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Using Technology for Social Good

Learn about the life-giving potential of technology

The Game Changers Summit, an international United Methodist Conference, explored how communications technology can be used for community development. Find complete coverage of the Sept. 3-5, 2014 summit. More

The Game Changers Summit, held Sept. 3-5 in Nashville, Tenn., addressed how information and communications technology (ICT) can be used to help parts of the world left behind by the technological revolution.

Participants heard from globally-renowned leaders about how to solve problems in education, wellness, and community development by leveraging the world's growing access to cell towers, Internet and hardware.

Explore the stories below to learn more about the life-enhancing and life-saving potential of technology and how your congregation can become part of this innovative, technology-based mission.

News Coverage

Isaac Broune (left) and April Gonzaga-Mercado lead a panel discussion on using communications as aid as part of the Game Changers Summit at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Grab your cell phone in typhoon, flood, or war

When disaster strikes a community, cell phones and other communication aids can help with emergency response and recovery. Read More

Eric Youngren (right) and John Macdonald view a solar-powered light during the Innovation Fair at the Game Changers Summit at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Text messaging can be lifesaving

Technology such as mass text messaging can be lifesaving.
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The Rev. Betty Kazadi Musau of the Democratic Republic of Congo gives the sermon during opening worship at the Game Changers Summit at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Leveraging information for development

Game Changers Summit draws people from nine countries to hear experts on how technology helps the social good." Read more


Meet the summit speakers

Chris Locke. Photo courtesy of Caribou Digital

Chris Locke: ‘Show me the money’

Mobile technology analyst feels the ability to utilize mobile money has become a true “game changer” in developing nations. View

Worldreader partnership development manager Kristina Lee looks at an e-reader with a student in Kenya. Photo courtesy of Kristina Lee.

Kristina Lee: Books on the ground

A heart for helping led Lee to providing e-books and educational materials for students in developing nations. View

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

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

Firdaus Kharas

Firdaus Kharas: Activism through animation

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

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. View

Ken Banks: The dos and don’ts of ICT4D

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

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