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18
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Digital Technologies for a Better World

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Digital technologies, including communications and geospatial technologies, are not only changing how we know the world, they are changing the world as we know it. While some may arguably lament that the digital revolution is corrupting society and institutions, there are many ways in which users are leveraging this power to make a better world. In this day-long symposium, we will hear from cutting-edge change makers about how information technologies are shaping how we can respond to the most pressing needs of humanity, by exploiting such innovations as the availability of ubiquitous satellite imagery, to social media platforms, to open big data, to crowdsourced mapping. Deploying the digital revolution in places of the world suffering pressing needs offers an opportunity to achieve development goals with the participation of communities, to address issues in health, education, disaster prevention, energy, food security, peace and prosperity.
u JOIN US AT THE SYMPOSIUM
Student Union Building, Matador Room
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Speaker invitations have been accepted by:
Facebook, Drishtie Patel, Program Manager
Microsoft, Jubal Harpster, Senior Program Manager
Esri, Astrid Ng, Education Outreach Specialist
USAID, Chad Blevins, Director of Mapping for Resilience, GeoCenter, United States Agency for International Development
HOT, Tyler Radford, Executive Director, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
Esri, John Gravois, Product Engineer
The symposium will also feature the YouthMappers program, led by Texas Tech faculty Patricia Solís, and TTU students who founded the local chapter of this global network, which has now grown to more than 100 campuses in 33 countries. Entrance is free of charge, no RSVP needed. You may attend part or all of the event at your convenience.

u SHOWCASE YOUR WORK AT THE RESEARCH EXHIBIT
Student Union Building, Matador Room
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
In order to showcase Texas Tech innovations in digital technologies that make a better world, we invite your participation in a research exhibit to be held as part of the symposium, from noon 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on April 18th. To submit your idea for a demonstration, poster, display, or other research exhibit on this theme, please fill out this form. Faculty and students alike are encouraged to participate. Your idea will be reviewed by our organizers and a quick response provided.

u PARTICIPATE IN THE MAPATHON TO SUPPORT A HUMANITARIAN PROJECT
Holden Hall GIS Lab Suite, 2nd Floor (Enter through room 204)
5:50 pm – 7:30 pm
This event will culminate in an evening mapathon to create spatial data for an authentic humanitarian project. No prior experience required: free training and pizza provided. Please RSVP for headcount and feel free to share the invitation.