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Jun. 6, 2017 11:08 am

Next week: Phone2Action summit will showcase the social good of technology

The lineup includes Facebook's Michelle Klein, former governor Martin O'Malley and (!) Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak.

Good Tech Summit

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If there’s one thing the inaugural Good Tech Summit wants everyone to know, it’s that “technology is human.”

Sure, the promo tag line from the event can be divisive, both for those who are resistant and receptive to technology. But for Ximena Hartsock — cofounder and president of Phone2Action, the Rosslyn-based digital grassroots advocacy platform organizing the event — it’s an essential part of changing the narrative of a rift existing between humans and technology.

“Just like technology disrupts industries, humans — and our use of technology — are disrupting technology,” Hartsock told Technical.ly.

Phone2Action builds software that empowers their members and supporters to engage in the issues they care about. And on June 15, they’ll be holding the Good Tech Summit at the Carnegie Library of DC.

Hartsock and her partners have lined up a robust lineup of speakers, including Steve Wozniak, cofounder of Apple; North America Marketing Director of Facebook Michelle Klein; and Martin O’Malley, former presidential candidate and governor of Maryland.

(O’Malley is also known for adopting a performance management and data program in Baltimore, and later throughout the state.)

The panelists will be discussing everything from smart cities to news media innovation, all in the hopes to bring awareness, as Hartsock explained, to how understanding social issues is intimately integrated with technology.

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Nia Dickens

Nia Dickens is a writer and recent transplant to Philadelphia. She received a Fulbright grant in 2015 and spent two years teaching English in Europe. When she's not busy acclimating back to the fact that everything is open on Sundays, she's catching up on endless hours of TV, especially Jane the Virgin.

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