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How can technology build peace?
Wed 12 October 2016, 14:00 – 16:00 BST
How can technology help develop connections between people and places? What's the role of digital platforms in divided societies?
Join us for an innovative and interactive session exploring how technology can be used to boost and create peacebuilding.
Local and international #PeaceTech innovators include:
- Melissa Mbugua, the Innovation Engagement Officer from Ushahidi, the Kenyan crowdmapping platform that's been used in Kenya after the election violence in 2008, Syria and across the world
- Brandon Hamber, the John Hume & Thomas P. O'Neill Chair based at the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE) at Ulster University, which through a combination of research, education and comparative analysis, addresses the causes and consequences of conflict in Northern Ireland and internationally. They also aim to promote conflict resolution management strategies
- Enda Young, the co-founder, of Transformative Connections, which focuses on the role technology in promoting peacebuilding and positive social change. Their mission is to create and support real and lasting connections between people and practice
This session will be hosted by the Innovation Peace Lab, an umbrella initiative of the Nerve Centre, Transformative Connections, and the University of Ulster, for all things innovation, tech, and peace building in Northern Ireland,
About the Unusual Suspects Festival: After the success of two festivals in London and in Glasgow, we are hosting the Unusual Suspects Festival again this year in Northern Ireland on October 12- 14, 2016. 3 days, 2 cities, 15+ events, 40+ organisations all exploring what happens when social innovation meets collaboration and how together we can meet some of society's most pressing challenges. TheFestival brings together the 'unusual suspects' from across Northern Ireland and the world, people who wouldn't normally cross paths, to explore how we can work together in new and different ways to create real social change. To find out more and to sign up to more events