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Game Changers Summit 2015 offers ICT4D workshops to ‘harness power of technology for global good’

United Methodist Communications
Office of Public Information


May 6, 2015

Nashville, Tenn.: The dates have been selected and registration is open for the Game Changers Summit 2015, an Information & Technology for Development (ICT4D) conference hosted by United Methodist Communications. Join the international gathering September 17-19 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville when technology and communication leaders from around the globe will speak and train on developing communication strategy to aid social good throughout the developing world.

The theme of the two-and-a-half-day event is “Harness the power of technology for global good,” with demonstrations of how information and communication technology can be used to improve all facets of life. Workshop topics will include mobile money, mobile health, e-learning, crisis communications, and women’s empowerment through IT.

“The Ebola crisis demonstrated how vital the right communications solution can be – reaching people where they are – even outside the bounds of grid and network coverage,” said the Rev. Neelley Hicks, Director for ICT4D Church Initiatives for United Methodist Communications.

Confirmed speakers for the conference include:
Ken Banks, founder of and FrontlineSMS
Gavin Krugel, Fundamo
Maeghan Orton, Medic Mobile
Dr. Revi Sterling, NetHope
Carmen Strigel, RTI International
Firdaus Kharas, Chocolate Moose Media
Sybille Fleischmann, POSSYBIL
Jeremy Schwartz, World Possible
Sonia Arenaza, Accion
Adele Waugaman, Catalyst Advisors

United Methodist Communications is offering the Game Changers Summit to innovative faith leaders who seek to utilize the tools of the day to enhance existing ministries and build new ones to improve lives and communities.

Examples include:

  • While printed textbooks in United Methodist schools abroad are often decades old, offline learning content can provide a modern education for low-resource environments.
  • While many diseases claim health and lives, mobile health solutions help provide a locally sustainable means of disease prevention and treatment.
  • Where electricity is scarce and unreliable, solar power devices can be used to provide light and cellphone charging – often as a means of income generation.

Early bird registration is $275 and ends July 1. After that, registration is $299. Group and student discounts available.


About United Methodist Communications
As the communications agency for The United Methodist Church, United Methodist Communications seeks to increase awareness and visibility of the denomination in communities and nations around the globe. United Methodist Communications also offers services, tools, products and resources for communications ministry.

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