Ana Escalante

Technology Benefiting Humanity: Taking Innovation to the Next Stage

Santa Clara UniversitySanta Clara University will be hosting a conference on November 8th with Manuel Castells, the world’s leading researcher in the field of communication technology and society; Al Hammond, World Resources Institute’s Vice President of Special Projects and Innovation and also a writer here on NextBillion; Sally Osberg (invited) President and Chief Executive Officer of the Skoll Foundation; Regis McKenna (invited) – Chairman of the Center for Science, Technology, and Society; and other foremost Silicon Valley thinkers.

This will conference examine how “social entrepreneurs” are breaking down barriers, and remaking the rules of innovation, with careful consideration to how social entrepreneurs “reframe” problems — from overcoming civil engineering deficits, capital access constraints, base of the pyramid skill shortages, to dealing with fragmented markets. Learn, too, about programs at the Center to bridge the innovation gap such as its Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI) and KnowledeX (sponsored by Applied Materials).

The conference will be very interesting–the innovators and thought leaders attending will offer insights on the ways technology and design influence the BOP and redefine parameters and market assumptions.

Admission is free, but advanced RSVP is required. To register, contact Sherrill Dale,, (408) 551-6027. Click here for more information.