Technology Opportunities for Humanity - Beyond the Digital Divide



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    Dr. Eric Brewer (bio) - Professor of Computer Science, UC Berkeley & Co-founder and CTO of Inktomi Corporation

    Dr. Sridhar Jagannathan (bio) - Former SoftBank VC

    Srinivas Sukumar - DV Fellow, formerly HP to talk about connectivity

    Discussion Topic:Indian tribes in Southern CA

    Khalid Quadir - DV Fellow, Bangladesh

    Discussion Topic:Grameen Phone

    Brij Khotari - DV Fellow, India

    Discussion Topic:Same Language Subtittling

    Tom Munnecke -DV Fellow, 03

    Discussion Topic:Philanthropy enabling software

    Presentation Overview

    New initiatives to deploy humanitarian computing and communications applications - particularly in the developing world - are gaining momentum world-wide. Technology social ventures are driven by visions of how innovative technology applications will deliver benefits and cost-savings to needy and under-served communities. Many of these efforts are led by individuals who bear striking similarities to the founders of Silicon Valley start-ups. Moreover, social entrepreneurs face development, organizational and operational challenges that parallel those of their for-profit counterparts. But they also confront unique risks and challenges on the road to success.

    In this seminar you will have an opportunity to meet 4-5 technologists from Stanford University's Digital Vision Program, and learn about solutions they are building that address humanitarian, educational, and economic needs in the developing world.

    About The Digital Vision Program

    The Digital Vision Program at Stanford University was conceived to support inventive applications of computing and communications technology in the developing world. Located at Stanford's Center for the Study of Language and Information, the program is an incubator for social entrepreneurs - and intrapreneurs from larger organizations - who seek to leverage information technology to address humanitarian, educational and economic development goals.

    The core of the program is a nine-month Fellowship Course that brings together a group of 12-15 experienced technologists from around the globe. This post-graduate certification program attracts candidates from a wide range of corporate, educational, government and non-governmental positions. Accepted fellows spend a sabbatical year in full-time residence at the Stanford University Campus, where they collaborate with faculty, students, Silicon Valley executives, and most importantly each other to complete their studies.


    Speaker Bios


    Dr. Eric A. Brewer

    Dr. Brewer focuses on all aspects of Internet-based systems, including technology, strategy, and government. As a researcher, he has led projects on scalable servers, search engines, network infrastructure, wireless data services and security. He received an MS and Ph.D. in EECS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a BS in EECS from UC Berkeley. Current research topics include giant-scale Internet-based services, technology for developing regions, and sensor networks.

    In 1996, he co-founded Inktomi Corporation with a Berkeley grad student based on their research prototype, and helped lead it onto the Nasdaq 100 before it was bought by Yahoo! in March 2003.

    In 2000, he founded the Federal Search Foundation, a 501-3(c) organization focused on improving consumer access to government information. Working with President Clinton, Dr. Brewer helped to create, the official portal of the Federal government, which launched in September 2000.

    Major awards include fellowships from the Sloan Foundation,the Okawa Foundation and the Office of Naval Research. He was named a "Global Leader for Tomorrow" by the World Economic Forum, by the Industry Standard as the "most influential person on the architecture of the Internet", by InfoWorld as one of their top ten innovators, by Technology Review as one of the top 100 most influential people for the 21st century (the "TR100"), and by Forbes as one of their 12 "e-mavericks", for which he appeared on the cover.


    Dr. Sridhar Jagannathan

    Dr. Sridhar Jagannathan is a technology entrepreneur and a mentor to early stage startups with regards to strategy, business development and operations. Sridhar has been a Technology Advisor to the International Finance Corporation, the private equity arm of the World Bank for executing deals in developing countries. Earlier, Sridhar was Vice President of Technology for Softbank Emerging Markets, a $200M fund focused on early stage investments in emerging markets. Sridhar has extensive experience in software development, consulting, technology management and Internet commerce. Prior to joining SoftBank, Sridhar was Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of, Inc., an ecommerce enabler and marketmaker. Earlier, Sridhar was Technical Director for Internet & eCommerce at Oracle Corporation, where he was in charge of technology strategy, product evolution for ecommerce and implementation. He also set up Oracle's Applications Center of Excellence, which co-ordinated product testing, release and beta implementations. Sridhar is the author of a business modeling book (Internet Commerce Metrics and Models, Prentice Hall, 2001) and has taught an ecommerce course for U.C. Berkeley. Sridhar has a doctorate in engineering from University of California, Berkeley and a Master's degree (Sloan Fellow) from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


    Event Logistics


    6:00–7:00pm Registration, Networking & Appetizers

    7:00-9:00pm Panel Discussion



    Wallenberg Hall - Stanford University



    $20 Passport Program Members

    $25 SDForum, ANZA, CSPA, Silicon French & Silicon Vikings members

    $35 Non-members

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