Concern to bring global tech summit to Ireland

19 Sep 2011

Concern Worldwide will host the 10th annual NetHope Global Member Summit at Intel’s Innovation Centre in Leixlip from 7-11 November, bringing together CIOs and other tech leaders from the non-profit sector.

Key technology partners attending and supporting the event include Microsoft, Intel, Cisco, Accenture and Hewlett Packard.

Other supporters attending include The Rockefeller Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and USAID.

Vincent Richardson, chief information officer at Concern Worldwide and the only Irish member of the board of directors of NetHope says that hosting the event is a coup for both Concern and Ireland.

Ireland: a key player in global ICT

“Being asked to host the 10th anniversary of the summit here in Ireland underlines the fact that Concern’s commitment to the best use of technology and innovation is highly regarded internationally and our expertise in this area is recognised both by those within and outside the humanitarian development sector,” Richardson explained.

“It also highlights Ireland’s position as a key player in the ICT arena. It’s a good-news story.”

NetHope is a unique collaboration of 33 of the world’s leading international humanitarian organisations. Through knowledge sharing, NetHope helps ensure members have access to the best information and communication technology and practices when serving people in the developing world.

The organisation helps members to solve common technology problems, foster strong relationships with private industry and educates members on developments in innovation and technology.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years