TRENDS IN EXPONENTIAL TECHNOLOGIES: HOW TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION ARE IMPROVING PEOPLE’S LIVES

TRENDS IN EXPONENTIAL TECHNOLOGIES: HOW TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION ARE IMPROVING PEOPLE’S LIVES

INVITATION

The Institute for Graduate Studies and Research and The Inter- American Development Bank invites you to participate in the workshop:

TRENDS IN EXPONENTIAL TECHNOLOGIES: HOW TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION ARE IMPROVING PEOPLE’S LIVES

Initiator: Dr. Nicholas Haan

 

Exponential technologies (ET) are those which are rapidly accelerating and shaping major industries and all aspects of our lives. Exponential technologies include artificial intelligence (AI), augmented and virtual reality (AR, VR), data science, digital biology and biotech, medicine, nanotech and digital fabrication, networks and computing systems, robotics, and autonomous vehicles. Used in combination, these technologies offer immense potential for sustainable development. ET can be a game changer for development, if applied under a shared high-level objective, using an adequate tool for the purpose and in a manner that is coherent across sectors. Common development issues such as strategic high-level planning, enhanced transparency and increased efficiency in public sector management can be linked to ET. Sector-specific solutions in such areas as health, education and agriculture, among others, can be framed in the use of ET.

Date  : 29 November 2018

Place : Aula IGSR

Registration at igsr@uvs.edu

Workshop Agenda

13:30 – 14:00 Registration

 

14:00 – 14:10 Opening remarks by Country Representative IDB

 

14:10 – 14:20 Opening remarks by Dean University

 

14:20 – 15:30 Trends in Exponential technologies and the mean for Suriname

Speaker- Nicholas Haan, Singularity University

Presentation of Exponential Technologies

 

15:30 – 16:30 Open discussion

 

16:30 – 16:40 Closing remarks by Country Representative IDB

Your presence is greatly appreciated

Dr. D. Lachman

Director IGSR

Singularity University 

For this meeting, IDB is working with Singularity University (SU), which is a global community using exponential technologies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges. Their learning and innovation platform helps individuals and organizations build solutions that leverage emerging technologies mentioned above. Members of the platform include entrepreneurs, corporations, development organizations, governments, investors, and academic institutions. SU provides products such as educational programs for Leaders, Conferences, Innovation Labs and Social Impact projects.

Dr. Nicholas Haan

Chair

Global Grand Challenges

 

Nicholas Haan has worked at the intersection of science, technology, social challenges, and innovation for the last 25 years. His issues of focus have included disaster relief, food security, environment, energy, public health, education, genetics, and information systems. And his affiliations have included the United Nations, governments, universities, donor agencies and non-governmental organizations.

Nick is currently Faculty Chair of Global Grand Challenges at Singularity University. His introduction to global perspectives began as a science teacher in a remote Kenyan village with the Peace Corps. This experience led to more than 20 years of living and working internationally, mainly in East and Southern Africa (including living four years in villages without running water or electricity, which gives him a unique perspective on social challenges).

Prior to joining Singularity University, Nick served as Senior Economist/Global Program Manager with the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization where he oversaw a food security project operating in over 30 countries. He is the creator of an international standard for classifying the severity of food insecurity and disasters–called the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC).

Nick is also involved with several start-ups, including as strategic advisor to a mobile app company called eMobilis. He has a keen interest in the crowdsourcing movement and is on the regional board of directors for crowdfunder.com. He has been a visiting professor at University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; and was awarded a NASA Research Fellowship.

Originally from California, Nick has a PhD in Geography, a Master’s in International Development, a Master’s in Geographic Information Systems & Remote Sensing from Clark University, and a Bachelor’s in Genetics from U.C. Berkeley. He is an avid sea kayaker and explorer, most recently completing a 500 km expedition across Lake Victoria by kayak.