief of Operations for the HHS Secretary's Emergency Command Center in the aftermath of 9/11. In 2005, he was given the Haverford Award for Humanitarian Service for his work in treating tsunami victims in Aceh, Indonesia (for which he was profiled in the Washington Post).Dr. Selanikio holds a bachelor's degree from Haverford College, and an MD from Brown University, and is a graduate of the Epidemic Intelligence Service fellowship of the CDC. He continues to practice clinical pediatrics both as an Assistant Professor at Georgetown University and on the Emergency Response Team of the International Rescue Committee, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Marianne Allison: CIO, Social Innovation Strategies, Waggener EdstromAs Waggener Edstrom Worldwide's chief innovation officer (CIO) Marianne Allison helps define and refine "innovation communications®." She helped build the agency's Social Innovation practice from 2009-2011, and drives strategic programs and thought leadership initiatives to support the agency's Social Innovation priority. Waggener Edstrom's Corporate Citizenship initiatives also report into her. Marianne became CIO in 2004, and prior to her Social Innovation work, led the agency's Microsoft business for five years. Before that, she worked on a range of Microsoft assignments including corporate, exec-public partnerships, work together to foster ITC innovation for development, and address common challenges such as emergency response, field capacity building, and connectivity. Marianne has a bachelor's degree in sociology and anthropology from Oberlin College and a master's degree (minus the thesis) in mass communications and journalism from San Jose State University.
For the past several years, John has been a mentor to Social Entrepreneurs at the Global Social Benefit Incubator and now also serves as an Executive Fellow and Director of Social Capital at Santa Clara's Center for Science, Technology and Society. In addition, he co-founded Toniic, an impact investing angel network in May 2010. Outside of this, John manages technology investments through Redleaf Venture Management. He has been heavily involved in technology product formation and has been concentrating on Internet and Life Science startups since 1994. John's background includes twenty years of executive level positions at technology corporations including Hewlett Packard, Silicon Graphics and Convergent Technologies and Unisys. He was one of the founding executives at Netscape Communications and original founder of Redleaf Group. John is currently on the board of Redleaf Group, chairman of the board at LucidMedia, and serves as board member and CEO of Lumicyte. He previously led investments at AdRelevance (JMXI), Mosaic Communications (TWX), NetGravity (DCLK), RedCreek Communications (SNWL), and Wireless Online. John is a managing member of the UCLA Venture Capital Fund and serves on the UCLA Sciences Board of Visitors. He has also served on the Advisory Board for the International Institute of Multimedia (IIM) at Leonard di Vinci University in Paris. John received his bachelor's degree in international economics from UCLA and completed executive programs at Wharton and Stanford business schools. He has also served on advisory committees to the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a nationally accredited soccer coach, an avid skier, sailor, and a member of the Santa Cruz Yacht Club.
Lifeline Energy (formerly Freeplay Foundation) addresses energy poverty for women and girls through access to information, education and light. A not-for-profit social enterprise based in London, UK and Cape Town, South Africa , Lifeline Energy owns the for-profit company, Lifeline Technology Trading, that designs, develops and manufactures the solar and wind-up media players, radios and lights it distributes. Since 1999, Lifeline Energy has distributed more than 500,000 self-powering radios for group listening conservatively reaching 20 million listeners. It operates mainly in sub-Saharan Africa and works across health, education, agriculture, peacemaking, emergencies, economic empowerment and the environment. It won the first Tech Museum of Innovation Award in 2001 in the education category. Its latest innovation, the Lifeplayer MP3 was a 2011 finalist in the INDEX: Design to Improve Life Awards .
Kristine spends much of her time in the field in Africa working with those people that Lifeline Energy serves and undertakes her own research into every poverty. She conceived the idea for the successful Lifeline radio, the first radio designed and engineered for the humanitarian sector. Her innovative work with the Lifeline radio led to her being honored with Silicon Valley's prestigious James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award . In 2007 TIME magazine named her as a Hero of the Environment. She is a fellow of the Schwab Foundation and serves on the Global Agenda Council's New Energy Architecture Committee, both of the World Economic Forum. Kristine serves on the Women's Leadership Board of the Kennedy School at Harvard University, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, and the UN Foundation's Sustainable Energy Practitioner Network.
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