Once a year, technology leaders from more than 30 of the world’s leading international NGOs convene for a week with one main purpose: to share. They share their ideas. They share their energy. They share their frustrations. They share their optimism. They share their experience.
These technology leaders are each part of the NetHope organisation whose mission is to be a catalyst for collaboration among international humanitarian organisations.
NetHope members come together in collaboration because they have a common goal of improving the effectiveness of their programs. These diversity of programs include those that help prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS from expectant mothers to their unborn children in Kenya; that build safe places for people to live in India; that provide training and education to rural family farmers in Uganda; and much more.
Though NetHope members only meet in-person as a full group once a year at the dedicated member summit, NetHope and its member organisations collaborate 365 days a year. Prior to the founding of NetHope in 2001, there were gaps between the work people were doing in the humanitarian, technology and innovation for development sectors, with no consistent thread connecting groups that were all working independently on what were really the same common problems. NetHope became that thread, creating an ecosystem where there wasn’t one before.
The 10th anniversary summit, hosted by Intel Ireland and Concern Worldwide. brought together more than 180 people in County Kildare and included NetHope members and leaders from top companies and organisations such as Intel, Accenture, Cisco, Microsoft and USAID, among others. Together the delegates, over a week long series of sessions, discussed and formulated plans that address significant opportunities and challenges facing NGOs in the developing world like internet connectivity, shortages of local skilled IT professionals, cloud computing, barriers for local women who want to pursue careers in IT, and more.
Intel Ireland was delighted to welcome the NetHope Summit delegates to our Leixlip campus last week and to play host to this important gathering. The weeklong sessions and events included a welcome address to the group from Intel Ireland General Manager Eamonn Sinnott and keynote addresses from Chris Thomas, Chief Strategist and Director of Architecture in Intel’s World Ahead Group and Prof. Martin Curley, Director, Intel Labs Europe, Senior Principal Engineer, Intel Labs, Intel Corporation. The summit delegates were also given the opportunity to visit the National University of Ireland, Maynooth where they attended a special Innovation Value Institute reception.
Observations and progress from last week’s event are available to view on the NetHub blog.
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NetHope Chief Executive Officer William Brindley
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NetHope, which started in 2001, is a unique collaboration of 33 of the world’s leading international humanitarian organizations working together to solve common problems in the developing world. For more information visit nethope.org.