Where big ideas met new media. And that’s what the Social Good Summit 2013 was all about. A 3-day extravaganza comprising of leaders, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, activists and diplomats, the summit was choc-a-bloc with ideas; real, innovative ideas mind you; to tackle some of the disastrous challenges that face the world today. The central theme of the summit was to put to use the immense capacity of the digital world, exploit technology and convert them into measurable action.
The Summit saw some awe-inspiring speeches from the top brass of the social and corporate world - how technology will shape up our world to democratization of giving and how the younger technically aware generation can wake up to social issues. The event also highlighted specific causes like that of malaria: how it’s been beaten by mobile and ending energy crisis – talks that focused on a particular sector of development.
Among the global bigwigs was also present Malala Yousafzai, whose attack by the Taliban took the world by storm last October. The 16 year old addressed the audience on the importance of girls’ education and the role it plays in global development. Melinda Gates, co-chair of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation was also a speaker at the event.
Social Good 2013 had a simple mission – get technology and new media give birth to solutions facing our society today. The conversations, activities and engagement that followed clearly established that technology is a thing of today, tomorrow and the future.
Milaap; having themselves pioneered in using technology to fund the poor across several Indian states; salutes Social Good 2013, its mission and the brilliant people who made it possible.