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Tech4Change A Startup Weekend and Mercy Corps Collaboration

6/7/2013 5:30 PM - 6/9/2013 8:30 PM

Mercy Corps and Startup Weekend have partnered to create a first-of-its kind event focused on solving some of the world’s toughest problems through technology and entrepreneurship, measured by solutions formulated from the boldest of ideas.

Tech4Change will serve as a platform to encourage new ways to think about entrepreneurship in challenging environments around the globe. The 54-hour marathon event will be focused on developing tech tools for the greater good and creating viable social enterprises that can scale to address global needs. Participants are encouraged to present their own social enterprise ideas or be prepared to work on ideas selected by a panel of Mercy Corps team members.

Speakers - Friday, 6-7pm

Susan Fonseca is a Founding Member of Singularity University (SU). She organized SU’s 2008 Founding Conference, helped source 1.5M seed funding, and negotiated a 5-year partnership with NASA. Susan spearheaded SU’s TED09 public launch and executed SU’s inaugural Graduate Studies and Executive Programs. Today, SU Alumni are in 60+ countries around the world. Susan is titled “Founding Architect” for her role in building the initial DNA that is SU. Susan is also the founder of Women@TheFrontier, an explosive forum highlighting female change-agents that are leveraging exponential technologies and innovative platforms to address global grand challenges. An anthropologist and lawyer, prior to SU Susan negotiated diplomatic and international collaboration with Central American Presidents, Ambassadors, U.S. State Officials and Industry CEOs that culminated in the successful vote and passage of the U.S. & Dominican Republic – Central American Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA). In addition, Susan has produced technical and scientific conferences (e.g., Life Extension Conference, Singularity Summits, Aging Conference and Convergence). Susan’s focus is to create strategic alliances and global networks that empower, inspire and drive positive change. Learn more.

Craig Redmond directs Mercy Corps’ Program Operations, Program Development, Social Innovations and Financial Services, and previously served as Mercy Corps’ regional program director for South and SE Asia. Before joining Mercy Corps in 2000, he held positions at the UNDP and the UNHCR, working on refugee issues and microfinance in the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Horn of Africa.

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