Technology for Development—how open source is changing the developing world, and how the movement can do more

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Scheduled: Thursday, June 20, 2013 from 10:00 – 10:45am in B304


FOSS can be a power for positive social impact in the developing world. Hear about key social impact projects and how the open source community can broaden its focus beyond the needs of western developers.


Open source software has been a key enabler of dramatic change in low-income countries and emerging markets. Yet the movement remains primarily focused on the needs of Western developers.

This talk will describe some of the more exciting open source projects in the field of international development and how the open source movement can become more global and better support developers, governments, and humanitarians in the developing world.

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