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M-powering society: How mobile technology is changing society

Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 4.00 p.m., Plenary Chamber

Hosted by: Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications

This workshop focuses on the society-changing potential of mobile technologies and in particular on specific mobile applications in developing countries that have demonstrated a proven impact on social development. Representatives of projects centered on mobile health, mobile education and mobile government will provide insights into what makes their mobile solutions successful and why they lend themselves to mobile applications. The panelists will discuss the opportunities and challenges inherent in mobile technologies, especially in developing nations. The workshop will also address the question of what lessons the Western world can learn from the projects presented.


Banks, Ken
Founder of kiwanja.net and FrontlineSMS, UK

Bartas, Artas
Founder of Bribespot, Germany

Hoefman, Bas
Social Entrepreneur and Founding Director of the Social Enterprise :Text to Change (TTC), The Netherlands

Manske, Julia
Researcher at stiftung neue verantwortung, Germany


Speich, Dr. Mark
Executive Director of the Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications