Tech is a tool for social good. Not just a toy, but a tool to better lives.
That was the consensus at this year’s Social Good Summit, where technologists connected with diplomats, CEOs and policy experts in New York City. Though the summit convened this month during the frenzy of United Nations Week, Silicon Valley’s presence was very much apparent. Google, Facebook and Instagram all made an appearance in some fashion.
As one person at the summit put it, “This is a conference for Twitter.” To be precise, it was less of a conference, more of a theatrical presentation. With sessions of just 10 to 15 minutes, speaker turnover was quick. Short, snappy speeches and one-question interviews made for good tweeting. Breadth, not depth, was the goal.
The lengthier discussions were reserved for the superstars of the three-day summit: Virgin’s Richard Branson, former Vice President Al Gore, and the most-awaited, 16-year-old Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai.
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