Klaikong Vaidhyakarn, the Director of SocialTech, has worked on information technology and digital media for more than 20 years. Klaikong has organized many technology camps for young people. In 2006, he started the Mekong ICT Camp Project, through the Thai Fund Foundation. This program has organized several regional technology programs focusing on young people in Cambodia, Lao, Myanmar and Vietnam, and bringing together civil society organizations and journalists to explore low-cost technology solutions. He has pioneered the focus on open data in Thailand, as a vehicle for unlocking many social problems through genuine open government information. SocialTech has partnered with many civil society organizations in Thailand. They provide space for new generations to work in social technology, and Klaikong has mentored many Thai technology social entrepreneurs including OpenDream and Boonmee Lab. In the past five years, SocialTech has been supporting government efforts to make public data more transparent, in partnership with the Electronic Government Agency.
Communications Officer MIDO
Myo Min Aung is a Communication Professional working for MIDO (Myanmar ICT for Development Organization), a local organization focusing on ICT4D. Together with the MIDO team, he has been working on many different successful campaigns including awards winning “Panzagar” anti-hate speech campaign. He is passionate about utilizing communication tools and techniques for specific social impacts. Moreover, he is keen to share his knowledge and experiences of developing advocacy campaigns whenever there is a chance and love to learn from others as well.
Eoghan mac Suibhne is an Irish journalist who has worked extensively in print, broadcast and online media since 1999. He was part of the early core team at Storyful that developed groundbreaking techniques, systems and practices in monitoring, discovery and verification of online content. He also provides training in these areas for media companies, NGOs and others.
Multimedia Journalist Voice of America
Jamila Fagge is creator, host, and executive producer of Voice of America’s Yau da Gobe, a Hausa-language radio program that is using radio and social media to educate disenfranchised youth and populations vulnerable to recruitment by extremist groups. Jamila is a strategic thinker and problem solver with over 5 years of domestic and overseas experience as an expert in shaping communications strategy for the Voice of America, the U.S. State Department, the Federal Government of Nigeria, nonprofits, and the private sector.
Jamila is the digital strategy manager and co-founder of Hausa Internet Radio, an online platform that is increasing access to audio content for over 50 million Hausa speaking audience.
Producer, Mobile Journalist TVN 24
For the last 12 years, Maciek Slomczyński has worked for TVN24 – the biggest Polish news station in Poland. First, he worked as a researcher and had the opportunity to work in the field with a camera. After just a few months of internship, he was offered a full-time job as a control room live producer. For the following three years, he served as a producer, a senior producer and a field producer of various programs and at various levels. In December 2007, Maciek had a big breakthrough in his career and personal life. He was given a business phone with a built-in camera by his company. Maciek was wondering how he could use it together with his laptop and discovered that he was able to stream live picture. It worked so well that he started using it on air and was promoted.
Maciek was going to create and produce the first Polish TV program using Skype to live interview viewers. It worked and since then he has known that technology may help us to tell stories better and in a way which is easier and closer to viewers. After that, he became the “technology” guy in production. Over the next couple of years, he managed to introduce hi-tech virtual studios, a CNN-like hologram (just a hundred-times cheaper), and GSM live broadcast systems of a much better quality at TVN24. At the same time, Maciek worked as a senior producer of various news programs and political talk shows. For the last few years, he has been an executive producer of election nights at TVN24 and since 2014 he has worked as a news editor/producer at Fakty TVN – the biggest Polish evening broadcast at 7 pm watched daily by 3.1 million people. Currently, he’s also working on a new internet project – vertical video service for mobile phones only, TOTERAZ.pl. P.S. You can trust him, he’s an archaeologist with diploma.
Open Innovation Manager OpenIDEO
Alex Nana-Sinkam currently manages innovation programs focused on international development at OpenIDEO, IDEO’s open innovation portfolio. 8 years in the social sector has led her to San Francisco, Kenya, South Africa and Southern India focusing on youth empowerment and education, philanthropic research and evaluation, and design of community based programs. She has supported TechCamps as a trainer and facilitator in Bangkok, Thailand and Port au Prince, Haiti, focusing on economic empowerment of small business owners and collaboration across diverse cultural divides. In another life, she worked in new business strategy and product development for a large tech company. Ask her more about: education technology in developing contexts, mental health awareness, science fiction (all mediums) and growing up in the Republic of the Congo.
M.A. Candidate (Information and Data Science) Berkeley University
Silas Everett M.A. Candidate, Data Science, University of California, Berkeley, School of Information Silas Everett has worked in international development for over twenty years including the Balkans, South Caucasus, Mongolia, and over 10 years in South and South East Asia. He has designed, managed and represented a range of multi-year programs in the areas of community policing, legal aid, peace and reconciliation, civil society strengthening, local governance and access to employment information. A specific area of interest for him is exploring social media to gain insight on what matters to different groups of people and to amplify public opinion on pressing civic issues. He is currently a student at U.C. Berkeley School of Information in the Masters of Information and Data Science program. He holds a masters in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Harish Kotra helps regular ideas get an address on the web. Harish Kotra heads the Technology Team for one of the largest Digital Agencies in Hyderabad.Harish has played a significant role in powering startups, entrepreneurs by building tools, apps, hiring teams. He has also mentored students from institutions like the IIT, BITS by running internships and bringing unconventional ideas to life.
Co-Founder The LinchPin Effect
Aigerim Khafizova is a co-founder of LinchPin Effect, education startup with a mission to empower the youth of Eurasia with skills and prepare for successful career. She is an e-learning designer and a Fulbright Fellow from Kazakhstan passionate about education technology and youth empowerment.
Aigerim has more than five years of experience in higher education, youth employment, and professional development. She has worked designing youth employment and professional development programs in Kazakhstan, conducted international learning research at the leading e-learning platform Udemy in the U.S., was an entrepreneur in residence at Pathbrite in San Francisco, and volunteered for a social entrepreneurial organization in Peru.
Prior to LinchPin Effect, Aigerim worked at Amal Academy in Lahore, Pakistan as a Global Academic Fellow. Since she joined Amal, together with a curriculum development team she has assisted in the transition of current Career Prep Fellowship into a blended model to scale number of fellowships, has been involved in marketing campaign to outreach potential learners, and alumni community building.
Aigerim is a Global Shaper, initiative of World Economic Forum, co-organizer of Global Entrepreneurship Week in Kazakhstan, as well as the co-founder of Cafe Scientifique and One Salon in Kazakhstan. She holds MS in Education Administration and Policy Studies from State University of New York at Albany and BSS in International Relations from KIMEP University
Co-Founder Boonmee Lab
Thiti Luang is a Co-founder of Boonmee Lab, Human-centered Design & Technology company based in Bangkok. As a Fulbright grantee, he graduated from Interactive Telecommunication Programs, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. His expertises lies between product, design, and tech. He is currently working on projects including smart city system, data management and visualization as well as a marketplace for conscious food and products.