5th Global Innovation Forum at the World Bank HQ

ICT Powering Constructive Entrepreneurs

May 22 – 24, 2013

Countries Represented

Young Entrepreneurs

Startup Concepts Established

Universities Involved

Program Highlight

A Keynote Videoconference to Remember

President Paul Kagame of Rwanda

A very special guest, H.E. Mr. Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda joined the forum via video conference from his office in Rwanda. He presented the success story of Rwanda’s growth in healthcare, education, and technology in the past decade. 

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Winners

 

First Prize - $3000

 

The first place winning team presented a solid plan to utilize first response unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to provide emergency medical solutions to disaster prone areas. UAVs are drones that can provide high-resolution, landscape pictures of disaster areas so that emergency response teams can be more alert and responsive to a devastated area. This team argued that such technology would assist emergency response teams by increasing their effectiveness and abilities to save lives.

Second Prize - $2000

 

Second place went to Team H20asis. The team members plan to partner with NGOs like Convoy of Hope and universities to help fund their project. Their plan is to purify water in unused shipping containers. Not only is the team reducing waste of unused shipping containers, but they are also providing clean, potable water to communities lacking such access. The innovative design of the shipping container will also use water as an insulator so that the potable water will stay cool in hot environments.

Third Prize - $1000

 

Third place was awarded to Team Momentum. The motto was “Bike, Light, Live.” Momentum’s proposal was a biking program that will grant access to many in the developing world to electricity. A small, detachable battery device is connected to bicycles. The device is charged utilizing the kinetic energy of the bicyclist during its use. After it is charged, the battery can power small electronic devices such as cell phones or lamps. Their program provides a small-scale solution to the lack of access to electricity in the developing world.

Program Summary

by Jenna Franze

Athgo’s 5th Global Innovation Forum at the World Bank HQ opened on May 22, 2013 in Washington, DC. The three day event began with a welcome address delivered by Athgo’s VP of Education and Training, Darel Tai Engen, PhD. He challenged participants to bring intelligence, knowledge, experience, and creativity to the table. Over 120 students and young entrepreneurs awaited the series of speakers and startup development sessions that would later ensue. The first day’s agenda included keynote dialogues, panel discussions, and collaborative entrepreneurial team sessions, ending with a private reception hosted by the Embassy of Finland in Washington, DC.

Ms. Stephanie von Friedeburg CIO, World Bank Group VP, Information Management and Technology delivered the keynote welcoming remarks at the forum. She called upon the youth to use technology to monetize innovation and startup development…

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Keynote Speakers and Distinguished Guests

H.E. Mr. Paul Kagame

H.E. Mr. Paul Kagame

President, Republic of Rwanda

Ms. Stephanie von Friedeburg

Ms. Stephanie von Friedeburg

CIO, World Bank Group VP, Information Management and Technology

H.E. Mr. Hamadoun Toure

H.E. Mr. Hamadoun Toure

Secretary-General, ITU

Ms. Masiela Lusha

Ms. Masiela Lusha

Ambassador of Youth, Athgo International

Denis O'Brien

Denis O'Brien

Chairman, Digicel Group

Dr. Armen Orujyan

Dr. Armen Orujyan

Chairman and Founder, Athgo International

Speakers and Panelists

Mr. Joseph Barnes

Mr. Joseph Barnes

CEO, Barnes and Barnes, LLC

Mr. Sandeep Dadlani

Mr. Sandeep Dadlani

VP & Head Americas– Retail, CPG & Logistics, Infosys LTD

Mr. Gary Fowlie

Mr. Gary Fowlie

Head of the Liaison Office, ITU; Economist and Journalist

Mr. Navneet Singh Narula

Mr. Navneet Singh Narula

Founder & CEO, nBrilliance Innovations

Dr. Tim Riesen

Dr. Tim Riesen

Managing Principal, Madison Springfield, Inc.

Mr. Lawrence Sperling

Mr. Lawrence Sperling

Senior Advisor, US Department of State

Mr. Leonard Yip

Mr. Leonard Yip

CIO and CPO, Panda Restaurant Group

Ms. Naila Chowdhury

Ms. Naila Chowdhury

Chairperson, Women4Empowerment

 Mr. Michael Doellefeld

Mr. Michael Doellefeld

Director, Engineering & Regulatory Affairs Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Mr. Paul Garnett

Mr. Paul Garnett

Director, Microsoft Technology Policy Group

H.E. Mr. Jean Philbert Nsengimana

H.E. Mr. Jean Philbert Nsengimana

Minister, Youth and ICT of Rwanda

Ms. Marie Thérèse Royce

Ms. Marie Thérèse Royce

Senior Director

Mr. Chris S. Thomas

Mr. Chris S. Thomas

Chief Strategist, World Ahead Director of Architecture Intel Corp.

Ms. Susan Zielinski

Ms. Susan Zielinski

Managing Director of SMART, University of Michigan

Mr. Jed Cohen

Mr. Jed Cohen

Founder and COO, RocketHub.com

Dr. Javier Elguea

Dr. Javier Elguea

President, Institute of Technology, TELMEX

Mr. Markku Kauppinen

Mr. Markku Kauppinen

Political Counselor, Embassy of Finland, Washington

Ms. Ediola Pashollari

Ms. Ediola Pashollari

Secretary General, World Assembly of Youth

Ms. Angelica Silvero

Ms. Angelica Silvero

Head of the Speakers Bureau, World Bank External Affairs

Mr. Aleem Walji

Mr. Aleem Walji

Director of Innovation Labs, World Bank Institute

Ms. Valerie D’Costa

Ms. Valerie D’Costa

Program Manager, infoDev, The World Bank

Ms. Danielle M. Foster

Ms. Danielle M. Foster

Director, Public-Private Partnerships, Department of State

Mr. Charles Meyers Jr.

Mr. Charles Meyers Jr.

Vice President, Corporate Public Affairs, UPS

Mr. Enrico Pisino

Mr. Enrico Pisino

Head of Innovation, Chrysler Group LLC

Mr. Aaron Sherinian

Mr. Aaron Sherinian

Vice President of Communications and Public Relations, UN Foundation

Mr. Jeff Werner

Mr. Jeff Werner

General Manager, International and Public Policy, Daimler

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