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Ken Banks: The dos and don’ts of ICT4D

After a decade in the ICT4D movement, and Frontline SMS founder Ken Banks looks at how far things have come, and what lies ahead. View

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Hosted by United Methodist Communications, the summit will demonstrate how information and communications technology (ICT) can be used to help parts of the world left behind by the technological revolution, and solve problems in education, wellness and community development with cutting edge communications tools. 

Imagine being together in a room with others who work in the same parts of the developing world that you do…learning from globally renowned leaders, and building plans together that will impact generations to come. Leave feeling enlightened, informed, connected, and  even more passionate about your work than you already are.


Meet the summit speakers

UMCom representative April Grace G. Mercado demonstrates how to use the Solio solar chargers to the youth in Ormoc City following Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines Nov. 8, 2013.

April Mercado: Technology aids disaster recovery

Food and shelter are obvious needs, but don’t underestimate the role technology can play in the aftermath of a catastrophe. View

Angeline, 12, works in the computer lab at the Thomas Food Project in Thomas, Haiti. She says she wants to use the computer to write and do research.

Technology changes game for communities, churches

Some of the world’s foremost game changers will gather Sept. 3-5 to share information about communications technology and how it is making a difference in the world. Read More

Wayan Vota leads FailFaire at the World Bank in Washington D.C., November 2012. UMNS Photo by Adele Waugaman.

Wayan Vota: Send cash, not tractors

Technology is vital in both recovery from disaster and long-term growth in developing nations, but the tool must fit the need. View

Maeghan Orton (right) explores a solar cell phone charger with Paramount Chief Joseph Kposowa (seated, center) in Bumpe village near Bo, Sierra Leone, about mobile phone technology. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Maeghan Orton: Trial and error in Nairobi

Maeghan Orton sees every day the ways technology improves lives in Africa. But she also sees which approaches work … and which don’t. View

Video image of Rev. Larry Hollon interview about technology and theology for the 2014 Game Changers Summit in Nashville, Tenn.

The Rev. Larry Hollon: Technology and Theology

"When we allow people access to technology that allows them to get information to improve their lives, then we are fulfilling the call of God to be a transformative presence." View

Firdaus Kharas

Firdaus Kharas: Activism through animation

Animator uses light-hearted approach to serious topics in an attempt to defeat cultural stigmas. View

Best practices for using communications technology for development

This discussion paper captures best practice in the use of mobile phones and other low-cost communications technologies through a series of interviews with experts and practitioners. Read More

A simple exercise demonstrates the importance of mass communicaiton through FrontlineSMS.

FrontlineSMS opens church communication in Malawi

Youth learn how to use FrontlineSMS (mobile texting) so people receive the same information at the same time and are likely to respond uniformly and on time. Read More

Tablets Help Relief Efforts

On a Dec. 16-19, 2013 trip, a communications team distributed mobile tools to nongovernmental organizations serving in the area of the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. Read More

Warren McGuffin shows the raised-bed garden where okra has been planted at the Thomas Food Project in Thomas, Haiti. McGuffin is director of sustainability for the project. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

Warren McGuffin: ‘Giving away fishing poles’

Warren McGuffin, who started a food program in Haiti, is now working to give Haitians the tools to feed themselves. McGuffin will speak at the Game Changers Summit in September. View

Ken Banks. Photo courtesy of Ken Banks,

Ken Banks: The dos and don’ts of ICT4D

After a decade in the ICT4D movement, and Frontline SMS founder Ken Banks looks at how far things have come, and what lies ahead. View

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