TechCon 2014

Burlingame, California
Saturday, November 08, 2014

Higher Education Solutions Network
Technical Convening 2014


November 8-10, 2014

UC Berkeley & Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport


Registration for TechCon 2014 is now closed. We hope to see you at the conference next year!

Please read the Techcon 2014 recap here.



Important Dates

September 19 — Innovation Marketplace Registration Deadline (if U.S. visa assistance required)
October 1 - Innovation Marketplace Registration Deadline (if no U.S. visa assistance required)
October 23 - Hotel Discount Expires
October 23 (or until capacity) - Registration Deadline
November 8-10 - TechCon 2014

Who will be there:

  • Innovators and entrepreneurs
  • Partners engaged in science, technology & innovation in international development
  • Researchers and students from HESN Development Labs & affiliated institutions
  • NGOs and foundations
  • USAID leadership and staff
  • Development partners including: field practitioners, social entrepreneurs, innovation experts, private sector professionals, and investors


What is HESN?  
The Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN) is a partnership between the U.S. Global Development Lab and seven universities to create a rich network of HESN Development Labs. This network harnesses the ingenuity and passion of university students, researchers, faculty, and their partners to incubate, catalyze, and scale science and tech-based solutions to the world’s most challenging development problems. Our Lab partners are installing mobile base stations in remote villages to give previously isolated communities cell phone connectivity; they analyze public data in new ways to reveal successes and failures in development investments ; and they are teaching in-country entrepreneurs to develop and pitch their products on a global scale.
 
HESN is led by seven academic institutions: The College of William and Mary, MIT, Michigan State University, Duke University, the University of California, Berkeley, Texas A&M University, and Makerere University in Uganda. The network further consists of nearly one hundred additional partner universities and other organizations spread around the world.  
To learn more about HESN, visit www.usaid.gov/hesn.

HESN’s Technical Convening (TechCon) 2014 is a unique convening of researchers and students, entrepreneurs and innovators, field practitioners, and private sector professionals focused on creative approaches to solution ideation, testing, and scaling for international development. TechCon 2014 will showcase the innovations emerging from the eight HESN Development Labs and the broader development and higher education communities focused on innovations for social good. TechCon 2014 will bring together these multisectoral stakeholders to energize science and technology solutions for development.

Program Highlights:

  • Sessions and workshops for aspiring to mid-stage entrepreneurs, including interactive workshops building communication, pitching, and storytelling skills
  • Opportunities to learn from industry experts and discuss development challenges with leading academics
  • An interactive Innovation Marketplace where participants “invest” in new solutions, followed by a “Shark Tank” pitch competition
  • TED–style keynotes and small group challenge sessions
  • A networking reception and spontaneous “unconference” sessions

Cost: Registration is free. Participants are responsible for travel and hotel costs.

Questions: All sponsorship requests or additional questions regarding TechCon 2014 can be directed to techcon@usaid.gov 





 
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