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Inveneo Welcomes New Intern from Columbia University

  1. Posted by Jana Melpolder on August 4, 2015 in the categories: News

The Inveneo team has been privileged this summer to welcome onto its staff Mariela Machado Fantacchiotti, a graduate student currently enrolled in the Master of Public Administration in Development Practice department at Columbia University. Mariela came to Inveneo highly recommended from the program’s manager, Ms. Debi Spindelman.

Mariela (4)Mariela is a telecommunications engineer with 5 years of work experience in the ICT sector and describes herself as “passionate about applying ICT for development issues of education, health, agriculture improvements and poverty reduction”. This passion started back in 2006 when she worked for an ICT for development project for the Peruvian NGO EHAS, where she designed and implemented an Internet and IP phone for a local health center. In addition, she speaks five languages and previously earned a Master’s Degree in Information and Communications Technologies in Spain.

Throughout her Inveneo internship, Mariela will be spending most of her time working alongside the engineering department, developing a new M&E approach for new existing Inveneo projects and studying drones for Inveneo’s upcoming Drones 4 Good project. Inveneo has also asked her to research current Internet connectivity in Cuba, including national policies and laws related to ICT and freedom of speech. Additionally, she will be testing the new promise of ICT4D for rural areas called Lantern from Outernet. This device claims to provide Internet connectivity from the satellite for educational purposes, providing offline libraries to rural settings that lack ICT infrastructure. The results will be published on ICTworks.

In her spare time this summer, Mariela is also conducting research for the Earth Institute  together with Jeffrey Sachs that will be presented to the United Nations General Assembly this fall. She is looking into how ICT could be an enabler to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) related to health, education, energy and financial inclusion. She is focusing on the health sector and how ICT innovations could help improve health outcomes in the world. Be sure to look for a snapshot of her research and findings on ICTworks, coming early this fall.

Welcome to the team, Mariela! We’re so glad to have you on board!

Photo Highlights from UN Women and UNESCO’s Mobile Learning Week

  1. Posted by Jana Melpolder on March 2, 2015 in the categories: News

UNESCO and UN Women recently held their Mobile Learning Week conference in Paris. Located at the UNESCO headquarters, which is quite close to the Eiffel Tower, the event brought together around 1,000 participants from over 70 countries. Individuals gathered together to discuss how technology is being used to help women and girls gain access to quality education, better job opportunities, and an equal share to ICT tools.

Inveneo’s Media Manager Jana Melpolder traveled to Paris to represent both ICTworks and Inveneo at the event. She was able to meet (in person) the ICTworks writers Linda Raftree and Jim Teicher, in addition to many other inspiring ICT figures. Check out a few of the best photos below from the week-long conference!

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Mobile Learning Week was hosted by UNESCO and UN Women.

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Outside the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. 

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A panel discussing equitable access on the second day of Mobile Learning Week.

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The main UNESCO office located in Paris.

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Inveneo’s exhibition booth that was showcased during Mobile Learning Week.

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UNESCO is celebrating its 70th anniversary throughout 2015.

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A final panel of speakers moderated by ICTworks’ author Linda Raftree (far left). The panel discussed gender sensitive content and pedagogy.

Bruce Baikie to Speak at United Nations Conference

  1. Posted by Jana Melpolder on April 4, 2014 in the categories: Events

United NationsInveneo’s Executive Director Bruce Baikie is scheduled to speak at the upcoming XIV Infopoverty World Conference, which will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Taking place on April 10th – 11th, 2014, the conference will examine how ICT and digital innovations can help achieve and sustain the UN’s Millennium Development Goals.

Mr. Baikie will participate on the Services and Applications for Disadvantaged People and Communities panel that will be held on Friday, April 11th, from 9:30am to 11:30am. His speech will focus on Inveneo’s work around the world and how building local capacity is vitally important in all ICT projects.

Our Executive Director will be joined by fellow panel participants Rev. Neelley Hicks, the Assistant Director of United Methodist Communications, and Wayan Vota, former Inveneo staff member and now Senior Mobile Advisor for FHI360.

If you would like to participate in the conference please click here. For updates be sure to follow Bruce Baikie or Inveneo on Twitter.