3 Key Takeaways From Facebook’s F8 Conference

Friday, April 15, 2016

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg put it simply at the annual F8 conference in San Francisco, California, this week. Facebook’s mission, he said, is to “give everyone the power to share anything with anyone.”

The same line was projected on a Facebook-blue screen behind him, and the word “everyone” lit up as he explained how the company plans to expand beyond its audience of nearly 1.6 billion by connecting the 4 billion people on the planet who currently lack Internet access.

Zuckerberg outlined a 10 year roadmap for the company. Artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, and connectivity for all are the company’s long-term priorities. Despite some high-profile stumbles in India, Zuckerberg sees Facebook’s future intertwined with that of the world’s yet-to-be-connected, and global development professionals will have a role to play in shaping the future of connectivity.

Here are some key takeaways from this week’s F8 conference:

1. Connecting the next billion requires high and low tech approaches.

Source: Devex (link opens in a new window)