A CRS Workshop for Villanova Faculty, Staff and Students (by invitation)
Falvey room 205; Friday, October 3, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (lunch provided)
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is a leader in the INGO community in the use of technology for poverty reduction and development. In this special workshop, CRS’ Shaun Ferris, Director of Agricultural Livelihoods; Stephen Hellen, Director of ICT Architecture Design; and Marianna Hensley, Regional Technical Advisor for Monitoring and Evaluation, Accountability and Learning for CRS’ East and South Asia Region; will share some of the highlights from CRS’ 6th Annual Innovation and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) conference in Nairobi last March. http://ict4dconference.crs.org/.
Ferris, Hellen, and Hensley (via Skype in India) will offer an exciting overview and specific examples of how the agency is using ICT cutting-edge innovations to creatively meet agricultural, market, financial, and health needs and build resilience in very poor communities. The presenters will provide useful information on leading industry providers, public-private partnerships (PPP), and the ethical framework that governs agency decisions. Time will be built in for faculty to share their own innovative research, teaching and work overseas using ICT technology and for exchanging information, resources, and insights.
In March CRS held its 6th Annual Conference on ICT4D bringing together 400 Non-governmental staff, donors, educators, government representatives and technology providers from across the world to Nairobi to discuss how ICT driven innovation is building resilience in developing communities. The conference sessions focused on ICT innovations (GIS, GPRS. mobile technology, Cloud Computing and “Big Data”) in monitoring, mapping and coordinating, accessing information, providing service, and planning for:
|9:30 – 9:40 a.m.
|9:40 – 10:10 a.m.||Overview - Stephen Hellen|
|10:10 – 10:20 a.m.||Break|
|11:25 – 10:55 a.m.||Health Applications: Marianna Hensley (India via Skype)|
|11:00 – 11:30 a.m.||Business Applications - Shaun Ferris|
|11:35 – 11:40 a.m.||Break|
|11:40– 12:10 p.m.||Faculty Panel: Bette Mariani (Nursing) & Pritipal Singh (Electrical & Computer Engineering), Francis Galgano (Geography & the Environment), Frank Klassner (Computing Sciences)|
|12:20– 1:05 p.m.||Working lunch: 2 interest groups|
|1:10 – 1:30 p.m.||Wrap Up|
|1:30 - 2:30 p.m.||Discussion: Possible Collaboration|