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In the world's hardest-to-reach and most under-resourced areas, how do we establish an ability to collect, track and share data on emerging disease pandemics with global implications?
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It seems as if the days of manually doing routine tasks such as shopping and health care are slowly fizzling into obsolescence. People in both developed and developing countries are reshaping their daily lives and interactions as digital technology becomes intertwined with their everyday activities.
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It's been six months since Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded, tore through the Philippines and displaced 4 million people.
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Technology was originally idealized as the panacea for our nation's "failing schools" and is now vilified as an expensive way of making antiquated practices and content "cooler." The reality is in the middle.
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Akvo means "water" in Esperanto, the international language. It felt like a good name. Seven of us started Akvo as a tech foundation that summer and returned to Stockholm World Water Week to tell the world we were something new -- an internet startup that could transform international development and help fix global poverty.
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Each year, Habitat for Humanity engages more than a million volunteers during special events like the Carter Project, on Global Village trips to another part of the world, and in local communities. It has been gratifying to see over the last several years how this community of volunteers is moving online to connect with one another and to share their personal Habitat stories with their families and friends.
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Technology is transforming how we gather and use data. The challenge is how to move from an interesting anecdote to common practice. How can your organization leverage mobile to collect better data in real-time? And how can you use that data to inform strategic business decisions that drive better outcomes? If you knew it wasn't effective, would you keep doing it?
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