Inveneo Conferences Archives

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!


Mobile Learning Week was hosted by UNESCO and UN Women.


Outside the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. 


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


The main UNESCO office located in Paris.


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


UNESCO is celebrating its 70th anniversary throughout 2015.


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.

Kristin Peterson Judging Student Solutions for Youth Entrepreneurship and Economic Development in Georgia

  1. Posted by Inveneo on October 17, 2011 in the categories: Economic Development, News

At the Georgia Social Business and Microcredit Forum on October 17th, 2011, Inveneo CEO and co-founder, Kristin Peterson, will be judging college student teams from across Georgia who are challenged to develop business solutions focusing on youth entrepreneurship, economic development, and helping communities in Georgia

The forum is part of the University System’s statewide economic development partnership efforts with other Georgia entities. The 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of the microcredit concept, Professor Muhammad Yunus is the keynote speaker. Professor Yunus is known worldwide as the “Father of Microcredit”.

The conference has been organized to bring together economic development interests from all regions of the state to hear Professor Yunus’ social business concept of combining business know-how with the desire to improve quality of life.

Kristin will be one of 21 judges of the student competition where teams must identify a social business opportunity; propose a solution including a business model and products, services and programs; develop a market analysis and strategy; explain how the strategy is to be launched; provide a sustainable financial plan and an overview of the social benefits.

Fail Faire DC 2011 – A Celebration of Failure As Leadership in ICT4D

  1. Posted by Inveneo on October 17, 2011 in the categories: Events, News, Relief

As part of the ICTworks community, Inveneo organized Fail Faire DC 2011 on October 13th at the World Bank. The event was an amazing celebration of failure as a mark of innovation and leadership in ICT interventions.

With fun, fast, Ignite-style presentations of professional failures, we had much laughter as we navel-gazed at where we have all gone wrong in mixing technology and international development.

Yet we LEARNED from failure. Failure is no reason to be ashamed. Failure shows leadership, innovation, and risk-taking in pushing the boundaries of what is possible in scaling ideas from pilots to global programs. As says, there is great value in examining our mistakes as we go beyond the easy and the simple.

To be involved in Fail Faire DC 2012, be sure to sign up for alerts on this and other Fail Faire activities.

Advancing the New Machine: Human Rights and Technology

  1. Posted by Inveneo on April 6, 2011 in the categories: Events, News

Information technologies are gaining a significant role in advancing human rights research and advocacy. But technology alone will not make the difference; what will is the combination of human rights defenders with the tools specifically designed to support their work.

In May 2009 UC Berkeley’s Human Rights Center hosted “Soul of the New Machine”, an international conference focused on exploring the intersection of human rights, technology, and new media. Building on the success of the 2009 conference, Advancing the New Machine: Human Rights and Technology will convene human rights practitioners and technologists to discuss the progress, successes, and challenges that have emerged.

Central to the discussion will be Inveneo’s own Eric Blantz in the Circumventing Communications Blackouts panel.

The conference will be held on April 26th and 27th, 2011 at the David Brower Center. The Brower Center is dedicated to bring together people committed to environmental and social action.

Conference registration is now open. Click here to register.

Mark Summer Interview at AstriCon Open Source Telephony Conference

  1. Posted by Inveneo on March 31, 2011 in the categories: Events, News

AstriCon Open Source Telephony Conference and Exhibition is the longest running conference devoted to the Asterisk telephony platform. Our very own Mark Summer, Inveneo Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, gave the keynote speech at this year’s conference, and conference media staff interviewed him just before he took the stage.

Before the keynote, Mark discussed the use of Open Source technology and its role in expanding Internet access and communication opportunities, using examples from Inveneo’s work in Haiti and other underserved regions. He also spoke of the need for greater capacity building within local entities to manage ICT systems and issued a call to action to make Open Source even easier to use and adopt by local organizations.

Mark Summer to Keynote AstriCon Open Source Telephony Conference 2010

  1. Posted by Inveneo on October 25, 2010 in the categories: Events, News

Mark Summer, veteran open source technologist and humanitarian, will deliver the keynote presentation at the seventh annual AstriCon Open Source Telephony Conference and Exhibition 2010, the longest running conference devoted to the Asterisk telephony platform.

Mark Summer is Inveneo’s Chief Innovation Officer, is a serial entrepreneur and world traveler, Summer has specialized in VoIP/IP networking architectures and operations management for more than 15 years. Having built and run several IT consulting and VoIP network design companies, he and his business partners founded Inveneo, a social enterprise dedicated to improving communications in remote and rural communities through open source technology.

In his keynote presentation, Summer will share his real-world experiences utilizing open source Asterisk to extend communications and unearth new opportunities in under-served communities in Haiti and Sub-Saharan Africa, complementing the conference theme of “Asterisk: The World is Calling.”

“The ability to place phone calls is often something we take for granted, but in many areas of the world this critical technology remains out of reach due to cost, complexity and implementation challenges associated with traditional telecommunications infrastructures,”
John Todd, Asterisk open source community director at Digium

Digium and its founder Mark Spencer have long been supporters of Inveneo and our model of bringing ICTs to deserving communities in some of the most challenging environments. AstriCon 2010 will take place from October 26-28, 2010, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.