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2015 Game Changers Summit Videos


Couldn't join us for the 2015 Game Changers Summit? Check out video from the main stage. Global experts like Ken Banks, founder of FrontlineSMS messaging system, Revi Sterling, an advocate for women in developing countries, Phileas Jusu, communicator for The United Methodist Church in Sierra Leone, and more, give first-hand accounts of the power of technology to change lives.

Revi Sterling: Technology, in and of itself, is empowering

“There seems to be this connection of empowerment and technology that’s hard to quantify, and yet really wonderful to watch.” Revi Sterling from NETHOPE explains that while conventional wisdom says technology is a tool for empowerment – in her experience, technology itself is empowering.

Revi Sterling: Gender inequity and technology

“Information is power.” Revi Sterling, wtih NetHope, speaks about the technology gap that exists for women in many areas of the world. This gap, says Sterling, is a key factor in the lack of empowerment for women in developing countries.

Sara Pitcairn: How a 3D printer works

Sara Pitcairn, Co-Director of Instructional Design at TechChange, explains how a digital file sent to a 3D printer allows it to create an object from plastic filament. Pitcairn spoke at 2015 Game Changers Summit.


David Robinson: Faith leaders in the Ebola crisis

David Robinson, Senior Advisor for Operations, World Vision International, talks about the importance of including faith leaders in adapting United Nations and Red Cross messages about prevention, as in the Ebola crisis.


Thane Richard: Outernet sends data without Internet

Thane Richard explains that the wealth of information in a library can be received and stored on a small server without the use of the Internet. Richard’s company, Outernet, uses a satellite system to beam information to those who not have Internet – for free.

Lauren Woodman: Mobile money helps secure savings

“If you’re poor .. you have no place to put your savings.” The non-profit organization, NetHope, uses mobile money applications to help those outside of the financial system send, receive and save money safely.


Ken Banks: The “dumbest” technology

“Modern, sexy stuff rarely works in many of the places where SMS still works.” Ken Banks, who founded FrontlineSMS, developed a messaging system used during the Ebola crisis to provide vital health information and messages of hope.

Ken Banks: People building their own solutions
A man who built his own helicopter and Nigerian children who built a generator for their school are examples of people creating their own solutions with technology. Ken Banks spoke at the 2015 Game Changers Summit.

Neelley Hicks: The Internet access gender gap

"The bearers of life are shut off from information that can actually save it." Neelley Hicks, Director of Communications and Information Technology for Development at United Methodist Communications, gives statistics on women's access to the Internet.

Phileas Jusu: Bishop helps prevent spread of Ebola

Phileas Jusu, a communicator for The United Methodist Church in Sierra Leone, explains how a photo of a United Methodist bishop’s demonstration of a non-touching greeting helped in preventing the spread of Ebola.


Firdaus Kharas: Communications technology unites us

“I believe modern communications can return us one day to the concept of one human family.” Firdaus Kharas, Chocolate Moose Media, explains his belief that we can communicate with everyone despite our differences.


Chris Tuckwood: Using drones for social good

Chris Tuckwood, Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Sentinel Project, explains how drones can be used to do local patrols in areas that may be under threat of attack by armed militant groups.


Dan Krause: Transforming lives through technology
“Can you imagine what will happen in our world when suddenly the people without Internet have access to textbooks, the news of the day...?” Dan Krause is General Secretary for United Methodist Communications.


Kelly Doley: Benefits of tech solutions in remote areas

Kelly Doley, project manager at Inveneo, describes the benefits of technology solutions supplied by the San Francisco-based non-profit, Inveneo, to remote and underdeveloped areas of the world.