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How technologists & nonprofits can partner to deliver lasting impact

Jen Carter May 31, 2021

The pandemic highlighted the fact that the business, nonprofit, government, science, & tech communities need to work together to solve this public health crisis and achieve the broader Sustainable Development Goals, as they cannot do so alone.

As a result, there has been an influx of tech folks who want to help out but don’t necessarily know how to do so effectively, and therefore often fall into the same traps (e.g. creating technology for technology’s sake).

Relatedly, many nonprofits & governments have experience with experts coming in and developing solutions but then leaving without a maintenance plan in place.

Doing pro bono work is hard. There is a lot of attention on the “what” in the SDG space but not always on the “how,” so this project will focus on mistakes made & lessons learned to help those who want to lend their tech expertise maximize their impact.

The goal of this project is to provide a clear roadmap for how to use data & technology to influence policy and drive real change. The project will detail how to structure volunteering efforts to deliver lasting impact by bringing to life multiple public/private partnership case studies related to the SDGs.

Learn about our work using AI to prevent LGBTQ+ youth suicides in collaboration with The Trevor Project (Good Morning America: bit.ly/TrevorFellowshipGMA)

Hear how we helped found a consortium that was named one of Time’s Best Inventions of 2020 in collaboration with WattTime / ClimateTRACE (Time: bit.ly/TimeClimateTRACE; Google.org: bit.ly/ClimateTRACEFellowship)

Discover how our collaboration with Médecins Sans Frontières resulted in the creation of an AI-based mobile application to fight antibiotic resistance (Nature: bit.ly/MSFFellowship)

Speakers could include Jen as the moderator alongside the executive directors from the relevant partner organizations (e.g. Amit Paley from The Trevor Project, Gavin McCormick from WattTime, and Clara Nordon from La Fondation Médecins Sans Frontières).

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Workshop

Meta Themes

  • Sustainable Development

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Purpose and Desired Outcome

Takeaways: - Business, nonprofit, government, science, & tech communities need to work together to solve this public health crisis, as they cannot do so alone - These collaborations are hard, but we will share best practices & lessons learned through multiple case studies and over 250,000 hours of pro bono work - Learn about our work using AI to prevent LGBTQ+ youth suicides in collaboration with The Trevor Project (Good Morning America: bit.ly/TrevorFellowshipGMA) - Hear how we helped found a consortium that was named one of Time's Best Inventions of 2020 in collaboration with WattTime / ClimateTRACE (Time: bit.ly/TimeClimateTRACE; Google.org: bit.ly/ClimateTRACEFellowship) - Discover how our collaboration with Médecins Sans Frontières resulted in the creation of an AI-based mobile application to fight antibiotic resistance (Nature: bit.ly/MSFFellowship)

Audiences

  • Service Providers

  • Accelerators & Incubators

  • Government

  • Corporate & SME

Speakers

  • NameJen Carter
  • TitleGlobal Head of Technology
  • OrganizationGoogle.org
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameAmit Paley
  • TitleCEO and Executive Director
  • OrganizationThe Trevor Project
  • StatusInvited
  • NameGavin McCormick
  • TitleCo-founder and Executive Director
  • OrganizationWattTime / ClimateTRACE
  • StatusInvited
  • NameClara Nordon
  • TitleDirector of The MSF Foundation
  • OrganizationLa Fondation Médecins Sans Frontières
  • StatusInvited
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