Session: Leveraging Technology for Social Impact
We often find it so daunting or inaccessible to tackle social problems that we scare ourselves out of any action at all. This session will cover how to use the Facilitator Approach for social impact in order to build accessible, context-informed tech solutions to complex social problems.
This session will cover:
- the importance and impact of tech solutions in accelerating development in emerging markets
- considerations for tech solutions to social problems
- using the Facilitator Approach to develop inclusive tech solutions *with* users rather than for them
- The Facilitator Approach teaches us that anyone can be a facilitator for effective impact and therefore that everyone can tackle complex social problems.
- Strategies and tools for including target communities in the design and development of technological solutions for social impact.
- Leveraging technology for social impact doesn't only mean developing intricate high-tech solutions; prevalent social problems can be addressed with simple technological applications.
Lamia Makkar is an award-winning social entrepreneur and ecosystem builder, with over 8 years impacting communities in emerging markets. She launched her first venture, Haiti: Hands On, at the age of 13, focused on strengthening vulnerable Haitian communities through innovative education opportunities. She went on to co-found a community tech platform in 2018 and now continues to enable social innovation in emerging markets through various projects. Lamia is currently developing JaDijital, an accessible digital resource hub for Haitian innovators and entrepreneurs.
Lamia’s work spans the Middle East, Africa & the Caribbean. She has presented her work at Tedx, the United Nations, to top venture capitalists in Silicon Valley, at WEF's Open Forum Davos satellite Youth Forum Switzerland, Haiti Tech Summit and University Startup World Cup.
She is an alumna of Draper University and graduated with a degree in Computer Science and Sociology/Anthropology from Swarthmore College.