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PeaceTech Summit 2018

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Powering PeaceTech
No Ordinary Industry. No Ordinary Summit.

May 8, 2018

2301 Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20037

Powering PeaceTech is a call to action for next-generation peacebuilders: anyone with knowledge, resources, and commitment to putting the right tools into the right hands to prevent violence.

​Advances in technology and innovative financing are transforming fields like healthcare, education and commerce. Yet conflict prevention and peacebuilding remain the job of government agencies and NGO’s with inadequate budgets and yesterday’s tech. Is it any wonder, then, that violent conflict is responsible for nearly all of today’s 65 million refugees, all four famine threats in the world, and 80% of humanitarian needs?

We have so many new tools and strategies that prevent violent conflict and promote peacebuilding – from instantaneous global communication and new capital markets to artificial intelligence, predictive analytics, professionalized conflict resolution and many more. The 2018 PeaceTech Summit will ask: Why aren’t we using them?

Against the backdrop of the Lincoln Memorial, an iconic and historic memorial to America’s own struggle for justice, tolerance, and peace, CEOs will confront cloud technology and conscience. Creatives and celebrities will connect to the causes they care about. Now is the time to expand the work of conflict prevention beyond the usual suspects, and begin to build a peacetech industry that creates jobs and saves lives.


AGENDA (Subject to change)

8:00am Coffee & Registration

9:00am Welcome & Opening Remarks

9:10am The Neurobiology of Social Conflict: Implications for Technology and Peace Practitioners

A live experiment demonstrating the power of music, media, and storytelling to create empathy. Working with neuroscientists from Lockheed Martin and activists from Beyond Conflict, we plan to equip several audience members with cognitive exoskeletons (wearable devices that measure and display brain wave activity) while exposing them to live or pre-recorded media. These cognitive exoskeletons have limitless applications to peacebuilding, from understanding the roots of radicalization to measuring the efficacy of peace and reconciliation interventions.

10:13am Coffee Break + Portal Programming

10:30am The Future of the PeaceTech Industry... is Now

Opening by Nicholas Donofrio, former EVP of Innocation and Technology at IBM and PeaceTech Lab Board Chairman

10:40am Lightning Talks

7 Founders/Entrepreneurs will showcase how their ventures or products are shaping a peacetech industry. Topics in development include Blockchain, Eliminating Conflict Materials from Tech, Drones in Humanitarian Aid, Renewable energy in disaster and conflict relief, Video games for building empathy, Data for early warning and prevention of violence, Narratives & Extremism, New business models for peace.

11:35am Fireside Chat: Tech with A Social Conscience

12:00pm Cloud Activated: Getting Good Ideas off the Ground with Amazon Web Services

Amazon may have changed how we shop, yet its impact on the world of venture capital and start-up companies is equally important. AWS will lead a discussion about scaling and accelerating ideas with 3-4 peacetech entrepreneurs working on everything from revolutionizing charitable giving to bringing 4.2 billion people online.

12:35pm Lunch & Networking

1:35pm The Birth and the Best of the Internet

In 1973, one man helped create two protocols, and the internet was born. Four decades later, a reporter-turned-lawyer-turned-artist put that invention in a shipping container, creating the first "portal" between New York City and Tehran. Together, the pair discuss the foundations of the technology that permeates our lives, and remind us that not all "unintended consequences" are bad.

2:05pm Lights, Camera, Action! Building a PeaceMedia Industry in Nigeria

2:15pm Good News, From The People Who Make It

Media plays a critical role in "Powering PeaceTech," but what does it take to power media? Especially given today's technology-enabled spread of "fake news" and "alternative facts?" Investors, data journalists, and experts in media capacity building offer leading-edge perspectives on building and sustaining a peacemedia industry.

2:50pm Afternoon Coffee Break + Portal Programming

3:05pm Tech with a Social Conscience

3:15pm PeaceTech Planet: Conflict, Climate, and Perspectives from Space

3:40pm TBD

4:05pm Fireside Chat on 2 Billion Reasons: Facebook Community and Global Security

Mark Zuckerberg recognizes "The world feels anxious and divided and Facebook has a lot of work to do—whether it's protecting our community from abuse and hate, defending against interference by nation states, or making sure that time spent on Facebook is time well spent.” In a conversation with Former National Security Advisor and USIP Chairman Steve Hadley, Facebook Senior Leadership discusses what Zuckerberg’s challenge looks like in practical terms of engaging with users and the broader policy community.

4:35pm Closing Remarks












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