UNDP hosts global forum on youth and technology in Sierra Leone

16 Sep 2013

imageHow can technology empower youth? The Social Good Summit Sierra Leone will bring innovators together to discuss how new media can create development solutions.

Technology is playing a major role in connecting the people throughout Sierra Leone and with the rest of the world, spreading social messages, and contributing to overall development by enabling access to information and resources. Young people are undoubtedly the connector to this new era and often benefit from using technology to search employment, start a business or get valuable information on development related issues.

To showcase some examples how innovators in Sierra Leone are using Information and Communications Technology  (ICT) to empower youth in Sierra Leone, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is hosting the Social Good Summit in partnership with the University of Sierra Leone (USL) this coming Monday, September 23 at 1pm at the USL Committee Room.

The event will bring together the most important ICT private and public players with ICT experts and students in the country and tackle the question how technology can help empower youth. Innovative projects will share experiences, as well as informing the world of how the technology innovation can run a country out of poverty. A jury as well as the audience will select the winning project that will be award $1000.

How you can get involved

If you have a project that you would like to present at the upcoming Social Good Summit, please fill out this form and return it until noon on Thursday, 18 September to Sara Benavent at the United Nations Development Programme on 55 Wilkinson Road or CAPS at University of Sierra Leone or via email to oneaction@undp.org.

100 seats will be given away to youth on a first come, first serve basis to participate as public.

What is the Social Good Summit all about?

The Social Good Summit is a three-day conference where big ideas meet new media to create innovative solutions. Held during UN Week from September 22-24, the Social Good Summit unites a dynamic community of global leaders to discuss a big idea: the power of innovative thinking and technology to solve our greatest challenges. The most innovative technologists, influential minds and passionate activists will come together with one shared goal: to unlock the potential of new media and technology to make the world a better place, and then to translate that potential into action.

Media Contact

Ms. Silke von Brockhausen

Communications Officer

Tel.: +232 78 694 030

silke.von.brockhausen@undp.org 

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