17 Events

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Conference - Open to the Public

POSTPONED: Second Conference on Emerging Technologies and Global Development

Sat., Feb. 4, 2017 | 8:30am - 5:30pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Starr Auditorium

This conference has been postponed until Fall 2017. 


The aim of this conference is to map emerging technologies that could address global grand challenges, review their disruptive characteristics, identify potential sources of social concern, and outline business models and public policies on how to address the social concerns. The conference builds on the findings of the newly published book, Innovation and Its Enemies: Why People Resist New Technologies(Oxford University Press, 2016).

Emerging Technologies and Global Development

Steve Johnson

Conference - Open to the Public

Emerging Technologies and Global Development

Sat., Sep. 10, 2016 | 8:30am - 5:30pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Starr Auditorium

Economic transformation, meeting human needs, and protecting the environment have emerged as global grand challenges. One way to address these challenges is to harness the world’s abundant scientific, technological, and engineering knowledge to meet specific human needs. While some of the technologies offer solutions to global challenges, they also threaten to disrupt incumbent industries and social organization. Technological anxiety and outright opposition to disruptive technologies, however, may undermine such efforts.

The aim of this conference is to map emerging technologies that could address global grand challenges, review their disruptive characteristics, identify potential sources of social concern, and outline business models and public policies on how to address the social concerns. The conference builds on the findings of the newly published book, Innovation and Its Enemies: Why People Resist New Technologies (Oxford University Press, 2016).

The conference will address emerging technologies in fields such as data analytics, geographic information, manufacturing, agriculture, transportation and health. It will incorporate demonstrations from entrepreneurs who are using innovative technologies to address these challenges.

3D Printing for Educators

Additive Fashion

Seminar - Open to the Public

3D Printing for Educators

Thu., July 31, 2014 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Starr Auditorium

In conjunction with iCreate, the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project will cohost an event on "3D Printing for Educators" chaired by Calestous Juma.

The goal of this seminar is to:

  • Discuss 3D printing education and implications for/integration with academia;
  • Receive feedback from educators to identify how best to support them; and
  • Identify schools and nonprofits that would beneft from participating in iCreate's program.

 

This event is free and open to the public. Please join us! RSVP: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/icreate-3d-printing-event-for-educators-tickets-12263573679.

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    Special Series - Open to the Public

    Financing Agricultural Institutions in Africa

    Fri., Apr. 27, 2012 | 9:00am - 12:00pm

    John F. Kennedy School of Government - Hauser Center Conference Room

    The goal of this brainstorming session is to discuss the challenge of financing agricultural institutions and related projects. By bringing together a group of experts in the fields of finance, consulting, academia, and nonprofit organizations, we will explore the various avenues available for supporting such capacity-building institutions.

    Special Series - Open to the Public

    Maasai: At The Crossroads

    Fri., Oct. 30, 2009 | 6:30pm - 8:30pm

    Science Center - D

    A world university premiere of a 45-minute documentary about enriching the lives of Maasai children through education while respecting their customs, traditions, and way of life.

    One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) will do a demonstration of the XO laptop after the screening.

    Broadband Internet In Africa: Economic and Policy Implications

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    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Broadband Internet In Africa: Economic and Policy Implications

    Thu., Sep. 10, 2009 | 10:00am - 11:30am

    John F. Kennedy School of Government - Littauer Building, Belfer Center Library, Room L369

    In July 2009, Seacom, a Mauritius-based firm, launched its $700 million undersea fiber optic cable connecting eastern Africa to the rest of the world with high-speed, low-cost Internet. Based off field observations, this talk explores the economic and policy implications of what is probably the most important infrastructure investment in eastern Africa since the construction of colonial railways.

    Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.

    Japan's popular comic book character, Doraemon, is presented with dorayaki by Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura after Komura named Doraemon Japan's first Anime Ambassador on March 19, 2008. Doraemon will promote Japan's pop culture to the world.

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    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Reinventing Development Cooperation: Japan's New "Science and Technology Diplomacy" Initiative

    Mon., Nov. 3, 2008 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

    Bell Hall - Belfer Building, 5th Floor

    Governments around the world are increasingly recognizing the critical role that science and technology plays in diplomatic relations. Japan's "Science and Technology Diplomacy" initiative represents one of the most elaborate efforts to strengthen the scientific and technological content of its diplomatic activities.

    Please join us! Light luncheon provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    The End of African Republics: Lessons from Kenya

    Mon., Sep. 22, 2008 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

    Bell Hall - Belfer Building, 5th Floor

    The recent post-election violence in Kenya was characterized by the Western press as a result of unresolved ethnic tensions. But beneath this superficial view lie more profound constitutional tensions arising from interactions between democratic politics and economy.

    Please join us! Light luncheon provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.