Nashville, TN (PRWEB) August 29, 2014
Local Media Invited to See Technology Solutions That Address Ebola and Other International Crises
Nashville-based United Methodist Communications, the global communications agency for The United Methodist Church, will host the Game Changers Summit – an international ICT4D (Information and Communications Technology for Development) conference at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center September 3-5. Media are invited to attend. Mayor Karl Dean will speak to the group on Friday, September 5 at 9:30 a.m.
With news of the increasing Ebola death toll, this summit is especially relevant. While more than a billion people worldwide lack access to electricity, mobile phones, solar power and low-power computers are making technology – and information – accessible in ways that were not previously possible. ICT4D refers to the use of these communications technologies to improve and save lives in the developing world.
Summit attendees will also get the chance to attend a hands-on Innovation Faire where proven communications and technology solutions will be on display. These include low-energy computers set up to serve as early warning systems. The Innovation Faire will be held Thursday, September 4 from 11:45 a.m. until 1 p.m.
This 2-1/2 day conference features industry leaders from award-winning companies, such as FrontlineSMS, Medic Mobile and Inveneo. They are empowering communities in remote Africa, Asia and the Middle East to improve outcomes for health, education, safety, business and more. These globally-recognized innovators will speak, share their insights and inspire ideas.
Through ICT4D, The United Methodist Church has set up a solar-powered computer lab to bring educational opportunities to Haiti, helped restore communication networks following last year’s devastating typhoon in the Philippines and used advanced text messaging software to spread life-saving information about Ebola and malaria in Africa.
Award-winning animator and activist Firdaus Kharas of Chocolate Moose Media will be one of the featured speakers on Thursday, September 4 at 1 p.m. United Methodist Communications has partnered with Kharas and Iheed to create a short animation that promotes Ebola prevention and dispels local rumors. The animation will be made available in local dialects for use by community health workers and for television.
The Game Changers Summit is designed to help churches, universities and organizations connect their global mission agendas with technology solutions for the developing world.
For more information about the Game Changer Summit, speakers and agenda, go to http://www.umcom.org/gamechangers.
Diane Degnan ddegnan(at)umcom(dot)org