9 Events

Conference - Open to the Public

Technology and Public Purpose Summit 2023

Fri., May 5, 2023 | 9:30am - 5:30pm

The Charles Hotel

The Technology and Public Purpose Summit 2023 convenes experts and explorers to discuss how we can build a future where public purpose drives innovation.

The summit is in-person only. RSVP is required. 

Korean Peninsula at night.

NASA

Conference - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

4th Korean Security Summit at Harvard: “Korea – An Oracle of Global Trends"

Tue., Apr. 11, 2023 - Thu., Apr. 13, 2023

Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

During April 11-13, 2023, the Korea Project convened the 4th Korean Security Summit at Harvard. Our theme of “Korea – An Oracle of Global Trends” continued the exploration of how quickly various Korea-related functional issues play out with global implications. This year, we aimed to provide unique Korea-connected insights into global trends ranging from bolstering deterrence to navigating increasing control of critical technologies like chips to curbing cybercriminals’ revenue generation from crypto theft. Day 1 began with Opening Remarks by KIM Gheewhan (President, Korea Foundation), Eric Rosenbach (Co-Director, Belfer Center), and Prof. Nicholas Harkness (Director, Korea Institute) to formally announce the establishment of a new endowment fund for the Korea Project.

The Honorable Dr. PARK Jin (Minister of Foreign Affairs, ROK) delivered Congratulatory Remarks. Top researchers of Korean security issues, senior ROK and U.S. practitioners, and next-generation scholars provided key findings from their respective research work over the course of the Summit. YOU Kijun (Consul General, ROK Consulate General in Boston) delivered Closing Remarks. Through the annual Summit series, the Korea Project continues to advance its mission of growing Korean security studies at Harvard and beyond.

The Belfer Center’s Korea Project acknowledges the generous support of the Korea Foundation.

Conference - Open to the Public

DAO Harvard

Sun., Apr. 2, 2023 - Tue., Apr. 4, 2023

To Be Announced

DAO Harvard is a three-day conference that will bring together practitioners, policymakers, and academics to engage in conversation regarding the research, legal, and policy considerations of DAOs (decentralized autonomous organizations). 

The conference is co-hosted by Harvard Belfer Center's Technology and Public Purpose Project and Harvard University's Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Ethics.

For any inquiries please reach out to Sarah Hubbard at sarah_hubbard@hks.harvard.edu  

Seminar - Open to the Public

Book Talk: Hack Your Bureaucracy

Tue., Mar. 28, 2023 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Littauer Building - Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

The Technology and Public Purpose Project invites you to a hybrid book talk with Hack Your Bureaucracy: Get Things Done No Matter What Your Role On Any Team co-authors, Nick Sinai and Marina Nitze.  

Come learn over 50 tactics, each with real-world examples, for making lasting change in bureaucracies from PTAs and HOAs all the way up to the White House and Fortune 500 companies. Nick and Marina will be joined in conversation with Associate Director of the Belfer Center's Technology and Public Purpose Project, Amritha Jayanti, who will serve as moderator.  

Speakers and Presenters

Nick Sinai is a HKS Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy and Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center's Technology and Public Purpose Project (TAPP); along with serving as an advisor to the Harvard Open Data Project, Harvard Computer Society's Tech For Social Good, and Upsolve.  He serves on the board of the non-profit Coding It Forward

Marina Nitze is currently focused on improving America’s child welfare system. She was previously the Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (2013-2017), helped found the United States Digital Service, and served as a Senior Advisor on technology in the White House under the Obama Administration.

TAPP Open House 2021

Benn Craig, Belfer Center Communications

Information Session - Harvard Students

Technology and Public Purpose Project Student Open House

Thu., Sep. 15, 2022 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Led by Belfer Center Director and former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, the TAPP Project works to ensure that emerging technologies are developed and managed in ways that serve the overall public good.  

Join the TAPP team on Thursday, September 15th on the rooftop of Felipe's Taqueria from 4 - 6pm to learn more about the project, including student research opportunities for the 2022-2023 academic year. RSVP is required to attend.

Drinks and snacks provided. This event is restricted to students who are 21+. 

Seminar - Open to the Public

The Tech That Comes Next: How Changemakers, Philanthropists, and Technologists Can Build an Equitable World

Wed., May 18, 2022 | 2:00pm - 3:15pm

Online

Technology is shaped by many hands along the way: those who are part of technology development process, those who fund projects and companies, and those who decide how to put technology to use; and that technology then shapes a range of outcomes for society. To ensure those outcomes truly benefit the public, we must—all of us—shift our relationship to technology —how we build it, fund it, and use it.

Join the Technology and Public Purpose Project and the Berkman Klein Center as they host Afua Bruce on her latest book release, The Tech That Comes Next.

Information Session - Harvard Students

Technology and Public Purpose (TAPP) Project: Student Open House

Thu., Sep. 23, 2021 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Led by Belfer Center Director and former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, the TAPP Project works to ensure that emerging technologies are developed and managed in ways that serve the overall public good.  

Join the TAPP team on Thursday, September 23rd at Felipe's Taqueria from 5 - 7pm to learn more about the project, including student research opportunities for the 2021-2022 academic year. 

Drinks and snacks provided.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Coded Bias: A Conversation with Filmmaker Shalini Kantayya

Wed., Feb. 17, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Online

Coded Bias explores the fallout of MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini´s startling discovery that facial recognition does not see dark-skinned faces and women accurately, and her journey to push for the first-ever legislation in the U.S. to govern against bias in the algorithms that impact us all.

In honor of Black History Month, join the Technology and Public Purpose Project for a virtual screening of the film, Coded Bias. The TAPP will host filmmaker Shalini Kantayya for a conversation moderated by Karen Ejiofor and Amritha Jayanti on Wednesday, February 17th at 12pmET.  

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Belfer Bullet Points | Leadership in National Security with Sec. Ash Carter

Tue., June 30, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Online

Join the Belfer Center for a Belfer Bullet Points Series discussion with Sec. Ash Carter.  Drawing on his depth of experience in the U.S. national security and defense communities, Sec. Carter will present his top five bullet points on leadership in the national security field. 

Please RSVP below to receive the Zoom meeting link via email.