NetHope's Emerging Technologies Initiative is a sector-wide approach to integrating AI, blockchain, and other emerging technologies in humanitarian, development, and conservancy work. The Initiative will focus on three areas identified as immediate needs at the 2018 NetHope Global Summit:
- Capacity building via workshops, webinars, conferences, and the NetHope Solutions Center.
- Project-based collaborations focused on leveraging emerging technologies to solve problems across humanitarian, development, and conservancy contexts.
- Toolkits & standards that are grounded in the learnings from our collective work, with the focus on scaling the most promising programs, processes, and methodologies.
The key component to a successful initiative is the involvement of individuals and organizations actively working on AI/ML and blockchain technologies, as well as NGOs who know the problems that need to be solved, contexts that need to be planned for, and barriers that need to be overcome to make ethical and widespread adoption possible. If you are interested in supporting this iniative, please contact us.
Upcoming workshops and events
- Webinar: AI Primer; August 27, 2019. Register HERE.
- September 19: Webinar featuring practical implementations of AI in our sector and what questions to ask when evaluating AI for your work. Invite coming soon.
- NetHope Global Summit; Puerto Rico, October 21-25, 2019:
- Download (pdf): Accelerating social good with artificial intelligence: Insights from the Google AI Impact Challenge
- Slides from the NetHope workshop at the AI for Good Global Summit at the UN in Geneva (May, 2019)
- Outcome document from Blockchain for Social Good Event co-hosted by NetHope and ICSC in New York (March, 2019)
- NetHope webinar (recording and slides): Introduction to AI and AI for Good
- McKinsey: Applying artificial intelligence for social good
- USAID: Reflecting the Past, Shaping the Future: Making AI Work for International Development
- Microsoft: AI in Action
- Google: Social Good Guide
If you work for a NetHope member organization you can access additional information on the Emerging Technologies Working Group page (login required).