Over 4,000 technology and air practitioners will attend the inaugural Global Digital Development Forum on May 6, 2020 and experience these captivating sessions. Registered participants can RSVP for specific events now.

3:00 GMT: Platform Opens

  • Participants can log onto the TechChange platform and start to mingle. We’ll have ice breakers and social networking to get us started.

4:00 GMT: Opening Keynote

  • Welcoming Message: Bonnie Glick, Deputy Administrator, United States Agency for International Development.
  • Unlocking Unlimited Possibilities of Life for Informal Sector Customers–One Goal at a Time: Sucharita Mukherjee, Co-founder, Kaleidofin
    • The keynote will discuss how the India Stack–digital ID, digital payments, etc–has enabled organizations like Kaleidofin to offer much needed wealth management tools to low-income groups, particularly women, in India.

4:30 GMT: Lightning Talks

  • Beacons of Hope: How COVID-19 might help us fix our ICT4D challenges?: Kate Wilson, DIAL.
    • What we can each do during this crisis to ensure that the gains made over the last decade will not be erased by this extraordinary moment? The presentation will cover: current social, political, and economic changes being wrought by COVID-19; how in some countries, digital solutions and the use of data have muted the effect; and how data has been used to map disease spread and provide actionable intelligence to leaders.
  • Singapore: Strong Regulatory Foundations for Effective Crisis Management: Jonathan Gonzalez, Senior Research Analyst, TRPC Pte Ltd.
    • This session will show that Singapore’s response to COVID-19 is largely made possible by its strong and favourable laws, policies, and regulations related to the development and adoption of digital technologies.
  • When Governments Work from Home: Challenges and Opportunities: Ravi Sreenath, CEO, Accelerated Learning
    • As COVID-19 forces government organizations to embrace virtual work, leaders must reimagine how they engage and collaborate with their colleagues.
  • Guddi Baji – The digitally empowered female frontline health-worker: Nadia Bukhari, Chief Pharmacist and Gender Lead, doctHERS
    • This lightning talk will show WHY ‘Guddi Bajjis’ (Punjabi for ‘Good Elder Sisters’) are critical lynchpins in the healthcare delivery systems of emerging countries.

5:00 GMT: Lightning Talks, Breakouts, and Workshops

Lightning Talks

  • A Game of Choice, Not Chance: Aparna Raj, Evidence Manager, Girl Effect
    • This session will discuss how digital peer interviewing can be used to inform the design of a Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights game aimed at adolescent girls in India.
  • Engineering for Humanitarian Response: Juan Pablo Sarmiento, Frontend Engineering Team Lead, Zenysis
    • This talk will cover common technical challenges you will face, such as data collection, integration, validation, analysis, and safe data sharing. You will take away information on how to build software that can meet the needs of your users in emergency settings.
  • Leveraging Digital Tools to Improve the Effectiveness of RBF: Hannah Peterson, Senior Associate at Instiglio; Nayantara Watsa, Deputy Director of Business Development at Living Goods
    • Results based financing (RBF) ties funding to results to improve cost-effectiveness and incentivize impact. In this session, we will discuss how digital tools can improve the effectiveness of RBF and incentivize the impact of health programs.
  • Identity and Payments: ID Proxies: Antonia Esser, Senior Associate, Cenfri
    • This session focuses on the different types of existing digital identity systems, or ID proxies, for payments today and shows which combination of factors are possible, especially in emerging market contexts.


  • Ride the Wave on COVID-19: How China’s Digital Technologies Fight Back: Zheng Gao, Co-Founder, MKTforGOOD Lab; Yuxiao Wang, CEO, Chunyu Doctor Software; Jerry (Jinyu) Yang, CEO of TechBridge, WeDoctor Group. Moderator: Bin Li, Founder, Collective Impact across Borders. 
    • This session invites four digital technology companies to share how they used their applications and platforms to fight back against COVID-19. You’ll learn about technologies, experiences, and stories to inspire your work and solutions toward curbing the pandemic.
  • Taiwan’s Fight Against Disinformation: From the 2020 Election to COVID-19: Billion Li, gov contributor; Chihao Yo, gov and Watchout; Poyu Tseng, Researcher at DoubleThink Lab; moderated by Victoria Welborn, Program Manager, National Democratic Institute.
    • This discussion features a 12 minute film, produced by the National Democratic Institute (NDI). The breakout will focus on civic tech activists and how the lessons and tech tools developed from the election are now leading Taiwan’s fight against COVID-19 related disinformation.


  • Lessons Making Digital Training for East African Farmers (Learn by Doing): Adam Wills, Co-founder, Farm.ink; moderated by Georgia Barrie, Co-founder, Farm.ink.
    • In this workshop, you’ll learn by doing. Each participant will create their own digital training for a smartphone user within the time. Totally DIY.
  • Asia Foundation (tentative)

6:00 GMT: East Africa Kickoff Keynote

  • Navigating the COVID-19 Socioeconomic Impact on Small Businesses in Africa: Jumanne Mtambalike, CEO and Co-Founder, Sahara Ventures.
    • This keynote will highlight how businesses in developing economies are surviving COVID-19 through the use of digital platforms, and will explore how we can better serve them with the right practical interventions.

6:30 GMT: Lightning Talks

  • DFID- Digital inclusion as a key enabler of COVID response: Alessandra Lustrati, Head of Digital Inclusion & Senior Private Sector Development Adviser, DFID
    • In this lightening talk you will hear about the importance of digital inclusion in a COVID-19 scenario and how DFID is addressing this current challenge.
  • Predictive Analytics for Forecasting Mass Displacement Crises: Josiah Kaplan, Senior Research and Innovation Advisor, Migration and Displacement, Save the Children International.
    • This lightning talk will spotlight the transformative impact of AI-driven predictive analytics in forecasting mass displacement due to conflict and climate change.
  • Innovative E-learning Models for Inclusive Education Delivery During COVID-19: Hassan Bin Rizwan, Co-founder and CEO, Mera SABAQ Learning Systems Private Limited.
    • This lightning talk will discuss how innovative e-learning models can be used to provide inclusive access to education during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Moving Beyond ICT4D: Afrofeminist Futures: Neema Iyer, Founder, Pollicy
    • Through the lens of Afrofuturist Feminist Thinking, this lightning talk will first take audiences through a research project conducted in sub-Saharan Africa to understand lived experiences of women in digital spaces.

7:00 GMT: Lightning Talks, Breakouts and Workshops

Lightning Talks

  • Spatial Intelligence: Driving precision health on the ground: Anna Winters, co-founder and CEO, Akros; Kyle Hutchinson, Reveal Coordinator, Akros 
    • The field of spatial intelligence is moving forward at a rapid pace, and the power of AI and risk modeling is no longer just an academic pursuit.
  • COVID-19 in Kibera: Mapping the Response: Erica Hagen, Director, Map Kibera Trust
    • This session will present Map Kibera’s digital COVID-19 response work in Kenya, particularly in the Kibera slum.
  • Responding to COVID-19 with Contactless Biometrics: Sebastian Manhart, COO, Simprints
    • After the 2015 Ebola crisis, the World Bank recognised biometric digital identity as a game-changer for fighting epidemics. At a high level, attendees will have an awareness of why accurate identification is important in the COVID-19 response.
  • HealthAlert: Global and National WhatsApp-based COVID-19 Response: Debbie Rogers, Managing Director, Praekelt.org
    • Praekelt.org (using Turn.io) developed HealthAlert to empower citizens with the right information and support the national response of the health systems that serve them. This talk will highlight the successes and challenges of rapidly deploying HealthAlert.


  • Using Cutting Edge Digital Solutions to Strengthen Justice Sector Reform in Ukraine: Yulia Lukasevych, Deputy Head of the Department, the High Council of Justice Secretariat; Sergey Suchenko, Judicial Administration Specialist, USAID New Justice Program; Tetiana Tsuvina, Associate Professor of Civil Procedure Department, Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University; Dmitry Foremny, Country Manager, the Hague Institute for Innovation of Law. Moderated by David Vaughn, Chief of Party, USAID New Justice Program. 
    • This panel will present innovative approaches for engaging the public and private sectors in strengthening access to justice.
  • Thinking Beyond the Nation: Regional Policies to Grow the Digital Economy: Peter Lovelock, President, TRPC; Le The Phuk, ASEAN Coordinating Committee on E-Commerce; Galuh Wulan, ASEAN-USAID IGNITE, Fatimah Alsagoff, UPS; Moderator: Timothy Buehrer, Principal Associate, Nathan Associates.
    • With a focus on policies in Southeast Asia, the speakers will highlight policies where regional cooperation can have the greatest impact, particularly in light of COVID-19.
  • ICT Expectations Versus Reality: The Experience of the Green Innovation Centres: Christian Schulze Koch, GIZ/Green Innovation Centers Global Program; Rouba Chouaibi, GIZ/Green Innovation Centers Global Program Tunisia; Athar Chrigui, GIZ/Green Innovation Centers Global Program Tunisia; Claudia Witkowski, GIZ/Green Innovation Centers Global Program Zambia; Jan Libera, GIZ/Green Innovation Centers Global Program Nigeria
    • This session will show the lessons learned and mistakes to avoid while introducing ICT solutions into the day to day life of smallholder farmers in different value chains.


  • Planning the Next Lap of ASEAN’s Digital Masterplan 2025: Lim May-Ann, Managing Director at TRPC Pte Ltd.
    • This session presents a stock-take on where the ASEAN’s ICT Masterplan 2020  has taken the region, and what ASEAN DIGITAL MASTERPLAN 2025 should propose to ensure continued economic and technology inclusion for the region.

8:00 GMT: Breakouts and Workshops


  • No Woman, No Panic: Public Safety Tech, Women’s Agency, and Privacy: Rohini Lakshane, Director (Emerging Research), The Bachchao Project; Chinmayi S K, Founder, The Bachchao Project; Kate Sim, PhD Researcher, Oxford Internet Institute at the Oxford Internet Institute. Moderated by Dr. Becky Faith, Research Fellow & Digital Cluster Lead, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK.
    • Police departments, public transport, and commercial services deploy technological interventions for public safety such as mobile panic buttons, apps, and CCTVs. This session shines a light on the efficacy, evaluation, and audit of such interventions and their impact on women’s agency and privacy.
  • Remote Working Playbook: How We Can Work Better Under Lockdown: Mark Haliwell, User Experience Designer, Equal Experts; Dave Hewett, Engagement Manager, Equal Experts; Phoebe Mukazera, Operations Director, Save the Children Rwanda; Matt McGuire, Engagement Manager, Equal Experts. Moderated by Neha Datt, Product and Digital Strategy Principal, Equal Experts.
    • Lockdowns and mass repatriations have profoundly disrupted the ability of not-for-profits to deliver frontline services.Join us to hear how we improved service delivery, despite being focused on responding to humanitarian crises from home. We will share tips and recommendations on how we’ve adopted the culture, practices and tools from the private sector. (Without all the nonsense of Big Tech.).
  • The Role of Digital Human Rights in the COVID-19 Era.: Nathalie Dijkman, Chief Executive Officer, SEMA; Timothy Kakuru, Director Programs and Impact, BarefootLaw; Bonnita Nyamwire, Research Manager, Pollicy Uganda; Phillip Ayazika, Phillip Ayazika Engagement Lead, Pollicy and the Digital Human Rights Lab; moderated by Oluwatobiloba Adeleke, Project Manager, Future Challenges
    • Join us to discover the effectiveness of digital competencies for protecting human rights during and post COVID-19.


  • Virtual Capacity Building: How to Train Many, Quickly, and Effectively: Julio Taulufo, Health Information Systems Specialist, Jhpiego Mozambique; Swati Mahajan, Chief of Party, Health Systems Management, Jhpiego India; moderated by Erica Troncoso, Technical Advisor, Digital Health/Innovations, Jhpiego; George Muyunda, Strategic Information Technical Advisor, Jhpiego Zambia, Yosellina, Sr. Program Manager, Strengthening Primary Healthcare Project, Jhpiego Indonesia.
    • This session will be a lively discussion on using digital technology for capacity building of health workers.

9:00 GMT: West Africa Kickoff Keynote

  • The West African Health Informatics Team – A Regional Model for Sustaining HIS: Damola Olajide, WAHIT Team Lead, WAHO, Anaïse Kanimba, Informatics Analyst, Palladium

    • The West African Health Informatics Team is a regional team software developers and informatics experts based in WAHO to build local capacity to support digital health systems in the region. The WAHIT initiative was born from lessons learned during the 2015 Ebola epidemic. Through sharing the experience of establishing the team and its current COVID-19 response work, the session will spark a dialogue within the digital community around regional approaches to strengthening HIS.

9:30 GMT: Lightning Talks

  • Leveraging technology for youth engagement during crisis: YouthLead: Ikenna Anyadike, Atlas Corps Fellow, YouthPower Learning, Making Cents International
    • Join this session to hear how a combination of global youth networks, social media and technology such as YouthLead.org can be leveraged to create youth and community engagement during a time of crisis.
  • Frontier Insights: User Perceptions of Trust and Privacy on the Internet: Kristen Roggemann, Senior Manager of Partnerships and Insights, Center for Digital Acceleration, DAI Global

    • This session will present DAI’s research findings in India and Ghana to understand how users themselves think about these issues.
  • Learnings on Digitally Enabled Extension and its Applications to COVID-19: Shreya Agarwal, Director Strategy, Digital Green
    • We will share the results from Feed the Future’s Developing Local Extension Capacity (DLEC) project as well as how digital extension technologies can be adapted to respond to crises, including COVID-19.
  • EN FRANCAIS- Singapour: De solides bases législatives pour une gestion de crise efficace: Jonathan Gonzalez, Analyste et Chercheur, TRPC Pte Ltd
    • Cette session démontrera que la réponse de Singapour a été facilitée par l’existence d’un cadre législatif et réglementaire largement favorable au développement de technologies de pointe.

10:00 GMT: Breakouts and Workshops


  • What’s on the Horizon for National Data Protection and Privacy Policy? Teki Akuetteh Falconer, Founder and Executive Director, Africa Digital Rights’ Hub; Thea Anderson, Director, Omidyar Network; Moderated by Mikael Baker, Senior ICT Advisor, USAID
    • This facilitated discussion will allow participants to share their perspectives/recommendations about balancing disparate needs, what’s working, what isn’t working, and what’s on the horizon for national data protection and privacy policy.
  • Building a Dynamic Ecosystem of Health Workforce Data to Achieve SDGs: Shinta Dewi, Head of Sub Division for Data and Information, Human Resources for Health Empowerment and Development Agency, Ministry of Health; Kaycee Manuel, Human Resource Management Officer, Health Human Resources Development Bureau, Department of Health of the Philippines; Solomon Woldeamanuel, HR Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation Team Leader, Human Resources Development Directorate, Federal Ministry of Health. Moderator: Leah McManus, Project Lead, HRH2030 Indonesia-Chemonics.
    • This virtual fireside chat will explore how stakeholders in Ethiopia, Indonesia, and the Philippines are using the WHO’s National Health Workforce Accounts (NHWA) to optimize the health workforce.
  • Engendering Data Use for HIV Control: Real-Time Access and Situation Rooms: Dauda Sulaiman Dauda, Country Director, Data.FI Nigeria; Jenny Mwanza, Senior Technical Advisor, Measurement and Learning, Data.FI; Tyra Fom, Strategic Information Advisor, Data.FI Nigeria; Evans Ondura, Senior Regional Data Use and Analytics Advisor, Data.FI; moderated by Abdulmalik Abubakar, Strategic Information, USAID Nigeria.
    • This session will highlight the Situation Room methodology and how to implement it as well as its potential impacts and challenges.
  • What COVID-19 Impacts on Digital Financial Services are Here to Stay? Wisdom Alorwuse, Africa Lead, Strategic Impact Advisors; Andrew Kasujja, DFS Consultant, Uganda, Strategic Impact Advisors; Anup Singh , Partner in Charge of Anglophone Africa, Microsave (MSC); Abhishek Anand , Abhishek Anand, Associate Partner, Microsave (MSC); moderated by Shelley Spencer, Chief Executive Officer, Strategic Impact Advisors.
    • In this breakout session we will share the short- and long-term impact COVID-19 has brought to Mobile Money customers and agents at large.


  • Co-Creating in Humanitarian Settings: Methodologies for Inclusivity: Aline de Araujo Alonso, Design Researcher at Butterfly Works; Mark Kamau, Director of User Experience at BRCK; moderated by Zoe Hamilton, Insights Manager, Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation at GSMA.
    • This interactive session will introduce participants to human centred design (HCD) principles and methods, giving practitioners advise on how to inclusively engage end users in the design and creation of tech-based humanitarian interventions.
  • Making Better Investments in Digital Health: Steve Ollis, Sr Digital Health Advisor, JSI
    • This session is for people who want hands on exposure to the Digital Health Investment Review Tool, a simple scoring tool to support funders, MOHs and implementing partners in making better investments in line with the Principles for Digital Development and Principles of Donor Alignment in Digital Health.
  • COVID-19 Digital Diaries: Unique Stories from Girls in Three Continents: Isabel Quilter, senior evidence manager at Girl Effect; Martina Chimzimu, evidence specialist at Girl Effect; Precious Ogbuji, evidence specialist at girl effect; Ellie Taylor, evidence specialist at Girl Effect; Aparna Raj, TEGA manager at Girl Effect.
    • COVID-19 is likely to hit women and girls hard and there is a lack of data on their specific needs during the pandemic. This session explores a Girl Effect study that is listening to the voices of 25 girls in India, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Malawi, and the U.S., using mobile tech and gathering informed consent digitally.

11:00 GMT: Breakouts and Workshops


  • New Maps on the Frontlines of Health: Seth Cochran, CEO, Operation Fistula; Dolly Andriatsiferana, Mapping Specialist, Operation Fistula; Gertrude Namitala, Managing Director, TruDigital; Bruno Sánchez-Andrade Nuño, The World Bank. Moderator: Mikel Maron, Mapbox, Community Team Lead
    • This breakout session digs into the trials and triumphs of making location technology and geo-data work for public health.
  • Reinforcing Indonesia’s COVID-19 Response with Health Workforce Information: Taufiq Sitompul, ICT Advisor, HRH2030 Program Indonesia-Chemonics; Aditya Bayu Sasmita, Data and Information Staff, Human Resources for Health Empowerment and Development Agency, Ministry of Health; Anastasia Susanto, Maternal and Child Health Project Management Specialist, USAID; Stuardo Herrera, Technical Advisor, HRH2030 Program-Palladium. Moderator: Rachel Deussom, Technical Director, HRH2030 Program- Chemonics.
    • Participants will learn how investments in Indonesia’s health workforce information systems have yielded rapid and effective results for planning of the health workforce for COVID-19 response, while supporting essential services.
  • Holistic Security Strategies to Address Non-Consensual Intimate Images: Peace Oliver Amuge, Program Manager, Information Sharing & Networking at Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET); Sandra Aceng, Program Officer, Gender & ICT Policy Advocacy at Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET); Patricia Nyasuna, Program Officer, Gender & ICT, Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET). Moderated by Rohini Lakshané, Director (Emerging Research), The Bachchao Project.
    • This session elucidates on some of the recommended strategies and measures for holistic security (digital, physical, and psychosocial) that women may adopt in order to recognize and prevent incidents of non-consensual intimate images (NCII), commonly known by the misnomer “revenge porn”.
  • Moving Surveys Online: Rules for Success when Face-to-Face is Not an Option: Samuel Schueth, Research Director at Kantar; Alexandra Cronberg, Director Survey Methodology at Kantar, Africa; Stephen Aloo, Kenya Country Director at Kantar Public; Ruth Essuman, Ghana Country Director at Kantar Public; moderated by Susan Gigli, Global Director, International Development at Kantar
    • Participants will leave the session with a clear set of methodological, technical, and design principles to follow when moving from face-to-face to online research in developing countries.
  • Emerging Technologies for Humanitarian Recovery: Field-level Insights: Ric Shreves, Julius Adewopo
    • This breakout session will be valuable for field practitioners, humanitarian makers, technology developers, and decision-makers who are seeking to learn and share about field-level experience(s) in testing and deploying emerging technologies and tools for humanitarian recovery (e.g. VR, AI, drone, 3D-printing etc).
  • Engaging 13,000 Citizen Voices Remotely and Anonymously in Conflict Countries: Mahi ElAttar, Governance and Peacebuilding Consultant, Building for Peace project, Governance MENA, The World Bank. Moderator: Leah Moncada, Portfolio Manager, Global Citizen Engagement, RIWI.
    • An open conversation with the World Bank and RIWI will explore how they investigated citizens’ peacebuilding priorities in MENA conflict countries with anonymous online data collection, without capturing personally identifiable information or a physical presence on the ground. Participants will explore learnings and best practices to capture honest and inclusive perceptions on sensitive topics.


  • Navigating Digital Literacy Competencies: What are the Key Skills?: Jodi Lis, Senior Advisor, IntraHealth; Leonard Mensah, Tech Lead Africa & Senior Software Engineer, Open Learning Exchange; Kofi Essien; Executive Director, Open Learning Exchange Ghana. 
    • In this session, participants will explore sets of digital literacy standards and competencies. Through case studies in education, health, and youth programming, they will identify what digital skills are essential to each constituency and tools for learning
  • Narrow Corridor: Strong Privacy Laws for Countries with Weak Institutions: Linda Bonyo, Founder and CEO, Lawyers Hub; Fabro Steibel, Executive Director, ITS Rio; Teki Akuetteh Falconer, Founder and Executive Director, Africa Digital RIghts’ Hub; Adeboye Adegoke, Program Manager (ICT Policy), Paradigm Initiative; moderated by Subhashish Bhadra, Principal, Omidyar Network.
    • While GDPR and CCPA grab global headlines, the future of privacy is silently being written in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. How can these countries meaningfully protect their citizens’ agency over data? Let’s find out!

12:00 GMT: Lightning Talks, Breakouts and Workshops

Lightning Talks

  • Open Source Hardware for Better Water Service: Robert Ryan-Silva, Director, DAI Maker Lab
    • This lightning talk will discuss how to adapt water utility equipment for developing countries.
  • Sustainable Market Linkages Via Mobile: Connecting Farmers and Buyers: Alise Dykstra, Country Manager, Nepal & Myanmar, Viamo
    • In this lightning talk, participants can learn about mobile platforms and the The Link It service that was piloted in Nepal by Viamo and CIMMYT to win a 2017 CGIAR Inspire Challenge.
  • Behavioral Experiments in Data Privacy: James Vancel, CEO, Busara Center for Behavioral Economics.
    • Learn ways to think about making privacy policies and onboarding more accessible and clear, use privacy as an advantage, and understand the behavioural levers that operate in this field.
  • Utilizing Earth Observations to Improve Desert Locust Monitoring: Lee Ellenburg, NASA SERVIR
    • With remote sensing observations helping improve soil moisture modeling, researchers are tracking how environmental conditions influence locusts–hoping to stop outbreaks before they spread.
  • Promoting Development Decision-Making using Digital Data: Brent McCusker, WVU and USAID
    • This lightning talk will demonstrate how our team infused digital data into the development decision making context at USAID/Kenya.
  • Digital Health Augmented COVID-19 Responses in Asia Pacific Region: Oommen John, Secretary, Asia Pacific Association for Medical Informatics
    • The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the vulnerability of the healthcare system but also how digital health interventions could augment health systems. This lightning talk will discuss digital health innovations and how to scale them.
  • Digital Government Before, During, and After COVID-19 in Brazil: Alexandre Costa Barbosa, Senior Innovation Researcher, Institute for Technology and Society of Rio de Janeiro (ITS)
    • This session will explore how the digital government agenda is being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • How Multi-Sectoral Collaboration Can Foster Health Systems Innovation: Dr. Angel Dillip, Program Lead at Apotheker Consultancy; Nandini D P Sarkar, Scientific researcher and Co-investigator at Institute of Tropical Medicine; Gloria Kahamba, Project Manager at D-tree International; Ashley Thomas, Project Manager at Simprints; Megan Allen, Head of Operations, Inspired Ideas; moderated by Rebecca Litner, Program Manager at D-tree International.
    • Panelists with expertise in biometrics, digital health, private sector drug shops, artificial intelligence, and realist evaluation will debate the merits of multi-sectoral public and private partner collaboration in designing and implementing health system strengthening innovations.
  • Re-Purposing Digital Health Tools for a COVID-19 Response: Emily Mangone, Abt Associates; Randy Wilson, Management Sciences for Health; Emily Nicholson, IntraHealth; Debbie Rogers, Praekelt.org; moderated by Amanda BenDor from PATH.
    • This session will cover how global development organizations are re-purposing/adapting digital tools and technologies to combat COVID-19.
  • Moving Surveys Online: Rules for Success: Samuel Schueth, Research Director at Kantar Public; Alexandra Cronberg, Director Survey Methodology at Kantar Public, Africa; Stephen Aloo, Kenya Country Director at Kantar Public; moderated by Susan Gigli, Global Director, International Development at Kantar Public.
    • Participants will leave the session with a clear set of principles and practices on the methodological, technical, and design principles to follow when moving from face-to-face to online research in developing countries.
  • Post-COVID-19 Reboot: Digital solutions to Address the Education Equity Gap: Nathalie Louge, Education technical advisor, FHI 360; Chantal Uwiragiye, Education specialist, Education Development Trust.
    • This session will equip education practitioners with key considerations on how to best leverage digital solutions now to support education systems in addressing the inevitable and growing education equity gap.
  • Drones for Health: HIV, TB, and the Next Frontiers: Ryan Triche, Warehousing & Distribution Analyst, USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program – Procurement and Supply Management Project; Ford Muchule, Chizumulu St. Mary’s Health Centre Staff and Drone POC; Lewis Hill, Director of Flight Operations (International), Swoop Aero. Moderated by Ashley Greve, Warehousing & Distribution Analyst, USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program, Procurement and Supply Management Project.
    • This session will introduce participants to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or drones. We will discuss the USAID GHSC-PSM project, including how UAVs delivered samples and results for HIV and TB testing in hard-to-reach, isolated communities around Lake Malawi, and provide recommendations for future activities.
  • A Block Chain-Based Application for Youth Agripreneurs in Cocoa Value Chain: Aduma Situmorang, Senior Manager Program & Partnership at Save the Children Indonesia; Majd Andoni, Product Manager/System Engineer at Zeva Inc; Andi Sitti Asmayanti, Head of Cocoa Life, South East Asia, Mondelez International; moderated by Malini Tolat, Livelihoods Advisor, Save the Children US.
    • In this breakout session, panelists will present their efforts to increase youth employment in the cocoa sector.
  • The Mobile Money OTC “Trap”: Or is It? Matt Bohan, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Savita Bailur, Caribou Digital Consulting Firm; Andrew Kasujja, East Africa Lead, Strategic Impact Advisors; Jeffery Bower, Principle and Founder Bower & Partners Consulting. Moderator: Jill Lagos Shemin.
    • The agent-driven model for Mobile Money has become standard in the industry as Agents provide the service point for MM’s initial value proposition: converting cash to/from digital value and transferring it. This over-the-counter transaction drives a business model and critically, drives user experience as well. Yet there is a conundrum with the OTC model, “the OTC trap”: an initial value proposition for consumers, it is expensive for providers and limits other use-cases for financial services. But, is this really a “trap”?  Our panel will discuss!


  • Responsible Data in the Face of COVID-19: Amanda Makulec, Data Visualization Lead at Excella and Operations Director, Data Visualization Society; Zara Rahman, Deputy Director, The Engine Room; Sean McDonald, Co-Founder at Digital Public and CEO at Frontline SMS; Tracey Gyateng, Former Data Kind UK, soon to join The Justice Lab; Reema Patel, Head of Public Engagement, Ada Lovelace Institute; moderated by Linda Raftree, Data Ethics and Privacy Consultant.
    • This session will create a lively discussion to explore and unpack some of the main challenges with data in the COVID-19 crisis. We will also suggest ways to mitigate risks and improve digital responses.
  • Data to Drops: Using Data to Improve Water Decisions: Mohamed Bah, M&E Officer, Sierra Leone Ministry of Water Resources 
    • This session will demonstrate how widely available analytical tools–machine learning and GIS–are already being used to improve routine decisions about water services.
  • Keep it Going!: How To Promote Tech Sustainability Post-Project: Hillary Eason, Manager, Digital Development, Chemonics International; Ehsanullah Hassani, Former MIS Advisor, USAID Women in Government Project
    • This workshop will serve as a deep dive into how to promote and cultivate local ownership of digital solutions, no matter what stage of the project you’re in. The session will be interactive and informed by the Principles for Digital Development.

13:00 GMT: Eastern Americas Kickoff Keynote

  • USAID Digital Strategy: A Vision for Development in the Digital Age: Christopher Burns, Director, Center for Digital Development, USAID; Michelle Parker, Senior Policy Advisor, Center for Digital Development, USAID.
    • With the USAID Digital Strategy launching soon what is in it, why does it matter and how can stakeholders engage? This presentation will cover the mandates, recommendations and suggestions outlined in USAID’s first ever Digital Strategy and will highlight how USAID is implementing the strategy and its implications for development partners.

13:30 GMT: Lightning Talks

  • Data Privacy in the Time of COVID-19: Rebecca Saxton-Fox, Development Informatics Lead at USAID Center for Digital Development
    • This talk will give you questions to think about when balancing privacy with use during COVID-19 response.
  • #LearningNeverStops: Engineering Learning Technologies to Scale: Jodi Lis, Senior Advisor at IntraHealth
    • This session will describe how to engineer remote learning technologies so #LearningNeverStops.
  • Identity to Inclusion: Facilitating Finance for Mobile with Digital IDs: Timothy Nourse, President, Making Cents International. 
    • This lightning talk will discuss the potential and pitfalls of digital identities (DID) to facilitate financial services for mobile populations.
  • Beyond Coding: Making Sense of Digital Skills in Africa: Isabelle Carboni, Digital World Senior Manager, Cenfri 
    • This session will share Cenfri’s digital skills framework to help people understand the different types of digital skills needed to find meaningful employment in the digital economy.

14:00 GMT: Breakouts, and Workshops


  • Boosting Digital Literacy for Girls: Tips and Tricks from Technovation Cambodia: Voneat Pen, Co-founder, 606 Digital, Regional Ambassador for Cambodia, Technovation Girls; Kate Heuisler, Principal Digital and Innovation Advisor, DAI, Former Chief of Party of USAID’s Development Innovations; moderated by Inta Plostins, Digital Specialist, DAI.
    • This all-female panel will provide practical tips to launch Technovation in new countries: building a trusted brand with social media!
  • Digital Development Advisors: Building Local Capacity: Emmanuel Antoh, Geospatial Information Specialist at USAID/West Africa Regional; Jahid Faruque, Geospatial Information Specialist at USAID/Bangladesh; Jorge Reyes, Economic Growth Specialist at USAID/Honduras; Olu Olutola, Regional Connectivity and Digital Advisor; Chau Nguyen, Economic Growth Specialist; moderated by Kate Dimsdale, Knowledge & Insights Analyst at USAID.
    • In this session, participants will learn best practices and approaches to integrating digital development tools and approaches into development programming through the successes and challenges of Bangladesh, Ghana, Honduras, Kenya, and Vietnam Digital Development Advisors (DDA).
  • How to Get Started with AI in the Nonprofit Sector: Leila Toplic, Lead for Emerging Technologies Inivtiative, NetHope; Steve Hellen, Senior Director, Field Systems/ICT4D, Catholic Relief Services; Bo Percival, Director of Technology and Innovation at Humanitarian OpenStreetMapTeam.
    • In this session, participants will understand the key benefits and challenges of AI through a practical example from the field and get a reusable framework for evaluating suitability of AI/ML for their work.
  • Context Really Matters: The Importance of Understanding Digital Ecosystems: Craig Jolley, Data Scientist, Center for Digital Development, USAID; Carolina Botero, CEO, Karisma Foundation; Melanie Mossard, Ventures Support Director, ImpactHub Phonm Penh; Sebastian Mhatre, Technology and Innovation Adviser, DFID – Reserch and Evidence Division. Moderated by Susannah Horton, Digital Specialist, DAI-Center for Digital Acceleration.
    •  Join us for a discussion with USAID, DFID, and digital organizations hailing from Colombia and Cambodia to learn how to turn information into action and impact, showing how to identify gaps, opportunities, and local partners to make truly meaningful contributions.
  • Building Resilience in Small Organizations: TechSoup’s COVID-19 Response Fund for Nonprofits and Examples from Italy, Chile, Kenya: Emma Togni, TechSoup Italia; Natasha Murigu, Kenya Community Development Foundation; Chris Worman, TechSoup; Eugenio Vergera, CDI Chile; moderated by Lynn Van Housen, Executive Vice President, TechSoup.
    • Reaching small and medium sized nonprofit organizations at scale can mean the difference between an inclusive response and one that exacerbates existing inequalities. Smaller civil society organizations at the frontlines are uniquely threatened by the economic fallout of COVID19. TechSoup has launched a new COVID19 response fund for nonprofits to strengthen their resilience and communications technology capacity and help partners continue to operate safely during the threat of COVID19. Speakers from TechSoup Global Network Partners in Italy, Kenya, and Chile will share how they are helping their community and their nonprofits prepare for challenging business decisions.
  • EN FRANCAIS: e-PASP: Un outil TIC global pour les entrepreneurs agricoles communautaires: Emmanuel Floreal, Ingénieur et architecte de solutions informatiques, Catholic Relief Services (CRS); Christina Gallagher, Coordinatrice de programme « Projet modèle PASP »; Theogene Karekezi Bigenimana, Responsable Informatique du Catholic Relief Services.  
    • Les entrepreneurs agricoles communautaires, dont les prestataires de services privés agricoles (PASP), servent de liens essentiels entre les fournisseurs des intrants et les clients, mais manquent souvent d’outils pour gérer les données des clients, les commandes, les paiements, et les livraisons. L’e-PASP, est une solution (pour le dernier-kilomètre) standard de l’agence qui est en phase teste avec les PASPs au Sénégal, au Rwanda et au Guatemala.
  • EN FRANCAIS: SMS au Service de la Pédagogie: Un Modèle Innovant Mis en Oeuvre au Sénégal: Hillary Eason, Manager, Digital Development, Chemonics; Modou Carré, Coordinateur de TIC, USAID Lecture Pour Tous Program; Bernard Dumont, Consultant Senior de TIC et de Pédagogie, EdIntersect. 
    •  Dans cette session, nous discuterons l’exemple d’un programme pour les enseignants de lecture au Sénégal. Les participants apprendront comment planifier de ce type d’activité, comment collaborer avec les principales parties prenantes, les meilleurs pratiques, et plus.


  • Building Communities of Practice around Open-Source Software: What Works? Saurav Bhattarai, Adviser at GIZ; Rhonwyn Cornell, Senior Programme Manager at Jembi Health Systems; Linda Taylor, Product Manager at Jembi Health Systems; Konstanze Lang, Adviser at GIZ; Daniel Futterman, Senior Program Manager, Jembi Health Systems in South Africa.
    • This session is designed to allow participants to share their experiences of building communities of practice around open-source software built for specific purposes.
  • ID in Social Protection: Ensuring Inclusion or Undermining Rights? Claudio Machado, consulting expert, Institute for Technology and Society of Rio de Janeiro (ITS Rio); Alexandre Barbosa, Senior Innovation Researcher, Institute for Technology and Society of Rio de Janeiro (ITS Rio); Janaina Costa, Innovation Research, Institute for Technology and Society of Rio de Janeiro (ITS Rio); Celina Carvalho, Junior Innovation Research, Institute for Technology and Society of Rio de Janeiro (ITS Rio). Moderator: Giovana Carneiro, Junior Researcher, Institute for Technology and Society of Rio de Janeiro (ITS Rio).
    • This session will bring light to how identification of individuals can be used to achieve better coordination among social protection and healthcare programs, or, conversely, how it can mean an additional barrier or a means to wrongly discriminate
  • Operationalizing the Principles: USAID’s Digital Investment Tool: Taylor Braun-Dorrell, Digital Technology Program Specialist, USAID
    • USAID’s Digital Investment Tool (DigIT), a tool based on the Principles for Digital Development, is a resource to help you develop digital systems that are effective and sustainable. Participants will be introduced to the DigIT and will put it into use.

15:00 GMT: Breakouts and Workshops


  • Public Health Communication in the Age of COVID-19 (Lessons from Somalia): Nishant Das, Manager at Response Innovation Lab; Khalid Hashi, OGOW EMR; Matt Erickson, Poet Nation Media; Abdi Billow, Sr. Coordinator, Response Innovation Lab.
    • This breakout session will focus on behavior change communication in the unprecedented environment of COVID-19 where traditional health messaging put people at greater risk.
  • How to Achieve Inclusive and Trustworthy Digital ID: Shachee Doshi, AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, USAID; Przemek Praszczalek, Director of Solutions Engineering, Mastercard; Ken Banks, Head of Social Purpose, Yoti; moderated by Leila Toplic, Lead for Emerging Technologies Initiative, NetHope.
    • In this session, digital identity experts will share what problems digital ID systems are solving today, what are the benefits and challenges, and the impact of COVID-19 on digital ID.
  • Where There are No Screens: Family Planning eLearning Approaches: Allen Namagembe, Evaluation Manager at PATH; Jane Cover Research and Evaluation Manager, PATH.
    • This session will share digital training approaches PATH has developed for health workers and clients learning to administer the contraceptive subcutaneous DMPA (DMPA-SC).
  • Can Digital Savings Groups Change the Game?: Hillary Dashina, Manager, PCI Tanzania; Julia Arnold, Financial Inclusion and Livelihoods Specialist, International Center for Research on Women; Wes Wasson, CEO, DreamStart Labs. Moderator: Dennis Mello, Director, PCI, A Global Communities Partner.
    • This session features exciting new research that explores the opportunities and risks of introducing mobile technology to rural savings groups.
  • Network of Networks: Sharing Knowledge Exponentially for Global Health: Joseline Carias, Communication and Digital Strategy Coordinator, RECAINSA; Jai Ganesh, AeHIN; Lauro Vives, PHIN; Marcelo D’Agostino, Sr. Advisor, Information Systems, Knowledge Management, Big Data at PAHO/WHO. Moderated by Steve Ollis, Senior Digital Health Advisor, JSI.
    • Panelists representing global and regional networks will describe the Network of Networks and the role it played in sharing information through the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Gender and Digital Technology Considerations in the COVID-19 Crisis: Moderator: Erica Gendell, Program Analyst, USAID Global Development Lab; Rachel VanNice, Global Operations Manager, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team; Dr. Tara Cookson, Director and Co-Founder, Ladysmith; Olasupo Oyedepo, Co-founder and Director of the African Alliance of Digital Health Networks (African Alliance) & Project Director of the Health Strategy and Delivery Foundation’s ICT4HEALTH Project; Nora Lindström, Global Lead for Digital Development, Plan International;· Sayonee Chatterjee, Director, Gender and Child Rights, Gram Vaani
    This session will discuss how we can optimize the potential benefits of digital technology while mitigating potential risks to women and girls.
  • Building a Case Management Information System to Last: Stuardo Herrera, Informatics Technical Advisor, Palladium; John Williamson, USAID; Suman Khadka, PhD, Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF Cambodia; Barbra Aber, Catholic Relief Services; Camelia Gheorghe, D4I Resident Advisor in Moldova, Palladium; moderated by Molly Cannon, Director, Measurement and Learning, Palladium.
    • Panelists will discuss the successes and challenges of of using digital case management systems to ensure at-risk children are protected and cared for.


  • Youth Leadership and Digital Literacy in the time of Crisis: Anthony Bloome, Senior Technology for Development Specialist/Agency Digital Literacy Lead, USAID; Michael McCabe, Agency Youth Coordinator, USAID.
    • This breakout session will highlight digital literacy initiatives with case studies for a discussion about how they can support COVID-19 response efforts.
  • Evaluating the Digital Transformation Landscape: Listening and Responding to Challenges and Needs for Country- Centered Digital Development: Jake Watson, Senior Director of Platforms and Services, DIAL at UN Foundation; Maurice Sayinzoga, Manager, Insights and Impact, DIAL at UN Foundation; Grace Nyakanini, Title: Project Manager, Digital Economy Strategies at Smart Africa.
    • The Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) is working with country governments and regional stakeholders in Sub-Saharan Africa to understand and respond to challenges and needs for digital transformation. In doing so, we are recognizing the multiplicity of frameworks available for national socioeconomic development using ICT, as well as the need for multi-stakeholder, cross-sectoral approaches to digital development across both government and society. This session will, highlight the need to listen to and respond to country needs as part of DIAL’s ongoing work – especially in light of ongoing COVID-19 response – as well as open a discussion on how digital development practitioners in the community can leverage their own work to support a national digital transformation agenda.
  • COVID-19 Through the Eyes of a Data Scientist: Risk Factor Analysis: Gratiana Fu, Associate Data Scientist at DAI Global Health – Center for Digital Acceleration; Jamie Parr, Data Scientist at DAI Global Health, Center for Digital Acceleration.
    • The session will present the methodology and findings of our varying analyses on health behavior and government type, exploring how data that are not typically used in evaluating risk can provide important insights for global health.

16:00 GMT: Silicon Valley Keynote

  • The Great Equalizer: What Silicon Valley Learned from Sierra Leone in COVID-19: Lily Olson, Director of Partnerships, Dimagi; Clayton Sims, CTO, Dimagi

16:30 GMT: Lightning Talks

  • Gamayun: New Language Technology to Bridge the Digital Divide: Grace Tang, Gamayun Program Manager, Translators without Borders
    • This lightning talk will focus on Translators without Borders’ Gamayun program. It will include a demonstration of some of our language technology solutions, from the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh to the global COVID-19 response.
  • The Gender Digital Divide: What Works, What Doesn’t: Revi Sterling, Ph.D., Director – USAID W-GDP WomenConnect Challenge
    • This session will present the current state of the gender digital divide, talk about the trends over the last 10 years to close it, and discuss what really works and what is simply a waste of resources and beneficiary time.
  • Gender Data Kit and the COVID-19 Response at the Colombia-Venezuela Border: Dr Julia Zulver, Affiliate Researcher, Ladysmith; Dr Tara Cookson, Director and Co-Founder, Ladysmith
    • This talk showcases learning from the panelists’ feminist design process building Gender Data Kit, at the Colombia-Venezuela border, focusing on the methodology they employed to design the intervention, ensuring the feminist principle of “no research about us without us”.
  • TEGA: Girl-Centred Digital Research: Precious Ogbuji, Research Specialist at Girl Effect Nigeria
    • This lightening talk will introduce TEGA, a girl-centred digital insights methodology. Participants will come away with increased understanding of how this digital research method works, what it can do, and how the TEGAs are central in shaping the research.

17:00 GMT:  Breakouts and Workshops


  • Can the Host Country Afford your Tech Solution Once Donor Funding Ends? Jaclyn Carlsen, Senior ICT Advisor at USAID; Emily Nicholson, Technical Advisor at IntraHealth; Merrick Schaefer, Senior Digital Health Advisor at USAID.
    • Lessons learned during the Ebola response demonstrated that some technology platforms were not sustainable once donor funding ended. This breakout session will focus on costing models and resource mobilization plans.
  • Meeting Urgent Needs with Chatbots: Leila Toplic, Lead for Emerging Technologies Initiative, NetHope; Michael Tjalve, Principal Program Manager, Microsoft.
    • In this session, participants will learn what chatbots are, how they’re being used in the COVID-19 crisis, and how to get started with developing  chatbots using a no-code tool.
  • Don’t Bury the Signal: Engaging with Polarized Conversations Online: Kate Mytty, Build Up; Fredrick Ogenga, Associate Professor at Rongo University; Stef Snel, Citizen Dialogue Centre; Tessa Van Rens, Demos; Iria Puyosa, Visiting Professor, Brown University
    • This roundtable session will share experiences and ideas from the USA, UK, Kenya, Venezuela, and South Africa on how to engage in constructive dialogue on social media to address online polarization.
  • USSD Rails Should be More Open. They Need to be More Open. Fair or Unfair? Akinwale Goodluck, Head of GSMA Sub Saharan Africa Region, GSMA Mobile 4 Development; Wiza Jalakasi; Head of Global Business Development & Strategy; Hover Developer Services, Inc; James Dailey; Digital financial services Consultant and Board Chair and Founder of the Mifos initiative; Gavin Krugel gavin@digitalfrontiers.org CEO, Digital Frontiers Institute, Board Member. Moderator: Jill Lagos Shemin.
    • This session will discuss how USSD for businesses plays a key role for business models that require scale; and for a business to offer services to the many low-income consumers.
  • Piloting and Scaling Interactive SMS for Teacher Development: Hillary Eason, Manager, Digital Development, Chemonics International; Modou Carré, ICT Program Support Lead, USAID Lecture Pour Tous Program; Bernard Dumont, Senior International Consultant, ICT and Education, EdIntersect.
    • This presentation will look at how to design and implement lightweight, inexpensive pilots of interactive, SMS-based teacher coaching with an eye toward eventual scaling.


  • WhatsApp for Hunter-Gatherers: Adapting Advocacy Support During COVID-19: Sara Nitz Nolan, Senior Manager for Policy and Advocacy, InterAction. Honest Mseri, Head of Programs, Agricultural Non-State Actor Forum. Moderator: Adam Fivenson, Director of Data, Development Technology, and Innovation, InterAction.
    • Together we’ll discuss: 1) How is JUWAVITA—a coalition of CSOs representing small-holder farmers, hunter-gatherers, fisherfolk, pastoralists, beekeepers, and others—using new tech to continue its work during COVID-19? 2) How to identify the correct engagement strategy and tech for such a diverse member network?
  • Hands-On Experience and Insights on Developing Digital Education Projects: Vanessa Dreier, Policy Advisor at German Development Cooperation (GIZ); Franziska Pfeifer, GFA Consulting Group, Education, Skills & Employment Deaprtement; Valentina Cullmann, Independent expert; Nayla Zreik Fahed, CEO of Lebanese. Alternative Learning (LAL); Ismael Nouns, Team Leader GIZ Lebanon
    • This workshop is about German Development Cooperation’s Toolkit on Digital Education and will highlight potentials and lessons learned in using digital tools for teaching, learning, and education management.
  • Digitized Vouchers for Vulnerable Households: Hybrid Approaches in Uganda: Rodwell Masocha Sibanda, MEAL Specialist, NUYOK-DFSA-CRS; Ivan Bukenya, Database Officer – APOLOU-DFSA-Mercy Corps; Nina Rosenberg, Agreement Officer Representative -USAID; moderated by Ruth Shevena Ankunda, CLA Specialist- USAID Uganda Learning Activity.
    • This how-to workshop is for organizations that want to learn and use digital vouchers. Organizational experiences and lessons learned by CRS and Mercy Corps will be shared and we will present hybrid digitization models.

18:00 GMT: Breakouts and Workshops

  • 4S: Speed, Success, and Student Satisfaction when Moving F2F Courses Online: Alexander Romiszowski, Professor at Syracuse University; Andréa Corrêa Silva, Training and development specialist at São Paulo State Government, Brazil
    • We will discuss how to design such learning experiences, develop learning resources, and manage the issues involved in adopting and implementing eLearning.
  • AI and Data-Driven Policy: The Power to Protect the World’s Most Vulnerable: Branka Panic, Founding Director, AI for Peace; Chris Lara, SH4P; Rudradeb Mitra, Founder, Omdena; Reem Mahmoud;  Co-Founder, Zaka; Machine Learning Engineer, Omdena; Moderated by Laura Clark Murray, Chief Partnership Officer, Omdena.
    • Panelists will present the process, results, and challenges of conducting an AI project in a time of global crisis.
  • Looking to the Long-Term: Strategies to Build Capacity for Local Ownership: Alexandra Morgan-Kisarale, Doctoral Researcher & SSLD Fellow, New York University; Annah Latané, Research Food Security and Agriculture Specialist, RTI International; Roudy Jeune, Mobile Technology Officer, Papyrus S.A.
    • This breakout will discuss strategies to build and monitor capacity over the life of a project.
  • How Can We Protect and Safeguard Children in the Digital Environment?: Khwezi Magwaza, Independent Consultant; John Zoltner, Senior Director for Technology and Innovation at Save the Children, Marija Manojlovic, Strategy & Innovation Advisor at Global Partnership to End Violence against Children, Linda Raftree, Data Ethics and Privacy Consultant.
    • This session will discuss online harm in the wider digital environment to children and youth especially if access is unguided or there is a lack of awareness of the potential for harm and abuse.
  • If Only?! Digital Health Enablers for Pandemics: Patricia Mechael, Co-founder and Policy Lead at HealthEnabled; Ana Riviere-Cinnamond, regional adviser at Health Emergency Information & Risk Assessment Health Emergency Department, Pan-American Health Organization; Ousmane Ly, Independent Consultant, Digital Health.
    • This breakout session will provide an opportunity for the digital health community to come together and examine  the new enablers of a sound digital health ecosystem.


  • Beyond the buzzword: Gender data, Demystified: Natalya Buchwald, Account Manager, TechChange; Samhir Vasdev Program Manager, Facebook.
    • This workshop will present a series of exercises designed to teach concepts and skills related to the data lifecycle and the role of gender data in achieving the SDGs.
  • Developing Apps for COVID-19 Response using the Community Health Toolkit: Samuel Mbuthia, Capacity Building Manager atMedic Mobile; Francesca Henri, Community of Practice Manager at Medic Mobile.
    • This session is for developers who want to start building community health applications for COVID-19 response using the free and open-source Core Framework of the Community Health Toolkit.

19:00 GMT: Pacific Americas Keynote and Closing

  • Responsible Data Collection Must Be Inclusive: Betsy Beaumon, CEO, Benetech
    • Attendees will learn about accessible, inclusive data collection; the importance of creating accessible, locally relevant, educational material; and how an open infrastructure creates an ability to draw on frameworks for standardized, comparable datasets such as those established by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

19:30 GMT: Lightning Talks

  • Managing EdTech Project Failure Risks: 7 Areas to Address: Steve Watt, Director, Inclusiv Ventures; Sashenka Wosman, Asia Pacific Director, Inclusiv Ventures.
    • This lightning talk will discuss the seven common areas of failure for EdTech projects and provide a framework for project planning.
  • Planning for National Digital Identity Services: Eric Ramirez, Director of E-Government, El Salvador
    • Digital Identification is one of the enablers for delivering digital services. This talk will focus on basic considerations, challenges, and opportunities we faced in El Salvador and that are applicable to most developing countries.
  • OSS in the Social Sector: Research on Barriers & Opportunities: Gina Assaf, Independent Digital Designer & Research; Mala Kumar, Program Manager, Open Source for Good at GitHub.
    • The presenters will discuss GitHub Social Impact’s Open Source for Good Program and the Case Foundation and its insights on global development.

20:00: Conference Closes

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