ICT4D Innovation Ecosystem for Inclusivity

ICT4D Innovation Ecosystem for Inclusivity 2016-10-30T12:04:06+00:00

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Science Talk
Presenter: 
Prof Darelle van Greunen, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa
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The last decade has seen a proliferation of technological initiatives aimed to tackle development issues. Developing countries can benefit a lot from the use of ICTs, not only to speed up the process of social change, but also to become more efficient, effective and inclusive.

In recent years, innovation has risen dramatically on the development agendas of the developing countries. Current development agendas embrace innovation as a means to foster sustainable development and inclusive growth in terms of both economic growth and the application of innovative technologies to ICT4D. Innovation is a process leveraging creativity and solving user centric and user driven needs.  Such innovations can be used to not only support economies but also serve social functions. In doing so, social entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs can discover spaces where they can do good in the world while doing well in the marketplace.

This session will explore user driven innovation processes to help unleash potential by promoting creativity methodologies for Sustainable Development in the both public and private sectors. The talk will explore the innovation process using creative thinking, experimentation, empathy and sharing of best practices to solve key development problems and create innovative ICT4D solutions whilst exploring the use of technology as an additional enabler.
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vangreunenProf Darelle van Greunen
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa
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Darelle is a Professor in the School of ICT and the Director of the Center for Community Technologies at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. The social activist and multiple award winning researcher, has a multidisciplinary background, combining computer science, information systems, African languages, education, media studies and psychology. She holds a number of degrees with her PhD being in Computer Science. Her research focuses on using technology as an enabler in society but with a strong focus on how humans interact with technology. Her research is combined with real-life interventions in different communities of Africa. She is best known for her passion to transform low income communities through the innovative use of technology as an enabler and catalyst to respond to social issues. As such, she encourages the creation of innovations “In Africa, for Africa, by Africans”.
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