Northgate staff Elizabeth Nixon, Mallika Kumar, and Maile Smith were part of a select group of “TechWomen” invited by the US Department of State to participate in USRio+2.0, a conference and workshop held at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business on February 2-4, 2012. The theme of the conference was “Bridging Connection Technologies and Sustainable Development”.
The conference brought together global policy-makers, practitioners, and innovators on the use of connection technologies (SMS, mobile, web, etc.) to advance sustainable development solutions in the fields of health, the environment, agriculture, and sustainable economic growth. Participants created linkages between the technology and sustainability communities, examining present and prospective utilization of connection technologies for development purposes. Participants were asked to define “innovation challenges” for how connection technology can help advance cross-cutting sustainable development problems. The outcomes form the Conference will be presented at the Rio+20 United Nations Sustainable Development Conference later this year. Speakers included the Honorable Lisa Jackson, US EPA Administrator, Michael Jones, Google Chief Technology Advocate, Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones, Assistant Secretary of State, and Chris Turner, Director of World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
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